World Bee Day, 2022

I just saw Eliza’s post about World Bee Day, so felt compelled to post something before this day goes by unnoticed. Like Eliza, I ask all gardeners please not to use chemicals to get rid of weeds or pests. There is almost always a kinder alternative that will not harm pollinators.

This is my Peony ‘Claire de lune’ which opened yesterday, with a bee in her ruffles. 😃

 

22:22, 22/2/22

I just could not resist posting something at this time on this date, for posterity’s sake. 😉

A frozen hellebore bud…

It is still very windy here after all the storms that have gone over, but no damage done and milder days ahead. Hopefully that will mean more garden time and more blogging subject matter soon! 😃

In a Vase on Monday: In the Bleak Midwinter

In the bleak mid winter, frosty wind made moan

Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone

Another earworm for you this week, as I work my way through favourite Christmas carols! Although today is anything but bleak, with the sun finally appearing to reassure me that it hasn’t abandoned us after all. 😃 And with this clearer weather our temperatures are set to drop well below zero for several days, so the earth certainly will be hard as iron.

 

After a brief walk out into the woods this morning, I came back with a bucketful of greenery to distribute around the house.

It was lovely in the woods.

I wished I could reach that big ball of mistletoe at the top of this fir tree… can you see it? 😉

So this is my ‘vase’ for today, as I join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her Monday meme.

I was so pleased I could find a few berries to decorate it with: Pyracantha from the garden and Euonymus from the hedges.

And the silvery seedhead is perhaps the last of the Queen Ann’s Lace.

Have a lovely week and stay nice and warm if you are in a cold climate like me! ❄️☀️

 

Join me for another ‘Week of Flowers’!

At this time of year the sun only makes it through the fog occasionally, which can make life pretty dreary. However, usually there are nice distractions to look forward to in December and the traditional Advent time; drinking mulled wine with friends at the Christmas markets, sitting around a table with friends and neighbours enjoying some homemade cookies and spiced tea, or braving the exciting hustle and bustle of the town centre to get some Christmas shopping done.

Well, once again all that will not be possible and a grim Christmas season faces us here in Germany. So, as an alternative distraction I am asking you, my blogging friends, to join me in sharing some extra colour and cheer next week.

Parrot tulips and Muscari, April 2021

Parrot tulips and Muscari, April 2021

Last year my Week of Flowers 2020 was such a success, with so many people from around the world joining me and posting wonderful colourful photos from their gardens. It really did me good, and the feedback was amazing. Let’s do it again! All you have to do to join in is post one flowery photo a day, for a week, starting from Wednesday 1st December, 2021. Put a link to your post in the comments section on my daily post, and turn on the sunshine!

If you are too busy to share a photo on each of the seven days, just join in when you want. Every single contribution will be appreciated by us all!

Tithonia, July 2021

Tithonia, July 2021

So, from Wednesday the 1st December through to Tuesday the 7th December 2021 let’s share a flower (or two) a day.

Are you with me? 😃😘😃

In a Vase on Monday: Harebells

This Monday I am joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her lovely meme once again.

And it is a special vase today: not only is it my Man of Many Talents’ birthday, but the hare jug I used arrived unexpectedly on Saturday as a gift from my Mum! (And what’s more, we have finally got an electrician to set up the power for the doorbell and gate opener up at our gate. Tradesmen are like gold at the moment here!)

The gorgeous jug is filled with harebells (Campanula patula) and a few moon daisies from the wilder parts of the garden. Here it is a bit closer up.

My Mum sent a card with it that has wild flower seed incorporated into the paper. You just cover the whole card in compost and give it a good watering. 😃 I shall display it a bit longer before trying that though.

The grasses, some clover, sanguisorba and even a buttercup, sneaked in with the harebells too.

Hares galore are exploring our garden at the moment, and it is so lovely to see them. We watched this one the other evening as he ambled through the oval bed and nibbled at  various plants before moving on. No serious damage as he found the grass tasted better! 😉

Here he is again, washing his face… how could I be angry about a few dianthus flowers when I see this!

A big thank you to my Mum, for the vase. And a Happy Birthday and big thanks to my Man of Many Talents too, who helped me with the marathon task of spreading mulch around the whole garden last week. I will show you the results very soon.

In the meantime, thanks for reading and have a great week.

Happy Gardening!

In a Vase on Monday: Plonked!

Every Monday Cathy at Rambling in the Garden invites fellow bloggers to join her by sharing a vase of flowers etc from our gardens. So here I am again, wondering what happened to last week. Time flies at this time of year!

I reused a few things from last week’s vase… the Allium was still looking lovely, the chives and a spiky Heuchera flower too. But the rest is new and a bit un-thought-out. But I like it!

The lupin in the middle is one of the many I now have that set themselves from a single plant added two years ago. Blue lupins grow at the roadsides here, usually accompanied by masses of yellow broom. Sadly a lot of the broom died in 2020 – the third drought year in a row. But there is hope as there are many smaller plants doing well. The lupins, however, seem completely unaffected by drought!

The Siberian Iris was so welcome… this is the first time it has flowered for me after being planted in the then new Butterfly Bed in October 2018.

A sprig of silvery Artemisia found its way into the vase too. I am constantly pulling this out! More Alchemilla, some Salvia and some Borage were also added.

Oh yes, and a white Polygonum flower was plonked in there too. A bit of a mishmash. But a pleasing one!

Do have a look at Cathy’s post and the other vases linked in to it.

And have a lovely week!

😎☀️🐝