That sums up the weather this morning, and I have had to don mac and wellies and venture forth into the garden. Since I now have three different michaelmas daisies in flower, they have have joined together for this raindrop covered vase. Cathy who hosts this meme has used a 'song' theme for her vase this week.
Euonymus emerald and gold, some leaves of Hakonechloa Macra 'Albo Striata brought at the Shrewbury show last August, Lonicera nitida 'Baggesen's Gold, Leaves of cyclamen and lime green heuchera, Aster amellus 'King George at 10 o'clock,
and at 5 o'clock, one blossom from Aster x frikartii 'Monch', and at 2 o'clock Aster Penny. 'Penny' was one of the first plants given to me by first new friend in Kenilworth, who came to the door to collect a phone system we were donating through Freecycle. It is lovely that we keep up, and Penny visits now with little grandson. About in the middle I have a stem of Eryngium (cultivar name lost). When gardening a few days later, I came across the plant label in another part of the garden: serendipity or what, as I was not looking for it at all. It is Eryngium planum 'Tetra Petra'
Yesterday I spent the afternoon grubbing out, yes I got close down the soil and grubby, digging out the root of the purple leaved japanese maple which is slowly dying from a fungal disease, and had to dig up plants around to get the roots up. One corm of cyclamen must have been the size of a dinner plate. As I have some younger plants around I am wondering whether to ditch this corn into the bin or not. Maybe I shall plant it in the 'fernery' to bring a little colour there.
Last Monday hubby and I were on a daytrip to Eltham Palace and managed to get a peep into their Flower Room. What a treat to have a special room for flower arranging. I would have loved to see what they kept in the cupboards during the days when the Courtaulds lived there.
They still use the flowers from the garden to make arrangement for the house, I think that house with fresh flowers become a 'home' to be lived in.
This may have galvanised me into collecting all my flower arranging things into one cupboard at least!