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In a Vase on Monday – Bee Kind this Spring

‘Be happy for this moment, This moment is your life’. Omar Khayyam (1048-1132) Persian mathematician, astronomer and poet.

Over the last month or so, I’ve been concentrating even more on my mindfulness practise – and being more in the moment. But, it feels a bit like groundhog day at the moment, Winter (and snow) re-appearing and Spring receding into the distance again (much like it was at the beginning of March). Once again it was a very cold weekend, with snow forcast, so I thought about what I might find the garden; most of the plants are looking a bit sorry for themselves (especially the Camellias) but plenty of bulbs coming up.

27 March 2018 – Hellebore, tête-à-tête daffodils (with ice) photographed on 18 March 2018

On Sunday 18th March, there was about 3inches of snow in our garden, the sky was blue, but it was very cold. It certainly concentrates your mind when you have to bundle up in your thickest coat, scarf, hat and gloves (and walking boots), just to explore what flowers are out in the garden. So I dashed out, and I found more than I was expecting. It made up for the pain from my arthritis, which doesn’t like the cold at all. I’ve struggled with the cold, with pain, which makes me tired all the time. That’s probably why it took over a week to write this blog – oh well I’ll try to be quicker next time.

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In a Vase on Monday – hellebore, half cup full, afternoon tea at Tatton Park

Some people see the glass half full. Others see the glass half empty. The enlightened are simply grateful to have a glass. Mark Desvaux – Life Coach at 4000Saturdays.

For my ‘In a Vase on Monday’ this week, I decided to pick some of the first flowers that appear in my garden – Hellebores.  There were a couple of reasons for this which I’ll explain – a trip to Tatton Park inspired me.

In a Vase on Monday - Hellebore and half cup cooking measure

In a Vase on Monday – Hellebore and half cup cooking measure – 15 February 2016

Cathy hosts ‘In a vase on Monday’ at Rambling in the Garden; this week she has a collection of three vases with daffodils – a symbol of Spring and lovely, bright colours which lifted my mood.  Do have look and join in if you can.  I think my tête-à-têtes daffodils will be appearing in my vase soon.

Afternoon tea at the Gardener’s Cottage, Tatton Park

On Saturday, My Chap and I went to Tatton Park.   We go often, as it’s only about 45mins drive from our house, and there’s always something interesting to see. I love the Japanese Garden in particular, especially the colours of the acers in the Autumn.  Tatton Park, is owned by the National Trust and is, of course, home to the Royal Horticultuaral Society.

I wonder what will happen to the Tatton Park show when RHS Bridgewater garden opens in 2019? I am VERY excited about this garden coming to Salford – great for tourism, employment and encouraging horticultural and ecological knowledge for everyone .  It’s going to be 3 miles from my garden too!

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In a Vase on Monday – thankful for hellebores

Cup of 'tea' in the garden - 6 April 2015

Cup of ‘tea’ in the garden – 6 April 2015

An important moment this weekend; on Easter Sunday we had our tea in the garden for the first time this year –  on our small table down at the bottom of the garden on decking my chap built (Where I sit – Part 1). My chap loves to eat outside and frankly, if he had his way, we’d be eating out all year round (I’d be in a bubble coat and gloves next to the fire pit obviously).  It was a lovely day on Easter Sunday; sunny, warm and we got plenty of gardening done too.

I decided to celebrate this auspicious day (and Easter, of course) using a teacup and hellebores for my ‘In a vase on Monday.   Please have a look at Cathy’s website who hosts the meme Rambling in the Garden – to see what other people have done too. Her display looks good enough to eat 🙂

hellebore and an agrimony teacup - 6th April 2016

hellebore and an agrimony teacup – 6th April 2016

I love hellebores – this one was a present from my mum so I don’t know the variety but it’s one commonly available in the garden centres.  I’ve just planted a white one called ‘Ellen White’ and I’d love a dark purple one.  A lot of my garden is shady, because it’s north facing with high fences, so I think I can justify another one even though space is tight.

Hellebores are known as ‘Lenten roses’ because they flower from February to April so it seems appropriate to mark Easter with my vase too. They aren’t part of the rose family though.  Mine didn’t flower here in Manchester until first week of March, so I’m hoping for a few more weeks yet.

The tea cup is part of set from Royal Worcester called ‘the language of flowers’.  The idea that flowers and plants represented certain attributes has been around for centuries, especially in paintings. The Victorian’s expanded this idea substantially especially for roses, every colour had meaning and also the location in the bouquet too.

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The yellow flower on my teacup is agrimony which in the language of flowers means ‘thankfulness’.  The plant agrimony is a herbaceous perennial, which used to be common in hedgerows, and was used by the Roman’s to treat many ailments including stomach upset.   It is part of the rose family.   I’m going to look for it when I’m out in the countryside this year.

The teacup set was given to me by my boss who I worked with for about 12 years.  She was a truly inspirational person; I learnt so much from her.  She was exceptionally clever but very kind too; always helped people in their careers and was genuinely thrilled when we did well.  She’s retired now – happily gardening.

I am very thankful she was a part of my life.

I am very thankful I get to enjoy my garden, especially sharing food with the people I love.

Happy Easter everyone.

Carpe Diem

love Bec xxx