In a Vase on Monday: this old thing again


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Apologies to those of you who saw this as my Silent Sunday post.

This is the last flowers from my bargain Amaryllis bulb I purchased before Christmas. A cut stem as suggested by the in a Vase host Cathy.

The blue glass bottle was a water bottle from a cafe in Cádiz last Summer.

The fabric is a piece of hand woven linen, typical of the island of Mallorca. It was an off cut from kitchen cupboard curtains, no doors, in a place Brother in law Dorris used to live. A little blast of Summer.

Have a good week and remember we are nearly half way through February which can only mean that Spring will really be on its way.

Friday faffing: orchid


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Orchids, once the preserve of the connoisseur, the eccentric or the rich are now positively commonplace thanks to the supermarkets. As a consequence I feel a little nonplussed about them yet really I should be delighted as they have become readily available and relatively affordable.

Perhaps it is because they are available with the baked beans and the cornflakes, just stick it in the trolley with the weekly shop that Orchids no longer feel “special”. Or maybe it is because they are available in every conceivable colour, including vivid blue, that they no longer seem special or exquisite.

This one has been in the house for a couple or three weeks. It was a gift from cousin Julie and I really am enjoying it. I think perhaps it is the stripes which are visible on both sides of the petal and the rather interesting colour combination that is holding my interest.

The roots are usually in clear plastic pots as they need some natural light. I found this rather nice, clear glass, fat (jam pot shaped) vessel, which I think suits it rather well. Should you find yourself in Wendover, pop into the courtyard to see Liberty Rose Vintage. Failing that look at her Instagram page of the same name.

So what do you think about orchids? Love them or loathe them? D.

A fistful on Friday


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How wonderful is this? Wallpaper? Art installation? It is as if the flowers were flattened as the paper was rolled up.

This beauty was hanging in the Rakes Progress pop up shop in Floral (yes really) street, Covent Garden.

If you are in the area take a look at their website as they are running a number of displays, workshops and talks but be quick, the pop up shop ends on 26 January.

Have a beautiful day. D.