A vase full of garden flowers to welcome U3A Haddenham to my garden this afternoon. All 26 of them.
Aster, Verbena bonariensis, Miscanthus , Cosmos, Hydrangea arborescens pink Annabelle not yet pink.
Their visit was to raise funds for the National Garden Scheme. A friendly bunch not deterred by the rain. Tea and homemade cakes consumed they departed as jolly as they had arrived.
Joining Cathy and the other bloggers with their vases of flowers.
Thanks for reading, have a great week wherever you are. D.
The weather the last few days has been glorious, warm, with highs of around 20c, blue skies and long shadows. Yet for gardeners it is a struggle to keep a garden looking fresh as it is so very dry.
Dry Alliums, hanging in the summer house. These are to my mind too pretty to compost and are almost as lovely as the Spring forms when they appear in shades of purple. These dried out skeleton alliums act as a reminder to pop a few more in this autumn. The first of my Six on Saturday
2. To quench the dry
These are my bottles of apple juice collected from Mr Nutkin, Tring’s Own Apple Juice. For £1.50 a bottle he can convert your apples and pears into juice. It prolongs shelf life of the fruit for up-to about 18months and is delicious too. Worth every penny.
Bees are happily doing their thing on the Cosmos. No bees no fruit. Very welcome here I say.
I love these and they grow well on my nasty hard clay ground.
These are the lovely tails of Calamagrostis brachytricha. They come into their own late in summer. Tactile.
This is Echinacea Delicious Candy. That colour is not enhanced in any way. Glorious in yer face pink.
These are my 6. Please join us and refer to the Propagator above to find out how.
Have a great weekend wherever you are. D.
I have missed joining Cathy and sharing my flowers. The time is just shooting by. Today I have a real mix of flowers, all grown by me at home and at work.
Firstly from home:
Zinnias with Rose Lark Ascending and Rose Gertrude Jekyll. Grown from seed the zinnias are doing well but some of the colours are not so great. They are colours which look a bit dirty, if you know what I mean.
A glass cream jug containing Cosmos cupcake and the last of the cornflowers both grown from seed. I put the two together as their petals have similar edges.
There was just one Rose ‘A Shropshire lad’ so to make him look less lonely, I added more cosmos.
At work I am still picking Sweetpeas.
Their stems are shorter now and the plant is showing signs of powdery mildew so they will not last much longer. This handful are still ok.
Finally , last but not least, is the very popular, dare I say fashionable, Dahlia Cafe au Lait . A bit of a flying saucer but lovely cappuccino colours.
That’s it. Thanks for reading. Have a great week wherever you are. D.
I am under (self imposed) pressure to get the garden ready for its NGS opening on 29/9. Yesterday I made good progress chopping back, weeding and mulching and today a car full went to the tip. My Six today are some of the sights that I enjoyed this morning before the next round begins.
The Bishop of Auckland. Dahlia. Finally throwing some flowers. Hope Brother Dorris and family like this one.
Hairy bees and borage
3. Stipa tenuissima looking better for a comb to remove its sticky seeds.
Rudbeckia maxima looking more upright than yesterday thanks to a bit of late staking. The wind yesterday had all but flattened them.
Verbena macdougalii Lavender Spires. I especially like this variation for its curious fingers.
The foliage of the Cosmos looks vibrant against the dark backdrop of Aster lateriflorus Lady in Black.
That’s it. Back to the weeding. Hoping you get chance to join in or read The Propagator post.
Have a good weekend, wherever you are. D.
Yesterday I picked some of the blue lavender flowers before trimming the rest. The smell was heavenly but slightly nose tickling, it’s a very dusty sort of job if done when it should, when the lavender is bone dry.
This is Lavandula angustifolia Hidcote
I then bundled the flower heads into groups of 20-30 flowers, holding them together with florists wire.
The bundles were then wound onto a florists metal ring, using more of the wire.
Here is the end result attached to Ali’s door.
Have a great day. D.
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