In a Vase on Monday: Evergreen

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My vase this week is full of greenery from the hedges that border our garden. We didn’t fully clock the meters of hedging when we bought this house or realise what the task of maintaining them would actually entail. Still, it was an excuse for David to buy more power tools. Man-power-tools – it’s a cliche for a reason…

There may be no leaves left on the trees or blooms in the borders but these evergreen hedges continue to provide welcome shelter for local wildlife and some protection from the sea winds for the garden. I cut some stems of holly, yew, Viburnum tinus, holm oak, privet, Escallonia and bay – the whole collection smells aromatic and fresh (a mixture of the strong scent of bay with an underlying ‘green’, leafy smell) and has brought a wonderful whiff of the outdoors inside.

The jug is sitting one of my grandmother’s table runners on top of an auction-bought table, identical to the one my great-grandmother had in her front room. I’ve been feeling rather nostalgic about my female forebears recently. This may be something to do with the fact that I’m involved in an absorbing project which has got me reminiscing. It’s a website for teenage girls that provides information, guidance, reassurance and inspiration – a sort of ‘guide for life’ – and I’ve been thinking a lot about my younger years. Although the project is taking up a considerable amount of my brain space it is a thrill to be involved in it and I can’t wait to tell you all about it when it launches in the new year.

As usual, I’m joining in with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who is showcasing some lovely ornamental grasses this week. I’ll be over to her blog later to have a look at a few more vases.

In other news… I feel that I’m not prepared in the slightest for Christmas but I have bought some cards and advent calendars for the children. I couldn’t resist this gorgeous Angela Harding one for myself. You’re never too old for an advent calendar 🙂

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Have a lovely week.