Calamagrostis x acutiflora Karl Foerster, golden light, hydrangea arborescens Annabelle, Hydrangea paniculata limelight, in a vase on Monday, January, Miscanthus sinensis, pine cones, Verbena bonariensis
The overhead lighting is casting a rather yellow light over today’s collection of seed and flower heads.
There is a crispness to their texture and a fragility which requires a very light touch.
The fluff of the seed heads of the Miscanthus are so delicate, light as a feather, perfect for catching a breeze and dispersing.
The pine cones are from my friends garden from her so called 100 acre wood tree. The tiny flower is from the Hydrangea arborescens Annabelle. The metal pot with holes is from a shop in Suffolk and I thought it might make a rather good pot for a cactus or succulent.
What can you find in your garden to share this Monday? See Cathy’s blog. Cathy hosts this immensely enjoyable and popular post.
Just the tonic for a Monday. D.
2019. Hello. How are you keeping?
I feel as if it is a long long time since I scribbled here on Digwithdorris. I imagine you are perhaps in the midst of an alcohol and fat free period or that you are maybe toiling hard, starting with all those good intentions.
January can be such a beautiful time of year.
January is the one month in the year when you might imagine that there is little to be done in the garden but let me tell you that is a big untruth, January is a great time to get jobs done outside. I have even cut my grass.
For my first post of 2019, I am joining cavershamjj with my Six on Saturday. These are pictures I have taken on one of my daily walks.
Wishing you all a super weekend and hoping you get chance to get out and enjoy your surroundings. D.
Last Monday I shared my Amaryllis bulb with you. At that point it was in bud, full of promise.
Now look at it!
A cheeky vase to share with Cathy and you on this Monday. Do take a look at her blog to see some lovely vases full, just what you need on a Monday.
Have a good week. D.
I spent £2.50 on a pleasingly fat, brown, papery bulb before Christmas. I knocked the compost off and sat it on top of a Vase of water allowing the roots to reach the water.
The shoots grew and grew until a flower bud formed and today they opened.
I love the waxy white clean flower heads. Each of the two stems has three trumpet like flowers. Stonking value for money I reckon.
Enjoy your evening. D.
I expect that your Christmas decorations are packed away by now and January has moved in.
January: teasels in the fields near me
There is a sparse look to my surroundings yet I rather like it like this; clutter and chintz are definitely not for me. I prefer clean lines and believe less is more, except for Christmas.
This Monday has been very grey, barely any daylight and bitterly cold. Morning dog walk
The garden is quietly snoozing behind the brown ground and the prospect of finding suitable material for Cathy’s vase, slim. However in anticipation of the post Christmas emptiness I purchased an Amaryllis bulb.
I enjoy seeing the roots growing in the vase water. This has been in the warmth of the house for about two and a half weeks. It has grown triffid like.
I suppose if we actually see a little sunlight over the next few days the bud will open to reveal a beautiful creamy white Amaryllis trumpet of a flower.
In the meantime I am enjoying watching the growing process. I wonder what other participants of the Monday Vase have found. Do pop over and take a look.
Have a good week.D.
January is a tough month for most of us: Christmas is over, bills are coming in, it seems dark all day long and although we are beyond the shortest day, Spring still seems a long way a way. Added to this I am feeling rather stir crazy as it is pouring with hailstones outside and inside I am without heating or hot water thanks to a broken boiler and broken promises from British Gas. Kate the dog keeps trying to sit on my lap as she is too cold to sit on the floor but no sooner does she get on my lap, she realises she is not comfy and jumps off to sit on the floor. I have a plug in fan heater to warm the room and although it is by far the warmest place to be, the blowing of air scares her so she cannot get close enough to it, and then she gets cold and then she tries my lap again. As I said, stir crazy.
Was 1975 really as bad as that, did men really have hair like that? I digress.
So to distract myself I have been reading some other blog posts and one or two have got me thinking about those Winter flowering bulbs available for indoors at this time of year. Wellywoman has written an interesting article about Winter blooms which is worth a read.
This year I did not bother to do any bulbs as I cannot make up my mind whether I really like them. I did some Narcissus ‘Paper White’ last year and actually they were rather pretty and very scented and I was pleased with them at the time. However it is that in-between stage, where they are just growing or after, when they are dying, when they look exceptionally dull; where to put them? You see the thing is, I do not really like houseplants at all, it seems just wrong to have plants that should be grown in considerably more exotic places than here in the UK. collecting dust on a window sill.
Then I had a look at my own window sill and thought I would share my collection of plants with you. Two orchids, both kind gifts from dear friends which keep flowering and flowering. These are available from all over these days and really are great value when you compare them to a bunch of cut flowers. The blue Phalaenopsis is very eye catching but is unlikely to come true again as I have read that they are dyed. Rather like a pair of favourite jeans, they seem to fade as they age.
Then there is a selection of Succulents from the garden which will not tolerate any frost or wet. These are especially special to me as we brought them as cuttings back from holidays in Mallorca. They will sit out the worst of the Winter, and hopefully they will survive the brutal treatment of low light and no water. Survive? yes, thrive? sadly no.
This is most evident in the Aeonium ‘zwartkop’ which in high Summer are as black as any plant can be, but in Winter they resemble a green plant which is going dark brown, poor things. I still love them for their shape and form.
So what do you think? Do you like indoor Winter bulbs, house plants, blue Orchids?I would be interested to know. As for British Gas feel free to share your horror stories here. D
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