So the hot, sunny weather is over for the moment. It’s been raining on or off in Manchester all day, so I ran out into the garden to pick some flowers for the vase, you can still see the raindrops on the fuchsias. It’s a good thing it’s been raining, as the reservoirs, the farms and the gardens need it. The drawback for me is that my arthritis starts aching again; it’s been glorious having three months pain-free. Continue reading
‘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.
The garden is looking lush this week, especially my pots and hanging baskets, but I’m a bit perplexed about how to pick the flowers for vases. So this week there are only three flowers in my Vase on a Monday’. They are:
- Lavatera × clementii ‘Rosea’ – which was another gift from my mum. It was the first thing I planted in my garden and reminds me of my mum’s house where I grew up. They’re a magnet for bees too.
- Campion – it’s a really vivid pink – the photos don’t do it justice. The plant came in a pot from my mum’s garden a couple of years ago in a bit of a sorry state. It took a while to get going but it just keeps flowering for most of the summer.
- A white Margarite (Argyranthemum frutescens) – it grows about four foot high, flowers for most of the summer. Sadly I don’t know the name. We bought it at Tatton Park Flower Show a couple of years ago. I really love Daisy-style flowers and have quite a few different plants around the garden. Always room for a few more 🙂
The ‘vase’ originally had risotto rice and dried herbs in it (which made a lovely dinner) and I bought it in Lidl last year and saved it for my chutney. It’s a Weck Jar who are the German equivalent of Kilner, founded in Oflingen Germany in 1895. The logo is a cute strawberry. It’s about 6 inches high and it amused me that, according to their website, it’s actually a juice jar.
Do have a look at all the lovely vases hosted by Cathy over on Rambling in the Garden.
This week she has beautiful, restful and serene white flowers including a lovely dahlia. Anyone can join in – I enjoy looking at everyone’s vases very much and it gives me such a lot of ideas for my garden.
There are some lovely dahlias in many of the vases – Particularly, I like the landaff style ones (they’re daisy style too) and I’ve got a beauty in my garden at the moment – it might appear in the vase next week.
This week I am very excited because it’s Royal Horticultural Society Tatton Park Flower Show from Thursday to Sunday and the weather is looking good. We are going on Thursday, and I expect some more plants will be arriving in our garden 🙂
Are you going to Tatton? Do you go to other flower shows?