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Behind?

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I was all set to blog a ‘woe is me’ post about my unplanted bulbs, but, one of the joys of blogging is being able to find records which, if in a random notebook, would have been long lost.

Consequently, courtesy of a post last November about spending most of a weekend on a college project, I can comfort myself with the comment “Meanwhile, shame about the bulbs still sitting in the box they were delivered in a fortnight ago….”, dated 20th November.  Yay, I’ve got a week to go!

Meanwhile, so much easier (particularly when it’s dark!) to create spreadsheets with planting plans and blooming months, than actually getting out there and getting them in!IMG_3727

 

In a vase on Monday – same but different

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Chuffed with my little glass vase from last week (not least because pickings are somewhat slimmer and shorter at this time of year) I’ve produced a similar arrangement today – even re-using the Phlomis which was still in perfect condition.

The Nasturtium (Caribbean Crush) had self seeded in the Bronze Bed,IMG_3721

whilst the dark Osteospermum ‘Serenity Rose Magic’, is still flowering away in the metal tub. I did take some cuttings a couple of weeks ago but it looks like only one has taken, so I really should try more before it’s too late.  The lighter Osteospermum, seen in the top photo is also from the Bronze Bed, but it’s a bit of a mystery as to how it got there and what it is!

To top it off I added some blooms from an Echeveria.  Can’t say I’ve ever thought to cut them before, but they’re doing fine so far and I think add rather funky ‘spidery’ accents.IMG_3723

All in all, a rather perky arrangement for mid November!IMG_3718

Why don’t you pop over to Cathy’s Blog to see what others have found for their vases on this, the 4 year anniversary?

 

 

 

In a vase on Monday – in the (clashing) pink!

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In general, I think people who love autumn are a bit strange.  To me it seems a negative, downhill time of year, but on a day like today when the sun’s shining, the birds are singing and the garden’s not yet a soggy, decaying mess, I’m prepared to cut autumn some slack. Even more so when I can pop into the garden and still rustle up a small vase of pink lovelies.

In today’s vase are a few Rosa St Swithuns, Salvia Cerro Potosi,

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a random (out of focus) Pelargonium,IMG_3717

and plenty of bright pink Flower Carpet roses, as well as three stems of silvery Phlomis italica for foliage.IMG_3716

Why don’t you pop over to Cathy’s blog to see her spectacular fireworks inspired Monday creation?

Duver sunshine

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I’ve blogged numerous times about the St Helens Duver – the National Trust owned area of heathland opposite where we live – but not recently.  (For a while I contributed regularly to a wildflower meme, and you can see the posts by selecting the ‘Wildflower Wednesday’ category).

Sunday’s sunshine, after Saturday’s grey, was such a treat I’m taking you on the usual circuit and sharing a few wild flowers along the way.

These hips are so fabulous I’d be tempted to pick a few, but they’re on a bramble clad bank between the path and the road and therefore completely inaccessible.  I’ll just have to admire from a distance. IMG_3686

Further down the path, looking right towards the Solent I just caught this yacht heading out,

whilst looking the other way, I spied a number of glowing Iris foetidissima seed heads.IMG_3691

At the bottom of the path, looking back across Bembridge Harbour, you can see over to Brading Haven yacht club.  There was plenty of activity there today, but rather them than me.

(I did actually sail a lot in my twenties, including racing back from Lisbon to Southampton, and from Aarhus in Denmark across the North Sea and round the top of Scotland to the Clyde.  These days I’d generally rather be on dry land, but seeing the jolly sails on such a beautiful day did start to make me wonder….)

The grassland above is one of the sites of the fantastic drifts of sea thrift Armeria maritima during May, which I’ve blogged about here.  There are still a few clinging on,IMG_3694

together with the odd chamomile – I think this is Chamaemelum nobile.IMG_3693

Rounding the corner and onto the beach I saw the dinghies has beaten me there!IMG_3707

And, while I’m diverging from the flowers, just thought I’d share a picture of Nimbus, in honour of his upcoming ninth birthday.  IMG_3708

And finally, also nothing to do with flowers, anyone else devastated by tonight’s Strictly outcome?