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Rocking Dog Loves Simple Garden Blooms

Milk Bottle Flowers,Rocking Dog

Milk Bottle Flowers

With the kennel a little more ship-shape I loved bringing some garden flowers through the door yesterday. Just eight stems were required to fill eight simple glass milk bottles (large from Ikea and the small from Ampulla). Phlox, teasel, tansy, sprig of rosemary, borage, evening primrose, crocosmia and one unknown! My simple arrangements were given a spot on a sunny windowsill. Voila! I love flowers plucked from a garden or field. I am a gal of simple tastes!

After flower arranging (hardly!) I then turned my attention to the table close to the sunny window, regrouping ceramic treasures. One or two are contemporary potters seconds others gorgeous gifts. The brown glazed pot is sentimental and loved. It was made by my late mum whilst at teacher training collage in the early 1950’s. A simple coil pot, when I smooth its interior I feel my mums fingers working the clay. There is also a glazed bowl which was so thoughtfully gifted to me by the Holburne Museum, Bath. I used to cater for events there, cooking in their minuscule kitchen. I remember remarking to a member of staff that their slop bowl for used tea bags was just too lovely for that purpose. A year or two went by, no doubt with the bowl seeing its daily fill of tea bag detritus and it was time to do a Heaven’s Cake farewell picnic. The Holburne was closing for a considerable length of time for the building of its dramatic new extension. After a delicious picnic on a lovely sunblessed day the empty hampers came back to me. Within one of the baskets wrapped in white tissue and tied with a bow was the beloved tea bag slop bowl. I was so moved that someone had remembered my jokey comment. I know it’s not every ones cup of tea (!) but I truly love it.

The latest ceramic purchase are two large silvered ceramic lamp bases. I bought them at Redland Fair for a bargainous £20 the pair. They have some age, and had the tiniest round pin plugs. I kept “watching” the prohibitively expensive shades in the hope they’d go into the sale and fortuitously they did. Lamps complete. Thank you to electrician/fisherman Phil for checking their wiring.

Pots jiggled I questioned myself why I hang onto SO much stuff. I keep promising the kids that I am going to become a minimalist, but my minimalist brainwashing therapy hasn’t yet begun!

Originally the table was Andyman’s desk, that was until he’d knocked his shins on the antler base just one too many times. Result! Moved downstairs it now sees various collections of objet d’art throughout the year. Christmas sees it covered in snow, putz houses, vintage baubles etc.. which leads me neatly onto the fact I am sewing some Christmas stockings today! Bah Humbug!

Simple Blooms,Rocking Dog

Simple Blooms

Wedding Blooms,Rocking Dog

Wedding Blooms

Sarah R's Blooms,Rocking Dog

Sarah R’s Blooms

Spring Clean Ceramics,Rocking Dog

Spring Clean Ceramics

Same Table, Another Time,Rocking Dog

Same Table, Another Time

On The Workbench,Rocking Dog

On The Workbench

Meringues For A Marital Meringue Mountain

Gilded & Violet Sprinkled!Rocking Dog

Gilded & Violet Sprinkled!

Rocking Dog has come out of “Heaven’s Cake” retirement to construct a marital meringue mountain for Molly & Lex (together with scrummy baby Dotti). 100 meringues are baked, some plain and simple, others with a sprinkling of crystallised rose and violet petals. Then of course I love a little bit of bling so there are decadent flakes of 24 carat gold!

Later today I will build the mountain whilst the guests tuck into a marquee cooked dish of paella. The guests will pour out into the gorgeous Clifton garden to see the couple “cut” the sugar rush mountain. By that time it will have been pimped with fairy lights, summer fruits, roses, cow parsley, borage, and other foraged floristry from the Rocking Dog garden. I hope it will look magical.

Wishing the couple (and scrummy baby) a truly wonderful wedding day and an amazing married life together.

Hoping whatever you are doing this weekend there is sunshine and lots of good things around the corner.

Love Rocking Dog x

Plain & Simple,Rocking Dog

Plain & Simple

Gilded & Rose Petal'd!,Rocking Dog

Gilded & Rose Petal’d!

Floral Spring Gifts

Garden Mix Milk Bottles

Garden Mix Milk Bottles

Rocking Dog presents a little collection of floral gift ideas. These charming arrangements can all be done very inexpensively, especially if you can raid your garden for little sprigs of this and that!

The photo above consists of a tiny wooden crate, lined with fuchsia tissue paper and containing three mini milk bottles (£1 each from Ikea). I printed out a verse from Gerald Manley Hopkins’s “Spring” on translucent parchment and attached it with a jolly gingham ribbon. The flowers were from my garden (Japonica, Daffs’ and Hellebore)

I love to hoard jars with pretty labels for vases or pencil pots. These Tiptree mustard jars are simply lovely to my eyes! Camelia, Soldiers and Sailors (Pulmonaria), Spurge and Tete de Tete make a sweet little arrangement.

At the moment you can pick up some lovely Daffodil bunches for a £1. Tied with ribbon, and a verse from William Wordsworth’s poem “I Wander’d Lonely As A Cloud” they would be so enjoyed by a lucky recipient.

The Vintage Violets consist of little violet plants and “Mind Your Own Business” set into a pretty vintage cup.

Tete de Tete have been picked put into a small glass jar and then placed in a handmade paper bag (this one was kindly bought back by a friend from Delhi)

These have got to be much more charming than a bunch of flowers purchased on a petrol station forecourt.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend, happy floral foraging!

I wander’d lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils,
Beside the lake, beneath the trees
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

William Wordsworth. I Wander’d Lonely as a Cloud

Message On A Bottle, Rocking Dog

Message On A Bottle

Mustard Pot Posy, Rocking Dog

Mustard Pot Posy

Poem Tied Bunch, Rocking Dog

Poem Tied Bunch

Vintage Violets, Rocking Dog

Vintage Violets

Tete de Tete Gift Bag, Rocking Dog

Tete de Tete Gift Bag

Beside The Lake...., Rocking Dog

Beside The Lake….