Tuesday view: 25/7/17


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The garden benefited from the rain on Saturday, a freshness has returned to the planting after a long dry spell. 

Taken this morning before the sun had broken through. There is a pink haze thanks to the verbena and grasses.

The Echinops ritro are peeping above. 

All tall and full. I must just show off my Echinacea in the opposite border. 

I do love them. 

That was my quick dash round before work just before the sunshine emerged. Now take a visit to words and herbs Cathy and catch up on her view. 

Oh one final thing, my few packets of seed are looking rather good: 

Enjoy your evening. D.

In a Vase on Monday: cheers


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Today’s Vase is actually a beer glass and the flowers are a pleasing selection, well pleasing to my eye, apologies if not to your taste. They are from my homegrown patch,  which was a large patch of bare soil just a few months ago, onto which I planted a few seeds.

There are Dahlia mignon and Arabian Night, Ammi majus, Verbena bonariensis and the lime green of Bupleurum rotundifolium. 

White perennial sweet pea, pretty but alas with no scent. Cornflowers Black Ball, Polka Dot Mix and just your regular, good old delightful cornflower. Jo, if you are reading, I hope you like them. 

Now pop over to Cathy and take a look at the other Monday vases. They will not disappoint.

Saturday smile: Summer


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This Summer is showing itself to be, dare I say it, good. Warm, dry and sunny. The garden this morning looked rather nice in the slightly cooler air and before the direct sun hit. 

Rose Lark Ascending 

Euphorbia Griffithii Dixter and drumstick Allium Sphaerocephalon

Hemerocallis and Helenium Moorheim Beauty, Verbena bonariensis 

Hydrangea paniculata Limelight, Box and Shasta daisies, Leucanthemum x superbum 

Whatever is making you smile today, enjoy it. 

Right I am off to paint yet more wood. More about that another day as it is not making me smile. 

In a Vase on Monday: minatures


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The first of my cornflowers have appeared, and the little dahlias have opened, and the nasturtiums are finally flowering, so I just had to choose these for my vase today. 

The crinkle espresso cup/ vase is handmade by Stevenjameswill   I have placed a small frog in the base to hold the tiny stems in place. 

The lovely  named Empress of India nasturtium is such a good colour  next to the blue cornflower. 

To these I added Verbena bonariensis,  astrantias and persicaria. I do not expect them to last long but today they are brightening my kitchen window while I wash up. 

Pop over to Cathy s blog to see some lovely vases today. 

At work today these are the sweet peas I have grown for Ali.