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Monday, 6 March 2017

Spring vase on a wet day

I'm so pleased to have something colourful to pick for a vase.


Here are 3 Tete a tete daffodils, mahonia flowers, primroses, ceanothus foliage, lavender foliage and golden Corydalis 'Berry Exciting' foliage.


The colour belies the weather which has been appalling. You can see the rain in this picture. On Sunday, when I took this, we had by turn windy, hail storms, torrential rain and the odd sunny spell. 
I've managed to get outside this week by picking my moments and focusing on a task for that window. 
For colourful and creative vases from around the world visit In a vase on Monday hosted by Cathy from Rambling in the Garden. 

Here is a quick look at the broad beans sown a few weeks ago, see here. The grew away well and we kept them on a hanging shelf away from pests. 


Also a good way of creating more shelf space at this time of year. This is filled with tomatoes in the summer. Underneath, just now, is Cavolo Nero, rocket, newly potted dahlia tubers, and geranium and alstromeria roots, which I bought mail order, and are just shooting.  


This  is the lovely root system of the bean.
  

Here they are planted in the poly tunnel border. They look so pristine, so far untouched slugs, bean thrips, chocolate spot or mice! It's only a matter of time. 

12 comments:

  1. Hello Alison,
    what a pretty post. I like the way you used the outdoors as a backdrop for your arrangement.I always forget to use Mahonia, when it looks so good in a group and also smells nice. Your greenhouse looks ever so productive.

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    1. Yes the mahonia smells very good. it drops petals quite quickly but I forgive it. I'd moved the vase all around to find a background which wasn't distracting and had good light!

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  2. Joanna quite rightly has already commented on the clever way you have used the outside as the backdrop for the vase - which is so sunny that it nearly tricks us into not noticing the rain! The golden cordyalis foliage is such a good addition to the blooms. Clever idea to suspend a shelf for your seedlings - although I suspect it may not defeat the most determined of mice...;)Thanks for sharing Allison

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    1. I think things are pretty safe on the shelf, there is too much good to eat on the ground!

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  3. You selected a cheerful assemblage for your vase this week, Alison. My own Mahonia is long since bloomed out, another indication of the difference in our climates I guess. Your beans look great too!

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    1. Thank you, it's so interesting to see variations from place to place.

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  4. The bright flowers are full of cheer. Hope the weather improves for you.

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    1. It's just very varied. Today dry with sunny spells so I have been out! I'm catching up on the jobs I meant to do during the winter.

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  5. When the weather is being horrid I think it is even more important to bring flowers indoors. And yours are a lovely spring bunch!

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  6. That's such a lovely vaseful! Tete-a-tete with primroses...! <3 Your hanging shelf is intriguing; I've had so much rabbit trouble here that I've not even started a vegetable garden, despite occasionally ordering seeds with the best intentions. Must give it a try though!

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    1. I'm so pleased not to have rabbits (yet at least). I saw the hanging shelf in a book, it's a very good use of space. Growing vegetables is a constant battle but so good when you get to eat something you've grown.

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