In a Vase on Monday: duckies 


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Mother and Father Dorris have been to New Zealand to visit the much missed brother Dorris and family. A little gift was slipped into the suitcase in the form of these floating glass rings or duckies. 

Delicate glass rings which float holding the head of these green hellebores perfectly. 

Cathy has been host to the Monday vase meme for four years now and is joined by bloggers and their vases from all over the world. My flowers may be from good old Blighty but the vases are from New Zealand. I hope you like them. 

Have a great week

Saturday smile: daffs.


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It’s a grey day here, blustery and drizzling, the sort of weather which wreaks havoc on my hair. On the constitutional dog walk, this caught my eye. 

I guess that this particular Daff is Narcissus Sempre Avanti.  Bright and cheerful, daffodils herald Spring don’t you think? They certainly make me smile, I hope they do you. 

In a Vase on Monday: Springtime


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I don’t know about you but it is a beautiful mild Spring day here. The sky is blue, there is no wind to speak of and it must be about 15 degrees in the sunshine. The garden is pulling away and the flowers are well, just flowering. 

Tete a Tete narcissi in hand painted Delft Vase

Grape hyacinth, hellebore and Tete a Tete

Cathy is the host of this lovely meme and not only will she have a vase full for you to look at, so will a bunch (ha ha) of other folk. 

There’s also a dark purple primula in there

And pulmonaria and the creamy white flower from Clematis armandii. 

This is rather thrilling for me to see as my garden has only been planted in the last two years. 

Have a great week and I hope the sunshine puts a Spring in your step. D.