On a Monday Cathy https://ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/in-a-vase-on-monday-it-dont-mean-a-thing and other bloggers share vases of flowers with one another. It is such a charming thing to do, simple but heart warming. Now this Monday was a grey day with an enormous volume of rain to dampen the spirits, not to mention the hair, yet come 3pm the skies cleared and the sun shone allowing me to continue with planting in my garden. I stopped at 7pm in order to rustle up something for us to eat before parking myself in front of the BBC coverage of The Chelsea Flower Show. It was only after then, whilst taking the dog up the lane, that I remembered the vase!
A few snips of cow parsley from the hedgerow and three great fat flowers of sweet smelling white Lilac from the tree overhanging it. I did of course seek permission from my neighbour before helping myself to her blooms. The jug is a sponge ware which was sent to me containing blooms from a great English cut flower mail order company www.wigglywigglers.co.uk/wiggly-bouquet.html
So readers here it is.
On Tuesday. Have a great day.
Today has been a bright crisp Winters day, perfect for the arrival of my new tree.
I visited Majestic trees in Flamstead, http://www.majestictrees.co.uk a couple of weeks ago with the intention of choosing a pair of small native trees for my garden. Once there, I was spoiled for choice and had my heart stolen by a multi-stemmed Birch. Budget busting I settled for the one tree and as the tree was in a 200L pot I needed the tree delivered and planted for me.
Anyway today’s the day it arrived. Here is picture progress of its planting.
The tree is Betula albosinensis “Fascination” in multi stem form. I chose it for a number of reasons mainly because of the colour of its bark, a coppery, pink grey peeling bark which will shine out in the dark Winter months. It gets catkins in the Spring before fresh small birch leaves arrive for the Summer. The leaves will turn to a rich golden yellow for an Autumn show. I also really like the outline shape of the canopy which is broadly conical. Eventual height is 6 to 10 meters.
Now planted, I am really happy with it and can begin planning the next phase.
I hope you all have a good weekend and that the sunshine stays.
Me? I will be found gazing at my tree. Perhaps I shall have to give a name?!
Welcome to my new daff. This tiny little daffodil has up to five golden yellow, heavily scented flowers per stem. The petals are slightly recurved and twisted. Growing to about 25cm it likes moist well-drained soil in a sunny spot. It is on my table as I write this and is filling my nose with its distinct daffodil scent. How could I resist. The price of a fancy coffee, it is worth every penny. It came from Potten End, Little Heath Farm Nursery.
The thing that intrigued me about this daff was the leaves. The leaves rather resemble those of Allium sphaerocephalon. If I had not seen the colour coming through, let alone the trumpet shape, I would have guessed, wrongly, that it was an Allium. Without the onion scent, it would have been a puzzle.
I was going to save this for Wordless Wednesday but it is such a grey day here I thought I would share it today and spread a little colour.
Have a good weekend. Dorris.
This morning was one of those mornings when it was overcast, a soft grey start and yet the weakening sun felt as if it would put in an appearance at some stage. There was a slight Autumnal edge to the day and I started out hopeful for a little sunshine. The pinks looked a soft grey pink.
The sun did shine and after the rain yesterday it was really rather pleasant. Persicaria, Pheasants tail grass, Sedum and Japanese anemone looked as pretty as a picture so I thought I should share them with you.
Sedum ‘Autumn joy’
It is quite remarkable how the light and a blue sky changes how things look. Me? Well I had a busy day and i thought I would show you my gloves following the delightful task of stripping the seed head from Stipa tenuissima.
I do hope you have had a good day wherever you are.