Six on Saturday. 16.12.2023

Another week flown by and this week has been busy with getting ready for next weekend and not gardening! But now all parcels are done and posted along with all the cards, so maybe next week I might be back in the garden once more, I hope so. I was hard pushed to find six photos for this weeks S.O.S but managed in the end although 2 have a rather tenuous link to gardening!

No 1.

In the back garden, Berberis Atropurpurea Nana has at long last decided to change colour from Purple to pinky yellow.

Close to the colurs are amazing after the purple all summer.

No 2

The other day I received a gorgeous bouquet of flowers from a young friend, they are absolutely stunning and the sitting room smells beautiful with the lily perfume.

No 3.

My camellia is now in full flowering mode, can’t believe all the flowers that I have at the moment.

Part of the shrub has a Rhododendron in front of it, hiding a third of it, I think once I have enjoyed next years flowers on the rhododendron, it will have to be pruned so I can see more of the camellia.

No 4

Quite a few years ago, my daughter gave me an orchid for Mother’s Day, it has just started flowering again.

No 5

On Wednesday evening I went to our local WI meeting in the village hall, where we were taught how to make fancy folded serviettes, this is my effort at a waterlily!

No 6

And this is my effort at making a Christmas tree out of a serviette. I said there was rather a tenuous link!

That is it for this week, will any of us have time next weekend, I don’t know but I know I will try to find something. Thanks to Jim at Garden Ruminations for hosting. I hope you all have a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas with your families.

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16 Responses to Six on Saturday. 16.12.2023

  1. Fred says:

    The fancy folded serviettes are very successful and are ideal for end-of-year party tables. Happy Christmas to you and yours too ! 🎄

  2. Rosie Amber says:

    I can almost smell the fragrance from your lovely bouquet. And well done on the craft work. I was brought up with the WI, both my grandmother and mother were avid attendees and my mother-in-law also. Sadly their groups all shut down. Jumble sales! I used to love going to those and helping on the stalls.

    • Pauline says:

      Our own WI almost closed a couple of years ago Rosie, but then a few younger ones joined and we have a new lease of life suddenly, thank goodness.I don’t remember doing a jumble sale with them though, not since I’ve been living here. Lily perfume is still greeting me every morning when I come downstairs, love the smell.

  3. Jim Stephens says:

    I can’t believe your Berberis still has leaves on it. Mine has been bare for two months. 👍👍👍to the camellia of course.

  4. Catherine says:

    The Berberis colours are lovely – I have not a leaf left on either of my plants.
    I appreciate seeing your serviettes. One of my young grandsons learned to fold for a project at the Scouts, and he always does the folding when the family visits – and after they’ve gone home I always find one, sitting somewhere that my eye will eventually catch it. Your Camellia is looking great!

    • Pauline says:

      My other Berberis dropped their leaves a while ago Catherine and I didn’t really notice the small one until it suddenly dawned on me that it had changed colour, it was a nice surprise. We all had great fun learning how to fold our serviettes, maybe I’ll be roped in to do them at Christmas when I go to my daughter in Bristol!

  5. Graeme says:

    The water lily and Christmas tree serviette are very impressive indeed and that camellia is a show.

    • Pauline says:

      Thank you Graeme, we certainly enjoyed making them. I am so pleased with the camellia, I think it has so many flowers thanks to all the rain we had in the summer last year. the rhododendrons and azaleas are looking as though they will be the same, so many fat juicy buds to look forward to!

  6. Denise says:

    I have never got the knack of getting orchards to re-flower. Only when I give up and completely neglect them do they seem to come back to life lol. Love the serviettes Pauline.

    • Pauline says:

      It’s usually when I remember to give my orchid some fertiliser Denise, that my orchid puts out another flowering spike, this time it has put out 3 spikes, so hopefully lots of flowers to come! We had lots of fun making our plant shaped serviettes, we also made very thin snowmen out of wooden clothes pegs!

  7. Cathy says:

    Your origami decorations are really effective, Pauline! I find the success of origami depends so much on the quality of the instructions, although I assume verbal instructions are likely to be more helpful, especially when you are doing it in a group, as you were. They certainly both deserve a place in your SoS, tenuous or not. I find myself envying the bright cheeriness of your camellia though (and Jim’s!)

    • Pauline says:

      We had a demonstration given by our member Cathy, before we started making our serviettes, then we were given intructions and the member came round and helped anyone who was struggling, so quite easy really. I am so pleased with the camellia this year, it is stunning with all its flowers.

  8. snowbird says:

    I’m very impressed with your water lily and christmas tree! Just love that impressive

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