Spring flowers and a silver birch wreath. A honey -scented display for the summerhouse today.
Arriving home late from work, I’ve run round the garden and picked a few spring flowers to decorate the wreath.
This week, tete-a-tete narcissi and Iris Eye Catcher join the snowdrops in my display. I can report, the little test tubes I mentioned last week are working a treat. The double snowdrops have lasted seven days.
The test tubes arrived attached to a bouquet of orchids, a gift from a friend. As usual, I put them in the potting shed until I’ve thought of a use for them. We are all trying to manage without oasis florists foam, which is not recyclable and adds to pollution.
I twist a wire around the top of the test tube and press it into the twiggy wreath. It stays there securely, despite high winds. Storm Erik bashed the garden, but didn’t damage the display- with the summerhouse turned to face the shelter of the trees. I patch in some emerald green moss and fresh ivy to hide the workings.
Here’s where the flowers are growing, in the wild garden under beech, oak and cherry trees.
Double snowdrops came from Hodsock Priory. Singles, Galanthus nivalis, from Easton Walled Gardens.
Yellow aconites are finally starting to spread. They are slow to establish and like lots of leafmould.
I finish the day walking down the lane to pick willow stems for valentine hearts. And joy! The first lamb, born today. What a lovely surprise, and I’m glad it is a glorious sunny day. Not like last year, when they arrived in a snowstorm. Today is a good day to be born. I stand for a while watching the tiny lamb find its feet. Within minutes it’s jumping, all four feet off the ground. A sight I’ll never tire of, and another sure sign spring is not far away.
Easton Walled Gardens https://www.visiteaston.co.uk/
Hodsock Priory http://www.hodsockpriory.com/
Yellow aconites https://www.gee-tee.co.uk/bulbs/eranthis/eranthis-hyemalis
Floristry supplies Googies Flower Shop https://en-gb.facebook.com/googiesflowers/