Painting vases with the camera

During my habitual, lazy and very enjoyable browsing of all the Monday vases that have appeared today, I have been wracked with envy at everyone else's current abundance of soft, fluffy peonies crammed into vases left, right and centre, when I have none. Nonetheless, positive framing and all that, I do have a glut of…

Friends, flowers, and a wee bit o’ stouthrie

This week's In a Vase on Monday, hosted as ever by the wonderful Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, gave me a reason, as if I needed one, to get out into Scotland's glorious sunshine and go a-gathering. 'Stouthrie' is Scots for theft, and I own up, I do, because there is no cow parsley…

In a vase on Monday: Mrs Bouquet

I've cheated on this one. They're in a vase, and it's Monday, but these beautiful cala lilies, heather fronds, hypericum berries, and sea hollies did not grow in my garden (nor indeed in any garden anywhere near Scotland, I shouldn't think). But I wanted to show you these beautiful flowers because this was my wedding…

Impulsive behaviour: cotoneaster in an IKEA jug

It is a truth universally acknowledged that it is impossible enter an IKEA store without making an unscheduled purchase. This white enamel jug is a case in point. Now, I have always considered myself hip to the tricks of IKEA, and totally immune to their wily efforts to entice me to buy things I don't…

In a vase on Monday: Fading dahlias on an unpainted shelf

My CafĂ© au Lait dahlias were longing to be picked, their oversized heads drooping in the November drizzle. They have been out for over a month now, and still the flowers are firm and fabulous, though just turning the hint of brown at the edges. I could see they were going to be zapped by…