Isn’t it great seeing spring flowers finally come into bloom? I’m sure I’ve been able to smell them in the air some mornings, which is a sure sign spring is about. Ever since our Christmas decorations were put away at the beginning of the year, I’ve continually had fresh flowers in the house. It wasn’t a conscious decision but every time one bunch went over, I bought a new one. Nothing expensive or fancy, trying to support local shops where possible and it has been lovely having fresh flowers, especially as our spring bulbs have only recently started to come into bloom.
The spring bulbs are finally coming up in the garden too. The crocuses have been about for a little while, but the daffodils have only bloomed in the last week. I’ve also noticed a few tulips and hyacinth are almost ready to burst into life. We didn’t have much colour in the garden over winter and I didn’t realise how much I would missed seeing their colour. We’ve resurrected a near dead orchid and it finally bloomed last week, which was amazing. Not only was I amazed that we hadn’t completely killed it, but that we were able to get it to bloom again. Bloomin’ marvellous! (*groan*) There’s something so lovely about having fresh flowers around, whether they’re in the garden or the home. They really brighten up my day.
Last weekend was quite the whirlwind! Not only did I celebrate my birthday on the Friday and visit Harry Potter, but on the Saturday, thanks to Interflora, I headed to Chelsea Flowers Show with my friend Anna. I’d won tickets through their Pinterest competition and was so excited to go. I was so surprised to win – to be honest, I would’ve been chuffed to win some flowers, but this was way better!
It was a fairly early start to get into London before the crowds and more importantly, before the rain! We were fairly lucky on that score, being that we managed to dodge any showers until we were heading home. The crowds were more difficult to dodge – it was packed! I’ve never been shoulder barged by quite so many pensioners! Sometimes it was so busy, you couldn’t see the garden and lots of my photos have heads in. Nonetheless, it was an epic day and I took soooooo many photos, that I’ve had to put them on Flickr. Here are a few of my favourite snaps from the day.
This is me standing in the winning Interflora display. Despite me nearly destroying the display and the florists having such a busy week, they talked me through the display quite happily. There were so many amazing displays of flowers, from growers, countries, trade stands and designers. It gave me so much inspiration for my own garden and I think we’re going to go with a country cottage style garden, with lots of alliums, poppies, wild flowers and a few other select plants, like peonies, lily of the valley and some ornamental grasses. Watch this space!
It was an overwhelming, brilliant, amazing, exhausting, attack on all the senses experience. I loved it! I’d definitely go again, though I think I’d like to go during the week instead. I’d like to say a huge thank you to Julia at Interflora for getting in touch about the competition and passing on the good news of my win!
Yesterday I received an email from the lovely people at Interflora, telling me about a competition to win tickets to the Chelsea Flower Show. Every year I watch the flower show on TV. It’s always around my birthday and every year I tell myself, I’ll get tickets to go next year. Guess what? I never have. So, in for a penny, in for a pound, I’m enterting the competition. Not only is the prize awesome, but the compeition itself is very pinteresting! (see what I did there?!) Why? Because all you have to do is create a board on Pinterest called My Interflora Garden, fill it with images for your dream garden, include the competition image, below, and submit it before middday on Friday 16th May. What a great idea! Here’s my Pinterest board:
This is coming at quite a good time too. As the weather is improving, my mind is turning more and more to finally finishing off the garden. At the moment we have one plant and lots of grass/weeds. Once we’ve cleared the borders (again) and decided on some edging, we’ll be ready for planting. I’m very excited about finally getting some plants in the ground and some colour in the garden. I’m hoping that once we’ve got plants in, it’ll be much easier to manage. That’s true, right?! If you’ve got any tips or great plants that grow well with very little maintenence, then please let me know. I’m at a bit of loss as to what to go for!
If you want to enter the Interflora competition, then here’s the instructions. Good luck!
PS: I’m taking part in Blog Every Day in May this year. So be prepared to have your Bloglovin’ feed filled with my ramblings and slightly shoddy iPhone pictures! Are you taking part? Let me know so I can add your blog to my Bloglovin’!
It started on Sunday with having a really bad back, which took days to right itself (though it’s painful again today). Then work kicked off big style, including moving this blog to a new host, which meant downtime & database ‘issues’, which translate to me not having ticked a box, when I should have. At least it was an easy fix, even if it took a while figuring it out. Then today I had to take my car for it’s MOT & service. While it passed everything, it needs repairs that I cannot afford. Hello credit card. Not what you want just before Christmas. I have been exhausted all week & after the database issue, I have not felt like blogging at all. I’ve been too tired to do any crafting in the evening, so it’s just as well I finished off my second & final homemade gift at the beginning of the week. I do feel a sense of impending doom as Christmas approaches. There’s always so much to do, even though we’re not hosting but I want everything to be right and for us all to relax as much as possible. I’m actually in denial about how close Christmas is! Even my pretty desk flowers aren’t doing much to pick me up 🙁
I think part of it is the darkness. Not only is it getting dark so early on in the day, but the room I spend the day in is in the darkest part of the house and has no ceiling light. This means I have to rely on lamps, which never seem to give out enough light & I feel like I’m working in shadow for most of the day. How I haven’t had a crying fit yet is a miracle! So tonight, I’m going to dive into a vat of wine and spend most of tomorrow on the sofa, drinking mulled wine, eating chocolate, doing a bit of Christmas decorating and watching Christmas films. Elf arrived on Blu Ray this morning so am looking forward to watching that tomorrow.
Are you in the festive spirit yet? Or are you like me, a bit Bah Humbug & just looking forward to the time off & putting your feet up?