January Posy

Tuesday, 8 January 2013



This morning whilst engaged in a spot of gardening, or as I think of it- housework with mud and slugs, I found the makings of a little posy.


Perfect for this lovely little smoky glass vase.



Really the only way to see the snowdrop's pretty green markings is to pick one and bring it inside. You could always lie down in the mud but I prefer my way. The flower opens rapidly once brought inside. Of course they look gorgeous  flowering en masse, but mine do not seem to be reproducing at the rate I had hoped.



The flower above is, I think, a variety of pulmonaria. Unlike the snowdrop it does not take kindly to being picked and is now drooping over the side of the vase looking unwell.


I found this campion hiding beneath a blanket of quince leaves.


A little posy during the first week of every month this year will make a pleasing record of the year's turning. It may even make up for the lack of cake.



Yesterday I bought my traditional post-Christmas daffs. 'Don't they look jolly?' I exclaim forgetting that by the morning they will have filled the front room with their pollen and bring on my traditional post-Christmas hayfever. Aachoo!



35 comments:

  1. I also have to buy daffs after Christmas they are such a promise of spring. I'd rather housework with mud and slugs than indoors any day. Julie x

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  2. Barb_in_GA3:14 pm GMT

    A monthly posy -- what a great idea! I have one on my desk now. It is a white chrysanthemum left over from a Christmas arrangement, with a sprig of holly from my back yard. Following your lead, I think I will make this a habit.

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  3. Housework with mud and slugs - yes, although more pleasurable than cleaning the loo! Still giggling at the idea of lying around in the mud to see the snowdrop. I like your monthly posy idea - look forward to seeing them.

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  4. I have been pottering in the garden too - very pleasant in this mild weather (though still a bit squidgy underfoot). But mine hasn't offered up anything remotely vase-worthy. Just lots of un-raked leaves from Autumn and slugs and mud.

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  5. A set of photographs every bit as mouthwatering as your food ones.... Beautiful, just beautiful.

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  6. I nearly bought a bunch of daffs but instead for the same price bought a pot of mini daffs and another of hyacinths :)

    Must be the thing to do in January once life returns to 'normal'!!

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  7. One of the best ways to view snowdrops is to place the container on a mirror. Then all you have to do is look down to see their wonderful insides!

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  8. Beautiful - I love those sort of posies!

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  9. Driving in Cornwall last week I saw daffs, fully open, growing by the roadside. Spring isn't far away. I hope.

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  10. Garden flowers in January! Oh, there are things to be said for your climate. Good things.

    Still frozen solid here...

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  11. How beautiful. Here in Nova Scotia, we wouldn't consider flowers for many months. Lovely to see snow drops.

    Lynnekovan.com

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  12. How absolutely lovely, the first flowers of the New Year.

    There's something SO special about Snowdrops :-)

    Sue xx

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  13. I love seeing my first snowdrop each year, I see it as confirmation that spring is on it's way. (albeit coming via the long way round most years.)

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  14. Your little Posy is beautiful - I adore Snowdrops.
    Claire

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  15. Such happy flowers to brighten a winter day :-)

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  16. Love the little garden posy- so sweet. But I am sorry to say that daffodils leave me cold, both growing in the garden and inside in a jug on the kitchen table. In fact, I would go as far as to say I detest them. But little snowdrop posies, gorgeous.
    No slug and mud recipe then?
    Ax

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  17. I haven't seen a snowdrop yet but couldn't resist a bunch of pink and white tulips today.

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  18. A posy a month - what I beautiful idea. We should all do it and see what we can all come up with! It would fill the Internet with loveliness. X

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  19. But they are like much needed sunshine, even if it is the kind that makes you sneeze!

    I'm liking the posy substituting for cake idea :D

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  20. I think the pulmonaria are drooping because they are jealous of the snowdrops! I planted daffodils in the front garden, but I've never been able to grow snowdrops.

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  21. My kind of posy and I love your little smokey vase.
    xx Sandi

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  22. I can't believe you have snowdrops already- mine are weeks off! Enjoy!

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  23. I am unashamedly going to copy your idea and make myself a little bunch too, although I suspect it might be heavier on the foliage than the flowers - a brilliant idea.

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  24. I had to settle for tulips this as there were no daffs to be had locally, but I bet I could find a few bits and pieces in the garden if i looked hard enough. No snowdrops here - they seem to hate me!

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  25. Oh, so so cheering Sue. WOnderful - thanks so much for posting these lovely images. Hurray for a tiny posy.

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  26. Your New Year's flowers are lovely! I'm delighted to report that the paperwhite bulbs I started forcing in early December have begun to bloom, also bringing that little special spirit to these chilly days. We've also now got red and white tulips in the shop to cheer our eyes.j

    Your 2013 posts are so fine! xo

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  27. My snowdrops are nowhere to be seen at the moment - in fact the whole garden is pretty barren - perhaps I haven't looked carefully enough.

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  28. I hope you don't mind Sue, but I have linked back to your Blog (twice) in mine today. I needed to use your Veg Hash recipe and thought I would Blog about it as it fitted in so well with what I am up to at the moment.

    Thanks, I thought it well worth recommending as it always works a treat!

    Sue xx

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  29. Sorry I should have given you the direct link - here it is -

    http://ournewlifeinthecountry.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/blogging-buddies-veg-hash.html

    Sue xx

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  30. I like your smoky vase. My blue vase is too big for anything my garden has to offer at present.

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  31. I thought I would add my voice to Sue's - I don't know how I have survived without the veg hash for so long. I have shown it to several friends and they are all stunned by its simplicity. It also ensures that I/we don't have wrinkled, useless ie wasted - veg in fridge at end of month! Many thanks again.

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  32. Housework with mud and slugs.... pffffff...... Priceless!

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  33. beautiful pictures. could you tell me what lense you use? please

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    1. Hi Sol,

      For most of my pictures including these I use a Canon EF-S 60mm Macro lens.

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