buttercups

it’s delightful to see a patch of tiny yellow buttercups spring up on their own from the ground – they must be hardy as they are everywhere;   its rare to see buttercups used as house flowers, I don’t know why because they are simply beautiful as well as reminding you of your youth.

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buttercups symbolize cheerfulness and charm and because buttercups can spread lavishly over the ground in great expanses and their blooms are golden-yellow cups, they can also represent riches.

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dont you remember holding a buttercup under your chin, and if it reflects you are supposed to like butter?

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bluebells are the symbol of humility and gratitude

I love wild flowers and bluebells are popping up everywhere;  I even have lilac bluebells in my garden.   did you know that bluebells are the symbol of humility and gratitude?

gratitude is something that I am feeling at the moment – gratitude for my health, my family, my home, the food that we have – I too felt ‘ how can we stay in for weeks on end’, but we have to just think that its a small part of our long lives which can importantly save other lives.

I usually go to Cornwall to see my friends at this time of year, these bluebells were growing wild on the slopes of the coastline of Rock.

wisteria

i just love spring – everything is in bloom, tulips, ceanosa and wisteria – strange that we had rain, sleet and cold yesterday, but at least the blossom and spring flowers adds some glimmer of prettiness. the beautiful fragrant hanging grey lilac flowers of the climbing wisterias are so beautiful and melancholic – there is an elegance and dreamy quality to the flowers.  mine are just blossoming, alongside the jasmine climbing up the stairs to my house.  this particular beauty was at kew gardens.

Kew Gardens is one of my favourite day trips out in London.
Bred in China and Japan for more than 2000 years, wisteria arrived in the United States in the 1830s as an ornamental vine. This hardy plant can thrive as far north as New England. there are many interpretations of the meaning of the flowers throughout the world:
Buddhism
Wisteria is a symbol of humility and reflection in Shin Buddhism. The Jodo Shinshu sect uses two intertwined, upside-down wisteria flowers as its crest.
Japanese Interpretation
In the 1820s, Kabuki drama Fuji Musume, “The Wisteria Maiden,” a young woman waits under a wisteria vine for her lover. In this context, the durable, long-living wisteria vine lends a meaning of endurance in the face of heartache.

The wisteria tree is packed with an assemblage of purple blossoms, falling in tapered clusters to symbolize a kneeling pose of honor and devotion based on Asian folklore. ~ Kojin: Japanese Tree Goddess
Victorian Interpretation
According to the Victorian language of flowers, wisteria represents a warning against over-passionate love or obsession, a reference to the choking nature of the vine.

 

this was my little courtyard garden last year.

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scilla

my little garden is coming to life, sprigs of colour bursting through ; the camellia is blossoming, the tulips are just about to bloom.  I worry that this sudden cold snap will kill them off.  i love these scilla flowers ,the delicate flowers with their vibrant blue colour are bewitching….

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creativity

The only way to get through this difficult time is to use the time to recuperate, renew and grow – life was already a fast pace, so apart from all the spring cleaning and rubbish clearing of my cupboards, I have decided to do one creative thing a day;  it might be a photo, a drawing, a piece of writing, an alteration of an old dress, a new recipe or even catching up on an old movie…..   rather than thinking lockdown and isolation, think creativity, innovative and peacefulness.

yesterday I took some photos of the ranunculus that I had in the house.

lavender rose

As with other roses, lavender roses have their own special meanings which have evolved over the years of their existence. The lavender rose is often a sign of enchantment and love at first sight. Those who have been enraptured by feelings of love and adoration have used lavender roses to express their romantic feelings and intentions. The color purple also has a traditional association with royalty. In this regard, shades of lavender roses can suggest an air of regal majesty and splendor.

Lavender roses also share some of the symbolism of the fabled blue rose. Because blue roses do not occur naturally, they have come to represent the mysterious and unattainable. The goal of discovering the first blue rose has ignited many imaginations. While the quest for truly blue roses continues, many of the meanings associated with them have become tied to its nearest existing relative, the lavender rose. Thus, lavender roses can also represent wonder and impossibility, with a sense of the magical.

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dahlias

loving all the dahlias out at the moment – bought these in Garnetts Gardens, that not only sells plants, but freshly cut flowers, local cakes and produce!  i discovered this on my way home from suffolk the other day – its always good to divert to another route – opens your eyes to new things!  my favourite nursery in the area though is Darsham Nurseries – lovely food and small gifts to buy, plus inspiring planting and vegetable patches to view, plus its just seconds away from the train station that brings you in from london.

robert and I took a walk in hampstead recently, enjoying the last of the   sunshine – the dahlias there outside kenwood house are just amazing!  drop in and see inside the house – its free entry and you will marvel at the wonderful collection of paintings, by Gainsborough, Rembrandt,  Vermeer and Reynolds, all in this beautiful setting.  there is also a cute second hand bookshop thats worth popping into, right by the cafe seating area.

the sick rose

O Rose thou art sick.

The invisible worm

That flies in the night

In the howling storm:

Has found out thy bed

Of crimson joy:

And his dark secret love

Does thy life destroy

William Blake

‘The Sick Rose’, although written in clear, plain language, is an enigmatic poem whose meaning remains difficult to pin down. Therein lies much of its haunting power.

I have so many roses in my garden at the moment;  I only planted this one a few years ago, and finally this year, there are more than the one or two that I have been getting.

Cambridge for the day

now that my daughter is at Cambridge I seem to be always visiting;  last weekend was her birthday and because of exams, she could just about fit in dinner with us all.  there is always so much to see and do and one day is never enough, so we have been taking the opportunity to take in the sights each time we go;  it was fortunately a beautiful bright day so we went to the heritage botanical gardens which I highly recommend;  situated about 5 mins walk from the train station, its a mini kew, but not too big to walk around and admire the beautiful planting and trees – my favourite were the victorian conservatories.  surprisingly we haven’t found that many interesting places to eat, and especially to accommodate a vegan!  as Maude was not eating lunch, we ate a good Sunday roast at  Pint Shop, and had the wonderful  Jacks gelato  for dessert;  the queue can be very long, but its definitely worth it and they even have a couple of choices for vegans.  stem and glory is a great restaurant for vegans and the ivy, though now a chain, does have a vegan and vegetarian menu.   kettle’s yard is always a must and even though I have been 4 times in the last year, its always a pleasure to walk around.  I am now on the list for David Parr’s house, which has recently opened, but is booked for the rest of the year!  I think the only way to get to see it this year is to book a private tour.  if you get a chance evensong at Kings  College is definitely a lovely experience;  I am not religious, but the grandeur of the choir and the chapel is just breathtaking, all those stained glass windows.  Just walking around the old part of Cambridge and peeking into all the colleges is interesting, its a beautiful historical city.

 

Chelsea flower show

after a couple of years rest,  I made it to the flower show -always incredibly busy when you first go in, and especially hot waiting in the queue,  but much more comfortable and less crowded as the early evening draws in.  if you have been before, buying the 5.30 ticket is not a bad choice, though it does mean that you don’t have time for that lazy cup of tea or glass of pimms and a sit around – my choice of doing this would be in the artisan section, which is always less busy and shady.

i always get garden envy – wondering why my tiny little plot is not as neat or bursting with flowers as these are;  but then I tell myself that these are show gardens intended to entice you.  so much inspiration  – from sheds, to pots, to meadows and flowers – there was definitely a more wild flowers meadow feel with beautiful rich tones of burnt orange and rust, delicate tones of eau de nil and creamy taupe, lots of herbs and vegetables, and a much more overgrown look than usual.  I never like the over designed touches of steel curves, water features, dominating sculptures and heavy stone, but still its always an inspiring day, but the best thing are the lovely pretty dresses that get worn, such a selection and so nice to see that people take the effort to dress up for the day.  the flower show is definitely a good place to go people watching, such a diverse group of people all with the interest of flowers and gardens in common.

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