Posts Tagged ‘flowers’

Gimme Five: Spring bulbs

Friday, March 14th, 2014

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selection of 5 spring bulbs

Hasn’t this past week been lovely? After a long, grey, damp squib of a winter we’ve been enjoying the ever-lengthening, brighter, warmer days.

We’ve just spent quite a lot of time in the garden, sweeping away the rotting leaves and moss. We plan on making a trip to Gordon Rigg’s just down the road and investing in a few different types of spring bulbs.

Our garden is fairly small, mainly set with cobblestones that we’ve filled with plants in a mix of terracotta pots and galvanised metal containers. We have a few raised beds that we’d like to plant up with bulbs, with the promise of orange and white late-summer/autumn flowers appearing year after year.

Our soil is acidic and the beds are short on sunlight so we’ve had to research our floral options very carefully. Here’s what’s made our short-list…

  1. Eucomis autumnalis: £6.99 for 2 bulbs, Suttons Seeds and Plants
  2. Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’: £3.99 for 10 corms, Crocus
  3. Large-flowered Gladiolus ‘Peter Pears’: £5.75 for pack of 25, Spalding Bulbs
  4. Spider lily ‘Zwanenburg’: £12.99 for 10 bulbs, Thompson & Morgan
  5. Japanese Anemone ‘Blanda’ white: £9.99 for a 1 litre pot, Jersey Plants Direct

Tuesday Huesday: Japanese peach blossom

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

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orchard of peach trees in blossom in Japan
image credit: JARL Ohashi

Spring is finally springing so we’re looking forward to the ornamental cherry tree in our garden to begin flowering in the next few weeks.

In the meantime, have a look at the fantastic colour range of the peach blossom on the trees in this orchard in Japan.

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Tuesday Huesday: Crochet Flowers

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

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crocheted roses in shades of white & cream

Aren’t these roses beautiful? I bet they’re dead easy to make… I only wish that I paid more attention and showed a bit more interest when my mother tried to teach me to crochet when I was young!

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Wool Works

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

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trio of framed & glazed vintage wool works

We’ve just bought a couple more of these gorgeous vintage 1960s embroidered pictures.

framed & glazed vintage wool work in shades of orange featuring a bouquet of flowers

We already had this orange & blue wool work flower stem displayed in our bedroom.

detail fro a framed & glazed vintage wool work in shades of orange featuring stemmed flowers

We’re thrilled with our two new acquisitions – the workmanship is just amazing.

framed & glazed vintage wool work in shades of blue & purple on a green background featuring a butterfly

The design, textures & colours in this butterfly are just spectacular!

detail from a framed & glazed vintage wool work in shades of blue & purple on a green background featuring a butterfly

The same comments apply to this fabulous giant sunflower.

framed & glazed vintage wool work in shades of orange featuring a sunflower

They were produced using a wide variety of wools, threads and stitches… the hand embroidery taking many, many hours to complete.

detail from a framed & glazed vintage wool work in shades of orange featuring a sunflower

They have a real period feel, but are quite timeless – adding a lovely vintage handmade touch to any style of interior.

D is for… Daisy

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

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The vintage skirt below was the inspiration for today’s post. It recently caught my (Adelle’s) eye in the window of one of Manchester’s Northern Quarter vintage shops – a real bargain at just £2!

vintage black and daisy patterned skirt

So this post is going to be a feast of fab flowers…

vintage Staffordshire Pottery mug setvintage Staffordshire Pottery mug set

vintage drinking glass with orange & yellow daisy pattern

vintage Figgjo Flint 'Turi' cup and saucer vintage 'Dolly Days' cup and saucer designed by John Russell for Hostess Tableware in the 1960s

A gallery of items that incorporate daisy motifs or simple, stylised blooms.

vintage gravy boat decorated with simple flower motif

vintage flower patterned make-up bag vintage flower patterned oven glove

montage of vintage daisy patterned enamel pots and pans

set of vintage flower patterned coasters designed by Al and Lena Eklund set of vintage flower patterned coasters

vintage Pyrex bowl decorated with green flower motif

These striking patterns often catch our eye on a crowded market stall or auction room full of boxes.

vintage flower patterned tea towel

vintage flower patterned curtains

We had so many examples to chose from – this is just a small selection…

vintage Staffordshire Pottery storage jar

vintage Staffordshire Pottery storage jar vintage Staffordshire Pottery storage jar

vintage Genia Sapper 'Heidi' fabric

vintage flower patterned curtains vintage flower patterned bedspread

vintage Genia Sapper 'Heidi' fabric

…hope you enjoyed our choices!