In the week I was away from home enjoying the rain (I’m not being ironic) in Devon the weather has changed in Italy too.
No longer the intense heat of summer but now the pleasant warmth of early autumn AND it has rained! I have become so accustomed to having flowers in the house that my first thought was to pick some flowers for a vase; so these were picked on Saturday but not arranged until Sunday. Continue reading
Monday has become one of my favourite days of the week since I began joining with Cathy at Rambling in the garden where she asks us to create a vase to enjoy in the house from flowers picked in our own gardens.
It is still very hot so I was up at 5.30am to be able to work a little outside and in before it became too hot. This is even more necessary on Mondays as it is important to pick flowers before the sun is on them and they begin wilting. I cut and place them immediately into buckets of water; sadly the myth of walking around with a beautiful trug of flowers would mean that the flowers were dead before they reached the relative cool of the house. Continue reading
Some flowers seem to go on and on – I’m not complaining they will be the plants I grow again next year but it does mean that at the moment my vases are tending to be variations on a theme of Dahlia Magenta Star. Continue reading
Monday is the day to pick flowers from the garden and fill a vase and to join Cathy at Rambling in the garden for her weekly meme. Last week’s little glass bottles of flowers lasted very well; it was only yesterday that they began to look sad and past their best, proving to me that flowers last much better in a vase in water than when I use Oasis foam. Continue reading
Monday is here again and time to find flowers from our own garden to put in a vase for Cathy at Rambling in the Garden’s In a vase on Monday.
Some different flowers this week mixed in with the Dahlia Magenta Star which is indefatigable in pumping out new blooms. Continue reading
I missed not being able to participate last week because I was spending a few days in the UK visiting family, but I enjoyed seeing all the vases although I was unable to comment on some as I only had my iPad with me and commenting on non WordPress sites was impossible.
Before I left I cut all the flowers from the sunflowers and Dahlias so they would have a chance to produce more flowers for my return home. They didn’t let me down. Continue reading
For the last couple of days I was sure that today’s vase for Cathy at Rambling in the Garden’s meme would contain the deeply magenta Gladioli which have been opening for more than a week; in fact I picked them before really considering anything else partly because they will not last many more days and also because they were planted especially to be picked. Continue reading