Friday: faffing with flowers


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December is here and in readiness for Christmas I have today made a wreath with hydrangea heads snipped from the garden. These have been hung to dry over the last few weeks in preparation.

Based on a metal ring padded with moss and a covering of greenery, the flowers have been wired and secured in place.

A bit of silver ribbon and a few, silver and white small baubles, job done.

Hung up and ready for Christmas.

Tuesday view: 14/11/17


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I have been very poor at updating you with my Tuesday View and taking part with Cathy and other bloggers sharing their view.

On 6 November I took these pictures. There had been a frost overnight and the morning was bright and crisp.

The Molinia Transparent looked very beautiful in the sunshine and the carpet below looked colourful. Persicaria affinis dusted with frost.

The frost looked pretty.

One of those beautiful days to make us grateful to be alive.

Not sure the nasturtiums were feeling the love.

Saturday smile: berry nice


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Pyracantha firethorn

Pyracantha may not be the most exciting of plants. To be honest it’s a bit of a bruiser of a bush. It is a thorny brute that will not think twice about shredding my skin should I dare to approach with my snips / secateurs. 

Yet when I see Pyracantha at this time of year, trained around a gate like this in a local park, I forget what a thug it is and instead stop to admire its generous display of berries.

My Saturday smile for this weekend. I hope you are enjoying yours. D.

In a Vase on Monday: No


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Do you remember that poem about November? By Thomas Hood. 

No sun – no moon! 

No morn – no noon – 

No dawn – no dusk – no proper time of day. 

No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease, 

No comfortable feel in any member – 

No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, 

No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! – 


Now hang on a minute, that’s nonsense. Outside there is a frost, the sun is shining in a clear blue sky and whilst there may be no fruit, flowers or leaves there are these.

All a bit brown, perhaps but there is a beauty if you look carefully 


I like the way the centre of the white aster links to the seed heads of the eupatorium and miscanthus. I also like how the ridges on the glass bottle pick up those on the gourd. 

So my vase for today is saying No but yes. I am sharing it with you and Cathy. Have a good day.

There’s a hole in my wheelbarrow


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When Brother Dorris emigrated to New Zealand he donated his wheelbarrow. Well said barrow now has a massive hole in it, made from plastic it was not made for real work. I was going to take it to the tip but I couldn’t get it in the mini. Cue Light bulb moment. 

Or is that bulb moment. I split hosta Big Daddy, added ferns Dryopteris erythrosora and filix-mas some Tete-a-Tete.

Eventually I hope the handles will be covered in ivy. 

I will keep you posted. Hope you had a good weekend .