World Bee Day, 2022

I just sawย Eliza’s postย 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. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ


In a Vase on Monday: Happy Spring 2022!

It is Spring at last, and every day another flower greets me in the garden. At this time of year it becomes easier and even more pleasurable to take part in Cathy’s Monday meme. (Rambling in the Garden)

At the moment the Primulas are looking lovely, so I picked a few; yellow, cream and pale yellow. A couple of Pushkinia, grape hyacinths and miniature daffodils helped fill my tiny vase.

I wonder what is flowering for you this Monday, as Spring spreads ย across the northern hemisphere. And if it hasn’t reached you yet, don’t worry. It will soon arrive and sweep you off your feet! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Happy Spring! ๐Ÿ˜‰

In a Vase on Monday: Spring Zing ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 recentlyโ€ฆ. because I have been in the garden. ๐Ÿ˜ 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! ๐ŸŒท



In a Vase on Monday: Late Winter Flowers

Some recent sunshine has helped along the Hellebores and most of them are starting to open now. The first ones I picked two weeks ago are, AMAZINGLY, still presentable! (Possibly because they each had their own little vase and did not have to share with any other plants?)

Photographed last Friday, day 12 ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

But for today’s vase I picked some fresh ones and continued the experimentation with how best to make them last. Today they are all in one vase, with nothing else added.

As with the last ones, these have not been conditioned. That will be the next experiment, as I have never tried it. (Any tips would be welcome!)

Very cold nights are forecast, but my hellebores don’t mind a bit of frost and perk up as soon as the morning sun shines on them. So hopefully I will have more to pick soon. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

I am linking in Cathy at Rambling in the Gardenย for her weekly meme. Why not visit her and see what everyone has found to put in a vase this Monday. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Happy gardening!



The First Garden Projects of 2022

We have finally had some sunshine and milder days recently, albeit with a chilly wind and snow flurries in between. But the blue sky has enticed me outdoors to start my first gardening project of the year: widening the Herb Bed.

Well, actually two projects:ย the grass that I am removing is going into the bottom of the two new raised planters which were assembled last week.ย ๐Ÿ‘

These will be permanent fixtures on the patio for salad crops and vegetables, safe from the hares. (And slugs!)๐Ÿ˜ƒ

I put some larger garden debris right at the base, then a layer of sods, and next week I shall find some twiggy stuff before another layer of soil and then compost finishes it off. Some of the soil I need has kindly been provided by my industrious little garden helpers. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Each morning we awaken to a few more molehills, and it has been too wet to remove them yet. The (mostly) nocturnal culprits are advancing towards my flower bedsโ€ฆ. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

Back to the Herb Bed. Nearly done in this photo, where you can see some large pieces of old paving slabs I had to dig out. A sprinkling of snow delayed progress today, but work will be resumed in a day or two.

ย Can’t wait to get sowing. The new space will be filled with dill, parsley, chives, artemisia annua, nigella sativa, borage, coriander, and perhaps a few decorative salvias. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Have you got any new projects coming up? Do share!

Happy gardening!


22:22, 22/2/22

I just could not resist posting something at this time on this date, for posterity’s sake. ๐Ÿ˜‰

A frozen hellebore budโ€ฆ

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! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ