‘And is there honey still for tea?’
You normally have to be bashed about a bit by life to see the point of daffodils, sunsets and uneventful nice days.
Alain De Botton – Philosopher
It’s been an eventful few weeks – all the changes at work are becoming very real now, and all the legal issues around my friend’s death are nearly done. I’m recovering well mentally and physically, though there’s a while to go yet – I know I’ll get to where I want to be – and can regain my inner and outer calm soon 🙂
I’ve always loved Daffodils. I lived in flats for many years and often had vases of daffs around the house.
Once I got a garden (with a house) they were the first things I planted – there are many species around by garden. My tête a têtes are always the first to flower (in late January this year!) and when they do – I know Spring is on its way. There’s a great show from my crocuses and irises so maybe they’ll be in the vase next week.
I’ve also got some wall flowers still flowering from last summer (in a very sheltered part of my garden) – so I wanted to showcase them too.
I picked dark green rosemary and silver grey curry plant because, I liked the contrast of colours and textures. I thought they all went well with the blooms and Vase.
Herbs and spices are a huge part of our cooking. We’ve got 10 different kinds of mint in pots so it doesn’t spread around the garden. My chap has been taking care of me by cooking great food – it’s one of the ways he shows his love for me (and others). I wrote about him and all the other ‘chefs’ in my life in December.
- In a Vase on Monday – Love and rosemary for remembrance – 31 December 2015
The helichrysum had very small yellow flowers, and it was only it seems appropriate, that it is used in ‘Everlasting’ and ‘Immortal’ Essential Oils.
The Vase is actually a recycled glass tealight holder which I bought at The Eden Project in 2014. It’s made an appearance before:
My Chap and I have been making plans – we’ve booked a holiday to Cornwall in May. I’m sure we’ll be visiting The Eden Project again, Heligan, Caerhays and some of the other great gardens of Cornwall – we didn’t get to Lanhydrock last year but will go there definitely. I think we’ll be spending alot of time by the sea too.
I’m hoping I can get some more garden ornaments on our trip. I’ve got quite a few rusty iron flowers and other decorations around the garden. I really must write about them in a blog – as they’re carefully chosen, with memories and love associated with each one.
Cathy at Rambling in the Garden has a wonderful vase this week in a Japanese style and has written about weddings and promises. Do have a look at everyone’s vases from around the world and join in if you can. These vases and all the blog writers lift my mood and inspire my planting 🙂 Thank you so much everyone – I’m trying to comment more in 2016.
Today I am thinking of promises made both long ago, and more recently but most of all – promises for the future. I’ve only ever tried to do my best – I hope I have.
It seems appropriate to dream on the ‘extra’ day we have this year. My ideas about what to do this year are coming together – which is helping me feel more content, but it’s scary at the same time. I just know I need to be brave – and take the first step. I know I need to believe in myself and ‘seize the day’.
As ever, My Chap is always holding my hand (sometimes metaphorically) through all of life’s adventures on the ‘nice, uneventful days’ as well as the most challenging days. I would have been in a real pickle if he hadn’t been here in 2015.
I am dreaming of the sunsets by the sea in Cornwall. I hope things will be clearer by then… and I’ll be feeling less ‘bashed about by life’.
Have a lovely week – what have you done with your extra day?
See my #100happydays photos
Everything has really caught up with me this week and I am full of a horrible cold. We had a wonderful day at Tatton Park Flower Show on Friday– so much inspiration for our garden, but it was a very long day. I knew I was going down with something nasty as I couldn’t smell the beautiful flowers I’m including in my vase today. It’s the sweetpea :-).
I nipped out to pick these sweetpeas, growing by the front door – they get full sun all summer and grow among two clematis – one dark purple and the other a more dapply mid pink one. There’s also a big ‘tom thumb’ hardy fuchsia. The sweetpeas are about 6 foot high at the moment. I don’t know the variety as the tag is hidden away. I’ve got more sweetpeas growing in the north facing back garden but nowhere near as far along as these.
The vase is recycled glass and came from the Eden Project in May 2015; there were about 10 different colours but the Chap said only buy one. The Eden Project is well worth a visit if you’re in the area and the shop is an Aladdin’s cave of lovely things – often made from re-cycled materials – www.edenproject.com/shop/
Please take a look at Rambling in the Garden – Cathy’s got gorgeous flowers from her mum’s garden on an island on the West of Scotland. It sounds a challenging place to garden, but must be very beautiful. I went to University in Scotland and it’s a place close to my heart. I really must visit again soon. Cathy also talks about how her Mum picking flowers for vases helped give her love of gardening. I hope her mum enjoys the vases people post. Writing this blog, has also reminded me how much of my love of gardening, sitting in the garden and enjoying visiting stately homes, castles and great gardens comes from my mother. Thanks Mum! My love of cooking comes from my Dad though.
Have a good week everyone – I’m hoping the rain will stop soon here in Manchester and I’ll feel better soon.
Love Bec xx
I managed to dodge the torrential rain to get my contribution to ‘In a Vase on Monday’ – late as usual but I’ve got a very good excuse. I picked lilac from a dwarf tree my mum gave me last year, an anemone, the last purple tulip, some Scabiosa (often called pincushion plants), and the greenery is from a white potentilla which hasn’t started flowering yet.
The vase is actually a tea light holder made from recycled glass with a little metal hook. I bought it at the Eden project a couple of weeks ago – as you can imagine they use a lot of recycled materials and there are some really lovely things on their website shop. I liked the colour combination of shades of purple/lilac and a bright green.
Do have a look to see what other people have picked over at Cathy’s blog – Rambling in the Garden
She’s got a rainbow of colours and ribbons this week – it really cheered me up – Thank you Cathy.
The lilac bush smells wonderful – it’s sitting next to my bistro table at the bottom of my garden – not that we’ve had much time to sit outside as it’s been very wet and windy.
I haven’t been around much recently on the blog or in Manchester – we were in Cornwall ‘on holiday’ for a week which definitely wasn’t enough time. I fellt like I’d just skimmed the surface of Cornwall. We are already planning our next visit, probably in September.
Since I’ve been back home, I’ve been horrendously busy. Big life issues have got in the way to say the least – a very old, close friend of mine died very suddenly at the end of April; pals from University and I organised his funeral last week. We are all in a state of shock.
So we had a lovely, but very weird holiday to Cornwall, we were staying in beautiful cottage Charlestown with a view of the sea from the windows. Charlestown is an 18th century port (with its own tall ship) on the edge of St Austell with a couple of restaurants, pubs and a lot of craft/art shops. Good walks along the cliffs locally too. I’ll write in more detail about our holiday another time.
- The Lost Gardens of Heligan
I have wanted to go to Heligan for a very long time. The rhododendrons were out near the house; they were stunning and over 60 foot high; there is just so much to see there all year round.
- The Eden Project This was our 2nd time – we visited September 2014 – this time the aerial walkway in the tropical dome was open and the view was stunning.
- Caerhays Castle
it has the national collection of magnolias but we went to see the camellias, rhodenendron and azaleas – There are miles of forest walks and we saw four people all day.
- St Ives – wonderful place the sea was turquoise and the sand was white – it was very, very windy the day we went though. My Chap finally got to go inside the Tate Gallery – he was very happy.
- Looe – the sea was out, so not a lot of fishing boat activity, but there were some great fishmongers.
- Polperro – the archetypical 18/19th century Cornish fishing village but it seemed to be full of holiday cottages and v shabby.
And alot of walks along the sea and cliffs – throwing stones in the sea and listening to Ludovico Einaudi.
If you’re local – do to Caerhays and Heligan before the rhododendrons and azaelas go over. You won’t regret it.
There are many wonderful gardens in Cornwall – have a look at the Great Gardens of Cornwall
It has been the hardest and weirdest few weeks of my life but I know I’ll get through this difficult time.
They say it’s better to bury your sadness … In a garden that waits for the Spring to wake from its sleep and burst into green. Conor oberst – musician – www.conoroberst.com/
I’ll do this though my sadness is very deep – I know gardening will help me. The Great Gardens of Cornwall helped to replenish my soul and my Chap, my friends, my garden, the hills and the sea will do the rest. That and the RHS Chelsea flower show on TV.
Have a wonderful week everyone – Carpe Diem
Love Bec xxx