Hopefully Cathy’s nice meme, at Rambling in the Garden, will help me get some structure back into life.
I picked these flowers yesterday, and arranged them this morning. There is an unnamed fringed yellow tulip, of which I am rather fond, that I took down to my ‘wild bank’ quite a few years ago.
If you have a largish garden on a slope, a wild bank is a great idea. I only started it off after borrowing the idea from other bloggers (Google: maintain a steep slope, etc.) Various other folk were suggesting that cramming anything and everything onto a deeply sloping bank – mostly ‘on sale’ shrubs or cast-offs from elsewhere in the garden – was a better way of managing the area than thinking of strimming/mowing endlessly.Mine is now crammed with weigela, philadelphus, buddleia, purple-leaved berberis and forsythia.
From the lovely blog at The Garden Impressionists, I got the idea of digging up ‘display’ bulbs (often tulips) from elsewhere and adding them to the mix. The tulips never do quite as well as the first year, but they do surprisingly keep coming back, if not in such force. I use them as cut flowers.
Then there’s Tulipa sylvestris which I’m adoring for the first time in my own garden.
The many-headed flowering stems with their gentle colours are so much more graceful than the ‘border’ varieties of tulips.
Then a daffodil that I was sold as ‘Mount Hood’. I think it isn’t (the trumpet is too yellow when it first starts flowering – but I could be wrong).
Also Lonicera periclymen ‘Serotina’, with purple foliage. Actually I’m beginning to wonder if this wasn’t mis-sold to me? I don’t see any mention of it’s purplish foliage when I research it, but Lonicera japonica ‘Purpurea’ does have that feature. Any thoughts?
Finally there’s a touch of Spiraea betulifolia (almost unnoticeable!) and an old favourite, Euphorbia x martinii.
The container represents one of the BV’s past passions. He bought about 6 or 7 of them in Sainsbury’s, because he loves bees and just couldn’t stop himself. I use them as houseplant pots, because they are pretty. Only problem is I turn my plants regularly, so half of the time the lovely bee is hidden.
The moleskine notebook is a grateful nod to William Wordsworth, who was appointed Poet Laureate on this day in 1843 – and actually tomorrow is his birthday (born 1770)! Perhaps he used a notebook like this to jot down his thoughts? Mine was a present from a dear friend many years ago that I now use as a sketchbook. This is certainly a good time to be journalling – good for the soul, that is.
I’m hoping to see lots of daffodils on other people’s posts today, because ours are nearly over.
Go on over and see all the other lovely vases on Cathy’s meme.
Stay safe and relish your gardens!