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Cornflowers, Bluebells and Hydrangeas

It's another grey day in the south east, and probably the rest of the country I'd imagine.  The weekend weather was as dismal as I'd predicted on Friday, but I never let that get in the way of a bit of therapeutic gardening and shopping.  With a few shards of sunshine here and there on Saturday, I went and dug out some weeds, attempted to prune some hedges, as that's a favourite of mine then on to the nice stuff - cutting some cornflowers and bluebells for the house.  There are flowers in the garden that I cannot see from the back door of the house, so for maximum enjoyment, I bring them indoors quick sharp. They are really delightful little flowers, the cornflower a gorgeous striking blue and the bluebells a more delicate pale blue, they smell pretty divine.  I think the next great technological mainstream invention should be smellovision so you can experience it too. Since that hasn't happened yet, you'll have to take my word for it.

I've bunged them in some disused jars and actually, on this topic, this is a hoarding weakness of mine. I've lots of jars in a deep drawer in the kitchen, too many according to husband, but I know at some point they will all come in handy for flowers, tealights, salad dressings and recepticals for outdoor social events.


I also bought a lovely potted hydrangea.  I have one in the garden already and it's really old but the flowers are pink and as you can see, this new plant has attractive bluey pink ones.  But will they stay this colour I ask?  The lady in the florist couldn't be certain and said that putting a rusty old nail in the pot would perhaps keep the colour but admitted that this could be an old wives tale. I really don't want to risk digging it into the ground and losing its allure.  Anyhow, I've plonked it in my old bucket for now and it sits proudly on my veranda alongside the Jasmine which incidentally also needs a decision made on where to plant it.  One for another weekend I fancy.


Hope you all had fun filled (and dry) weekends.  What did you get up to ?

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Reader Comments (6)

Gosh, I love having fresh flowers in the house. It's just brightens up the house and makes me so happy. All your flowers are so beautiful. I love that you got creative and used different types of jars and bottles. I can completely relate to your jar collecting addiction. I recently had to recycle mine; They were getting a little out of hand.

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTheresa

Hydrangeas are my absolute favorite flowers! They look gorgeous, I'm so jealous you have a plant in your backyard even if you went and bought the potted one. I love the color on them. They always look like watercolors not like actual flowers.

I know I'm guilty of having one of those "everything's better in Europe" mentalities, but seriously, even your ketchup bottles are beautiful. That makes for a really lovely vase. Isn't it neat how a vase of flowers can change the whole room? I had a cheap bouquet of mixed flowers from the grocery store on our dining room table for a few days and then the dog ate an alstroemeria and a carnation before we had to throw them out. Damn dogs ;)

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin

I've been snaffling up hydrangeas too! They're having a moment aren't they? An item of Ahernia I suspect.
Love that ketchup bottle. I love Tiptree so much. Even the name makes me happy.

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterannie

Girls, you are funny.

I would love to collect more jars, bottles etc for exactly those uses Sam, but living in a small flat in London doesn't afford you those luxuries. The other luxury I haven't got is to go out and pick garden flowers as I really prefer wild flowers to these horrendous bouquets you get at the most fancy florists in London.

Annie, I spend nearly half a day trying to find your wild winter flowers for your birthday. The truth is, you would have probably preferred one of these bouquets I've just described:) never mind...

Hope you enjoy your wonderful flowers xx

May 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertina

Sounds like a lovely weekend! Love the shot of the cornflowers, they're one of my fave flowers - the deep shade of blue gets me every time.

I'm also a jar-hoarder but was forced to part with them when we left Cayman sadly, I'll have to start up a collection of Chinese ones pronto!

I love these pics. Makes me want to go to my local antiques store just to get some old jars. I'll be a jar hoarder yet.

August 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFlowers Seattle

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