Alchemilla mollis, Calendula Indian Prince, calendula Oopsy Daisy, David Austin Roses, Fennel, Foeniculum vulgare, hydrangea arborescens Annabelle, in a vase on Monday, Rose "Lark Ascending", Rose The Pilgrim
A late Monday vase from me to share with you and our host Cathy. An old Dundee Marmalade pot, a frog and a bunch of gentle citrus coloured flowers. Citrus isn’t gentle, I hear you thinking and I know that, but these are shades of yellow orange and lime so work with me! Oh and the frog, in case you are wondering, is not an amphibian.
In the mix are lemons from Rose The Pilgrim, fennel, and limes from alchemilla mollis and Hydrangea Annabelle. Orange is in the form of Rose Lark Ascending and Calendula Oopsy Daisy and Indian Prince.
The frog? Amphibious but not amphibian.
Have a good week wherever you are and thanks for reading. D.
Said the Bishop
Frost has bitten the garden here. Roses which were still happily flowering have been scarred by the cold.
Dahlias in the ground are now black, finished for 2019. I moved my pot grown dahlia under the shelter of the summer house and saved the Bishop of Auckland for a while longer.
Joining Cathy this Monday. Have a good week wherever you are. D.
I picked some roses yesterday before the rain came. I divided them amongst the old bottles I have. Do you remember having photographs taken as a child and people would say ‘sit still, smile’ thereby immediately making it a stressful experience and not all fun.
As I took the pictures this morning the petals began to drop and I found myself saying ‘sit still’.
‘Shropshire Lad’ was well behaved, smiling nicely for the camera. ‘Morning mist’ obliged nicely.
‘Lark Ascending ‘ was dropping it’s petals in front of my eyes. Oh dear. Not a flattering picture, should have sat still.
Joining our host Cathy this Monday.
Have a good week wherever you are. D.
Aeonium, Aster, Calamagrostis brachytricha, Calamagrostis x acutiflora Karl Foerster, Rose "Lark Ascending", rose a shropshire lad, September, six on saturday, Succulents, Symphyotrichum Little Carlow
Beautiful Rose, a Shropshire Lad is flowering again. A soft, gentle scent can be detected, deep within the many layers of petals.
Rose Lark Ascending is also flowering, continually to be honest. How gorgeous it is looking in this September light.
Grasses are at their most glorious right now. This is no exception. Calamagrostis brachytricha. My new favourite.
Mind you, I still think Calamagrostis Karl Foerster takes some beating, especially back lit like this.
Last but not least are these delightfully cheery Aster
Now known as Symphyotrichum Little Carlow. How are we supposed to keep up with name changes? Mind boggling.
These are my Six and I have put them together to share with you lovely folk and The Propagator our host.
With one week to go to my NGS opening I fear that the weather will have changed to soggy yuck. These images will be a mere memory.
Right , I need to get a wiggle on. ‘Jobs to do ‘ list awaits!
Enjoy your weekend, wherever you are and thanks for reading. 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.
Althea cannabina, Dianthus carthusianorum, Echinacea Delicious Candy, Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea purpurea Fatal Attraction, echinops ritro, in a vase on Monday, Persicaria amplexcaulis Firetail, Rose "Lark Ascending", shasta daisies, Verbena bonariensis
As we move into August the garden is beginning to alter. The roses are largely in a void period, preparing for a second flush. Hemerocallis are nearly finished. The Verbena is getting taller and taller mostly at 1.5m and falling over in the wind. The geraniums, alchemilla and Euphorbias need deadheading.
Newly flowering however are Persicaria Echinacea, Echinops, Coreopsis and Shasta daisies.
I decided to pick a few samples and line them up in my favourite ‘April’ vase by Tse-Tse.com
From left Echinacea purpurea, Verbena bonariensis. Echinacea Delicious Candy, Coreopsis moonbeam, Dianthus carthusianorum . Rose Lark Ascending. Echinops ritro, Echinacea purpurea Magnus, Persicaria amplexcaulis Firetail, Echinacea. Purpurea Fatal Attraction. Lastly a tiny pink flower, just seen, Althea cannabina.
What is in your vase today? What does our host Cathy have in her vase today. Take a look, join in.
Have a great week, wherever you are. D.
The weather this weekend took a distinct dip towards Autumn: dark, rainy with chilly nights prompting discussion about whether it would be ok to turn on the heating, it would not.
Although the rain has moved on and the forecast is for sunshine, those clear skies will bring a risk of frost which will mean farewell to many flowers.
A pick from roses, Zinnias, Verbena and dahlias were available on Saturday.
I used them to brighten the table for dinner.
To sit at a table with freshly cooked food, a major treat for my parents who are camping out with microwave meals as their kitchen is about to be replaced
These are my flowers to join Cathy. Do you have some flowers from your garden to share? Do join us and send a link back to Cathy. D.
I am joining Cathy today with not one but two vases of flowers. My garden has recovered itself after the heatwave and things like Astrantia and Persicaria affinis have reappeared. In addition to these flowering, roses are also having a second show. The later flowering Coreopsis, Dahlias and Zinnias are also flowering.
Front left is my favourite rose Lark Ascending next to it the petal full, pink A Shropshire Lad.
From left is an open Shropshire Lad, pink and lilac sweet peas, no idea which they are, sorry. In the middle is a soft pink Zinnia with Astrantia behind. I am not completely sure which Astrantia this is as it has self sown, to its right is this rose, so pale it is almost white, Gentle Hermione.
By way of contrast the next vase has the Dahlia William Morris, Coreopsis Moonbeam and dark coloured Zinnias.
Added to this group is Verbena bonariensis which is making a bid to take over my garden. Worse things could happen.
Have a great week and do check out Cathy’s blog. The link is above, to see other Monday vases full of flowers from all over. What a nice way to start the week. D.