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In a vase on Monday – let’s hear it for the girls!

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Not a particularly girlie arrangement, but the combination of International Women’s Day last Thursday and Mothering Sunday yesterday suggested a dedication was in order!

I’m afraid they’re pretty rubbish photos as they were taken on Sunday when the light was definitely fading, but you get the idea.

The various Hellebores have really bulked up over the last couple of years to the extent that I can definitely spare some for the house, and they’re also pretty tall, so I’ve plumped for quite a large arrangement.

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Added to these are stems from a very leggy Hebe (which should really come out), and some zingy Euphorbia. 

If you look carefully you’ll see the water is very milky.  This is because I didn’t sear the Euphorbia stems, which you really should.  Nor did I sear the Hellebores (which I’ve also heard you should) but the single bloom I cut for a previous IaVoM lasted absolutely ages without searing, so let’s see how they get on.

I’m actually in London five days this week, so I won’t actually see this arrangement again until late on Saturday night.  By then I fully expect both of us to be looking exhausted!

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With thanks to Cathy for hosting all our Monday vases.

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – January 2018

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Not surprisingly there aren’t many blooms in January, but I’ve had a poke about and come up with the Erysimum ‘Red Jep’ above, E. ‘Bowles Mauve’IMG_3823

and E. ‘Ivory Giant’ (neither ivory nor giant!).

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There are still a handful of roses braving it out – this one, ‘Freeman 1987’ was named by our children for our silver wedding anniversary,IMG_3824

this one, inherited, in the Lavender BedIMG_3826

and this, good old ‘Flower Carpet Pink’.IMG_3818

A few hellebores are already in bloom – Helleborus argutifolius and  H. ‘Anya Oudolf’

as well as various Horientalis on their way.IMG_3813

Similarly seasonal are two Hamamelis – ‘Arnold’s Promise’ in full bloom IMG_3802

and the first tangerine curls of ‘AphroditeIMG_3801

Rather more unexpected, still blooming outside are AeoniumIMG_3800

Leptospermum

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and Gazanias.IMG_3799

And in the greenhouse, not a great deal to see other than a lot of rather tatty Pelargoniums, and these – tiny little buds on the lemon tree.

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With thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens who hosts everyone’s GBBD.