In a vase on Monday – sweetpeas are blissful and so are we

Now a soft kiss – Aye, by that kiss, I vow an endless bliss. –
Endymion II, John Keats

This has been a very strange summer for many reasons, the weather has been really wet, so many plants and flowers are weeks behind flowering when they should have.  This week I dodged the monsoon downpours to pick these sweetpea flowers.    They  were tricky to photograph as the light was so poor Рit felt like October.  They smell wonderful though.

It’s been a hectic¬†year so far, many changes at work and uncertainty for many people But, I start an exciting¬†new role next month, so there’s been much to arrange, lots of extra studying and planning; I’m looking forward to it.¬†¬†¬†I’m still feeling very, very tired and my back¬†ache and arthritis have been painful, but I’m much, much¬†better than I was this time last year.¬†¬†I couldn’t have got to where I am today, without the unending support and love of My Chap – he’s always holding my hand – sometimes metaphoricallyūüėČ

Sweet peas and Purple glass vase from Eden Centre

Sweet peas and Purple glass vase from the Eden Project  Р22 July 2016

This vase appeared before as part of ‘In a Vase on Monday’ before in late July 2015; it turns out I’d picked sweetpeas then too – completely different colours though. ¬†I do remember that the sweetpea plants were about 6 foot high and covered in flowers – they’ve barely reached 4 foot this year.

As I mentioned, I’ve been very busy so although I’ve picked and photographed flowers and vases quite a few times this year – I haven’t ‘quite’ managed to write blog posts – chronically late even for me.¬† As ever, I really enjoy seeing everyone’s flowers (and vases) from around the world – it’s really lifted me, inspired me and made me feel part of a community.¬† Thank you everyone.

‘In a¬†Vase on Monday’ is hosted by Cathy at www.ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com so do have a look to see what people have created – this week there are some¬†Ikebana Japanese flower arrangements Cathy’s Ikebana Venus is beautiful.¬† I think I might have to think hard about¬†Ikebana and do some reading before I have a go.¬† I still tend to plonk flowers in vases and hope for the best.

Sweet pea and purple vase

sweetpeas and vase from the Eden project – 27 July 2015

It’s said that the poet John Keats (1795-1821) was the first person to use the name sweet pea for these flowers. ¬†Although. the style of sweetpeas he knew would be very different to modern day ones because of hybrids. In the language of flowers Sweetpeas meaning blissful pleasure.

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We are feeling blissfulūüôā

The big news is – My Chap asked me to marry him and I said YES!!!

On Saturday 18th June 2016, we took a picnic and headed off to Bodnant Garden in Wales; we go often and love it there.  We had a great time, wandering around the estate and the mountains of Snowdonia glistened in the sunshine.  We took many photos of the Dell, in particular (the rhododendrons and azaleas were nearly over but the hydrangeas were just coming into bloom).

We¬†arrived at the rose garden about 5pm. It was exceptional ‚Äď the roses are in full bloom¬†and the scent¬†incredible. ¬†I sat on a bench by the roses My Chap got down on one knee and asked me….Blissful.

Rose garden at Bodnant, engagement bench, Constance Spry roses

Rose Garden at Bodnant Garden – our engagement – 18 June 2016

My Chap chose my engagement ring too – it fits perfectly – what a wonderful man.
We celebrated by buying a purple lupin from the Bodnant garden centre.
My Brother and Sister in Law sent us a stunning Waterford crystal vase which will definitely be appearing as the star of ‘In a Vase in Monday’.

engagement rings, roses, bench, Bodnant Garden Conwy

My Chap asked me to marry him in the Rose Garden at Bodnant on Saturday 18th June 2016 – I said yes

I don’t think it will surprise¬†ANY ¬†of my fellow gardening bloggers that the first thing we thought about was ‘what style and colours our wedding flowers should be?’¬†¬†¬†Roses will definitely appearing, as will lavender, and sweetpeas too. ¬†I hope we can grow some flowers for our wedding, so I’ll be seeking advice for a ‘cutting garden’ in our small, ¬†northern, north-facing back garden.

Just need to get on with arrangements and find a venue – We are getting married late September 2017.

Exciting timesūüôā

Have a wonderful week everyone.

Carpe Diem

Love

Bec xx

 

 

 

Wordless Wednesday – Waterford peonies and roses

Vase with peoni

Engagement Gift – Waterford crystal vase with Peonies and Roses – 6 July 2016

A huge box arrived, inside was a beautiful (and heavy) Waterford crystal vase from my brother and sister in law in Australia to celebrate our engagement.  We bought the flowers – Not In a vase on Monday yet..  But it will be soon.