This morning I found a mini red and yellow dahlia hiding in a pot – it really made me very happy to see it lurking among some rather slug-ravaged leaves – it’s the only flower. I decided to pick it for my ‘In a vase on Monday’ and place it in a mini milk bottle – the whole arrangement is only about four inches high. The bottle is part of set of five that appeared as my second ‘In a vase on Monday’ back in March 2015 – tête a tête daffodils and purple pansies.
It’s made me smile as I’d just about given up on any dahlias from this pot and the weather in Manchester is on the turn – Autumn is definitely on its way. I’m not complaining as we’ve had a warm and dry September. I really must crack on with planting my bulbs though. There are still many flowers around in the garden so I’m hoping for a colourful ‘In a vase on Monday’ next week.
‘In a vase on Monday’ is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden – she’s got a really pretty collection of pink and purple flowers in a mini vase too. It was good to hear more about her Grannie too and good to hear how a love of gardening goes down the generations. Memories of my gran popped into my mind – she was an inspirational lady too, but not much of gardener, as she bred and showed beagles.
I love looking through everyone’s vases from around the world, the varieties of flowers and when they flower – and it has really helped lift my mood even if I don’t comment often. Given me so many ideas about what I could grow in my soggy north facing Mancunian garden.
Life has been very hectic for the last few months and big life things have overtaken me, especially since the death of my friend in April 2015. I’ve struggled to write, including on my blog too and my brain has felt full of sludge – a bit weird for a usually chatty, outgoing person. But, I think I’ve turned a corner and I hope I’ll be back to my usual self soon.
Then something popped up on twitter about the 100happydays challenge – http://100happydays.com/ and I decided to have a go.
- Asking can you be happy for 100 days in a row?
- Every day submit a picture of what made you happy!
- It can be about anything or anyone.
- It’s a way of getting in touch with the moment you’re in
- People can submit photos privately too.
So this photo is my first entry for the #100happydays challenge.
It couldn’t really be anything other than a flower; as my flowers and garden have brought me so much solace this year during such difficult times and my garden has been my sanctuary. The Great Gardens (like Tatton, Heligan, Bodnant and Dunham Massey) we’ve visited have helped too as well as all the beautiful flowers from all gardening bloggers across the world. I’ve been getting back into yoga (it helps my back trouble) and have been doing some mindfulness practise too. There are 80 days until Christmas, it’s my birthday next week and my Chap’s the week after.
We are off to Lisbon on Saturday and I think there might be a garden visit or two.
I’ll be posting my photos for #100happydays challenge on twitter feed everyday (@becinmonton – in my blog sidebar)– so do have a look and I’ll also do some update blogs too.
#100happydays challenge so far:
- #100happydays – Photos 1-5 dahlia, vinegar, acorns, mindfulness and Dunham Massey
- #100happydays – Photos 6-13 Lovely Lisbon
- #100happydays – Photos 14-20 food, music, Victoria Baths
- #100happydays – Photos 21-28 friends, food, drink, flowers and yoda too
- #100happydays – Photos 29-34 deeds not words inspiring women love
Anyone around the world can get involved in #100happyday or just have a look around on the hashtag or on facebook too.
Have a good week everyone and I hope you find a flower lurking somewhere unexpected.