Before I begin I would like to apologise for not leaving comments on your posts for the last few days. My husband has just celebrated an important birthday and we have has house guests for a few days to help him celebrate. This meant lots of tidying-up and cooking. I tried to read some, and left ‘likes’ where I could for the rest I hope to have some time to read them soon but with Easter coming and more entertaining I can’t promise to comment.
Moving on to the weather! Last Wednesday was horrendous – torrential rain and very strong winds enough to topple another of the Rosa mutabilis. The weather then improved a little but Saturday was again gale force winds that cut through you like a knife, the sun shone but the air was very cold. Sunday was better and Sunday better still although with some clouds during the day, of course, when everybody left on Tuesday morning it suddenly became spring! The sun shone, there was no wind and I took my fleece off while working in the garden which I haven’t done for quite a while now.
The plants also think it is spring; on the slope the Californian poppies (Eschscholzia californica) are beginning to open their bright orange flowers soon the whole slope will change from blue from the rosemary and Muscari to orange.
The light has also changed again, even on the colder days the light was telling me that spring was here if only the wind would change direction.
The cuttings beds are looking very small suddenly with all the plants that are ready to move out of the greenhouse. I don’t have cold-frames so I am a little tough on my young plants as I more them from the protection of the greenhouse to the outside world in one go.
Bells of Ireland were planted out yesterday and I planted some carnation cuttings directly into the ground without potting them on as there were several pots each with 5 cuttings which all seem to have rooted. A friend gave me the parent plant that she had produced using cutting material on a stem of a cut carnation from the florist.
A week ago the Wall flowers had only buds; now they have exploded into flower, they are a good mix of colours which I’m sure you’ll be seeing plenty of in vases over the next few weeks.
The snap dragons I planted out last month have buds so I should be able to cut some soon.
In a Vase on Monday
If I didn’t have a vase of flowers in the house at least for a few days each week my life would seem incomplete; the fact that I actually now do this is in no small measure due to Cathy at Rambling in the garden who encourages us all to ‘plonk’ what we find in the garden, in a vase. Now suddenly it isn’t a case of searching for a few blooms but deciding what to use there is such abundance – how wonderful is that?! Sorry I’m so late Cathy.
Cerinthe self-seeds every year so that is something I don’t have to think about although I may move some seedlings to a place especially for picking; they form the base of this week’s vase. The flowers were picked on Saturday morning ready for a buffet type supper party for English friends and family and some of our Italian friends who wanted to greet our guests as they had met on previous occasions. There was a lot of last minute preparations and I was literally stuffing the flowers into the vase as friends arrived – a very definite case of plonking this week, but it is one of my favourites so far this year.
There were also a few Freesias just beginning to flower in the greenhouse.
A few Wall flowers were also included.
These are just two of five small filled bottles.
Easter is now nearly upon us and more flowers will be needed for decorating the table and filling the kitchen with spring colour.