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 – it 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 metaphorically 😉
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.
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.
We are feeling blissful 🙂
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 – 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.
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’.
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 times 🙂
Have a wonderful week everyone.