In a vase on Monday – a gift and a house full of flowers

We had been invited to dinner on Thursday evening so early in the morning I picked all the flowers that were blooming to make a bouquet for my friend and fill some vases for the weekend.  There were more flowers than I had realised so that I ended up with four vases. Continue reading

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Is my fortune made?

Monday the temperatures returned to the highs of August (mid 30’s°C) and it was forecast that the rest of the week would be the same – that didn’t happen, but it has been pleasantly warm/cool to work in the garden at last. Continue reading

In a vase or three on Monday

On Friday there were a lot of flowers that needed to be picked so I decided to pick them all then to hopefully make them produce more for next week when I need several vases for a party. So these are the vases I’ve been enjoying this past weekend. Continue reading

In a vase on Monday – Jewel colours

Another week of thunderstorms almost every afternoon; so the pattern of our days shifts.  Still we rise early most days as the morning continues to be the most comfortable time to work outside but now there is not such a need to rest in the afternoon.  The cuttings beds are still producing good pickings of Dahlias and Zinnias and it is the Zinnias that are the stars for me today; I love the rich intensity of their colours. Continue reading

Dealing with the crop

It is probably a couple of years since I wrote about the vegetable garden.  This is partly because I know my seasons are very different to most of my readers and so not very helpful for comparisons or advice.  Plus although the seasons vary I grow mostly the same crops every year.  However after I received so many comments about the plate of tomatoes I showed at the end of last Monday’s vase post, I thought a post about one method I use to conserve my tomatoes might be of interest. Continue reading

In a vase on Monday – Pink and White

When I was picking the flowers for today’s vase, I thought I would probably make two arrangements, one pink and one white but once I started putting the stems in the vase I decided that I would prefer one larger arrangement so mixed the two colours together.  It is often a surprise what goes into a vase to join with Cathy at Rambling in the garden for this addictive meme. Continue reading