The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company

This started as a Wordless Wednesday post but then I couldn’t choose which photo and now its a full blog post.

The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company are based in Pershore about 30 minutes from me.  As you can see they grow larkspur and cornflowers from which they make confetti.

I have wanted to visit for some years now but they only open for about 10 days a year when the flowers are looking stunning and I keep missing the opportunity.  However, with my youngest and fiancée getting married next June not far from the confetti fields it was the perfect opportunity to make sure we went for a look see last weekend.

Biodegradable confetti is becoming more popular in the UK as many venues prefer not to have to clean up piles of paper confetti or even rice.  Our wedding venue is located in a deer park and they have very strict rules that any confetti has to be edible by deer so flowers it is.

The sheer volume and colour was stunning.  Aside from poppy and rape fields I have never seen so many flowers growing in one area.  Even the wild flowers we saw in Texas were interspersed with lots of grass whereas this is hedge to hedge flowers.

As you can see I took many photos, mostly because I am looking for design inspiration for my embroidery design course.  I particularly liked the white larkspur with the cerise in the background.  There is something to my eye especially pleasing with the combination of the white flowers and their very green centres.

I foresee some very flowery embroidery design in the future, which no doubt will include my favourite stitch French Knots.

Camassia time

I have been looking forward to this time for a few weeks now – its time for the Camassias to flower.  I love Camassias.  I love their height, the intensity of the blue flowers, their presence in the border. They make a nice change to tulips and I have no idea why more people don’t grow them.

I have had these bulbs for probably 6 years now. They used to be on the back slope but when we put in the workshop they got moved to the Big Border and they have really taken off and are now bulking up well.

Some people complain about the size of the leaves, similar in size to daffodil leaves but thicker and coarser.  In my view, as with any bulbs, you just need to plant them amongst perennials which will grown up and hide the leaves. They also look great with grasses.

I am now thinking I might add some to the front garden, there is certainly enough space.

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In a Vase on Monday: Yellow

I’ve never cut Forsythia for the house before and I really pleased I have chosen it for this week’s Monday Vase post.

My forsythia bush is to be pitied.  It grows right up against the fence and has struggled for years in the shadow of a large sycamore in my neighbour’s garden.  With their clearing of the boundary more light has flooded in and with the removal of the sycamore the competition for moisture has diminished. Just as the shrub is flexing its muscles with the improved environment so I too want it to grow and expand to soften the fence line and break up the view.  I remembered reading Christopher Lloyd, probably in the Well Tempered Gardener, saying that when you prune forsythia you shouldn’t prune it into a mound but you should remove the odd stem to keep the shrub within its boundaries.  This is the approach I decided to take as well as taking into account the lessons learnt last week at Ashwoods about thinning the canopy of shrubs.

The vase is a Poole pottery one bought from the local flea market a few years ago and this is the first time I have used it for flowers. For some reason I just thought the blue grey of the glaze would work with the yellow flowers.  I’m not 100% sure if I am right but I quite like the effect.

As for photographing the vase – well the fact that instead of the usual backdrop I have been using this year the vase is plonked on the dining room table demonstrates just how difficult it was to photograph the stems well. However, I think the simplicity of the setting fits the simplicity of the stems well.

Thank you Cathy for hosting this meme every week which is making me think a little laterally about what I can bring indoors.  Check our her blog for more Monday vase posts.

In a Vase on Monday: A Bowl of Hellebores

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It seems inevitable that hellebores would feature this week especially after seeing so many at Ashwood Nurseries on Saturday.

I have realised that I have quite a few hellebores in the garden particularly as I seem to be in the habit of going to Ashwoods at this time of year. This weekend I was looking at yellow hellebores but ended up buying a very dark one, which was good as today when cutting the flowers I realised that I had more than one yellow hellebore already.

I have a plain clear glass dish that I normally use for hellebores but it is quite small and couldn’t accommodate all my blooms. Then I noticed the pale green dish in the dining room table which lives there day in and day out. For some reason it hadn’t occurred to me to use it for flowers. The dish was a present from a work colleague to thank me for some work I had done for her.

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Thank you Cathy for hosting this interesting meme

In A Vase on Monday – Camellia

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The vase this week is a simple one which doesn’t really require me to say much.  The camellia flower is from a small camellia I have growing in a pot.  It is a plant I rescued from one of those ‘bargain’ areas in a nursery and planted out in the garden.  However, it was apparently unhappy as the leaves were very yellow, despite me having another very healthy camellia near by.  So like many a good gardener before me I dug it up and put it in a pot with lots of ericaceous compost and I have been rewarded with healthy glossy leaves and half a dozen or so of these sumptuous pink blooms.

For more Monday vases visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden

In a vase on Monday: Pretty in Pink

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This meme has made me somewhat obsessive about seeking out something to put in a vase on Monday.  I realised that this was the case when I got quite excited to spot some bergenia flowers when my eldest moved his car yesterday and bored him on the subject all the way to the supermarket he was taking me to (I had hurt my arm so wasn’t driving).

I have to be honest that the bergenias are my neighbours and grow along the edge of their garden when it joins our driveway and are making a bid to engulf the driveway.  Having said that I have quite a few bergenias in the garden, although none in flower at the moment, and I think they are very underrated.  As you can see they have wonderful foliage and are great for providing substance at the front of the border but I get the feeling that the are one of those marmite plants that you either love or hate.

The vase is a purchase from a trip to Hong Kong in my late teens.  The pashmina was a gift from my Japanese pen pal.  We have written to each other for some 35 years, well to be honest it is more a case of Christmas and birthday cards these days; but I didn’t meet up with her on my recent trip to Japan as she lives in the north of the country and I was in the south with little space in the itinerary.

Thank you to Cathy for hosting this meme – check out her post which will have links to other vase posts in the comments box.

 

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In a vase on Monday – Winter Bear

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As I am hopeless at sticking to things I will not start this post by saying that I intend to participate in Cathy’s weekly In A Vase On Monday meme. Instead I will aspire to take part more than I did last year, which shouldn’t be too hard to achieve!

January is really not the ideal time to try and write a post about a vase full of things from your garden but I have managed to rustle up some Viburnum tinus ‘Eve Price’ which isn’t quite fully open so may be useful next week, or the week after and some Jasminum nudi-florum which to be honest is probably beginning to go over.

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The bear ornament is one of what my family call my ‘Christmas tat’ collection which I think is quite rude.  Essentially, every December I seem to acquire one or two Christmassy ornaments to add to my growing collection.  I am rather fond of the bear whose name is Prudence – well that’s what is says on its bottom – and she doesn’t go away in the cupboard after Christmas but usually moves to her non-Christmas quarters in the spare bedroom aka my sewing room.

The vase is a flea market find a couple of years back costing the princely sum of £1 and the light is newish and bought to help me seeing when I am sewing in the evenings.

So that is my first IAVOM post, I wonder how many I will manage this year.  Thanks to Cathy for hosting this meme – you can check out hers and others by visiting her blog via this link

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – April 2016

Primula denticulata
Primula denticulata

The garden is sparkling with colour, lots of spots of colour much like an impressionist painting and I have to say that this is certainly my garden’s best season.  The colour and shimmer is created from lots of small flower heads in a myriad of pastel colours.  So for this month’s Garden Bloggers Bloom Day post I thought I would zoom in on my favourite flowers this week.

Narcissus Baths Flame
Narcissus Baths Flame

Alot of the colour comes from the various Narcissus which I add to every year.  This year’s new additions include Narcissus Baths Flame which I am rather taken with.  The petals are a buttery yellow, very soft when you compare them to the hard yellow of the obligatory large trumpet daffodils that you see in public planting.  The flowers glow as the light fades and I think that is because of the whiteness of the petals.

Narcissus Sailboat
Narcissus Sailboat

Narcissus Sailboat is another new addition and it definitely reinforces my preference for the paler narcissus; I do like the slightly yellow trumpet.

 

 

Narcissus Thalia
Narcissus Thalia

Narcissus Thalia is an almost pure white – very pure.

Narcissus Cheerfulness
Narcissus Cheerfulness

Narcissus ‘Cheerfulness’ is my favourite double narcissus, it has the most wonderful scent which you catch as you are weeding away in the border.  I prefer the single daffodils and I really dont like the blousey over breed narcissus which seem to popular at the moment.

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As the narcissus go over the tulips start but sadly I only have three tulips in the borders this year.  I haven’t planted them for a few years due to badger damage but these three have persisted year on year and are very pretty.  I have decided to risk them again next year as we haven’t had a visit from the badger for a couple of years now.

Imperial fritillary
Imperial fritillary

A lot less elegant than the narcissus is the Imperial fritillary.  This is the first year I have grown them and I am a little disappointed that the plants don’t seem to have developed a tall stem for the flowers as you would expect. I have two from different sources and both have done the same so maybe it is a result of the weather.

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I always forget the Leucojum vernum and are surprised when I first spot their nodding flowers thinking at first they are late snowdrops.  The clump has been planted for some years now and is expanding very slowly; maybe I will invest in some more and create a bit of a drift.

Anemone Bourdeux
Anemone Bordeaux

Anemone ‘Bordeaux’ is a very recent acquisition.  I was seduced by the almost velvet flowers which are working very well with the ageing flowers of Helleborus Anna’s Red and also Euphorbia ‘Ascot Rainbow’.  I really hope it reappears next year.

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Not all the colour is from bulbs or primulas as the blossom is beginning to appear.  This week Amelanchier decided to start flowering picking up the blossom of Prunus kojo-no-mai and will soon be joined by the large unknown Prunus that dominates the garden at this time.

Thank you to Carol over at May Dream Gardens for hosting this meme.