European Larch (Larix decidua)
Spring has sprung and every day a few more flowers appear as if from nowhere. If I went out at night with a lamp I would probably be able to watch them growing! 😉
So a few cornus cuttings and some other lovely spring colour went into my current favourite vase trio.
Coltsfoot, Iris, Hellebores and my first tiny narcissus.
When the Coltsfoot flowers I know that spring is round the corner. It always turns up mid March here, and the first glimpse of it at the side of our lane makes me almost skip for joy! It is holding up well in the vase too, as I picked it on Sunday afternoon.
The hellebore is a ‘Prince Double White’ – one of my largest and healthiest in fact, but I have had to remove a lot of blackened leaves from all my hellebores this winter.
I haven’t been blogging much recently…. because I have been in the garden. 😁 Oh, it is so good to be working outdoors again, feeling the warmth of the sun on my back.
Tomorrow rain is forecast, so I will be catching up on the other vases linking in to Cathy’s meme at Rambling in the Garden. Thanks to Cathy, as always, for hosting! And Happy Gardening! 🌷
As I write it is still the last day of the year and we had some lovely warm sunshine today: 13°C!
So to ring out the old year here are a few pictures of my leisurely wander around the garden with Anouk this morning.
The blue sky and sunshine was a real treat…
This is the corner Anouk likes to inspect first every morning, as the hares come through the fence there…
Still a few rose hips left in the hedge…
And some morning mist across the meadow beyond our fence…
Anouk, checking for mice…
The buzzards often sit on the perches first thing to warm their wings in the sun… we put up several of these to encourage the birds of prey to help keep the mice population down.
The hellebores are in bud!
Can she smell Spring? (No, probably deer or hares!)
Wishing you all the very best for the new gardening year. Health, happiness and lots of flowers!
Happy New Year!
St. Lucy’s Day
A favourite Christmas carol of mine is ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’, and when I picked up some Everlasting flowers today to brighten up the dark Hellebore in my tiny vase, this line popped into my head:
Yet in thy dark streets shineth, the EVERLASTING light
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight
Well, as I join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden on one of the darkest days of the year, I will light a few candles and try to imagine what my damp and grey garden will look like in Spring! (There is always HOPE)
Do pop over to Cathy’s blog to see what she has found in her garden to bring indoors. And I do hope your St. Lucy’s Day has been brighter than ours!
August was wet and cool and I spent less time in the garden than I would have liked. 🤪 But at least my sunflowers did not succumb to any of the storms or heavy rainshowers and they are still looking good! So that is what I chose for my Monday vase, as I join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her wonderful meme.
(Look at those black clouds again!)
This heavy vase was literally stuffed with sunflowers, Tithonia, Rudbeckia, Heliopsis and grasses. There is even a sprig of fennel in there too.
The Tithonia are still going strong, despite some cool nights under 10°C.
I noticed after taking the photos that a stem of the Pennisetum had escaped. It was immediately tucked in safely, although the grasses last well without water too. I used Miscanthus Federweisser, which is just opening, and I also put my favourite Calamagrostis in – Karl Foerster.
A bonus vase this week is with Golden Rod and Himalayan Balsam. They are growing together just outside our fence, looking very innocent and rather pretty. I think they would like to come in, but they are both invasive non-natives, so I will not be encouraging them!
The Balsam has a strange soapy smell, otherwise I may have filled a vase with just them on their own.
And finally, I found that you can float sunflower heads! This is Earth Walker (I think) and it is lovely being able to see it up close like this. Some of my flowers have broken off in the wind, so I discovered this by chance when trying to preserve them. I can recommend it!
I am looking forward to a much more promising September weather-wise.
If we can believe the weather forecast. 😉
But I do also feel for all those facing stormy weather in the US as hurricane season gets underway. Wishing you all a safe week and calm weather!