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It’s been a windy and cold in Manchester this week. There’s still some summer flowers hanging on, but mostly it’s full-on autumn colours reds, orange and yellow. I’ve not been out in the garden to do any jobs as the weather has been foul. Planting tulips in pots in the porch have been my main focus this week. Also, I’ve been busy crafting felt poppies for my Remembrance Day Poppy Door Wreath.
There are many poppies too – as there should be at this time of year. There are some stunning installations near Churches and memorials, in parks and in railway stations. Our WI sent poppies to one of our sister groups out in a small village in Lancashire who was making felt and wool poppy wreaths for their war memorial – I made 16 felt poppies.
This is one of two standard viburnum trees that came as a wedding gift to us last year; they were in full bloom for our wedding in September 2017. Since then – they’ve flowered at very random times – I think the very cold weather in March and boiling heat in June/July has confused the plants. They’ve been re-potted so I hope they survive the winter OK.
I don’t know the variety, as M and S didn’t admit it. I’ll take some bud photos next time it’s sunny to help me identify it – no scent though.
- Do my gardening pals have any ideas what variety it might be?
2. Sweet William – Dianthus Barbatus
These sweet williams fill two pots in our front garden – I bought them from the ‘sick plant aisle’ at Wilko earlier in the year. We’ve grown sweet williams in our garden often over the years. I’ve never grown them from seed as we don’t have a greenhouse or a cold frame.
Sweet william have appeared often ‘In a Vase on Monday’:
- In a Vase on Monday – in the pink with pimms and tennis – 16 July 2018
- In a Vase on Monday – restful reds and pinks – 23 June 2015
3. Viola and Pansy
The pansies and violas in the pots in the front garden are looking good. I was practising with my Lensbaby Trio 28 using the sweet effect which has a central focus which makes the plants pop with blur around the edges. This lens is giving me great shots – I am loving it. Practising on a sunny day as there’s so much to get the hang of inc aperture/light exposure. I am getting there.
4. Red patio rose
I’m really pleased with these patio roses; they are still flowering and have been for about six weeks. They flowered earlier in the summer (June/July) and then stopped. This photo is with my Samsung SLR.
5. Pyracantha – Fire Thorn
Red firethorn in my neighbour’s garden – it is everywhere around the neighbourhood. This photo is taken with a Lensbaby Trio 28 – sweet.
6. Poppies everywhere
This is a wildflower meadow is on a ‘spare’ piece of land at Manchester University – about 40 foot long; the seeds were planted earlier in the year by local school children.
I was so pleased to see there were so many flowering – there were many cornflowers too. The cornflower is the symbol of the motor neurone disease associations in Australia.
Blue cornflower (Centaurea cyanus) and Australian MND Association
The blue cornflower (Centaurea cyanus) was adopted by Australian MND Associations as the national symbol of hope for MND, because of its fragile appearance but hardy nature.
Like the cornflower, people living with MND show remarkable strength in coping with this devastating disease.
One of my oldest’s friends mum has died from MND this week only 63 and diagnosed less than a year – it is a vile, vile, disease.
People think it’s a rare disease because only about 5,000 people are living with MND at any one time but that’s because people die so quickly. It is a 1-300 lifetime risk. There is no cure and only one drug which slows its progress (which isn’t suitable for most people)
As usual, I am joining the Propagator who takes six photos around his garden or the locality and writes about them. This week (10 November 2018) he has some asters, some hechara, some pyracantha like me as well as plenty of leaves and roots. Gardening bloggers from around the world join in too. Reading the post gives me ideas about what I can grow in our garden.
Remembrance Day Poppy Wreath – red felt door wreath
I made this Remembrance Day poppy wreath using a small 10inch flat wreath ring, some hessian ‘ribbon’, sewed some felt poppies (they’re folded in four), and found some templates for leaves. I love the jagged black buttons. I’m very pleased how it’s come out. I’d have included a purple poppy too to remember the animals and birds that were involved too but I didn’t have any purple felt.
The week before I’d made 16 poppies to send to our WI sisters in a Lancashire village. When I joined the Women’s Institute five years ago I hadn’t done any crafting in decades. Now, I’m much more confident of my abilities – even though I’m still slow.
My husband used to be in the Army, we will be at the cenotaph in Eccles on Sunday paying our respects to the fallen. I am very fortunate that all my relatives who went to serve in the first and second world wars returned – though they all lost friends and saw grim things. My Dad was in the RAF in the 1950s including at Suez lost a good friend who he talked about often.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
from ‘The Fallen’ written September 2014 by Laurence Binyon.
What are you doing for Remembrance Day?
Have you seen any interesting poppy installations where you live? or are the poppies still flowering?
Love Bec xx xx xx