In a Vase on Monday: Peachy

This Easter Monday I am joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her weekly meme, and must thank her again for the focus it gives me.

It has been gorgeous weather here recently and the garden is really coming to life, so I had fewer qualms than of late about picking a handful of flowers to bring indoors.

The later narcissi and early tulips all started opening on Thursday which meant I could enjoy them while working outside on Friday and Saturday. The sweet fragrance of the narcissi every time I passed was a joy, but indoors they are making us sneeze!

The deep orange tulip on the left is Ballerina. Only about half of the original bulbs have flowered so I must replenish them. The larger peachy tulip on the right is Apricot Emperor. I love it in combination with Narcissus Actaea and planted a huge clump of them together in the herb bed. Actaea is the white one with a striking orange ‘eye’.

The dear little Narcissus at the front of the vase is Hawera. It is spreading! I donβ€˜t think that has ever happened with any other Narcissus I have grown, so Β it gets 10 out of ten for its delicate appearance and yet durability. The petals curve backwards as it ages and there are usually at least two flower heads to each stem. The graceful yellow botanical tulip is Sylvestris. I do like the botanical ones for their natural and yet elegant looks…. sort of Audrey Hepburn style! πŸ˜‰

Other Narcissi I used are Cheerfulness, Thalia and a yellow one I have forgotten the name of. Possibly Tamara. I had to include one of my parrot tulips too. They are just so cheeky! And I added a sprig of fresh birch growth. (The trees are all turning green as you watch here!)

Well, as we all enter another week of lockdown I wish you all the best. Stay calm. Keep smiling. Enjoy your gardens. Focus on something you can look forward to. I will be sowing seeds again today.

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In a Vase on Monday: Shooting Star

Joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her Monday meme is so much fun. πŸ˜ƒ

A strong ice cold north-easterly wind over the past few days has provided material too, with several Narcissi being bent flat and the hellebores looking decidedly fed up with the constant battering!

First I cut some of my Hellebore ericsmithii ‘Shooting Star’. I decided it looked best alone in my mini vase bought in Norfolk a few years ago. πŸ™‚ I love the way Shooting Star changes from pale creamy white/yellow to pale pink.

The background plant is my dear Maidenhead fern, which has forgiven me twice in the last year or so for not watering it and has bounced back each time!

Then I used the second matching vase for the other oddments rescued, including the battered Narcissi. I will make a mental note not to plant any more tall ones on windy corners. πŸ˜‰

Since moving out further into the countryside away from street lights and motorways we have been able to see more stars than ever on clear nights, and more shooting stars in the past two years than in my entire life up to then! My first memory of a shooting star was in Blakeney, Norfolk, where my vases come from. I was only about 8 years old and I spied the star through a pebbled stone archway looking out to sea. Magical!

So, not only do I have some pretty flowers to look at, but pleasant thoughts to go with them. I do hope you are all able to have some pleasant thoughts today despite these difficult times.

Keep smiling and take care.

xx

In a Vase on Monday: Home Comforts

I am pleased to be able to join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her Monday meme again after a couple of weeks off. And I am looking forward to spending more time gardening and blogging in the next few weeks as Spring finally arrives! πŸ˜ƒ

My favourite Hellebore – ‘Ice ‘n’ Roses Rose’ -features this week, accompanied by a few primulas that came with me from the old garden and are already starting to spread. With my beloved gardening angel in the background these tiny offerings bring me comfort as the world beyond my home and garden reels.

I also picked a single daffodil which had been snapped off by something/someone… I donβ€˜t have many in flower yet so this was a matter of rescuing a casualty! A sprig of Buddleia is in the vase too – all my buddleia remained green this winter as we didn’t have a big freeze or any permafrost.


I am not sure what it is that sometimes snaps off flowers… birds? I have had hellebore flower heads, Iris reticulata and in past years even tulips snapped off just below the flower. I wonder if you have ever seen this happen in your gardens and can offer an explanation?

My thoughts are with all my blogging friends across the world – stay calm and carry on gardening! πŸ˜‰

 

In a Vase on Monday: (A) Spring in My Step

I am happy to be joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her lovely Monday meme today. My hellebores are looking so pretty and there were enough to pick for a vase, albeit with quite short stems. πŸ˜ƒ

My title describes how I have been walking around the garden the last few days… I have even been able to clear a lot of winter debris so the spring bulbs can shine. Lots of green shoots showing! πŸ˜ƒ

The pink vase seemed appropriate, as all but one of my hellebore flowers so far are a shade of pink. I really love the double one… ‘Double Ellen Pink’.

The mottled one is ‘Diva’, as is the white one… The white flowers fade to a lovely pinky mauve.

I added a couple of sprigs of Pussy Willow – last weekβ€˜s storm took down a whole tree full of buds along the route we walk our dog, and I took the opportunity to break off a few large twigs for a vase. I do hope the storm in the UK has not affected any of you too badly.

Wishing you all calm and mild weather this coming week!

 

In a Vase on Monday: Hello Hellebores!

It is so good to be able to pick flowers again to joinΒ Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her Monday vase meme. πŸ˜ƒ

Well, only one flower actually, as this is the first Hellebore to flower in the butterfly bed. But lots of buds are coming along on this and several other hellebores.

This one is Paradenia, one of the HGC collection, and is a fresh pale pink which shows up well in an otherwise brown garden bed.

I added some dark red Heuchera leaves that are beginning to regain some colour, a sprig of rosemary and and a sprig of Euonymus. The narrow necked jar stands on my latest gardening magazine on my desk… open at a page with gorgeous photos of spring bulbs and hellebores that are a sight for winter-tired eyes.

And on the book-rest behind I have a favourite double page open which is what my dream garden would look like… inspiration for new plans. πŸ˜ƒ

I have not found it in English, but alone the pictures of this beautiful garden that the author created are stunning. Peter Janke was clearly inspired by the Beth Chatto garden where he worked for a couple of years before starting on the design of his own garden in Germany. His website is also partly in English:

https://www.peter-janke-gartenkonzepte.de/en/

Sadly this garden is far too far away (10-hour drive!) for a visit. πŸ™ƒ

Thanks to Cathy for hosting the meme, and wishing you all a good week ahead.

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All Good Wishes for a Very Happy 2020!

‘Hope’ is my word for 2020.

As we enter another new year, another decade, I look forward to seeing our trees grow, the garden flourish and our surrounding countryside recover from two severe drought years.

There IS always hope.

I wish you all a very Happy New Year, and may your gardens provide you with much pleasure and joy in the year 2020!