Monthly Archives: June 2015

In a vase on Monday – Oranges and lemons – anyone for tennis?

rose, geum, hypericum, pontenilla

rose, geum, hypericum, potenilla – In a vase on Monday – 29 June 2015

Tennis: the most perfect combination of athleticism, artistry, power, style, and wit. A beautiful game, but one so remorselessly travestied by the passage of time. – Martin Amis

As the weather warms up across the UK and the tennis at Wimbledon starts, it’s got me thinking of Robinson’s lemon squash. It’s still a part of the courtside scene, and is integral to the British summer. So today’s vase is reflecting the colours of oranges and lemons; I hope you like it.

I’ve been waiting a while to show the only rose I have in my garden.  It’s from my front garden and was in a very sorry state when I brought my house 6 years ago but some judicious pruning from my Chap has revived it.  I couldn’t include any of the open roses as they’d lost petals because of the winds we had at the weekend. It opens out into  much lighter orange petals – no scent though.

‘In a vase on Monday’ is hosted by Cathy over at www.ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/ She’s got a really vibrant vase this week with her first sunflower.  It’s lovely – do have a look around everyone’s vases – I can’t tell you how much the vases brighten my day.

The other flowers are:
– Geum – Queen of Orange – this is new to the garden this year.  I’ve got a red/orange Geum which was planted last year but the flowers went over between Sunday and Monday – typical!
-a yellow hypericum – there were six bushes of this around my garden – two in the back garden and four (yes four round the lamppost in my front garden).  We’ve dug up, split and given way all but two plants in front garden and one in the back garden.  I like hypericum’s as you get a lot of plant, interesting leaves, pretty yellow flowers and then red/black berries right through until Autumn.
– Potentilla fruticosa – ‘Abbotswood’ another shrub which was in my garden when I arrived.  It’s on the edge of my patio and has a lot of pots sitting in front of it – and the white flowers set off my fuchsias very well.
The vase is just a plain glass one with a ‘clinched’ in middle.

close up - rose, hypericum, pontentilla, geum - In a vase on Monday

close up – rose, hypericum, pontentilla, geum – In a vase on Monday – 29 June 2015

My chap and I had our fifth anniversary  last week, and one of the gifts he gave me was this compass paving stone – he knows we plan so many of our adventures while sitting in our garden and it fits perfectly in the gap next to the decking.   It’s set to magnetic north and, as usual, yoda is overseeing things.  My Chap’s going to set it in gravel soon, as that end of the garden is very shady, so the grass is mostly moss and that’s why there are lots of dandelions too.

yoda compass adventures travel

yoda and the compass – 29 June 2015

I’m off to watch a bit more Wimbledon – I’m very happy because the wifi works throughout the garden so I’ll be sitting at the bistro table enjoying the view of the garden too.

I’ve always loved watching the tennis. My mum used to listen to it on the radio all day at work and as soon as we got home the TV would be on and we’d all be watching.  I was lucky enough to go to Wimbledon with my mum in 1977 – Centre Court tickets too. We saw Ilie Năstase, Billy Jean King and an 18 year old John McEnroe  at his first Wimbledon (as an amateur too), he was grumpy but it was very clear he would be a great talent.   The strawberries were lovely, but expensive, so nothing much changes.  I’d love to go again but always forget to put in for the ballot.

1977 was a fine year as it’s also the being of my love of Star Wars – I think I saw the film three times at the cinema, and everyone wanted a light sabre for Christmas.  I was 11.

Fingers crossed for Andy Murray.   Are you watching the tennis too?

Carpe Diem

Love Bec

Xx

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Wordless Wednesday – Better in the garden, life is.

Yoda flowers

Better in the garden, life is. Yes hmm. Photograph copyright. R. Jones

 

In a Vase on Monday – restful reds and pinks

Garden – It is a beautiful place where there are flowers, grass and trees, where we can play and rest

 dianthus, Argyranthemum petunia

lots of dianthus, Argyranthemum and petunia – 23 June 2015

Here’s my ‘In a vase on Monday’ – it’s a mini vase.  These flowers come from all around the garden including pots and hanging baskets.  They are:

  • dianthus ‘Oscar Dark Red’ it has tiny specks of yellow. It’s new in the garden this year so we will have to see how it gets on.
  • dianthus with dark pink ring at the front are ‘Red picotee’ – there were others in the pack with different colour combinations but the other flowers were eaten by bugs.
  • other kinds of dianthus have been in the garden a few years but I don’t know what kind they are.
  • a red  Argyranthemum – it’s not been in the garden long so I’m not quite sure how big it will grow – A friend gave me this so I don’t know what is called either.
  • there are red mini trailing petunia too – B&Q didn’t admit to the variety 🙂
lots of dianthus - I don't know the names as usual - 23 June 2015

lots of dianthus – I don’t know the names as usual – 23 June 2015

The quote on the jar really resonates with me.   My garden is my sanctuary and I’ve really missed it. I missed my Chap more though –  especially as it was our 5th anniversary while I was away.

I enjoyed picking these flowers very much, as I’d been away from my garden for over a week – so much has grown and flowered.  I was straight outside  when I got home to see what had changed and I’m writing this post on the laptop at the bistro table at the bottom of the garden.

As usual, I’m late with my contribution – oops.   Today, I got back from a military history tour with my mum which was booked last year.    We’ve been to Belgium for the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo – 18 June 1815. We saw a huge re-enactment and travelled around battle sites following events which enabled Wellington and the allies to defeat Napoleon and the French.

She has been so excited about this as she loves this period of history (and the Duke of Wellington!).  It was a really busy week, early starts and a lot of tramping around fields, so I’m very, very tired.  It was good to spend time with my mum, but the grim details of the Battle of Waterloo were difficult after all that’s happened this year.    I’ll write more about this break shortly; it was an interesting week but military history isn’t really my thing, as I much prefer economic and social history and the lives of ordinary people.

I saw quite a few lovely gardens and flower displays all across Belgium so I’ll do a post about that too.   The people on the tour thought I was a bit odd taking photos of flowers and gardens while they were busy taking photos of war memorials – ho hum.  There’s was clever wall display commemorating the battle in Wellington’s headquarters using moss, and the garden was lovely too.

Shop Local – I love Monton 

The mini vase (or jar more like) is from one of the local florists on my local high streets – it’s a jam jar style and about 4 inches high.

Garden - It is a beautiful place where there are flowers, grass and trees, where We can play and rest and enjoy the sunshine

Garden – It is a beautiful place where there are flowers, grass and trees, where We can play and rest and enjoy the sunshine – 23 June 2015.

My local high street, Monton in Salford, is a thriving place with lots of lovely shops including an art and craft shop, handbag shop, cake and decoration shop, boutiques, florist, a proper fishmongers as well as the usual convenience stores and estate agents.  It’s got a Holt’s pub called ‘The Park’, a couple of wine bars, a craft beer bar called ‘Malt Dog’ as well as a couple of restaurants, and the newest La Turka (Turkish).  There is an active community association too www.montonvillage.org.uk/ who do alot of work with businesses promoting the area and amenities, arranging gardening groups on Monton Green and Christmas lights too.  The floral displays were placed in ‘Best urban village’ in ‘Britain in Bloom’ a few years ago.   There’s also vegetable plots which are part of ‘Incredible Edible Salford’ www.incredibleediblesalford.org.uk/ (they’re on facebook and twitter too).

Monton has a great festival on the first Saturday of July (4th July 2015)  with many stalls, competitions, live music in marques, and a funfair on Monton Green. If you’re in the area do come along 🙂

dianthus, marguerite and petuni

pink and red dianthus, marguerite and petunia – 23 June 2015

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You can find out more about this lovely meme hosted by Cathy over at ‘Rambling in the Garden’ – this week she has a beautiful yellow rose as the centre piece of her arrangement and the cutest little tea set – do have a look.  I really love seeing what everyone is picking from around the world and it gives me loads of ideas for my garden and vases.

Have a lovely week everyone – and let me know if you’ve been out and about?  It’s going to be sunny in Manchester this week.

Carpe Diem

Love Bec xxx

 

 

Wellington’s headquarters – Waterloo 18 June 1815

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Im on a week long military history tour with my Mum in Belgium for 200th anniversary of Battle of Waterloo – it’s very detailed military strategy and battlesites. We are also watching the re-enactment twice (!).  My mum is having a great time.  I’m much more interested in social and economic history but I’ve found out some interesting stories too.

There are some lovely floral displays – this one is in the garden at Wellington’s headquarters in the town of Waterloo – about 4 miles north of the actual battle site.

In a vase on Monday – pinks, purples, white and yellow and a bit of crystal

crystal vase with potentilla, anemone, wallflower, pergolonium and kale - 8 June 2015

crystal vase with potentilla, anemone, wallflower, pergolonium and kale – 8 June 2015

The sun has been out today in Manchester and I’ve been planting some of the plants we bought at Bodnant Gardens yesterday.

Here’s my ‘In a vase on Monday’ which is hosted every week by Cathy over at Rambling in the Garden. She’s got lovely roses and alot of pink and white in her vase today.  I’m going to try growing sweet william next year.  My sweet peas are nowhere near flowering but are growing well so fingers crossed.
Do have a look and join in if you can.
I enjoy everyone’s links and flowers so much – they are so creative.

This week, I’ve included:

  • White Potentilla – Abbotswood (I saw the same bush at Bodnant so now I know it’s name). This was one of the few shrubs in the garden when I moved here five years ago.
  • Pink Pelargonium (it’s survived being over wintered a couple of times so is quite big now)
  • scabiosa – ‘Pincushion plant’ – it’s new this year and it’s loving it’s location in the shady border
  • Anemone – another new arrival in the garden
  • Purple wall flower – this and the amemone are in the new border my Chap built last year at the front of the decking.  I think they both like the better quality soil.
  • Pericallis ‘Senetti’ I buy one or two of these plants every spring – you get alot of flowers for your money but I can’t get them to over winter.  Other colours include white/vivid pink, white/purple and various vivid pinks – don’t forget to dead head them for more flowers.
  • The yellow flowers are from a purple curly leaved kale.
  • close up - 8 June 2015

    close up – 8 June 2015

The vase is a small lead-crystal vase (about 10 inches high) which belonged to the mother of my good friend who died recently. She told me years ago it was a wedding present (1964)  but I never saw flowers in it in all the time I knew her; just loose change.   It has a smaller ‘sister’ vase which I found in a cupboard at my friends house. His Mum passed away about 18months ago and his Dad just three weeks later.

It’s good to use the vase for this arrangement as it would have been his mum’s birthday this week. I’ll be using both these vases regularly now and think of J and her lovely white country garden rose in her yard garden (just about the only plant there!).  I took a picture of the vases as Cathy asked about my last vase.  They’re really pretty but very heavy.

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My orange rose in the front garden has one rose out and alot more buds, so fingers crossed it will feature next week.

What have you got flowering with you?

love

Bec

xx