It is nice to start a brand new year with some freshly cut flowers for the table. I picked them rather late so I am afraid they are all taken with a flash.
I bought the little jug in France not long after we were married. So it is special.
For flowers, I used Mahonia x media ‘Winter Sun’, Skimmia japonica ‘Rubella”, Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’, Jasminum nudiflorum and a few sprigs of white heather, Erica carnea. I also had a few sprigs of Salvia ‘Wendy’s Wish’ in the greenhouse. The foliage is Lonicera ‘Baggessen’s Gold’, a shiny, red leaf of Bergenia ‘Eric Smith’, a marbled leaf of Arum italicum ‘Pictum’ a sprig of Garrya elliptica with its pale green catkins. I used some bright red twigs of Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’
As we are entertaining today, I cheated in my second vase. Obviously the roses aren’t from the garden and the eucalyptus fell into my hand as I was walking in the little wood nearby. I love the colours with my glass vase. Never mind, in a few weeks it will be February and there will be plenty of winter treasures for vases and I shan’t need to buy flowers or steal foliage.
So here we are then, it is 2017; a time of resolutions and new beginnings . The slate is wiped clean and we can reinvent ourselves into a nice, shiny new 2017 edition of ourselves.
Here is what I have got planned for the 2017 new me. I am going to amaze my loved ones by becoming a domestic goddess. I will keep up with the ironing and cleaning. My windows will gleam and there will be no tottering piles of books by my chair. I might even sew a few buttons on. If I can find a needle.
I will stop buying jugs.
When it comes to gardening, I am going to sow all the seeds I order and prick them out. And I will even make sure they all get planted.
I am going to stop creating new areas in the garden so that I can take better care of existing ones. Actually, I don’t think I will manage this one.
I am going to clear out the plant pot shed. OK, I know you might have heard this before.
I am going to clean my tools each time I use them and put them away in my nice new shed.
I am going to show a little restraint when it comes to plant buying.
Actually, I don’t know why I am making all these resolutions. I just checked the list I made on this blog in 2013 and I failed with every one.
Cathy at Ramblinginthegarden doesn’t need to make a new year’s resolution to fill a vase with flowers every Monday. She never fails and she inspires many bloggers to do the same. This week she has picked some of her fabulous witch hazel and made a furry caterpillar with it. Do go and see.
I have got a bit behind with other blogs the last few days, but I shall catch up soon. Being a domestic goddess is very time consuming. Oh, and my other resolution which is to cycle 50 miles a week has kept me busy too. That one probably won’t last long ; just until the garden looks a little less monochrome and a little more inviting.
A very Happy New Year, dear blogging friends, I am looking forward to sharing your garden delights over the coming year.