In a Vase on Monday – sweetpeas (late but not forgotten) 

I’ve not been in the garden as much as I’d like this year, mainly lack of time, far too much going on.  Another devastating bereavement, my wonderful brother, I can’t express in words how much I miss him.   His death in March, led to major health relapse, my osteoarthritis went into meltdown. I’m much better now than I was, back at yoga, walking and feeling much more myself.  One of the reasons, I was so busy, was very good though – My Chap and I got married in September 🙂  more about that in other posts 🙂

It’s never too late to spend time in the garden though, so I’ve been out tidying up, and pruning.  I was at the bottom of the garden, and hidden behind a huge bush of purple perennial wallflower, I found some Spencer sweetpeas still flowering. I was gobsmacked,  as the sweetpeas at the back door, and front door, were over about a month ago.

Pink and purple sweetpeas in tall round glass vase

9 November 2017 – In a Vase on Monday – Spencer sweetpeas with lavender

Finding the sweetpeas reminded me that I’d not joined in with Cathy and her ‘In a Vase on Monday’ over on Rambling in the Garden for over six months.  I need to rectify that!  She’s got a Vase representing fireworks this week – it looks awesome.

So here’s more about the vase and the flowers:

  • these are Spencer sweetpeas,  they grow to over 6 foot, and I love the colour combinations, and of course, the smell. I buy them as small seedlings even though they’d be easy to grow from seed. We’ve only got small window sills and no room for a greenhouse – so needs must.
  • I’ve tried dwarf sweetpeas but the Spencer ones are definitely the most reliable in soggy Salford – if they avoid the slugs 😉
  • Sweet peas have appeared many times In a Vase on Monday over a couple of years – have a look on the #sweetpea hashtag
  • I love their scent – it still manages to waft around our tiny house days after they’ve been picked.
  • The lavender come from the newer plants we bought for our wedding, joining about 7 bushes dotted around our front garden. We’d planned to use them as centre pieces at our wedding but, due to a soggy September, most had gone over by our wedding day.  All wasn’t lost though – lots of lavender confetti.
  • The vase came from a local charity shop – a pound!

Near the wallflower is an offshoot of the honeysuckle, it’s rather taken advantage of one of our garden ‘sculptures’. It had the very last of the flowers. It’s made me smile watching it overtake the poll. And much like the sweetpeas, it’s found a way forward. Not the path it was expecting, but reaching for the light and flowering, despite obstacles – a bit like me.  It’s ‘supposed’ to be growing up the fence about four foot away.  I took a photo in May for #wordlesswednesday which shows how much it’s grown

9 November 2017 – errant honeysuckle and a watering can sculpture (and yoda too)

It’s been a very difficult few years but I am so fortunate to have my Chap holding my hand (sometimes metaphorically), my family and friends all around the world, by my side.  I know I need to take care of myself too.

An empty jug (or watering can) can’t pour – Anonymous

I’ll be paying attention to self-care – mindfulness, yoga, walks, fun, rest, Earl Grey tea – the smell of lavender. #365daysofselfcare

What I do know is Life isn’t a dress rehearsal. So on that note I plan more adventures in the across the North, the world, up a hill or two, buy the sea, drinking a Pimms,  eating a cake or just chilling in the garden.  I hope you’ll join us.

And as Yoda says,

“Do or do not. There is no try.”

Carpe Diem

Love Bec xx xx xx

8 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday – sweetpeas (late but not forgotten) 

    1. Bec Post author

      Hi Eliza, thank you – it’s good to be back, I struggled to write anything much for months. managed a few photos and picked lots of sweetpeas 🙂 especially the ones by the front door. I miss my brother every day but he’s with me in my heart. Our wedding was wonderful xxx

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  1. Cathy

    Oh Bec, I noticed the ‘pingback’ so popped over immediately to catch up. You have actually linked to last week’s vase and not today’s, but not to worry, I am just pleased to have heard from you in this post. I did email you over the summer to try and find out how you were but you would have been well engrossed in wedding plans by then. I am so glad to hear that the wedding happened and I trust it was a wonderful milestone amidst your difficult year. How exciting to find some late sweet peas – what pleasure they will bring. You are clearly taking stock of your life and know that you need to grab it with both hands, with the support of your Chap and your friends and family; take note of what they say, look after yourself and keep talking about your feelings


    1. Bec Post author

      Hi Cathy, it was lovely to hear from you last week and over the summer (I’ve struggled so much to write anything coherent this year). Yes our wedding was wonderful – I’m hoping to write more about about soon. Let’s just say it took alot of organising on top of everything else that has been going on. I’m much, much better than I was – and yes I’m v fortunate to have the love and support of The Chap (I still have a huge smile when I call him Husband) and all our friends and family around the world. It’s lovely to be back blogging again and I’m hoping to be focus more on the things you mention. Much love Bec xxx xxx


    1. Bec Post author

      Thank you Jessica – it’s been grim he’s very, very missed. I’m glad you liked the sweetpeas, they definitely lift my soul. Love bec xx


  2. Bec Post author

    Thank you – yes it definitely helps laura. I try to go for a walk every day, bit more of a challenge as the nights are drawing in but hopefully time in the garden and long walks at the weekend will help. Love bec xx



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