In a Vase on Monday – feet up!


Aaaaaaaaaaaah – finally, a weekend without a care!

Last weekend was the St Helens Secret Gardens event where I attempt to organise a village group of garden openers (13 this year) to raise money for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.  As you can imagine, there are any number of incidents where the greater medical expertise/equipment found on the mainland – usually at Southampton General – is key to a positive outcome, and the air ambulance provides the crucial link.  Consequently, I’m absolutely delighted that the sun shone and we raised over £3,100, beating our previous total.

However, not surprisingly, the previous (many) weekends have been spent coralling openers, emailing potential sources of publicity, baking cakes or trying to rescue my own garden from a year of  neglect, hence there’s been precious little time for feet up, let alone blogging.  So, this weekend, without a care in the world, I have done a lot of nothing.  One thing I have done, however, is arrange a few flowers.

It was my birthday last Tuesday and whilst the OH went to Canada on business (and gave me nothing) and the son bought me a new outdoor broom (because apparently I’d moaned about the other one being ‘too large and unwieldy’), the lovely daughter bought me four charming little vases.   Consequently, they’re making their debut today.

These Icelandic poppy blooms grow in a pot (with a chicken) and since the photo below was taken, they’ve gone sufficiently bonkers that I felt I had enough to cut.IMG_6272

On the basis that you should always arrange in odd numbers, I added the bud as a fifth bloom, so I’m now intrigued to see whether it opens.IMG_6325

Why don’t you pop over to Cathy’s blog to see what others have arranged in their Monday vases?

Oh look – post script.  And then there were five.IMG_6327


8 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday – feet up!

  1. Sam

    I must grow some of these next year – they’re lovely. Belated happy birthday (and I hope your OH redeems himself on his return!). Well done on the fantastic fundraising. That’s a real achievement and you’ve certainly earned a rest. x

  2. Cathy

    Feet up? Crikey, that seems a long way away for me yet (although only a fortnight)… So pleased to hear it went well, especially with you responsible for cracking the whip. What pretty little vases, and such delightful poppies, something I haven’t grown (these sort) before – well done to your daughter! Thanks for finding the time to join us today Jen – good to have you!

  3. Kris P

    A belated happy birthday and congratulations on the success of your fund-raising effort. It’s amazing that you still have Iceland poppies.

  4. Chloris

    Dear little vases. I have never grown these poppies and I don’t know why as I am a poppy fanatic, next year I must have some. Did you grow them from seed?


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