January 23, 2012

Aching for flowers

I has felt recently that all I grow in the garden in winter is mud.

But a few brave snowdrops and hellebores have made an appearance, and suddenly there are flowers back in our house as well as woodland. Hooray!


I have mixed all I can find in one simple white jug - three varieties of hellebore, snowdrops and some skimmia foliage.


Even though I seared their stem ends, I doubt they will last more than two or three days, so I am gazing at them as often as I can.

They are the first cut flowers of the year and for that fact alone, as well as their outrageous loveliness, they have definitely perked up my monday morning!



I am taking these ones along to Jane's flower party, hitch a ride if you want to see more flowers defying the seasonal odds.


17 comments:

  1. Belinda, what a heavenly little arrangement, they have perked me right up too! Have a lovely day, love Linda x

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  2. I am so going to copy that arrangement - except for the pretty white pitcher, that is. I have got to find some white vessels for flowers. I love crystal, but the white is much better with the flowers.

    I know I have hellebores hiding down under the big leaves. I have seen them peek out on sunnier days. Now I have a quest.

    Happy week! xo

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  3. I would say how lucky you are, but I suspect the hard work that went into planting your pretty harvest.
    Shelley xo

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  4. Oh Belinda how beautiful. Can't believe they're from your garden,

    I could ice some tea from m garden.

    Off to check my porch hoping to find a glorious jug of flowers like this for me!

    xo Jane

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  5. Thank you - this post "forced" me into the garden to look for something to bring indoors, hellebore, ivy, rosemary, and cornus midwinter fire, feel happy now.

    I do like your hellebore - the edge to the petals is a delight. Beautiful arrangement Belinda.

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  6. I can't wait till my new garden starts producing something other than mud, and certain offerings from the cats.....

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  7. Lovely--and perfect in that jug.

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  8. oh so lovely. I grow mud too. and dead nettles.

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  9. So inspiring. Glad I could comment, blogger is playing up again. I have mud, nettles - and brambles!

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  10. This is soooo pretty, and I'm soooo jealous. It'll be months before anything protrudes through my mud.

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  11. I planted my first snowdrops this year - but am most excited to see some popping up in another bed from our garden's previous owner. Maybe I shall pick them as I don't get to see them from our house.

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  12. Oh they are glorious - and I find taking pictures of them really prolongs their vase life!

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  13. Beautifully arranged and photographed. An escape from the mud.

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  14. What a glorious jug of flowers!

    You may be lucky with your hellebores ... mine are still going strong after a week and look okay for a few days yet. I don't sear their stems, I never have, but they spend their first 24 hours after cutting in barely enough water to cover their stem ends. Then I top up to more normal amounts. I also keep them out of direct light and heat. No idea why it works but it certainly seems to.

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  15. Just beautiful! I still stuck with growing mud at the moment and dreaming about spring.

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  16. Oh Belinda..these are amazing. Sinead x

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