Month: February 2015

12 Months of Freshly Picked Posies

 

January brings the snow, that makes our feet and fingers glow.

Snowdrop

January Mosaic

January's Posy

 

 

 

January's Posy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cinnamon SnowJanuary Hues

 

February brings the rain that, thaws the frozen lake again.

February Posy

Penny's Pink

 

 

 

 

 

February Hues

 

February Mosaic

Penny's Pink

Colourful Crocus FlowersA host of Daffodils

March brings breezes sharp and shrill that, shake the dancing daffodil.

March Posy

March Mosaic

 

Pretty Primroses

 

 

 

Anemone Blanda

 

 

 

 

Spring Heralds

 

 

 

 

 

Anemone Blanda Hues

 

 

 

April brings the primrose sweet and, scatters daisies at our feet.

Cuddled up!

Orange Flame

 

 

 

 

 

 

April Posy

 

April's Mosaic

 

 

 

April Hues

 

May brings flocks of pretty lambs, skipping by their fleecy dams.

May Mosaic

Purple Frills

Phlox amoena VariegataMay Colours

June brings tulips, lilies, roses that, fill the children’s hands with posies.

June Posy

Strawberry HillJune Mosaic

 

 

 

 

June Hues

Hot July brings cooling showers, Apricots and Gillyflowers.

Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside!

Simply BlueSimply Sweetpeas

 

 

 

Echinops Blues

 

 

July HuesJuly MosaicAugust brings the sheaves of corn and, then the harvest home is borne.

Purple Magic

Osirium Dahlia

August HuesGerrie Hoek meets Peaches `n' Cream

August Mosaic

Warm September brings the fruit, sportsmen then begin to shoot.

Autumn Posy

Helenium - The Bishop

Autumn Colours

September Mosaic

Helenium - Moorheim Beauty

 

 

 

 

Brown October brings the pheasant, then to gather nuts is pleasant.

October's Posy

Pink Chrysanthemum

 

October Mosaic
October Hues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dull November brings the blast, then the leaves go whirling past.

November Posy

November PickingsNovember Hues

 

 

 

Teasel
RHS Wisley Seedpod

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November Mosaic

 

 

RHS Wisley Japanese Anemone

 

Chill December brings the sleet, blazing fire and Christmas treat.December Posy

Nature's Baubles

December Hues

December Mosaic

Cinnamon Snow

Happy New Year Berries

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January Posy

January's Posy

Chaste Snowdrop, venturous harbinger of Spring! 

Back In February last year I set myself the challenge of photographing a `Posy of the Month’ with flowers picked from our garden. I have now finally completed my challenge and this month’s Posy is a celebration of the dainty Snowdrop.

`LONE Flower, hemmed in with snows and white as they
But hardier far, once more I see thee bend
Thy forehead, as if fearful to offend,
Like an unbidden guest. Though day by day,
Storms, sallying from the mountain-tops, waylay
The rising sun, and on the plains descend;
Yet art thou welcome, welcome as a friend
Whose zeal outruns his promise! Blue-eyed May
Shall soon behold this border thickly set
With bright jonquils, their odours lavishing
On the soft west-wind and his frolic peers;

Nor will I then thy modest grace forget,
Chaste Snowdrop, venturous harbinger of Spring,
And pensive monitor of fleeting years! ‘

William Wordsworth 1819

The humble dainty white snowdrop is a very different flower to the brash, bold dahlias I  photographed last year. I haven’t got many snowdrops in the garden as the squirrels seem to think the bulbs are nuts and dig them up! However the few I have mark the beginning of a new gardening year. I love the phrase in Wordsworth’s poem `Chaste Snowdrop, venturous harbinger of Spring, and pensive monitor of fleeting years.’ The dainty white snowdrop foreshadows Spring and the heralding daffodils and marks the end of one gardening year and the start of another.

For my Posy I wanted to capture the purity of the white snowdrop. I bought a vintage perfume bottle, a trinket box together with a few glass bottles. My aim was to capture an image that looked like a vintage dressing table with the perfume bottle and vintage jewellery.  I decided that silver and clear glass would work well with the white of the snowdrops. I chose a Wintery blue background to create an image reminiscent of a cold January day.

January's PosyJanuary's PosyJanuary's Posy

The `Flower Book for the Pocket’ belonged to my Gran. It seemed to belong in my image. I hope it conveys the atmosphere of a 1930s ladies dressing table.

dreamywhiteseaofwhite

Snowdrop TwinsSnowdropDouble SnowdropSnowdropSnowdrop

 

Apart from the snowdrops my Hellebores are coming into their own and I have added to my collection in the last month.

Helleborus × ericsmithii Ice Breaker Max

Large outfacing single creamy-white flowers, with a slight greenish tinge, appear in early spring.

Ice Breaker Max

Ice Breaker Max

Helleborus  x  hybridus ‘Molly’s White’

Attractive marbled foliage all year round and in Late Winter and Spring stems hold the pure white flowers above the foliage.

Molly's White

 

Helleborus niger Mini Blanc

This one is an early bloomer and can often be seen in flower at Christmas time.

Mini Blanc

Helleborus x ballardiae Gold Collection Cinnamon Snow

Pink buds open to creamy white flowers suffused with warm rose and cinnamon. Dark cinnamon rose petal  on the reverse side. The large blooms face outward.

Cinnamon SnowCinnamon Snow

There is an unknown variety in bloom in our front garden.

Hellebore

We also have a few pink cyclamen  flowers in bloom and a white primula called Spring Charm.  CyclamenCyclamenCyclamenHedera White VariegatedSpring Charm White

The colours of January seem to have been muted whites, blues, pinks and greys. The snowdrop being the harbinger of Spring rather than the bold, brash daffodils which herald the arrival of Spring shortly.

January HuesJanuary Mosaic

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