Hydrangea arborescens Annabelle is opening, surely a sign that it is summer. These are flower filled mops, in a creamy lime colour tone that looks as if it was lifted from one of those Farrow&Ball colour charts. Gorgeous.
This is my first of the Six On Saturday I’m sharing with our host The Propagator
2. Another sign of summer has to be that the succulents are outside
Not the best examples but loved nonetheless.
3. Forest pansy is a beautiful specimen and a real favourite of mine.
Back lit the colour is arguably unbeatable. Cercis canadensis.
Haze. This haze is created by the delightfully tactile Stipa tenuissima. I love these grasses for their movement; the slightest breath of air is all they need to move.
5. Opium poppies
These are very short lived but so pretty and wonderful for bees . Today they have finished flowering and I am left with fat grey seed heads.
I love these almost as much.
Cornflowers are such a wonderfully intense blue, not unlike a Sir Terence Conran shirt. Great for cut flowers, great colour in the border. An easy plant. Sprinkle some seed in the spring and Bobs your uncle.
Whether Bob is your uncle or not, you see that this selection includes some of the easiest peasiest plants to grow. What are you Six favourites today? Join us.
Have a lovely weekend wherever you are. Thanks for reading. D.
Good morning. Having survived the extreme heat of Saturday I am pleased to report that normal summer weather has returned here, a relief for most of us. The garden has perked up all ready.
As it is Monday I am sharing my bunch of (white) flowers with you and Cathy. I resisted using roses this week instead choosing seed grown whites.
Ammi visnaga, Ammi majus , the spectacular umbel of Daucus carota, a white Malva moschata or Musk-mallow which has appeared by magic ( birdies perhaps) white valerian, self sown Astrantia major, and seed heads of various opium poppies.
If you look carefully you may also see Soapwort, Saponaria officinalis . This is great for Hummingbird Hawk-moths but I have yet to spot one. The name is derived from the Latin word for soap and rubbing a leaf produces a slightly slippery froth which will absorb dirt particles. (Information from the wonderful book “Wild Flowers” by Sarah Raven).
Have a wonderful week, wherever you are. Be sure to take a look at some of the other vases taking part in this meme. Thanks for reading. D.
It is according to the Met office the hottest June day on record. 33 degrees here. Scorchio. I started to take pictures this morning but gave up as it was just too bright. Rose ‘Morning Mist’ sweltering. This is a David Austin rose which was a gift and currently covers the wall by almost 2m square. A prolific flowering rose.
Verbena bonariensis is a great performer on my heavy soil. Nearly 2m tall. I love it for the butterflies it attracts and it’s all round prettiness.
Self sown Erigeron. It’s in all the nooks and crannies on the drive. I have to pull it out. Delightfully cheerful. Everyone loves a daisy, right?
Seed heads of poppies. These are everywhere as I shook them all about last year. Short lived but worth it.
5.A new addition
Salvia Amistad . I saw this at Great Dixter and loved its papal purple. Hoping it will thrive I have placed it in a raised bed to assist with drainage. Fingers crossed.
6. Last but not least
A zingy shout from Nasturtium Princess of India. I shall be adding this to my salads. Brother Dorris, if you’re reading, you have been warned.
These are my Six. The Propagator is our host. Thanks to him we get to share our favourite six. Join in or just read them. It’s harmless and fun and no one mentions Brex***t. All good.
Enjoy this amazing weather wherever you are. D.
Greetings from the Netherlands. This morning we took a stroll around the town and these are my favourite six to share with you and The Propagator
1. The canals are looking pretty with water lilies ￼
There are hollyhocks growing on the path sides .
2. Famous for the blue and white porcelain or Delftware.
3. It was market day and the flowers sellers had armfuls of peonies for €6
4. There were delightful mixed bunches ready to take away. Pastel shades
5 fabulous mop head hydrangeas
Only €3 for 3 stems
6. My favourites were the flowers in strong jewel colours.
Colours as vibrant as this selection of candles
I hope you have had a wonderful Saturday wherever you are. D.
I picked flowers for my friend to use at her garden opening yesterday.
A few Astrantia Roma and major
Geranium Johnson’s blue and Ann Folkard
Clover type flowers from Trifolium purpurascens.
A Shropshire Lad
With some alchemilla mollis and cerinthe I tied up three little jam jar sized posies.
One larger bunch
Oh and a few poppies and cornflowers thrown in for good measure.
These are joining fellow bloggers and Cathy. Perhaps you could join us, it’s simple: pick your flowers from the garden, arrange, discuss and add a link to Cathy’s blog as above. Simples.
Have a great day. D.