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Five fuchsias with magical pals – In a Bottle on Monday

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 (www.ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com), 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…

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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.

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Wellbeing Wednesday – DAY 18 SOCIAL #blurtselfcareathon

18 April 2018 – DAY 18 SOCIAL #blurtselfcareathon – My Australian family and friends, pals from Stirling University, Manchester work crew, RunMND posse, the Women’s Institute ladies and finally, but certainly not least my Eccles pals.

DAY 18 SOCIAL #blurtselfcareathon I’m a sociable and friendly person – I’m so fortunate to have so many friends and family who’ve supported me in tough times and good. And of course, My Chap – he makes me a better person.

Vase with Hypericum, Rudbeckia, Hydrangea

In a Vase on Monday -friends, flowers and the future – it’s never too late

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.  Marcel Proust 1871-1922

This week is the third birthday of ‘In a Vase on Monday’ hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. This week she asked us to join her and write on the theme of three.   Cathy’s blog post really resonated with me, her kind words in my difficult times last year really helped me, as did her fellow gardening bloggers from all across the world.  Reading their blogs and all the beautiful flowers lifted me so much… and inspired me to plant, prune and grow.  I’ve picked three kinds of plants to represent three groups of my friends.

  • Lacecap hydrangea – these are white, fading to pink and then finally the delicate brown of the lace which look beautiful through the winter. It’s planted in my front garden and it makes me smile every time I leave the house.
  • Rudbeckia – The dark one is ‘Cappuccino’; I don’t know the name of the bright yellow one. I bought it at Monton festival. There are hundreds of varieties of Rudbeckia.
  • Hypericum – which has small yellow flowers in the spring which change to red berries in late summer and black berries in the autumn. This plant was in my front garden when I bought my house seven years ago.   So much has changed since then but so much has stayed the same.

My friends have helped me so much especially these last 18 months, just as my garden has.  Writing my blog helped me too even though most of the time I was so exhausted, I could barely string a sentence together or take photos.    I’m feeling so much better now, but my new role means reams reading, many people to meet and numerous projects to plan, so  less time for getting outdoors, let alone blogging.
My mission for 2017 is to be much more organised!

Vase with Hypericum, Rudbeckia, Hydrangea

13 November 2016 – 3rd birthday for In a Vase on Monday -Hypericum, Rudbeckia, Hydrangea

These flowers represent just some of my friendships –

  • Hydrangea – my Women’s Institute friends (some are old friends and some new) Inspiring Women every one of them – We’re members of Cottonopolis WI, in Ancoats, in Manchester www.cottonopoliswi.com– do come along if you’re local
  • my pals from work who come from so many places near and far (like the many varieties of Rudbeckia), some of them I’ve known for nearly 20 years and others are much more recent arrivals in my life.
  • and my Monton pals who’ve always been here with me  🙂 like the Hypericum.

The square vase is a gift from one of my oldest friends from University in Stirling – I’ve known her and my other Uni pals thirty years this autumn.  How did that happen ;-)? I feel 31 in my head apart from when my arthritis, aches and pains are playing up.  They’ve been such a support to me over so many years, but especially these last 18 months.

Cathy also talks about how picking flowers for her Vase has made her very observant about her garden.   This certainly chimes with me – noticing what is in my garden, what’s in bud, flowering, what’s gone over – and also what’s been munched by the slugs.  It helps with my mindfulness, which is one of the  activities which helps me daily.  She also says it’s humbling to read how the meme has changed people’s lives.  I know it’s changed mine.

Thank you Cathy

I know how much though goes into Cathy’s comments on every blog that links up to the meme.  Her words helped me so much when I was feeling so overwhelmed and exhausted.

And I’m sure this will make Cathy smile – as usual I’m late with my contribution.  I don’t think I’ll count up how often I’ve actually posted on a Monday and how often I’ve missed the day – oops. Cathy says it doesn’t matter so I guess I’ll keep picking vases and posting them a bit late.

It’s been a very hectic at work – and frankly it’s been another momentous week for the world.  So I’ve been reflecting this week about remembrance, friendship and the future.

  • I joined in with ‘In a Vase on Monday’ on 16 March 2015 only a couple of weeks after I started blogging – tête-à-tête daffodils and iris.  I’ve planted daffodils for next Spring this week – how appropriate 🙂
13 November 2016 - 3rd birthday for In a Vase on Monday -Hypericum, Rudbeckia, Hydrangea

13 November 2016 – 3rd birthday for In a Vase on Monday -Hypericum, Rudbeckia, Hydrangea

RHS Bridgewater – their 5th Garden here in the North West of England

This week I went to a public meeting about the plans for the new Royal Horticultural Society Bridgewater Garden on the site of Worsley New Hall in Salford.   It’s called Bridgewater because the canal runs to the south of the site.

  • There’s a sneak preview on the RHS website – and they’re asking the public for comments via email.
  • The plans look wonderful, they will repair the walled kitchen garden, repair the Victorian cottages and bring them back into use.
  • There will be low glass buildings, with cedar cladding and wild flower roofs.  It goes to Salford planning committee in December, with work starting Spring 2017.
  • There will be 140 jobs created at the garden, many volunteering opportunities, education, and support for schools, young people and the local community.  They will repurpose the disused terraces and formal gardens, repair the lake and put in a new one.
  • The first phase will open in 2019 (the area in the SW on the map) as the plants need to grow :-).

 The garden will be about a half hour walk from our house along the canal.   I’ll be a regular visitor; just like my Mum who’s a regular visitor at Wisley.  We often walk up to Worsley Green and the Woods, no one can believe how lovely it is despite being in the middle of the city.  We’ve been getting out on more walks around Lancashire and Greater Manchester too, so fingers crossed I might get up a small hill or two next year.

I can’t tell you how excited I am.   It will be stunning…  a new beginning.

In other news, we think we’ve found our wedding venue for September 2017.  It won’t be a surprize that it has a beautiful garden.

My Chap is my rock – he has truly helped my soul blossom – he IS my new beginning.

As Robert Ford (1874-1963), the American poet, who knew a thing or two about the rural life, said:

In three words I can some up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on.  Robert Ford (1874-1963)

Carpe Diem indeed!

Much Love

Bec

xx