‘Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you miss the sense of where you are going and why’ Eddie Cantor, US Actor and Radio Broadcaster.
The very hot weather continues here in NW England, the ground is parched, we’ve had huge wildfires on the moors near Bolton and Oldham, we’ve got the threat of a hosepipe ban from early August (not that I’ve got a hosepipe) and everyone seems to be moaning about the heat. I’m not complaining about the heat – I’m cheerful as it means my arthritis pain is minimal, which makes a massive difference to my wellbeing and energy levels. So I’ve been doing more walking in the woods near us and getting out and about.
So I’ve been watering my plants with the watering can every evening; I find it a very relaxing, mindful activity. I’ve had a very relaxing time in July as I’ve got time off work – time for Wimbledon and enjoying the sunshine (with factor 50, shades and a hat).
I decided to go with a bright arrangement today. For my Vase, I’ve picked:
- Coreopsis – ‘Sunkiss’ and ‘Early Sunrise’. The common name is Tickseed, but luckily I’ve not had any tick bites on my walks, though horse flies are rampant at the moment and most people I know have a nasty bite or two.
- two patio/mini roses one red and one shocking pink – both gifts so I’ve no idea of their names.
- Hypericum from my front garden – it’s appeared a couple of times in the blog
- Pale yellow marguerite daisy – I’ve got three of these growing well after being in the ‘sick plant’ section at a well known DIY store.
- An orange French Marigold, sadly the rest have been decimated by the slugs 😦 They’re the only plants that have been eaten, so that’s not so bad.
The print ‘Enjoy Today’ was designed by Becky Bettesworth. I bought it when I visited Cornwall for the first time in over 30 years in 2015. I sailed often when I was younger and it reminds me to be ‘in the moment’ and accept the direction of the wind (and/or life).
The jug and mug are made by charlottemacey.co.uk/
They have cute, stylised birds flying on the inner rim. I bought these in Cornwall too.
It was so hot, I photographed the vase in the early evening shade, so I am pleased the flower colours came out so well.