Saturday, 1 August 2015

The Eighth Month



I have neglected to photograph the flowers in our garden this year but this is what the camera saw yesterday - the last day of July

Enjoy and make the most of this summer season♡

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  1. I've enjoyed looking at your collage. I like looking up into our fig tree too and thinking of what August will bring in the way of flowers and a good crop of fruit and vegetables, hopefully. Happy August, Rosemary!

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    1. The fig tree has such gorgeous leaves especially when viewed from below - August is a lovely time in which to enjoy the 'fruits' of our gardens.

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  2. So many flowers in your garden Rosemary! Love the mix of colours! Love the fig tree (ours died a few winters ago due to the frost and still haven't found one to replace it) and love the blue sky!!! Happy weekend!
    Marian

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    1. The garden can be so rewarding - it just keeps on giving

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  3. Marvellous Rosemary and yes, I too was looking enviously at the blue sky. Let's hope August brings us a bit more of that!

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    1. I was surprised at just how much colour there was in the garden - I think that August will be good - fingers crossed

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  4. A wonderful start that bumblebee on the Buddleja! Your colourful collage of flowers contains all those summer flowers and fruit we love too in our garden. Runner beans and the fig tree with fruits against the blue sky. No fig tree here anymore, I had one in the greenhouse but it was a wrong variety, with bad tasting figs. I walked already many times in the garden searching for a suitable place for a new fig tree, but no, cannot find a proper sunny place. Well, we can't have all.

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    1. Our fig tree grows against a stone wall where it gets shelter, plenty of sun, and also the added warmth from the wall which I understand helps

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  5. You have lots of lovely flowers in your garden. I need to plant more, we're a bit green here at this time of year till the buddleia starts. Thanks for the rock rose identification, I'll start with that!

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    1. You can't go wrong with rock roses, they are pretty, and grow well.

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  6. Lovely to see a bumble bee in our winter...beautiful blooms and colourful..lovely to see what's growing in your garden..

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    1. Thanks Margaret - the bees are very prolific in the garden this year

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  7. Oh my, what Beauty! When will your figs be ripe? Can we come by?

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    1. I think that the figs require another two weeks of sunshine Gina - and you would be very welcome to come by anytime.
      We like them used in a savoury dish - figs which have been cut in half and sandwiched together with blue cheese e.g. dolcelatte, gorgonzola, stilton or any other blue cheese, then rolled in Parma ham and roasted - this recipe makes a good starter served with rocket, drizzles of olive oil and balsamic glaze and some nice bread.

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  8. I think you must have a very good camera to have captured the bee in such magnification and detail! And I've been wondering about the progress of bee house that you had made to order. Have you gotten tenants yet?

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    1. I was surprised when I saw that photo on the computer with the bee's proboscis going right down into the flower rather like a drinking straw. I do have a new camera Mark, which I purchased about 2 months ago. I wasn't happy with the photos from India when I was trying to capture the details on the Taj Mahal etc. It is just another little point and shoot, because I like to have my camera handy, but this one has a much better zoom lens, which also appears to be good in macro mode too.
      Funny you should mention the bee skep, which sadly has no tenants apart from spiders, I say funny because my next post happens to be a return to the village where I had it crafted by Farmer David.

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  9. Yes, it would be interesting to learn about your camera...my pictures really need improving and I would love some tips.

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    1. Thank you for your visit and comment - I am happy to share details of my camera with you which is only a very small point and shoot - It is a Sony WX350 but I understand that it has the best zoom lens of all the small cameras. It also has a memory card that will hold over 3,000 photos and a special battery that will take almost 400 images before it needs recharging. I like a small camera because I carry it with me all of the time, if you don't have your camera with you then that is the time you wish you had. If you need any further information please do ask. This camera is about to be replaced by an updated version so it is on at a very good cheap price at the moment.

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  10. Hello Rosemary,
    How beautiful your garden looks. The fig tree is so exotic. Does it bear fruit? Figs are one of my all time favourites.
    Enjoy your weekend.

    Helen xx

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    1. Hello Helen - the fig tree is covered in fruit which will hopefully be ripe in a couple of weeks - hope that you are well

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  11. Oh Rosemary, I just dive into your lovely, lovely photos - quintessence of July. Thank you!
    Here summer starts its second turn - and a serendipitous walk through the Botanic Garden of Berlin made me very happy, as nature always does.

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    1. Dear Britta - hope you took some photos whilst on your serendipitous walk - I wonder if that is the garden with the fabulous Tropical glass house?

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  12. What amazing flowers - I wish I had a tenth of them in my garden. The heat seems to kill all mine off.

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    1. Thank you for visiting - I can well imagine that you need to grow plants that are tolerant of dry conditions - thank you for becoming a follower.

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    1. Va multumim pentru vizita și se bucură de flori

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  14. Happy eighth month, Rosemary ! Beautiful fig tree :)

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    1. Hope August is good to you Dani and thank you

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  15. Beautiful! I am disappointed this year that my echinops and cardoon varieties have a lot of blackfly. Do you know of any non-poisonous remedies?

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    1. Same here Nilly not on my echinops but on my geraniums which I have never seen before. I use diluted washing up liquid in a spray. The bubbles are supposed to suffocate them I believe - it does appear to work.

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  16. Hello Rosemary ,your garden looks so beautiful and healthy ! I picked up figs at last of May and my aunt makes to me sweet ,Is is so difficult to do this ,I don't know the way but so delicious ! Just yesterday my agronomist said to me that this year theρε is a kind of butterfly that makes the trunk of geraniums black and the plant is dying .... He said that needs chemical insecticide ...Have a nice month !

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    1. Thanks for your visit Olympia - we like our figs sandwiched with blue cheese and then wrapped in Parma ham and roasted - delicious

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  17. What a lovely selection of flowers you have in the garden right now - summer at its best.

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    1. We need to make the most of it and enjoy it whilst we still have it Elaine

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  18. Hello Rosemary, These vivid pictures of the height of summer in August also remind me that my time in Ohio is running out, and that I will have to return to Taipei soon. I will have to take advantage of this not-too-hot sunshine and visit some more parks here.
    --Jim

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    1. Enjoy the rest of your stay Jim, it would be lovely to see the Ohio parks if you do take any photos

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  19. You have really beautiful garden. Have a happy the beginning of august, and enjoy your lovely flowers.
    Hugs

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    1. Thanks - I always get the feeling that the summer is on the wane when August arrives

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  20. It is hard for me to believe that summer is passing by so quickly .. partly because where I now live , it is never (so far) that hot so I keep thinking Summer is just beginning. I am liking summer here this year .. I don't mind if it stays a long time. Better than all that snow !

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    1. The summers seen to fly by and the winters crawl - lets make the most of it whilst it is still with us♡

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  21. I was out photographing flowers yesterday too...but not in my garden. WE have had a great wildflower season here.

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    1. It has been the same here Janey, hedgerows and fields filled with wildflowers - lovely

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  22. How wonderful to have a fig tree, Rosemary. I love figs, and they are expensive here as they come from heaven's knows where! Your flower collage is beautiful, and I was excited to see a few that I have also. The bumble bee picture is a winner - well done, getting the bee to pose for you!

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    1. The figs should be ready in a couple of weeks Patricia - the bumble bee was a lucky shot, usually when I get near a bee with the camera they fly off quickly.

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  23. A wonderful collage of fantastic flowers from your garden. Sarah x

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