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Monday, 20 March 2017

In a vase on Monday -

Suddenly we've gone from having nothing much to put in a vase to having a choice!
This week I've seen daffodils, primroses/primula, forget-me-nots, hyacinths, hellebores, cerinthe, forsythia, aubretia and the first few camellias. 


I found this Hyacinth growing under a bush. I must have planted it there last year but it was a rather lost so cutting was the answer. There are two more spikes which I'll cut when they've opened a little more. 
I've added some of the gorgeous new leaf shoots which are so welcome and so beautiful. 

(It seems as though I should clean the window)




Here is willow, spirea, cotoneaster and wigela. The spirea is my absolute favourite. 

One of the fun things about moving to a new garden is finding out what is growing. Last spring daffodils popped up everywhere closely followed by white blubells (white bells?).

Here are a few with elaeagnus shoots. Last year the sides of a hedge were pruned but not the top. Another job to add the my very long list. 


 For creative and colouful vases from around the world visit In a vase on Monday hosted by Cathy - Rambling in the Garden. 

23 comments:

  1. Such a sweet collection of springtime! I love discovering a new garden's secrets as well.

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    1. It's great fun, I often forget where I've put things too.

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  2. Oops - I clicked the wrong button and lost my comment! I was saying, amongst other things, that the daily joys of things popping up in spring takes on a new dimension when you don't know what there is to pop up in the first place. - and I am so pleased that you are finding lovely things to pop into your Monday vases

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    1. Before I moved I had a pretty good idea of what was where but not any more. I also have a habit of wandering round with a pot and planting things where there is a space. Not always a lot of planning.

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  3. It seems that spring has arrived, Alison! The surprises are part of what makes this season such a joy. After 6 years here I should be familiar with all the garden's nooks and crannies but I still find myself surprised by this and that almost every day at this time of year.

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    1. Some things disappear so completely then reappear to surprise us. Then again, some things just disappear!

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  4. Hello,

    Your first arrangement's color and composition is perfect for its container and I'd welcome it in my own home.

    It is so interesting, and sometimes surprising, when one moves to a new garden with no knowledge of what may appear through the year. I was overjoyed that first spring when the wisteria bloomed and was the unexpected white variety.

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    1. Oh, well thank you. How wonderful to inherit a white wisteria. A philadelphus started to flower when we arrived here and bloomed for weeks and weeks with it's heady perfume. It was already one of may favourites so that just confirmed it.

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  5. I love your containers.I am continually amazed by what emerges in my garden, some by my hand and many my steries to solve. Happy Spring, Amy

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    1. Exactly. Have I forgotten or did I never plant that?

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  6. It's nice to find things appearing from nowhere, and such a pretty Hyacinth too. I have lost a few things to damp and cold this winter, but hope for the odd surprise nonetheless!

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    1. That is a shame but if you are like me you will go out an replace them and try again. I think our winter has been quite kind to us but of course, it's not over yet!

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  7. Very lovely. I love the coppery new growth in the spirea. That's one shrub I don't have in this garden, although I've grown it in other houses in the past. I think I must treat myself! Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. Unfortunately, one of the results of following all these blogs and memes is an ever increasing list of 'plants I would like'.

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  8. Elegant branches accent the hyacinth so well. Love your pitchers!

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    1. Thank you, I can't resist 'jugs' and keep buying more.

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  9. Hi Alison, lovely arrangement. Spirea is one of my favourites too, mainly for the new foliage which is such a pretty copper colour. It looks particularly lovely with the white hyacinth. This garden at this time of the year is full of wonderful surprises. The white jugs are lovely too. Elizabeth xx

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    1. Thank you, I'm very pleased with the garden and arrangements.

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  10. Both of your arrangements are lovely and I can almost smell your hyacinth from here. Love that fragrance. Washing windows is overrated. I never clean mine because I'm lazy. Oh wait, strike that. Mine never get cleaned for environmental reasons. If birds don't see a shiny reflection in windows, they don't fly into them and injure themselves so keeping a film of grime on my windows is really an effort to support wildlife. (That's my story and I'm sticking to it!)

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    1. An interesting viewpoint which I will consider but I do like to be able to see my garden when I'm not actually in it!

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  11. What a beautiful new leaf arrangement. The spirea is really does make the whole thing shine!

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    1. Thank you. I adore it at this time of year, always take photos then find I have loads already.

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  12. So pretty! I love your vases, too. One of my favorites is an old milk bottle I found in a lot of canning jars I'd bought from an estate sale. Simple and lovely - as are yours!

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