Five fuchsias with magical pals – In a Bottle on Monday

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I’ve written many times about how much flowers, gardening and the great outdoors help my health and wellbeing – coupled with mindfulness and yoga help me every day.  I think I’d be in a much tougher place without all these things.  That and my ace family and friends.  Not long after I started my blog, nearly four years ago, I came across a gardening blog called Rambling in the Garden (, run by a lovely lady called Cathy.  There was a link up every Monday involving picking flowers and plants from your garden (or locality) and placing them in in a vase – it was fascinating to see what she had grown in her garden, and what the other gardening bloggers around the world were growing. Today the meme has it’s fifth birthday.

I thought I need to get involved, as one of the reasons, I’d started the blog was to keep track of what is growing in the garden and when it flowers.

Here’s my first link up:

I learn so much from being involved in this meme – so much about gardening, what to plant and what not to plant, flower arranging and how to take ‘macro’ photography shots.   But more than that Cathy has always written lovely supportive and caring comments on my posts, always has something constructive to say – and above all has always been kind.  One day, I hope to meet Cathy face to face – probably when RHS Bridgewater opens – as I know she’d want to look around.

Keep on doing what your doing Cathy – it’s magical and wonderful.

Cathy says she had no idea what she’d started, but I know for sure it has a positive impact on so many people 🙂 xx

Gardeners join in from all around the world – On dark days in the middle of Winter, seeing the bright blooms from around the world have lifted my mood.   They’ve helped me when I’ve been unwell too as it’s encouraged me to get out and take photos.  It’s helped me to write better too – to find my voice.  So thank you to every IAVOM blogger who’s picked and taken photos over the years – and an extra special thank you to everyone who’s ever commented on my vases.  I’ve been rubbish at replying but I’ve read every comment.  I rarely manage to post on a Monday either – mainly because it’s dark/wet in Manchester and life is full on. But, Cathy says that doesn’t matter… it’s the joining in that counts.

And sometimes pals in your phone/internet can help you more than they realise, help you find a way through, find a new perspective…


Today is the fifth birthday of ‘In a Vase on Monday’ hosted by wonderful Cathy.  Here’s what she’s picked and written about – not a vase and some dried flowers – but much more than that it’s about kindness, friendship, help and support – Thank you, everyone 🙂

For this week’s contribution to IAVOM, Cathy suggested NOT using a Vase…. have a look 🙂

If you want to join in – have a go, it’s not massively complex – some people just post one photo and minimal words, others weave the photos into stories – others pick plants from holidays and trips. It’s a good way to see how your garden or locality changes, month to month and year to year – and you never know you might find a new pal or two on the internet.

five fuchsias in five bottles in a wicker basket with a Veronica Dearly quote.

My Five fabulous fuchsias In a ‘Bottle’ on a Monday

The quote is from the awesome Veronica Dearly – you may have seen her work before. I have quite a bit of her work around the house and it appears on IAVOM now and again.

The quote resonated with me:

Hey pal, you are bloody MAGICAL, the world needs what you’ve got, so PLEASE Get on with it and give it to us.

Everyone has something special to give to the world – smiles, help, support, skills,  and friendship and friendship and hugs – so do your bit 😉

About my bottles and flowers

  • there are five fuchsias but I only know the name of one – nora.
  • two fuchsias arrived at the weekend after from a neighbour who’s moving away and can’t take his pots with him.  He’ll be very missed but I know the move is great for him.
  • These are all tender fuchsias so they’ll be moving to the porch soon.
  • My hardy fuchsias in the garden are still going strong – perhaps they’ll be in a vase next week?
  • I’ve written many times about my love of fuchsias – my childhood favourite. Have a look at my hashtag #fuchsia

The bottles have not appeared for a while:

I must pick more flowers for this cute ‘vase’ set, as just one flower in each bottle looks good.


As I said I’d be in a proper pickle without my friends – and my Chap too.  So I found some quotes that resonated with me. We have going to see ‘Christopher Robin’ film at the weekend – so Pooh Bear, his wise pals and Christopher Robin are on my mind.  They are kind to Eeyore too -who definitely lives with a depressive illness.

It’s not what we have, but who we have. Winnie The Pooh

A friend is one of the nicest things you can have and one of the best things you can be. Winnie The Pooh

If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you. – This quote is often attributed to A.A. Milne 

And how are you?”, said Winnie-the-Pooh.
“Not very how”, he said. “I don’t seem to have felt at all how for a long time.” – The House at Pooh Corner (1928)

I’ve had my ‘how’ moments these last few years but fortunately things are looking much better.

And tomorrow is International Kindness Day – so #bekind, be a friend to yourself and to others.

That’s a magical thing to do!!!

fuchsias in a bottle with a Veronica Dearly quote in mid November sunshine

I strongly believe that kindness is a daily thing. I try to #bekind every day. I’ve written about specifically a few times…. but I hope it is a thread running through this blog.

My wonderful Dad, always said be ‘more kind than you have to be’. I think he was right.


Hey pal, you are bloody MAGICAL, the world needs what you’ve got, so PLEASE Get on with it and give it to us.

What have you got that the world needs?
How have you been kind today, this week, this month, this year? How have you been kind to yourself?
Let me know in the comments.

Carpe Diem,

Love Bec xxx xxx

21 thoughts on “Five fuchsias with magical pals – In a Bottle on Monday

  1. Sonia Cave

    I am so haphazard with my gardening. I love having a garden and I love it being full of pretty things, but I’m not actually keen on the gardening part, so don’t enjoy the doing part. But this sounds like a way of maybe turning that around for me

    1. Bec - views from my garden bench Post author

      Ah it might be worth sticking to shrubs that give year-round colour (and the odd bit of pruning) –
      and bulbs. Although I’ve got no idea whether bulbs are easy to get in Sweden. It’s difficult gardening when you don’t have alot of time either. Yes following In a Vase on Monday – always gives me good ideas about what might grow well in my garden – and I’ve also learnt to plant only things I love. Good luck with your gardening for next year 🙂

  2. Cathy

    What a lovely post and what kind words about IAVOM and our blogging community and, ahem, me… Reading your quotes form Winnie the Pooh really resonated with me too as I have always sub-consciously likened the characters to people I know, well, the other way round. My best friend at school always likened me to Christopher Robin and herself (sadly) to Eeyore! Your fuchsias look lovely in the little bottles – will you cut back the tender ones when you bring them in? Thanks for joining in, whatever day of the week it is – and keep on seizing those days! ps yes to Bridgewater, if not before

    1. Bec - views from my garden bench Post author

      you’re welcome Cathy – you do a magical thing 🙂 ah that’s a lovely story about you and your pal.
      the fuchsias are all dwarf ones – I only trim them a little and trim any dead bits off in the Spring. I just keep an eye on them.
      In previous years, I’ve cut them back as you’re supposed to but it took all Summer and most of the Autumn, before I got any flowers.
      I’m hardly ever in your part of the country but will let you know when I am. V welcome for Bridgewater – it’s coming along well – I need to see if I can blag a show round. There’s volunteering sessions but it’s heavy clearing at the moment so I can’t do that. xxx

      1. Cathy

        Yes, if you are passing anywhere near us you would be most welcome to call in – and we very nearly chose Manchester for my birthday weeken but this year it’s Cardiff instead 😉 Interesting to read about your fuchsia regime as mine flowered relativey late too…

  3. Fashion Du Jour LDN

    OMG I am loving the sound of this project and love how gardening is part of your mindfulness journey! Also – I LOVE Veronica Dearly!!!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN x

  4. Thoroughly Modern Grandma

    It sounds like a lovely project. I love pottering around in the garden it’s so peaceful and gives me time to relax. I hope you enjoy Christopher Robin I can’t wait to see it.

  5. Talya

    I couldn’t agree more with you on the kindness front – kindness really should be a daily thing it’s good for everyone all round. What a lovely project.

  6. Pati Robins

    ohh i love to join in on the project to – its a fab idea , i also love that quote and your plants /flowers ( can you tell i am not a good gardener) look fantastic

  7. Helen

    I really wish I was better at growing things – it’s something I’d like to learn more about in 2019!

  8. Chyaz

    I absolutely love this Veronica Dearly print! I hadn’t heard of her work before but will be looking her up for sure 🙂 lovely post!


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