It is fitting that it is Cathy at Rambling in the Garden‘s Monday meme that has lifted me from my inaction to post again after the passing of my beloved MIL. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who took time to send their condolences and good wishes to me; it is difficult for me to express the help and strength your kinds words gave me at this very difficult time.
It was June, my MIL, who first encourages me to begin flower arranging. She had been accomplished with vases for many years and had also taken some classes. For many years she was on the rota for supplying her Church with flowers and also participated in flower festivals. Her inspiration, valued tips and presents of books and materials have and will continue to be the foundation of my arrangements.
There are few flowers in the garden, temperatures have dipped below zero degrees Centigrade at night for the last couple of weeks but amazingly there was a small posy of Anemone coronaria ‘The Bride’ to pick. Evergreens are at there most verdant at this time of year and Arbutus unedo has the added interest of its fruit. Sadly the flowers of Elaeagnus have finished now but a few sprigs have been included.
Prostrate Rosemary has been flowering for at least two months but the flowers at the top of the stems are still fresh; I especially wanted to include Rosemary as it denotes remembrance in the language of flowers.
Do visit Cathy to see her colourful creation today and last but by no means least I wish you all, my dear friends (if I may be so bold) A Very Happy New Year. May 2017 give you peace and joy and of course “Good Gardening”. Christina