Monday, June 3, 2019

In a Vase on Monday...and More!

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? 😉

The title page of Vol. I with the date, July 10th, 1824. Think about it...Thomas Jefferson was still alive!


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! 😊

12 comments:

  1. What a glorious combination of blues and greens and yellows, Joanna - this is delightful! Your hillside garden is also looking really promisising - and what a fascinating collection of old books you have

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    1. Thank you Cathy! Everything is so beautiful this time of year! :)

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  2. A pretty jug of spring flowers. It sounds as though your spring is well deserved so I hope you enjoy every minute. Also enjoy reading your new library!

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    1. Yes it was a long winter and I'm a bit disappointed that the spring is taking so long to really warm up, but I'm enjoying each moment anyway. :) I love reading old books...the only problem is every time I read one I learn about a dozen more that I want to find and read, and a lifetime won't be enough for them all! :D

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  3. Spring is lasting long this year - which has made for comfortable garden work, I must say. Today especially is so cool I need long sleeves. I prefer it to the heat, which will come soon enough.
    Very pretty vase this week - cheerful with all the colors of spring. And congrats on your newest acquisition. Old garden books are so interesting and this one has some cool history!

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    1. Yes I can imagine that those who are further south are appreciating the cooler weather! :) As for me I love heat...it takes a while to get the chill out of my bones! :D

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  4. The views of your lovely garden are a treat! I'm glad you're willing to pick and share the pretty blue forget-me-nots, which I've been unable to grow. Our climates are very different but I'm also experiencing cooler than usual temperatures in my area, also delaying certain blooms. If the cooler weather would persist through the summer months that would be wonderful, though.

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    1. Yes the forget-me-nots prefer cool, moist conditions I think. They are abundant along wet ditches and streams and are sooo pretty right now! Not so much when they go to seed though. ;)

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  5. Hi Joanna. I am glad it is finally warming up for you and if your garden is anything like mine it will make up for lost time now! A oretty vase. And your books are fascinating - I love old books, but these botanical treasures are quite something!

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    1. Yes things grow at an amazing rate once they get going up here! I'm always encouraged to hear that others appreciate old books as well. :) They really are priceless treasures!

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  6. Looks like your new book will provide lots of reading pleasure, and how exciting to have a personal inscription from more than 130 years ago. Too bad about the absence of pressed flowers.

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    1. Yes it is very interesting and enjoyable to read!

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