You know spring is just around the corner when you can collect flowers from the garden. I have been trying to photograph my Hellebore plants for weeks but this old body just can’t get down low enough anymore. I look forward to the day when I can buy some of the new ones that hold their flowers up high. Yesterday I decided that I wanted to collect a selection of what was in bloom in the garden. It’s very spring like here during the day but cools off at night. I grabbed a basket from the greenhouse and my secateurs and off I went. Camellia ‘Donation’ has been in bloom for two weeks so I picked one of the best blooms. It’s the large pink flower in the top left-hand corner. Next to it is one of the white Hellebores and to the far right on top is a Primula bloom.
Starting at the bottom left is a quince flower. I love this shrub although it tends to grow every which way making it a hard one to prune. Each year as we curse it for poking us as we walk by it blooms the most glorious shade of pinkish red. The birds love this shrub so it gets to stay. In the middle on the bottom of the tray are two more Hellebores. The dark purple is the Lenten rose and the one next to it is a seedling I have had for many years. In the far bottom right hand corner are Hellebores, one is a dark black and the other a lime green. It was fun collecting the blooms and I quickly realized I like certain colours, lots of pinks and purples in this collection.
It’s a birthday weekend here and we are having a dinner party. Normal families place fancy flower arrangements on the table. I can’t do that. With five cats in the house, all my cut flowers get nibbled on with baby’s breath a favourite of all. So what is a girl to do? I knew I had seen bowls of floating flowers at many flower shows. Would the cats not sniff them out? I am in luck as this bowl of flowers went untouched by all the felines in the house. I think I will have to do this more often although I have visions of water being sprayed everywhere once they do find the bowl.
So this is my centerpiece for tonight. Not only is it still intact, its stunning selection of spring beauty is sure to wow my guests. So what do these flowers look like in the garden? Lets take a look.
This is what my quince shrub looks like now. Its blooming over a month earlier than normal but that’s okay with me. This shrub is about twelve feet high and ten feet wide so it needs room to grow. It loves a spot in full sun.
Camellias can be found in many colours. This one came recommended by the master gardener group I belong to and it has never disappointed. Its large flowers are a beautiful soft pink and the queen of the garden this month.
I love Primula for their late winter blooms. This pink one is a hardy one and blooms for a long time.
Then there are the Hellebores which bloom facing down. What’s nice about Hellebores is the flowers remain for months. They love being under my big oak tree with protection from the afternoon sun.