Happy New Year 2015 Calendar

Hello all! Yes, I am still here and after two months thought it was time to dust off the cobwebs on the blog and make an appearance.

The run up to Christmas was taken up with knitting, crochet and sewing Christmas presents, which seemed to have taken up all my time. This meant that the garden, photography and consequently the Hurtled to 60 blog took a back seat.

I was spurred into action this morning when Dave Marsden’s latest post on his blog The Anxious Gardener popped into my inbox. Like a domino effect, he was spurred on by Christina’s blog My Hesperides Garden.

What better opening to 2015 than to show you all the calendar I made for my friends as Christmas presents. I have done this in the past and hadn’t realised that they had come to expect one. I didn’t make a 2014 calendar and a few friends expressed their disappointment so I rectified it for 2015.

As Dave remarked, it is time consuming choosing, and uploading to the online reproduction website, an appropriate photo for each month and whilst it’s satisfying to see the finished article, I always find some fault and wish I had done something slightly different.

Sending you all best wishes for a happy and healthy 2015 and thank you all for reading my blog in the past years and I hope you continue to follow it.

January – Skimmia berries under ice


February – Snowdrops, a wonderful post winter sign


March – Yes, chive flowers appeared in March


April – Lilacs in the Spring


May – Bees start to be busy


June – Beautiful roses made even more so when raindrops sit on the petals

July – Sweet Peas contrasting with Calendula


August – An abundance of raspberries


September – Butterflies making the most of Michaelmas Daisies


October – Cosmos and Verbena Bonariensis


November РHydrangeas changing into their winter colours


December РWonderful  Cyclamen

Last but not least – The Cover Photo


Watch this space for the next blog post, I’ll be showing what I have been up to in the past few months, whilst not blogging.

In a Vase Monday

I love the idea of the weekly meme “In a Vase Monday” run by Cathy at Rambling In the Garden and despite all my good intentions to be a regular contributor I have failed to do so. This week I am putting that right.

It is becoming more difficult as autumn draws near to collect flowers for posies to show indoors. I find now that I am suffering from the conflict between do I leave the few remaining flowers in the garden, or do I enjoy them in the lounge before they finish completely and the winter months leave us flowerless. All is not lost though, we can make up for this with coloured branches of evergreens and berries so there will be many weeks and months ahead for In A Vase Monday.

I wandered around the garden this morning viewing the bedraggled floral remains, looking sad and dropping under the recent rain. Yes we have had some rain! In the bottom flowerbed stands a dahlia plant with one solitary magenta flower, the size of a saucer, which I decided to being into the lounge where I can see and admire it on a regular basis.

The next step was to find a suitable vase. The single stem is not very long and the flowerhead is heavy, so the right size and shape was a challenge. Also I wanted a vase that would be in keeping with the colour of the dahlia flower. As I scanned the array of various shapes and sizes on the top of my kitchen cabinet my eyes fell upon a vase I bought from Spain many years ago. It needed a bit of dusting off as I don’t use it very often, I have no idea why as it’s a rather nice one, and it has colourful dahlia type flowers painted on it.

Here we are then, this is my In A Vase On Monday.

Thank you Cathy for hosting this meme. Please pop over to her blog to see the other contributions. http://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/ina-vase-on-monday-all-things-bright-and-beautiful/

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – September 2014

I haven’t contributed to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day (15th) for some time now. To be honest I had forgotten all about it until I saw a couple of blog posts for GBBD on my Reader list. So spurred into action it’s time I did one for September.

The battery on my camera needs recharging so I took my iPad out into the garden to take pics of the remaining flowers in the garden. I still haven’t quite got to grips with WordPress in the iPad but here goes!

It is very dry at the moment, we have not had any rain for well over a week and the temperature has risen again, following a chilly August. Most of what flowers are left are looking a bit raggy but there are still enough to pick to make pretty posies.

The side patio is looking particularly good, especially the Passion Flower which is covered in more blooms now than there have been all summer.

The Fuchsia has struggled but is holding its own and will continue to flower for a good few months. You may notice some of the leaves have yellowed and look like the black spot you get on roses.

Next to them in the side border are the Japanese Anemones, not as many as in past years because I pulled a lot up but still enough to make a good display.


The Choysia is flowering again!

I know this is supposed to be about blooms but the front garden is looking colourful with wonderful red berries on the Skimmia. This large shrub usually has white blossom during the summer but seems to have continued to produce berries instead of flowers, not sure why.


The Cotoneaster which grows on the wall between me and next door is covered in berries also.

Going into the back garden again, the Sedum is taking on beautiful rosy hues.

The Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ is on its second flush. I gave it a haircut some weeks ago which it seems to have benefitted from.

Behind the Salvia is the Penstemon.

I have a couple of yellow Dahlia plants that come up every year. I don’t dig up the tubers and they don’t seem to suffer from being left in the ground all winter.

The Cosmos continues to produce flowers although the stems have collapsed into the Dahlia bushes.

Tucked into the edge of the raised bed, it found some nasturtiums clambering through the Euphorbia. They come back every year but are looking slightly sorry for themselves this year.

Finally, although most of the flowers in the raised bed are finished, the Calendulas continue to flower, but looking at this photo I can see there is some serious deadheading to be done!

Thank you May Dreams Gardens for hosting this monthly meme.

Please hop over to her blog by clicking here and take a look at all the other September blooms.

Happy Garden Bloggers Bloom Day!