Sunday, 20 April 2008

Unexpected treasures

Wandering round the other day I noticed nature creating scenes I had not designed.

Saxifrage flowering in an abandoned pot:


Here's one I had givne up for dead and shoved round the side of the water butt meaning to clear it out and re-use the pot - sometimes I'm glad I am a lazy person


Alpine strawberries taking advantage, frankly:


Bits of an old necklace I shall never wear but couldn't bring myself to throw away:



And something else stuck to the fridge, though I am not sure Mother Nature had much to do with this:



Charming.

27 comments:

  1. Ah-ha, a kindred spirit .... sadly the only two pots in our garden (which have been neglected by all of us) don't look as pretty as yours.

    Love the fridge magnet too!

    :)

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  2. I have those Alpine Strawberries creeping everywhere too - they just don't take 'no' for an answer, do they?

    Lovely photos Missus. Hope you're having a good weekend. x

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  3. I want to know how your abandoned pots look better than the ones I am allegedly tending? Perhaps because I am in front of the computer on a Sunday afternoon instead of gardening...

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  4. If only my pots given up for dead blossomed like yours! My strawberrys on the otherhand are flurishing on the bathroom window cil!

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  5. My neglected pots were all full of weeds!! I've replanted them in readiness for another summer of neglect!

    Great fridge magnet :)

    xxx

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  6. My pots are also neglected, I must do something about that.
    I've just been catching up with your last few post - and now I need cake!

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  7. Hello Kitty - I wouldn't mind the strawberries if I ever got any fruit from them but they don't seem keen to oblige us! Still, I think that one is cheeky enough it deserves to stay there.

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  8. Hello Lazylol - I haven't started trying to sort out the pots for this year yet - it's been so miserable here I couldn't muster the energy. I only found these as I was thinking I'd clear up and work out which pots were available for repotting!

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  9. I discovered all kinds of seedlings in the pots in my garden today. We had a wonderful day full of sunshine! I wish I had Alpine Strawberries in my pots!

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  10. See - you have been finding rainbows too!

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  11. Oh wow, what a wonderful comeback! Wish I have such blooming pots where no green fingers are required :-)

    Have a great week!

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  12. It's strange how these plants just suddenly appear, isn't it? We had a mysterious 6 foot tall thing in the garden a few years ago and it turned out to be a tobacco plant. No idea how it got there!
    You should definitely let those cheeky strawberries take advantage- they could be very tasty.

    Oh and that's an excellent magnet :)

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  13. Sneaky, funny beauty. How lovely. I neglect my garden and get only brambles. How come you get saxifrage? :)

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  14. Love your flowers and the little strawberry plant. our pots are empty at the moment - can't wait for the weather to warm up enough to plant them up. Jane x

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  15. Oh my!!!That jewel is stunning I love the light reflections, i have a mobile in one of my kids rooms that does that, we bang our head on it daily BUT for the pretty light it gives off in the day when the sun shines in the room...it stays!!!

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  16. nice flowers. wandering around today i noticed that suddenly the hawthorn has burst forth and is now fully green, not just peeping out. Lovely.

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  17. Hiya Val, I just spotted an uprooted hyacinth bulb trying to flower ON the ground of our very untidy garden! Love all your little surprises (even the magnet!) Lucy xxx

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  18. My neglected pots have dead sticks! I went to Sainsbury today to grab a handful of orange bags for my project and the sales assistant told me off and gave me one of those stickers too. I did try to explain that I actually needed orange bags but she didn't understand!
    x

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  19. Love the flowers and the magnet. Wouldn't that make a great idea for a slogan on a fold up tote?

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  20. Saxifrage! I love it.

    My window boxes are looking unutterably sad at the moment - I just need to find 5 minutes to rub together to replant them. Tomorrow?

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  21. Can anyone ever say no to strawberries. Yummy.

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  22. mmm...strawberries...Sometimes the best gardening is the kind you didn't even have to slave over! Terrific garden finds...Love you re-use a bag...perfect for Earth Day. Happy week to you & yours ((HUGS))

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  23. Hello Clara - given how regularly I kill pots full of plants, I was very surprised!

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  24. I'm the same completely. L had a pot of flowers which I just left over winter, I was amazed when gorgeous colours started appearing in the spring :o
    I'm with Ali though, your abandoned pots also look better than anything I ever grow!

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  25. What a beautiful post!!! Sometimes it is so lovely to just see what is around us and take pleasure in it all - all the simple but amazing treasures that nature offers us! Thanks for sharing some of the treasures from your home =)

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  26. Isn't it wonderful how nature suprises us. This old bag went to Sainsburys this morning!
    Kimx

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  27. Nature just can't help herself, can she? She just has to do her thing!

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