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Summer has arrived

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 21:18

What a wonderful first day of summer for pics and art!  I paint my flowers in watercolour. But when studying painting i had to learn acrylics, oils and lots of drawing.  Now I paint mostly with living flowers and photograph them.  

Herby Lou.  Decide what you want from your garden.  Is it to grow lovely flowers or delicious veg and fruit or both or perhaps to have as an outdoor entertainment space or just to relax in with your friends.  If you have to start from scratch and want two good perennials that will give you flowers this year and for many more treat youself to some pretty hardy geraniums and osteospermums.  Grow expensive salad leaves, they are very quick and very easy.  Buy the biggest plants you can afford and buy three, five or seven of the same plant.  Reoeat planting unifies the garden and blocks or ribbons of plants are much better than one of each, except in prairie planting which of course has lots of repeats.  One thing you can be sure of - gardening is fun and gets more and more rewarding as you get older.  I am 84.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 15:51

Superb.  Such perfection just makes me gasp with admiration at nature and nurture (from the gardener).

Summer has arrived

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 15:04

nutcutlet, you need our very own Botanic garden with a helpful staff or the four volumes of the four volumes of the RHS Dictionary of Gardening which is the one I have.  So useful when labels disappear.  I am sure the foxes use mine as cutlery.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 13:32

What a beautiful peony!

Summer has arrived

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 12:03

Nutcutlet - looks like veitchii but mascula can be very similar in the pink form.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 12:00

That is such a mix -up, i do not know where to start editing it!  Nutcutlet i will try to find out at the Botanic garden next week if the internet does not do it.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 11:57

More first day of summer pictures.  Here are forget-me-nots and

 This variagated sedum spurium has pretty

 Chives flowering in the onion bed in the potager.

little pink flowers already.


Herb Robert in my spinney (the wild part of my very large garden which can look so beautiful.)

Summer has arrived

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 10:43

Of course, nutcutlet(yummy).  Rules are not made to be broken here but non-existent.  I have done an hour's deadheading.  Now for some editing.

 My rainbow chard is delicious.

 I have never seen so much blossom on the trees in all my many years of gardening.  This is my hawthorn tree.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 09:01

June 1st say the meteorologists is the first day of summer so I shall take my camera with me as i deadhead the spring flowers like daffodils and bluebells which have been so late this year and share them with you.  The peonies definitely think it is summer.

What's this plant please

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 19:55

My "Dai Jin" has a superb scent.  It attracts rose chafer beetles.  It is supposed to be a tree peony with red and white striped flowers.  Last year it had one red, one white and one striped.  This year so far it has one red and two white, one of which started off as a pink bud.  but i can forgive it for the scent beats the wallflower and the bluebells which abound in my garden at this time of year.  My yellow one has lots of flowers this year and loads of seeds already.  It has grown to over 14feet so the peonies loved the wet year we have just had.


Discussions started by happymarion

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Summer has arrived

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picture difficulties

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