Every year at the middle of May, my garden turns blue.
The Solanum which I planted about 5 years ago is very happy and has grown over the swing hammock so we can’t sit on it yet ! I’m a very lazy gardener and shouldn’t have let that happen but I don’t mind.
There are lots and lots of bluebells which have now spread and are growing against the ugly old wall that I painted in blue emulsion when we moved here.
The Ceanothus which was a tiny little thing is now 7 feet tall
and the Wisteria is apparently over 100 years old and is now on borrowed time as it relies on a very tall, brittle, dead plum tree for support.
A friend once gave me a very small old enamel bath that she no longer wanted. She said it was from an old ship. I put it behind the back door and planted a little lilac shrub in it which has got huge and smells divine in the morning sun.
The forget me knots spread more and more every year and I love them so much.
I’ve been cutting bits off very few days to have inside and they last surprisingly long as cut flowers.
It all flowers together for about 3 weeks and it’s a very special time in my garden.
It inspired me to make blue and purple floral garlands which I’ve put in my etsy shop.
I’m missing my flowers in the garden as it gets colder so I thought I’d post a few on here. Just the orange ones as they’re my very fave.
three strands of mini vintage bunting
I’ve been making bunting for my Open House Sale in 10 days. I mainly make it in 2 meter strands which is £12. Not bad eh.
The joy of orange nasturtiums from seed
and bright pink sweet peas from seed
Autumn mini bunting
The blue and white florals were made by hand in France in the thirties. The pinky purple rose fabric was also made by hand in the thirties but in America. It’s all so precious.
The blue and white polka dot is from a damaged fifties dress.
Mini Vintage Bunting
I’ve been making vintage bunting for many years and now I also make vintage patchwork bunting and mini vintage bunting (pictured).
My bunting isn’t the sort which is used to decorate large venues, marquees or streets. I source my fabric from all over the world. Some of it was handmade in the thirties and forties. Some is hand dyed. The sort of colours and patterns I like weren’t too difficult to get a few years ago, now unfortunately it’s like gold dust so every little piece is precious. I add small pieces of gingham, polka dots and muslin and make it by the meter. Each little piece is like a jewel and I cut them all differently and I also dye some myself so that each string of bunting is a beautifully precious little collection of quality vintage fabric in glorious ice cream colours.
Mini Vintage Bunting in My Kitchen
This photo was taken during one of my Vintage Pop Up Shop Open House Weekends. You can just see the tips of the Easter Bunnies ears at the bottom !