Monday, 28 March 2011

Yay flowers for a Monday

Jane at Small but Charming is hosting a flower party today (I've got the right week this time!)
As well as a few rather sad stems of forsythia, of which I decided not to share, we have various little bottles of spring dotted around the house.
You may recognise the anemones from the polytunnel, they are now gracing our bedroom window sill.

Spring flowers are the perfect size for my endless little bottles.

I can't resist cutting blossom to enjoy inside, this particular variety only lasts a few days once cut, but what a gorgeous couple of days and then we have such pretty confetti EVERYWHERE!

Enjoy your flowers everyone.

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Spring forward...

We spent a gorgeous weekend in the garden, being ever so productive. We are now in to the dangerous cycle of losing track of time and not getting anything else, other than gardening, done now the clocks have gone forward, tonight we were out till 7pm and still could have kept going!

Well I'm hoping I won't regret my impatience, but sweet peas have now been planted outside, gasps I hear... but they were getting a bit tall for the rootrainers and I have been hardening them off by night.

However, I'm obviously not totally relaxed with my decision as I have wrapped all my little babies in fleece for their first night!!!

Spring has most definitely sprung now.

And a very content hound now that the sun is shining!

Thursday, 24 March 2011

It's the little things that make me smile...

Actually, if I'm honest, make me squeal with excitement!! I was very excited to finally have the first of the anemones in the tunnel flowering. Not much else to go with them, but they will be picked at the weekend and enjoyed indoors.
I know, it's not really a very exciting picture, I promise to do better at the weekend!

Sunday, 13 March 2011

An exhausting but satisfying day!

Bizarrely it feels good to be sitting here barely able to move after an exhausting day in the garden. When every muscle in your body aches you realise how long the winter has been!
Among other things, I have done mass planting of dahlias today, in pots in the polytunnel to start them off, hopefully I may be able to get a few cuttings from them too before they go in the ground.
The dahlias arrived this week from Rose Cottage Plants and Peter Nyssen and there are some stunners!

Ice cube



Karma Choc

Purple Haze

Karma Serena

I also purchased maroon Rip City, purple Thomas A Edison (highly recommended by Sarah Raven), orange Mrs Eileen and Lemon Bilbao. I can't wait to start using these in summer bouquets.

Saturday, 12 March 2011

The return of Monty Don and Gardeners' World

Hoorah to the return of Monty. I have to say (a little old before my time) I was rather excited with Gardeners' World last night.

(pic from Daily

Having read Monty's books I couldn't wait to be allowed to snoop around his beautiful garden.  Half an hour is not long enough  but I guess it will have to do. I'm really looking forward to seeing how his garden changes through the seasons and especially excited to see the Jewel garden in full flower in the summer.
Anyway feeling inspired, I must dash as there is so much I want to get on with in the garden!

Monday, 7 March 2011

Flowers in the house Monday

Well here we are again, Monday! Where has another week gone to?
The sun is shining, it is a beautiful morning with a thick, sparkly frost and I am an early bird today.
I have been watching Flowers in the house Monday, hosted by Jane over at Small But Charming, for a couple of weeks now and I'm afraid to say I have never got my act together in time to get any pics in daylight of the flowers in our home! This week however, I have been Little Miss Organised and so here are the flowers that I couldn't resist and I gave a home to.

 They are stunning Widow Iris, beautiful and dainty, with amazing centres. Popped into glass bottles with a touch of guelder rose on the window sill, that make me smile every time I pass them in the hallway.

How could anyone resist? Unfortunately they must be because these have come from a grower in Cornwall and he has said that it may be the last year he grows them as they are not worthwhile for him! Here's hoping that this will not be the last spring that they will be gracing my window sill.
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