Styling The Seasons — March

Last month’s styling the seasons post was late. Very late.

So this month I decided to buck the trend and try and organise myself a little better.

Although look — it’s 28th of the month and I’m only just posting once again. Oh.

Must.

 

Try.

 

Harder.

Although it’s been such a hectic month, I really should cut myself a little slack.

Mother’s day, followed by my big boy’s birthday, followed by my little boys’ birthdays. Topped off with the long bank holiday, staying with family in Yorkshire for Easter this weekend. March is the busiest month of the year for us, by far.

A month of celebrations.

And celebrations aside, it’s a lovely month isn’t it? Full of promise and newness. The fields are full of little hoppity-skippety lambs and the gardens and parks are beginning to rouse themselves, after the long winter sleep.

Talking of which, our own garden is springing to life and full of Hellebores at the moment. So beautiful.

These gorgeous little plants flower in some of the shadiest corners of our garden, like little shining jewels in the darkness.  I’m always so pleased to see them and look forward to their arrival each year, even though their presence is fairly short lived. They seem to disappear in late spring and we don’t see them again until the following winter.

Although, having said that, I got really quite cross with them when we first moved here. I was so delighted with my find, when I first spotted them, and began began to pick little posies to pop in jars and bottles but literally within hours they were dead.

I was totally perplexed and couldn’t work out what I was doing wrong.

Then a kindly, green-fingered, soul told me that you need to sear the stems before you put them in water.  This will ensure that they’ll give a good display and will last a little longer than 60 minutes, once you’ve picked them!

So this month’s Styling The Seasons post is an ode to the humble Hellebore.

It’s a little bit of a cheat as I’ve not really ‘styled’ anything at all — more taken some pictures of the windowsill in our dining room — but I love the form and fragility of these darling little flowers.

And I think the name of the book is very apt.

It sums up our lovely country — particularly in spring.

 

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40 thoughts on “Styling The Seasons — March

  1. So pretty Caro. Yes, isn’t March wonderful? I always have lots of good memories of March because it is the beginning of getting out and about to do stuff and go places.

  2. And what a beautiful flower it is! I love the early spring flowers, they’re always a welcome sight after a long dull winter. #homeetc

  3. I love Hellebores too – I’ve never cut any, but to be honest, I’d not have known to sear the stems either! It has seemed a really busy month this one, hasn’t it? I’m well behind on blog stuff and I usually have a queue of scheduled posts!

  4. Why are the months flying by so quickly this year? I’m sure I say it all the time but it’s almost April, madness! I love this time of year as it’s when my boyfriend and I pack up for 10 days and head to the Lake District.

    I really adore the pattern on that book cover, it contrasts beautifully with the flower. Great tip by the way!

    #HomeEct

  5. I love how you describe the lambs as being hoppity-skippitey. Just sums them up perfectly. Love it! Also very good tip on how to make flowers last longer. I will be employing that one in future :-) #homeEtc

  6. I adore hellebores. I had a beautiful one in our old house and will plant some in our new garden once the dog has grown out of it’s unfortunate digging phase. They are such elegant blooms. Great tip about searing the stems to prolong the flower :-)

  7. What a lovely flower. My garden is still flowerless at the moment – we haven’t mastered the art of having flowers when it’s not summer yet. Your March sounds like my April – hectic! 😊 #HomeEtc

    1. Me too!! I LOVE the spring. I used to think that summer was my favourite season but actually, as I’ve got older, spring is the winner by a mile. All that new life and green everywhere — LOVE it!! :)

  8. What an amazing tip! I remember these lovely flowers from when I was in the UK … and how irritated my mum would get with their drooping! I’m quite jealous looking at these lovely pictures because Spring has most definitely not sprung where I am in Canada — it’s all decidedly brown and grey — but it gives me hope that maybe it’s around the corner for us too!

    1. YES! I saw another of my mummy bloggers from Canada posting pics of the snow at the weekend!! It’s still well and truly winter over there isn’t it? I’ll send some of our springy warmth your way!! Hope the seasons change for you soon xx

  9. Gorgous Caro I love it such a pretty and delicate looking flower, it gives me hope that spring is on the way although after all that snow we had here yesterday I am feeling a little desperate for sunshine x

  10. They’re pretty flowers!! And so you should cut yourself some slack, we all should and as a fellow last-minuter, I know it’s a trait that’s very hard to change!! After all, we probably don’t leave ourselves adequate time to do so… xxx

  11. Oh Caro, this is such a beautiful post. I adore those photographs. The colour of the book cover against the flowers is perfect. We moved to our new house back in August and a few months ago I discovered Hellebores in our garden. On a day when everything looked so dull and grey they were a shining light. They are beautiful and even more precious because they flower during the most miserable months of the year. Thanks for hosting #HomeEtc, lovely Caro. Hugs Lucy xxxx

    1. They’re such a lovely thing to find aren’t they? I was thrilled when I spotted them in our garden for the first time. And, as you say, they give a little bit of hope and colour in the greyest, most miserable times of the year! Hurray for Hellebores!! :)

  12. Very lovely (and great tip). Do you know who designed the pattern for the book cover? It looks like Enid Marx or one of the designers for the Curwen Press, but I don’t recognise the pattern (and I want to know, as it’s gorgeous!)

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