Monday, 14 July 2014

July Garden

Catalpa bignonioides "Aurea" - Golden Indian bean tree - a favourite tree - medium sized deciduous tree bringing luminescent sunlight into the garden
Callistemon citrinus 'Splendens' bottlebrush shrub - not supposed to survive severe winters in the UK but this plant is a teenager and has always lived in the garden. The leaves give off a lemon scent when crushed 
Almost collapsing under the weight of its blossom 
Have you ever noticed the pretty, plush, purple, pods that tiny lavender flowers pop out of?
Evening sunlight producing a pink tinge to the lavender
Containers of mixed flowers in the porch - unsophisticated, and gaudy but welcoming
Papaver somniferum - Opium poppies
Meconopsis cambrica - Welsh poppies
All the poppies above are self seeded
However, that is not the case with these dainty French Poppies only just beginning to open. Each one has a different centre and delicate tissue paper like petals ranging in colour from purest white through many variations on the pink spectrum to red.  Their seeds arrived in my garden from the beautiful island of Öland in Sweden courtesy of lovely Titti
Thank you Titti I am thrilled with them
Not sure which Clematis this is, it was labelled 'Nelly Moser', but isn't. I actually prefer this to Nelly
Lots of planters full of last summers Geraniums - no need to buy any this year, this is the first time I can recall them all surviving the winter outside 
I am pleased with my packet of "kiss me quick" morning glory seeds. They are turning up in a variety of shades from palest pink and blue to dark magenta and indigo
backsoon

29 comments:

  1. EVERYTHING is so beautiful, and the geranium is amazing!!! Hope that you enjoy your travels. xx

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  2. You garden is having a joyful Summer, Rosemary. Everything is beautiful, but the French poppies have really won my heart. Have fun in the Misty Isles: I am trying to figure out where they might be...

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  3. Your garden is wonderful especially those French poppies. I haven't seen them before.

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  4. What a beautiful garden you have. Enjoy your time away ...

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  5. It's a joy to see such healthy blooms in your garden, Rosemary.
    Enjoy your time away..

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  6. I love those kiss me quick, morning glory flowers. So reminiscent of the seaside and nautical matters, they remind me of deck chairs somehow.

    Jean x

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  7. Hello Rosemary, This is an exceptionally beautiful post, both the photographs and the flowers themselves. I don't see how you can tear yourself away from that garden while it is in such magnificent bloom.
    --Jim

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  8. Dear Rosemary,what a beautiful garden you have!Its a joy seeing all those diferent plants and flowers!!
    Wonderful pictures!My favorite is the lavender and the poppies!Thank you for sharing this beauty!
    Dimi...

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  9. Flowers are always nice, like the shadows on the leaves.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  10. I shall be on the lookout for French poppies now. Have a great trip!

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  11. My favourites are the poppies - tall purple opium poppies reappeared in my garden this year after an absence of nearly 20 years. What made them do that, I wonder?

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  12. Dear Rosemary, Oh what treasures you have growing in your garden. My favorites are the Opium Poppies. They are just now beginning to bloom in my garden.

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  13. Everything is so pretty. Hard to choose a favorite. Hoping you have a wonderful trip.

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  14. Lovely sunny colours, a beautiful series of poppies in your garden.

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  15. Oh I so enjoyed your garden tour. Really hard to pick a favorite....maybe those French Poppies. They are so delicate and it seems amazing that they have different centers. Have a wonderful trip. Can't wait to see the pictures...Janey

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  16. Looking very pretty!! I adore those French poppies - how special! I need to hunt them down when I next visit Sweden.

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  17. Your garden is amazing, Rosemary! Thank you for leaving us with that last photograph so that we might get a bit of perspective. Happy traveling!

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  18. Wow, and wow! Everything in your garden is so beautiful, Rosemary, but I’m most fascinated by the French Poppies. They are so exquisitely lovely. Have a nice trip on the misty isles.
    Yoko

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  19. Your garden is looking wonderful, Rosemary. How can you bear to leave it when it's at its best? Safe journey and enjoy your holiday.

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  20. A wow garden!!! Have a great trip!

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  21. We are spoiled at this time of year, aren't we? So many flowers in bloom it's hard to keep up. Rosemary, your poppies are sensational and your garden is filled to the brim with colour.

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  22. I just found your beautiful blog through 'Down by the sea' and must comment on the clematis.I believe this one is 'Hagley Hybrid'. Have a look at my recent blog post under this link: http://amateursventuresonlife.blogspot.fi/2014/07/back-to-normal.html

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  23. Love the bottlebrush and the lavender and the poppies....

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  24. Such glorious colour Rosemary. Your Callistemon is doing much better than ours. I may have placed it incorrectly as it grows very little. For someone who has no known allergies, I come out in a rash when I handle it, very odd. How kind of Titti to share seeds of such beautiful poppies, I love them. Hope you are having a ball in the misty isles.
    Paul.

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  25. Enjoyed seeing the lovely summer colours in your garden. A beautiful Callistemon looking very healthy!

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  26. Oh you did succeed with the poppies! I´m so happy Rosamary...you really have a beautiful garden!
    Love,
    Titti

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  27. Dear Rosemary,
    you captured the essence of July so beautifully in your garden and your post! Have a fine time on the "misty isles" (where are they? Scotland?)

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  28. What a beautiful garden! I am envious. I love catalpa too. The morning glory seeds have produced wonderful flowers - they must be bigger than the little wild striped pink and white ones, but i love those as well, even though they can overtake everything else!
    I never had noticed lavender buds were fuzzy. I usually do notice that kind of stuff, so I shall now go outside and look! :)

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  29. I'm slowly catching up with your posts, Rosemary. I can see I have some interesting reading ahead with those on your recent trip away in Scotland. Your garden taken before you went away looks beautiful with so many lovely flowers in bloom and I hope they've all survived the hot weather. I was pleased to see your morning glory. I made an attempt at growing some after seeing those that you grew some time ago, but only two plants survived as the rest were eaten by slugs. They're spindly specimens and I'm doubtful that they will ever produce flowers such as yours.

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