It's hard to believe it's already the month of June! This is an unbelievably backward spring for us. It's typical to still have some tulips during the first week of June here, but they are usually nearing the end of their season. This year many of my late-flowering tulips haven't even opened yet, the trees are still in their light green spring foliage, with a few not even fully leafed out, and the lilacs, which normally start to open around Memorial Day, probably won't bloom for at least another week! I could go on with a long list of other things that are far behind schedule, but you get the idea. All we can do is make the best of it right? This is a lovely time though. The forget-me-nots are in bloom everywhere now, along the roadsides and streams...and attempting to take over my garden! And just now I don't have the heart to stop them! But the nice thing about having so many is I don't have any scruples about picking as many as I want, and so decided to make them the theme of this week's arrangement...
...along with some wild mustard (also growing abundantly although not admitted to my garden!), violets, heartsease, and muscari!
Now, I must admit that I had ulterior motives for taking pictures of my arrangement indoors, which I usually avoid due to poor lighting. 😁 The fact is, I've been just waiting for an opportunity to show you all the newest additions to my "botanical library"! Actually, I guess should say "most recent", since they are really the oldest books in my collection now...Henry Phillips' Flora Historica! These are 1st editions, printed in 1824.
|Notice the title of the second book from the left...any idea where I got the name for my blog? 😉|
Inside the cover of both volumes..."This Book was my dear Mothers and given to me after her death by Hadie, August 1886."
I always look for old pressed flowers tucked between the pages of these books, but sadly I think most sellers clean them out as I usually find only a few crumbled bits of leaves or petals. I did find the imprint of a flower on one of the pages though!
And now just a quick glimpse into the gardens, since a full update is long overdue! I'm just getting started with transplanting all my seedlings from the greenhouse. We had a couple of frosts and even a freeze last week, but I'm hoping it's about to warm up for good now. 🤞
The hillside garden is filling out nicely. As the tulips fade (which will be a while longer!) there will be lots and lots of evening dame's rocket, valerian (oh the fragrance!!), and lupines.
Well, I guess that's all for now! Be sure to visit Rambling in the Garden today to see all the lovely flower arrangements gathered from around the world! 😊