Death did part us a while ago for those seedheads have been picked last year and perfectly illustrate the mood of this month, when we are in limbo as there’s not much to do outside and we anxiously await spring to feel the earth again and to take stock of our losses. Because after the cold there’ll be losses and new spaces waiting to be filled. Today’s vase holds teasel (Dipsacus fullonum) and some umbellifers which I found on a ramble through the woods. The birds are singing in the garden, a sweet reminder that after every winter there’ll be a spring. So let’s cherish this thought and everything will seem less dull! Thanks to Cathy for hosting the vase on a Monday – don’t forget to visit her to see vases from all over the world. You’re likely to find more colourful ones than mine! Happy Monday 🙂







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  1. So beautifully photographed Annette. When I make my images smaller to post them, or some reason I don’t understand the programme changes the colour balance. Do you use Photoshop? I’ve been thinking that perhaps I should invest in it.

    1. Thanks, Christina, I work with Lightroom and when exporting images you can choose the RGB or sRGB. I don’t know what you use but the programme shouldn’t change the colours. If you like photography a editing software is certainly a good investment.

      1. PS: Something which is important too is the calibration of the monitor otherwise you’ll never see the ‚true‘ colours and actually colours can look ugly on an uncalibrated one.

    1. I do, Cathy, and in fact I shouldn’t complain about the weather as it has been beautiful all these months and very dry which is unusual for our winter. It has been cold but nothing near what people are experiencing in Germany etc. but January and February always get on my nerves. 😉

      1. Well no, but ARE you feeling down Annette? That’s more to the point – and I hope not. Thinking of you and sending you healing thoughts

  2. Long dead they may be but the dried flowers are graceful signposts of the beauty the garden will bring again. We’re getting our first real winter in years (no snow, of course, but lots of rain) and even here in Southern California cabin fever is setting in.

  3. Oh Annette, thank goodness for your vase. I was beginning to feel as if I was the only person not to have cut fresh material this week! Beautiful beautiful photos too.

  4. [D] Teasles are wonderful! These days they’re seldom seen in the UK, but then you can unexpectedly come across a whole bank of them! How I remember them – still with some of the florets on the heads, late summer 1988 on the Llangollen Canal – the final stretch beyond Pontcyssylte Aqueduct! We collected some of them and made them into the old-fashioned hand-tool for teasing wool, preparing it for spinning. In fact this is the origin of the plant’s English-language name.

  5. Your seedheads still catch the winter light beautifully, Annette 🙂 And they are a promise in themselves… I hope spring comes soon for you!

    1. I didn’t want to sound too gloomy but Jan./Feb. are always hard for me. Weatherwise I’ve no reason to complain as we’ve had stunning weather for the past months but no doubt the rain will arrive soon.

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