Sunday, 15 April 2012

April flowers

 Flowers and arrangements from my garden in April. It's still very much the season of the dahlia and they are flowering like mad. I am still getting the odd rose (Queen Elizabeth is now on her second flush) and the cosmos will continue bravely until the frost. I saw a flock of greenfinches alight and begin to feast upon the seeds, so it must be time to start putting out birdseed cakes again.

 I've read a couple of books about flower arranging this month and got inspired. Hopefully I'll have some reviews to share soon. My favourite arrangement turned out to be the simplest - the glass jar that I put a wire handle on and hung on the wall. It looks best with one beautiful stem in it - simple and perfect.

I also learned to make a hand-tied posy, hooray! (It's really not hard at all.) It makes all the difference when putting your bunch in a vase and stops the stems flopping everywhere.

And I've recently joined the Succulent Appreciation Society, with my little pot featuring a sedum sieboldii, dichondra silver falls (not technically a succulent but its silver foliage blended beautifully), and little rosettes which I took as cuttings from a plant already in my garden, unfortunately I don't know the name. I've never really been a fan of succulents but I needed a little pot to put in a dry place, and when I saw the pretty purple blush on the leaves of the sedum I was smitten. The pink candy floss flowers are a bonus!

I'm linking up to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.

10 comments:

  1. Your blooms and arrangements are just gorgeous. I really loved the glass jar hanging on the wall filled with those stunning white flowers. Loved the succulent pot too. You've definitely got the touch when it comes to creating flower arrangements.

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    1. Thanks Bernie! I love arranging flowers, I don't think I'm very good at it but enthusiasm must count for something!

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  2. Very pretty!
    And I enjoyed seeing your selection of containers for your flower arrangements. I especially like the pitcher in the last photo.
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!
    Lea
    Lea's Menagerie

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    1. I love collecting up things to use for vases. And jugs definitely help - if you are having trouble with an arrangement, just put it in a jug. It instantly looks better!

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  3. When I first popped over to visit you, I was amazed at your dahlias--and then I remembered you were in New Zealand! That's one of the things I love about Bloom Day, seeing blooms not only in different gardening zones, but in different hemispheres. Your floral arrangements are stunning!

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    1. That's right. Winter is a bit more bearable when you can still see lovely flower pictures from across the globe! I love the internet :)

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  4. Just lovely. I can't pick out a favorite. They are all beautiful and interesting. The dahlia blooms are fabulous! How nice to get all these arrangements from your own garden!

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    1. Yes, I would love to buy flowers but the scrooge in me just can't do it! So I buy flowering plants and then pick the flowers and that makes it all right.

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