Flowers, Garden blogging, In a Vase on Monday, Photography

In a Vase on Monday – Being Non-symmetrical

Yeah!  This week for In a Vase on Monday I am displaying flowers, not bought from a shop, or cut from the garden flower patch, but a little posy chosen from pots on my patio.   Whilst I was deadheading and I thought to myself there was no reason why I couldn’t arrangement a few in a small jug.

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I dug out a very pretty Royal Albert China cream mug from the cupboard – the pattern is called ‘moss rose’ which in itself is floral and eminently suitable.

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I arranged the posy in the jug very carefully and, because I have OCD tendencies, I tried to make it look symmetrical, but it didn’t work because with a handle one side and a pouring lip the other, the jug itself is not a uniform shape. Then having visited the many contributions to Rambling in The Garden’s weekly meme and seen how clever people are in their displays, I did a little rearranging.

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The more I looked at it, the more I realised that with the handle on one side, it would look a more interesting composition with the Angeliona pointing out the other, a bit like a teapot spout,  even though I say it myself, I’m quite pleased with the finished article!

The flowers used are Verbena ‘peaches and cream’, Angeliona ‘raspberry’ the colour picks up the roses on the jug, Achillea ‘terracotta’ (although looks more yellow to me!) and Lewisia Cotyledon.  Oh and I put in a few sprigs of Nemesia ‘Wisley Vanilla’ for added perfume.

I hope you like my non-symmetrical posy.  For some great ideas on arrangements please pop over to The Rambling Garden. 

Flowers, Garden blogging, Photography

Six on Saturday in Vivid Colour 30 June 2018

A regular Six on Saturday can leave a bit of a challenge when you only have patio pots.  I didn’t really do myself any favours last week when I posted close up photos of my pots, leaving me not a lot new photos to post this week.   However, always one for a challenge, the idea this week was to take macros of six carefully chosen flowers.

On downloading I realised I had the camera set on vivid colour mode – I love the exceptional bright colours so rather than edit them here are my Six on Saturday in vivid colour!

1.  Dahlietta ‘midi pinta’

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2.  Patio Rose ‘sweet wonder’

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3. Scaevola ‘euphoia blue’

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4. Gaillardia ‘Arizona sun’

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5. Fuchsia ‘genii’

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…and for a spot of cool colour on a hot June day:

6. Angelonia ‘’angelface’

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With thanks to The Propagator Blog for hosting this weekly meme.  Please use the link to his blog where you will see some wonderful photos of known and unknown plants shown by him and other contributors to Six on Saturday.

  

Personal blogging, Photography, Places to visit

This is Where I Now Live – Emsworth, Hampshire

It really is Flaming June at the moment and after an hour on the allotment this morning I was beginning to feel completely sapped of energy so came home. No more gardening for me today!   After lunch in fear of falling asleep I decided it would be good thing to go for a walk instead and take a few photos of my new home, Emsworth.  Disappointed that the tide was out and the whole harbour had turned green, I still decided to take photos.

 

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Emsworth is part of Chichester Harbour and was built in 1215.  It has had a number of small industries over the centuries including boat building, brewing and oyster fishing. However the oyster industry ended in 1902 when sewage polluted the oysters.   These days it is well known for sailing and has two yacht clubs.

It is a tidal harbour and as you can see from above the tide was well and truly out today.  If you look carefully  the Spinnaker Tower  in Portsmouth is in the distance.

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There is a harbour walk ‘promanade’ which runs between the Mill Pond and the open harbour.  It was odd today to see the difference between the water level on one side and the other. I walked along here with a friend earlier this year before I moved here, and it was icy cold. Today although hot there was a cooling breeze, which as much nicer.

Emsworth is quaint in many ways, lacking any shops of substance and no banks. Amongst the few old fashioned shops there is a baker, a couple of butchers, a fish shop, hardware store (a bit jumbly like and Aladdin’s Cave) a Co-Op and a chemist – all you need really.   There is however no shortage of cafes, pubs and restaurants.  I have included a photo of The Flintstones Tearooms which is on the harbour and a rather expensive but good restaurant called Fat Olives.  I’ve not been there, but I understand it is tiny, it certainly looks it from the outside.  There is a hotel in the centre of Emsworth called The Crown which is a Grade II coaching inn dating back to the 16th century.

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This is the Mill Pond taken from the other end as you leave the town.  So tranquil with its ducks

There is is no shortage of flower displays in Emsworth and placed along the main road are delightful rowing boats planted up with colourful petunias and geraniums.

Next time I decide to go for a walk to take photos I will check the tide time first.  It really is a delightful place to live and even more picturesque when the tide is in.

Flowers, Garden blogging, In a Vase on Monday, Photography

In a Vase on Monday – In Celebration of Spring

It’s the middle of March and another bitterly cold day, and to make us all feel better about it the weathermen gleefully inform us that Spring is just around the corner and will be warmer tomorrow.      I do hope they are right, we could all do with a little sunshine and warmth that comes with it.

I decided it was time to bring flowers from the garden into the house for a spot of positiveness.  The temperature is 1C and it feels colder! There is a big difference to being outside on an icy day with sunshine and blue sky to it being icy cold, overcast and grey when it seems to get into the bones quickly.  After just a couple of minutes outside cutting a small posy, my hands are still taking time to warm up.

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According to the meteorological calendar Spring started on the 1st of March.  It is not the same with the astronomical calendar in which we find Spring starts tomorrow Tuesday 20th March.   Why the difference?  The meteorological calender splits the year into four seasons, so accordingly Spring is 1 March until 31 May.  The astronomical calender is all to do with the Earth’s orbit around the sun and the dates change each year.  How do I know this?  Good old Dr Google!

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Daffodils, anemones, crocus and a sprig of skimma in a pretty blue glass jug with a sandblasted surface go together to make my first ‘In a Vase on Monday’ of 2018.

There are some very pretty combinations which can be seen if you make a visit to Rambling in the Garden, Cathy is celebrating the anniversary of her 6th year of blogging today.

Flowers, Garden blogging, Garden Meme, Photography, Silent Sunday, Six on Saturday

Six on a Bitterly Cold Saturday 17/03/2018

It was my plan to do a Six on Saturday blog post today. After a couple of warm days that fooled us, and plant life, that Spring was about to arrive, it is snowing today and bitterly cold – a shock to us all.

My little tree peony, survived earlier frosts but now it has a flower-bud, so this morning I lovingly wrapped it up in fleece to protect it from the snow and next couple of frosty nights that have been forecasted.

Not to be deterred by the outside chill, this afternoon I took some photos for my Six. Slightly battered by this morning’s snow, the trough of tete-a-tete give a cheerful two fingers up to the cold and bring light and colour to the garden.

These little anemones closed their petals tightly today, but are good to see coming back year after year. Sadly, this is one pot of many I won’t be taking with me when I move. I have friends lined up to take orphan plants, so I know they will go to good homes and be cared for.

Life is full of compromises and my new home does not have a garden – eeeek!!! It does have south facing french doors which open out onto a patio area, hence the need to limit the number of containers I can take with me. All is not lost though because my youngest daughter and husband have just moved into a house about a mile away that has a large overgrown garden. They already have at least half a dozen of my pots full of spring bulbs. I am so lucky that they have granted me the privilege of being allowed to work in their garden, so I will still be able to blog about the re-birth of a much ignored but clearly once loved garden. I diverse and more about the move once I have a date which fingers crossed will be very soon.

Back to ‘Six on Saturday’. This Sedum is from a broken sprig I literally shoved into the soil during last summer. I love the way raindrops sit on the leaves. I will put a few cuttings in a pot for daughter’s garden.

Walking around the garden this afternoon, not thinking I would find too much for my Six, I was pleasantly surprised and now writing this post I am having to decide what to add and what to ignore. It’s mid-March and I couldn’t bring myself not to include these Wallflowers, it doesn’t have a label but looking back at my old posts, I think this one is ‘winter sorbet’.

My final Six photo is one of the Peony bursting through the soil. I can never ignore these when photographing plants in the garden – I adore the colour of the fresh shoots and how they start off looking like little lipsticks and then tiny hands with lots of fingers. Beautiful!

I have always enjoyed reading other ‘Six on Saturday’ blog posts and this is my first contribution there will be more.   Thank you The Propagator for hosting this meme and  Horti Hugh  and  ThomasHort for your Six on Saturday posts which spurred me into joining in.