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Monday, 27 March 2017

In my new blue jug on Monday

It's Monday again, don't they come round quickly, so time for a vase. 

I decided to go for yellow, orange and blue this time. Not much blue yet but I popped it all in this gorgeous blue jug so that balances it out. This jug was another charity shop find. £2. It would have been rude not to buy it. 

I've included:
Forsythia
Spirea - you can just see the shrub behind the table. 
Forget-me -not
Wallflower - probably Cloth of Gold
Tete-a-tete narcissus
Lavender shoots from a leggy bush
Penstemon shoots - these will be pruned off in a week or two anyway. 
I tried some geranium leaves but they immediately wilted. They might work with some conditioning. 


The narcissus from last week are over but I picked these to go in the same vase with the foliage which is still fine. The are very sweet and delicate but I don't know what they are and have not had time to try and find out.


 I won't be picking these but just admiring every time I pass and making  a detour especially sometimes:


Last autumn I sowed dozens of Fritilliaria meleagris bulbs in an out-of-the-way patch of grass hoping they would naturalise. I despaired of them coming up as when I crawled around peering I could see nothing at all. Today I thought I'd have one last look and found this:



There are about 6 or 8, feeble looking but growing though the weeds we call a lawn. Now I'll have to set up a protective barrier in case they get squashed.
 
I'm so lucky now I have three days off. If you include the weekend that was 5! By the end of it my garden will be in tip top shape though I may not be able to move.
It's mostly weeding but also pruning, moving a few things and some planting. If I have time I'd like to finish digging a new bed.  I am also keeping on top of the sowing and pricking out. I manage to do a little of that on most days.
We had a run of dry cool, overcast days but then a fantasic weekend if you ingored the bitter wind. Some of it was spent fixing up posts, for a project I hope to be able to share soon, but I also fitted in lots of gardening.

Here is a bed already weeded and tidied:


 and it's neighbour half done:


 These two beds do not really have an identity yet. The get some sun and some shade and need a bit of wall covering I think.

 That is enough sitting around, the sun is breaking through so I am off out for more weeding. 
For creative and colourful vases from around the world visit  Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for In a vase on Monday.
 

16 comments:

  1. That is indeed a lovely blue vase, especially at £2 - how tall is it? It looks especially good with the yellows and oranges, doesn't it? Good luck with the fitillaries -they may take a litle time to establish

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    1. It's quite small, about 20cm so a useful size I think. Yes I'm sure they will take a bit of time but I am heartened that a few are coming up. I thought they'd been eaten by our mole who resides in that area. :)

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  2. I love the touches of orange in this week's arrangement and the new bright blue vase. Of course you had to buy it! The Frittilaria flowers are wonderful and I understand your hesitancy to cut them - sadly, they don't grow here but, if they did, I wouldn't cut them either. I hope you thoroughly enjoy your time off.

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    1. I've had a really good day but now am only fit for sitting and visiting blogs!

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  3. Yes, great new blue vase. Love the way you've used Forget-me-nots for more blue pops among the arrangement.

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    1. Thank you, I'm pleased with the colours.

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  4. Beautiful, love the jug and your comment, must not be rude! Wall Flowers are just lovely and I never would have imagined what they were! Also love the Fritillaries. Wishing for a lawnful.

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  5. Such a nice combination of colors in your jug! Sometimes one simply must purchase an item so as not to offend. Hooray for all your hard work! I've a few days off next week and hope to spend the majority of my free time playing in the garden.

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  6. I particularly like your 'no name' Narcissus. Hope you can find out what it is!

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    1. I found a useful site http://www.thedaffodilsite.co.uk. Who knew there were so many varieties?

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  7. Good uck with your fritillaries ... I've struggled to establish them in the rough grass area for a while now, but this year they actually appear to have spread!

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  8. I love the mix of colours in your vase this week Alison. I had planned to plant some fritilliaria bulbs in the autumn but life got in the way and they rotted in the greenhouse - hopefully I will do better this year but if they flower I am sure I will be like you & just enjoy the precious flowers in the garden!

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    1. We all have the best intentions. I've still got some allium bulbs in a bag. I didn't know where to put them so they didn't go anywhere.

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