In a Vase or 4 on Monday

I have know what I wanted to use for my contribution to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden‘s weekly challenge to find flowers from our own gardens to put in a vase to enjoy in our homes. Continue reading

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In a vase on Monday – Happy May Day

May day falls on a Monday this year (in Italy holidays are always on the actual day not a close-by Monday as in the UK.  But although it is a holiday I am busy trying to plant out as much as possible now that the sub-zero nighttime temperatures seem to have passed.  I have known for a few days what would be the predominant flower in my vase today. Continue reading

In a Vase on Monday – A vase for all seasons

I’d like to thank all of you who left comments or sent emails to check that we were Okay after the earthquake yesterday morning.  I have to admit that this shock was terrifying!  It seemed to go on forever (probably in reality only a minute) and the house really shook this time; I believed that it wasn’t possible that it would stay standing after shaking so much; all my friends here said they had never experienced anything so strong.  What of course I was thinking of while it was happening was “where is the epicentre?” and ” I hope there is no loss of life”.  Thankfully most of the hill towns had already been evacuated after a couple of less shocks on Thursday evening.  My fear now is that these are not aftershocks but are all pre-shocks for something bigger; I hope that this isn’t the case. Continue reading

In a vase on Monday – Light and Airy or Dense and heavy

Cathy from Rambling in the Garden is away enjoying the Outer Hebrides and meeting some blogging friends, but this hasn’t stopped here request that we find something to pick from our gardens to enjoy inside the house this week; her post is already up, that’s real dedication.

Today I could have filled 10 vases there was so much in the cuttings beds and also other borders that could have been raided without loss to their overall look. Continue reading

The cutting garden in January

When I woke up this morning I looked out of the window and thought it had snowed during the night, yesterday afternoon the sky had looked like snow so I wasn’t surprised; but on going outside to check the greenhouse, I found that it wasn’t snow but hail!  With the low temperatures the hail hadn’t thawed but remained coating the beds and some of the plants, this thyme doesn’t look very happy.

Hail stones on Thyme

Hail stones on Thyme

I have decided to report on the cuttings bed at least once a month; Julie at Peonies and Posies is posting about hers on the last Friday of each month, I will try to coincide my reports with hers in the hope that others too will join in and I will learn something from others who are far more experienced and I am! Continue reading