With only your garden, allotment if you have one, and local hedgerows to pick from, can you pull together some cut flowers to adorn your home each and every week of the year. Rather crazily I've decided to give it a go. Crazy because we have a minuscule courtyard garden, no allotment, and although there are a lot of hedgerows hereabouts I won't find much that's useful growing wild in winter.Crazy, but I did it! The foliage you see here belongs to week fifty-three. That's fifty-two weeks of a foraged floral something on the table and just one week when I rebelled and there were bought blooms in the house. It's been fun, but I won't pretend I didn't miss the tulips, sweet peas and sunflowers that are usually among my farmers market buys, and the occasional 'big bunch of something' treat from the local florist. I'm sure I'll continue to come by my flowers for free whenever I can, but on Friday I'm going shopping for roses and just this once I won't give a fig where they have come from !
Something old, something new ...
Backlane Notebook's Cut Flower Challenge. This is how I described it at the time ...
Do you like my jug? Just such a green jug featured large in my childhood - it held milk at breakfast, custard at dinner, and cocoa or Ovaltine at bedtime - but I had no idea that it was a Wood's Beryl Ware jug from the 1940s - popular in post war canteens apparently - until I recently found its twin in a thrift store. Needless to say, I had to make this lookalike mine. Well could you have resisted?
The felt heart was made by Ellie and I've fashioned a little hook for it. As I mentioned before, I was lucky enough to win it in her giveaway. The fibre is Black Welsh cross Texcel from her sister's sheep and I love the woolly simplicity of it.
I can see this jug full of red-berried holly in the weeks ahead and I thought I'd maybe make a second heart to hang from that hook, in red and cream to suit the season. I have a length of very rustic, undyed merino felt somewhere, I must find it.
Or I might just use my new purchase for my knitting needles ... I could do with somewhere to store them close to hand. I'd need to keep them paired though, and I'm thinking I'd like to label them somehow with their millimetre sizes as many are either Imperial - the smaller the diameter the larger the number - or American - the smaller the diameter the smaller the number. First kitchen scales versus measuring cups, now knitting needles ... could there not be just a little more consistency in the world!
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Many, many thanks for all your responses to my last post - please do let me know if you try Becca's chocolate cake recipe - and welcome to all my new commenters and followers, Elaine at Ted and Bunny, Gilly at Gilly Makes, Kate at Kit and Kaboodle, Connie, Maria, Irene, and Kate, who I can't seem to find a link for, sorry. I do hope I haven't missed someone, please let me know if I have! Oops, I did, sorry Jenny at The Custards (Annie hangs head in shame).
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