Here is my bowl of flowers for Monday. I floated these Hellebores in water and added a few Heuchera leaves (Midnight Bayou) as there are still not many hellebores flowering. I think the leaves will probably sink but they look nice for a short while.
The hellebores last a few days in a bowl like this before they collapse and you have to scoop out the soggy remains. It's certainly the best way to show off the gentle colourings.
The bowl is pale green, frosted glass and is another charity shop/bric a brac find.
I managed to organise my son to set up the camera in the polytunnel (he'd borrowed it from work to test). It has a motion sensor which, when activated, takes a picture, there is then some delay before the next is taken. You don't get a continuous film of all activity but photo every so often, I'm not sure how long the delay is. We got a fair few on the first night. I hope you can see the culprit here. Eyes shining brightly at the back of the photo.
There is no way of telling how many critters there are, I think I can see two in one photo, but mice are rarely solitary, as we know! It's either one with a large appetite or a whole family. This used to be a spinach plant which was about 30cm tall.
The next day there were no photos but I noticed he/they had move onto the purple sprouting broccoli in a different corner. We set the camera up again and sure enough:
I hope you're impressed by the addition of an arrow! However, I'm not impressed that he/they are eating my psb. I only left it in there as a trial and it has grown huge and sprawled all over the place. I'm so looking forward to an early crop.
I know there is no way of keeping them out so I'll have to find deterrents and ways of keeping small things safe. Things grew pretty well last year so I hope I'll get most of the crops. At least it isn't rabbits!
Because of the mess of broccoli and other sprawly plants, my second, somewhat belated, year's resolution is - I will stake my plants properly.
I'm very bad at it. It's quite hard to stake well, I find. Unless you want to spend a small fortune on fancy supports. There are ways to do it, though, and the earlier the better before the plants flop so I will do it!
For interesting and creative vases from around the world visit Cathy of Rambling in the Garden - In a Vase on Monday.