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January has thrown all weathers at us: minus 5 degrees last week and 12.5 degrees today.  There has been wind, rain, snow and ice and now we seem  to be about to get another round of rainy weather.  Exhausting.  What’s a girl to wear? I find myself tuning in to the weather forecast each and every day.

The poor plants are as baffled as we are.  Snowdrops and daffodils are in flower. Hellebores are blooming, roses are beginning to shoot.  In London yesterday I noticed Magnolias in flower.

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Yet what to choose for Cathy’s In a vase on Monday?  Well I have decided to make the most of the Hellebores, mixing two small blooms with the tiny pink Pulmonaria.

blue jug and small garden flowers

I have wound a long strand of Ivy to hold the stems together and to enjoy the scale of the ivy leaves with the flowers.  Placed in the small blue jug from the Isle of White, an engagement gift many years ago, the blue jug seems to hint at the blue tones in the Hellebores.   Positioned next to the radio, the flowers are ready perhaps to hear the all important forecast.

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Shots of the garden taken this month.

frozen windfalls

frozen windfalls

 

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A smattering of snow.

Verbena bonariensis with frost

Verbena bonariensis with frost

Frozen puddles

Frozen puddles

Take a look at Cathys blog https://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/2016/1/25/in-a-vase-on-monday-in-the-hall-of-the-mountain-king

Whether the weather be fine, whether the weather be not, enjoy your week.