Friday, April 1, 2016

A Cottage Garden Favourite and Vintage Handkerchiefs

Joining Teresa at Eden Hills again this week for Friday's Hunt our prompts are 'N', a favourite and vintage.
I'm sharing one of my favourite cottage garden flowers for the letter 'N' and although an annual, nigella will reseed and come back year after year.
The delicate blue flowers which I prefer are 'Gertrude Jekyll' 
A common name for this pretty flower is love-in-a-mist which is easy to see from the ferny foliage that surrounds the flowers. On the right is a seed head, a rosy red colour which indicates it isn't ripe for collecting seeds yet.
However, when the pod turns a parchment colour and has a dried out appearance, one can pop it open to collect the seeds to sow or save and share with friends. On their own the pods will open and disperse seeds back into the garden.
Here's my favourite for the week, a fat spring robin disappointed that the mini crabapples are encased in ice after the ice storm we had last week.
A couple of vintage handkerchiefs I inherited over 20 years ago when an elderly member of the church passed away. Her family brought in a few things to the women's group for us to have and they're a very delicate cotton with embroidered rings of flowers. 
I'll also will be linking with Mosaic Monday.

51 comments:

  1. A beautiful post! Such a sweet thing to do - bringing a loved ones special things to share with others who loved her.....

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  2. I've seen the Nigella plant on your blog before and think it is so pretty. What a sweet photo of that poor robin looking in the 'frozen food' section. :) Aren't the old hankies so delicate? I have several that were handed down to me. Enjoy the weekend. I hear it will be cold again.

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  3. What an informative and b eautiful post, Judith! That robin pic is AWESOME! Poor thing wants his vitamins!:-(

    Happy April - and have a wonderful weekend! HUGS!

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  4. Lovely photo of the robin waiting the ice is melting from the berries.... So nice you got these wonderful old handkerchiefs from a church member when she had passed away.
    Have a nice weekend, we get a lot of sun the coming days.

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  5. I have a lovely tangle of love-in-a-mist in a front bed. The deer leave it alone - bonus!

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  7. Judith, so very nice to meet you! I am glad that you stopped by my blog and now I am your newest follower too! Your flowers are gorgeous as are the handkerchiefs. And that sweet little bird looks like he is waiting for the berries to thaw! Have a lovely Friday!

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  8. Lovely post and photos . Thanks for sharing , have a good weekend !

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  9. We've had a lot of robins here lately...no ice! Tell this bird to fly South! heehee! Enjoy your weekend my friend and Lavender Sis. Hugs, Diane

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  10. The love-in-a-mist is so pretty! I like those seed pods too. I didn't realize they will seed themselves down each year. I'll be looking for these to put in my own garden now. (Usually I just go for perennials.) I like Pamela's comment above of the robin in the frozen food section ... ha! That is a beautiful shot of the robin Judith ... frame worthy! Let's hope the snow they're predicting for tomorrow is minimal ;)
    Wendy

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  11. That Robin is darling! So are your flower photos.

    Its so nice to have something to remember someone by - the hankies are very pretty, too!

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  12. I don't know about Nigella, Judith, but thanks to you, I do now. The seed pods are so pretty, too. Your Robin is a beauty, but sad that his berries are frozen. Sure hope it's warming up for you! The sweet hankies were a thoughtful gift to your women's club at church, and now they're loved by you.
    Happy weekend!

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  13. Maybe it's my ancient laptop, but the pretty Nigella looks purple to me?

    The robin amidst frozen branches is a fantastic shot!

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  14. Hello, dear Judith! You have posted three lovely things today.
    I love nigella and I really should sow some varieties. In Italy, I had plenty of love-in-a-mist growing in the garden and loved to add it to small bouquets.
    Cute photo of the poor robin and beautiful and precious handkerchiefs.
    Have a lovely weekend! xx

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  15. I love the robin photo, it looks like a painting. :-)

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  16. The hankies are beautiful and that is a super shot of the Robin. I used to grow that flower in my garden and then use the seed heads in flower arrangements. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  17. Hello Judith, the flowers and the robin are so pretty. Great captures. I love the pod and seed head too. Lovely post, happy weekend to you!

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  18. Ii don['t have nigella in my garden, must look into it. Those vintage hankies are pretty, and a lovely memory of a friend.

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  19. The delicate colors of Spring (aside from green) are making us long even more ready for Spring! The robin is lovely, and I am sure the ice had melted so he/she can enjoy as many crabapples as possible. The handkerchiefs are perfectly vintage!

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  20. The love-in-a-mist flower is so pretty. What a handsome robin, too bad he was disappointed by his frozen dinner. Lovely handkerchiefs from days gone by.

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  21. Lovely handkerchief's. Hoping the robin found something to eat.

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  22. I really enjoyed your post! The Love in the Mist is so pretty...I've never planted it, but have had offers from many friends who say it reseeds vigorously! :)

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  23. I love nigella too. It's a favorite annual. I see signs of its' self-seeding in one area. I also have some collected seeds. I like your handkerchiefs too! Hope you are enjoying your weekend.
    Hugs, Beth

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  24. what a lovely post Judith! I shared my love in the mist on your mosaic monday a while back and they are now full of those seed pods......I should collect them as you say! I collected a heap of seeds from my pansies last week. I tied the foot part from an old nylon over bunches of the seed heads and a week later it was full of seeds.

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  25. Oh I love Nigella, they are a favourite with me. Love the blue flowers, and the seed pods are great in bouquets too. I just can't wait for warmer weather so I can get out in the gardens...

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  26. I've always liked Nigella, so I enjoyed your photo's.
    Robin's too are a favourite.

    Hope the new week ahead will be a good one for you.

    All the best Jan

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  27. Wonderful series of images. The flowers are lovely. I think that image of the robin is my favorite too! The handkerchiefs are lovely. You don't see many things like that anymore. It's a shame. Thanks for sharing with Friday's Hunt. I'll see you Monday for Mosaic Monday!

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  28. I have always liked "love in a mist" but have never grown it. It's such a delicate flower. We are still getting snow here. It just keeps piling up! Your photo's are all very pretty, Judith...hoping we will both experience Spring soon.
    Debbie
    xo

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  29. Lovely these little delicate blooms with a charming name "love-in-a-mist"!! Have a good week in Spring!

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  30. A wonderful post Judith.
    I have that Nigella in my garden too - I didn't realise it was 'Gertrude Jekyll'.
    I've always admired her work - she was a great plantswoman. Her planting combinations are legendary, as is her partnership with Sir Edwin Lutyens.
    Spring has sprung in your neck of the woods!
    Shane

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  31. Hello Judith, I wanted to stop back and say thank you for hosting Mosiac Monday. Wishing you a great day and new week ahead!

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  32. Wonderful variety. Your photos are always composed nicely. This week they are exceptionally sharp.

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  33. I feel sorry for the Robin who probably can't appreciate the beauty of those ice covered crab Apples! Though he does look healthy enough to wait for the thaw. That's the sweetest thing for the family to share some precious memories in that way and those delicate handkerchiefs are wonderful.

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  34. Nigellas are fun for their decorative seedheads.... Your robin photo is georgeous! Have a lovely week Judith!

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  35. The flowers and the fat robin are so pretty. I find robin in my area too but, have never been able to capture them. What lovely vintage handkerchiefs. They are priceless treasure.
    Happy spring,dear Judith.

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  36. Such signs of spring and I love the vintage handkerchiefs. My mom used to embroider tee towels and pillow cases but I don't recall her ever doing hankies. So delicate - they are treasures! Happy week ahead - Jackie

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  37. Delightful images Judith :) How lovely to have a family treasure like that too. Happy week to you!

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  38. I will have to see if Nigella will flourish where I live-it has very pretty flowers. I have not seen a robin as yet--perhaps if we have a break in the snow, like this week should be, one will come around and herald that Spring has arrived!

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  39. I love the little robin - and the fabulous seed pod!
    Those were the days when handkerchiefs were embroidered with such care and love.
    Thanks again for hosting and sharing.

    Enjoy your week Judith,
    Ruby

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  40. Nature heals the soul and proper handkerchiefs are good for it too. I would never use tissues.
    Your vintage ones are wonderful and the history is as well

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  41. Oh my, now beautiful! Happy Spring!

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  42. What interesting seeds pods...I sometimes love them as much as the flowers. Your robin is just beautiful! I rarely see them in my yard! The hankies remind me of m mom...she always had a hankie in her purse. These are so delicate. Thanks for hosting!

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  43. Really pretty post today, well Friday. I'm sorry to be sooo late, but for me it was worth my wait.
    I like your fat robin too, I hope he is okay. My grandmother gave us embroidered handkerchiefs for Christmas every year. Someplace I still have one.
    ..

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  44. Lovely photos! The cold robin is my favorite!

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  45. Hi Judith, you just have to be amazed at the wee birds that survive harshness of weather, and hopefully the fruit got softer during the day for the beautiful Robin. The neighbor across the lane from me has those beautiful Nigella every year. I love them. Happy week to you~

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  46. I think I prefer spring ice to snow...as we are in day 3 now of this winter come back, the flowers and birds are having a hard time. I love nigella...I hope I can successfully grow it from seed this year.

    Donna@GardensEyeView
    and LivingFromHappiness

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  47. Sweet Judith, your photos were such a joy to look at this evening. I have been so busy lately and coming here was truly refreshing to my heart.

    May the remainder of your week be lovely! Hugs!

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  48. Lovely post! And who can resist those sweet vintage hankies!

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  49. Love in the Mist is beautiful. I don't think that I have seen it here; I'll be looking now.

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  50. Lovely post. I'm trying to catch up on blog reading. So what do you do with the hankies? They are pretty. I have quite a few tucked away.

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