Not having read any ramblings for a week, my Mum wondered if I had disappeared off the face of the earth but no, it may have been quiet on this blog but I was still enjoying my daily ramblings and just not writing about them. Admittedly they were very short rambles as it has been a consistently cold and not conducive to outdoor gardening, and I have been otherwise gainfully occupied stripping wallpaper and mopping a streaming nose. However, the forecast is for slight better weather this week, our bedroom is now naked of wallpaper (including the woodchipped ceiling with its two coats of paint) and my cold has virtually gone – AND it’s Monday, when we need no excuse to find something from our gardens or nearby to pop in a vase to give us pleasure in the coming days 🙂
I did reluctantly think I might pluck a few of my Wordless Wednesday Katharine Hodgkin to brighten the week, but then realised I had these iris in a basket of bulbs given to me last week as a thank you gift – so, thanks to Judith we have five inky blue Iris reticula in vintage ink bottles with an equally vintage pen. Sadly, in real life I can see these are a gloriously deep purply blue and not the much brighter blue that you will be seeing in the pictures. To help them stand upright in the bottles, tiny pebbles were inserted in those with necks wide enough and, not venturing far from the back door, they were photographed on the retaining wall in front of the hedge border.
Meanwhile, further down the garden new shoots continue to push their way upwards, hellebores continue their go slow, witch hazels and special snowdrops still delight and the greenhouses are just as full as they have been all winter. What’s happening in your garden today and what have you found to pop in your vase? Do share it with us by leaving links in the usual way.