Sunday, 21 July 2013

The floral edition

Happy Sunday to you!
I kind of fell off the radar last week, apologies for that. Things got Busy with a capital B and I've been chasing my tail trying to catch up.


A busy mind is not conducive to sleep and so I was up very early this morning and the first place I headed for a grounding activity was (of course) the garden.
When I was done with weeding (although, when is that task ever really done?!), pruning, harvesting, seed planting and general pottering I took a little wander with my camera - fancy a little floral tour of what's blooming in my garden right now?





Some of the things here are not from my own hand - the landlady was obviously very keen on roses and despite my amateur hacking with the secateurs they keep coming back.  In the last couple of weeks they have all come into bloom and they look beautiful!


I'm really proud of these heirloom sweet peas.  With the cold Spring the plants were dangerously fragile until they reached about 30cm tall and ever since they have flourished.


I have nasturtiums planted everywhere as a kind of barrier against bugs and it seems to be working, although it gets a bit out of control and strangles other plants if I'm not careful so I have to keep an eye on it.


There are also marigolds dotted around the garden for similar purposes.


My courgettes (zucchini) have been flowering this past week and I think we're a few days away from having more than we know what to do with!






Amongst the trees...


The blackberries are flowering.  I'm finding it hard to believe that it's almost blackberry time - where has this year gone?


Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes!  I don't usually bother growing them because they can be difficult but I really wanted to grow some of those beautiful multicoloured heirloom tomatoes - the ones you can't buy in the shops - and my some miracle the plants are actually thriving, flowering, fruiting and the first one is even starting to ripen!  There are hundreds of flowers so I'm hopeful for more.


I couldn't help snapping a picture of my lettuces - the different varieties all growing together with their mix of colours and leaf shapes are so pretty.


What's going on in your garden at the moment?

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  1. I love sweet peas and nasturtiums although the latter do take over. They have self seeded on the allotment every year and sometimes I get their seed seeds everywhere. I did try pickling them but wasn't too keen on the taste. I love the different lettuce varieties growing together.

  2. Mine have self seeded, too - they're popping up everywhere, not that I'm complaining!

  3. You have a beautiful garden, I am very jealous, and also of your motivation to have a beautiful garden!

  4. It all looks so beautiful! I've missed growing sweet peas this year and roses are definitely on the 'to do' list to plant (especially now that we recently lost our beautiful Jax, we plan to plant a rose on his grave).

    We harvested our first cucumber of the season today and it was lovely and sweet :)

    1. I'm jealous of your cucumber, Nikki - mine didn't germinate.

  5. I wish I had your green fingers, your garden must be so beautiful, the roses are lovely but then even the lettuce and courgette flowers look pretty! :)

    1. It's far from perfect but there's lots of beauty to be found!


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