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Monday, 26 December 2016

In a vase on Monday - Flowering for Christmas

I just wanted to see how many things I had flowering on Christmas day. I've heard it's a thing people do! I hope you agree it's a welcome bit of colour.

Tiny shot glasses were used for the arrangements, I find them perfect for small things. 

In this glass:
Jasmine nudiflorum
Mahonia - nameless. The perfume is so sweet but it doesn't last well in a vase.
Salad Rocket flowers - a bit of a cheat as they are in my tunnel. 
Rudbeckia - rustic dwarf. I'm not sure how that survived.
Calendula - a yellow and an orange
Viola - un-named

Parsley flowers 
One Virgina Stock!
Perennial basil. - another cheat it was in my utility room. 
Zaluzianskya ovata - or night scented phlox if you prefer. I can't stress enough how fabulous this little flower is. Easy from seed and flowers all summer giving a powerful scent of Refreshers every evening.( Refreshers are/were fruity sherbet sweets). The outside is an amazing maroon colour then they open to white. 

 How gorgeous is that? Still flowering in December but no scent.

And finally:
Erigeron karvinskianus
Viburnum - I think. I must check this bush in summer. It has scented flowers now.
One night scented stock. Growing in a pot of lavender in the greenhouse. 

I'm so pleased with these, and as they are on a board, I can move them around with me to admire wherever I am. 
I noticed buds on my Lonicera fragrantissima, I can't wait, and a hellebore in bud which I couldn't bring myself to pick yet. My first seed catalogue has arrived so after the madness has died down I'll be making lists and planning for next year!

For more vases and inspiration visit In a vase on Monday - hosted by Cathy from Rambling in the garden. 

Monday, 19 December 2016

In a vase on Monday - Skeleton stems

While tidying in the garden I came across these skeleton stems of Heuchera flowers. 

 Sorry for the shocking photos.

In the garden I try and tread the line between cutting down everything and having it look a bedraggled mess for winter. Though some things look good in decay there is a lot more that doesn't. I often read how such and such looks good covered in frost. In my opinion most things look good when frosty but we don't get that much frost here so the bedraggled look is far more common!

Anyway I cut these stems to bring in as I was very taken by their structure. Photographing was much harder but I hope you get the idea here. 

A quick word about the vase. This is one we bought at a local market a couple of years ago. It does hold water but I tend to forget to top it up. For me it's best with dried material and looks great on this small bit of wall.
It's clay with patterns stamped in to it, wired onto a piece of driftwood. 

 So no colour from me today but for colourful and inventive vases go to In a Vase on a Monday, hosted by Cathy - Rambling in the Garden.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

In a vase on Monday - Winter green

I'm very surprised by this vase. I did not hold out much hope of finding anything colourful at all.
The I found this winter flowering Jasmine was in bloom. It's draped over a wire fence under a tree. I think it needs some care and coaxing into shape and it could be very lovely. 
I picked a few twigs, there is not much to it really, and thought that might be it for the vase. Wandering around I remembered we are lucky enough to have a huge bay tree. Most of it is too high for me but I can reach the lower branches. I think it needs some attention too. It's tucked away behind our oil tank so not very accessible. 


The effect of the yellow and green is very fresh and bright and looks cheerful on our dining room table. Unlike the weather which is grey and very often foggy.

For more beautiful vases visit Rambling in the Garden - In a vase on Monday. These were in a vase on Monday and now I've found time to share on Tuesday.

Monday, 5 December 2016

In a Vase on Monday - Graceful in decay

I'm resurrecting my gardening blog. If I'm going to do the odd post about my garden exploits, I may as well do it here. 
I stopped posting as I wasn't finding time to keep it up but I do like the reminder of what has happened and how it all looked in a previous season.
I was scouting round looking for things to go in a vase.  There is precious little about that looks at all good just now. 
I noticed the leaves were dropping  off this Cotoneaster so I collected a few twigs to bring in before it's too late. 

I was determined to  use this vase, as it gives a nice fan shape to the leaves, but it was vary hard to get them to stay put. In fact the clock is helping to hold them up! The vase is one of my favourites more usually holding sweet peas.
The photograph does not really show the wonderful colours. It was too dark and I didn't have an available lamp. 
I'm linking this to Rambling in the Garden - In a Vase on Monday

So what's going on in the garden just now?
As this purports to be a blog a bout compost , I'll tell you about the compost heaps. We (the Royal We) built these in this corner which is tucked away behind my poly tunnel and out of  sight of the road. 

You can see the day was sunny but very cold. The wind was pretty chilly and some of the frost lasted all day. However it got up to 20∘C in the poly tunnel. Yesterday it was -2. No sun.

Now I've decided to get some ducks. Ducks eat slugs. Say no more. 
After some discussion it was agreed that the best place for the ducks would be in this corner so that means moving the compost heaps. As you see they are only made of pallets, we are lucky enough to have a steady supply, so not too difficult to move. Though it does mean digging out the contents.

I've moved most of this heap. It is very well rotted with just a few twigs which I pick out as I go, along with plant labels and bits of plastic.  The one on the right is also quite well rotted but the contents of the one on the left will have to be moved into a new bin and left for a few more months. Moving it will do it good, and me - I need the excercise
They have been built with no real thought to the compostion. I just pile things on when I have them - kitchen waste, soft prunings, some grass, annual plants and cuttings from perennials, some cardboard and paper. We probably built them in the spring so it has rotted down very well, I must have got the mix right. 
Here is the pineapple sage I mentioned in my last post. ( Which confusingly was not on this blog - it's here).

We've had a week of hard frosts so it looks much worse than last week and the flowers are mostly shrivelled. I've cut it down now and tucked it into a cold frame I've just put inside the tunnel.
Luckily I remembered to take some cuttings last month. I just put them in a glass of water and look:

Roots! So easy. I'll pot these up now and keep them in the house until spring.