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In a vase on Monday – not blue anymore

Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger.   If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.  Dale Carnegie

three hydrangea 'blue mophead' - three blooms in pink/green - 13 July 2015

hydrangea flowers ‘blue mophead’ – three blooms in pink/green – 13 July 2015

This week I’ve been thinking about how things don’t turn out quite the way you expect; this is one of the reasons I decided to pick these hydrangeas in today’s ‘In a vase on Monday’. The hydrangea macrophyia‘s name is ‘Blue Mophead’.

We planted the hyrdrangea earlier the year in Ericaceous compost (which is acid soil) so the plant should have blue flowers but the plant is clearly having none of it. The newest flower is the blue/purple one but the colour turns to pink and then fades to pink/green. I guess I could add something to the pot to change the flowers back to blue but I don’t really have the time or energy this summer. Maybe next year 🙂

three hydrangea blue - three blooms in pink - 13 July 2015

three hydrangea blue – three blooms in pink – 13 July 2015

I’ve used this bud vase in my first ever ‘In a vase on Monday’ with tête a tête daffodils back in March. I just wrapped garden wire around the three hydrangea stems so they would stay together and not fall out the vase.   I think I might wrap a thin cream or dark pink ribbon around the neck of the vase if I pick these flowers again.

I think the flowers are beautiful especially as there are so many shades of pink into washed out green.   I’ve moved the pot to the bottom of the garden on the deck so we can can enjoy the flowers when we’re eating and relaxing. Not that we’ve had much chance to enjoy the flowers close up as it’s been pouring down today.

yoda with hydrandea, petunias and some margarites

yoda with hydrandea, petunias and some Marguerites – 13 July 2015

There’s been such a lot to deal with this year but I am slowly working through things and I know I’ll get there.

I’ve been struggling to get things done on time, including writing every Monday about my flower vase. I hate being late or missing deadlines so my tardiness has been bugging me. So it’s only a short blog post today too, so that I can FINISH it! Doing a small job well 🙂
Next on the list is answering some emails/blog comments and then some flower dead-heading/weeding and planning good things for the weekend with my Chap.

Do have a look at Rambling in the Garden where Cathy hosts the meme.  This week she’s gone rather artistic with Sunflowers.  This has reminded me I need to visit Manchester Art Gallery to see how the ‘Lost Gardens of Manchester‘ exhibition is getting on – I was there in May and there will be plenty of new plants and flowers by now.

Do you have plants that didn’t turn out how you expected?  And life has a habit of doing that too – ho hum.  

Carpe Diem

love Bec xx

In a vase on Monday – purple and yellow tulips with Berberis

Purple yellow tulip

‘If age teaches you anything, then one of it’s lessons is certainly not to hurry if you’re already late’ – Sergei Lukanenko (a science fiction writer)

This week’s ‘In a vase on Monday’ is some berberis (cut carefully because of its vicious spikes) with yellow and purple tulips.  The tulips have been growing in a border on right hand side of my garden (the sunny side). I planted lots of white, cream, purple and pink tulips last Autumn (from Wilko and Sainsbury’s so as usual I’ve got no idea what they’re called).   The yellow one’s were a lovely surprise last week. My Chap planted them when I wasn’t looking – as he loves yellow and tries to sneak more yellow flowers into the garden.

This is the first vase my Chap bought me when we got together; it arrived with flowers too :-).  I like it because of the twist in the glass – and it often has flowers in it on our dining room table.   He works in the wholesale florist industry, selling just about everything except fresh flowers, so I have quite a lot of vases. It was lovely to do a full size arrangement this week – most of mine have been mini ones so far – Tag in a vase on monday

A close up of the purple and yellow tulips with Berbers 21st April 2015

A close up of the purple and yellow tulips with Berberis – 21st April 2015

I didn’t know much about berberis apart from its sharp spikes and it’s evergreen. Ours has red berries in the Autumn and the bees love it.  I’ve seen it growing right across the UK so it’s pretty hardy. People often plant it as hedges or under windows to deter burglars.  But, after a bit of research, I discovered there are hundreds of varieties, it grows wild across Europe including the Middle East but also in Himalayas.   The berries are high in vitamin C but very tart; the dried berries are used in an Iranian rice pilaf called ‘Zereshk Polo’. The berries are also used in hedgerow jams as it’s high in pectin.  I’ll have to look out for the dried berries in the specialist delis in Manchester and have a go at cooking with it. I’ll ;let you know how I get on.

Things have been very hectic for me recently, especially at work,so I’m a day late with my ‘In a vase on Monday’; I hope you don’t mind.  I felt so much more relaxed walking around my garden this morning deciding what to pick for my vase; I decided not to rush, just as Sergei said.  These tulips are really cheering me up so think I might use the picture as a screen saver at work.

Do have a look around Cathy’s blog – Rambling in the Garden for more lovely vases and flowers from people across the world – https://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/ 
She has lovely tulips this week too.

Have you got tulips flowering near you?

love Bec xx