Monday, 16 July 2012

Gardening in July

This weekend we have spent time working in the garden and I thought I would share these pictures with you.




I always like to cut some flowers to bring into the house each week. This is one of my favourite roses from the garden, it is called Felicia, it is a shrub rose that has clusters of pale pink flowers. It produces scented flowers from June to October - what more can you ask of a rose? Isn't it beautiful?



The garden is looking very lush and green and with all the rain we have been having the slugs and snails have been causing havoc. Especially in the last week, when it has been so wet and I have been too busy to go out and round them up!


Another of my favourite flowers at this time of the year is Geranium Summer skies, it is quite tall but I love the colour of it! It's the only summer skies we have seen recently!

 
 Twinkle has been enjoying the catmint, as you can see! Unfortunately the catmint (Nepeta) does from time to time attract other cats into the garden too. 



Lavender is another of my favourite summer flowers. The smell instantly takes me back to a childhood summer holiday in the hills above Cannes in the South of France.


One of our last roses to bloom is Tuscany Superb. the colour makes me think of crushed velvet.


Our wildlife pond is full and very clear. We have a family of newts, water boatmen and we still have some tadpoles. I don't remember seeing them this late before. I tried to photograph the newts and tadpoles and all I got was the water boatmen, nevermind, they are in there somewhere!


Wishing you a good week.

A big hello to my new followers Anne and Molly thank you so much for following me.

Sarah x

31 comments:

  1. Wasn't it wonderful to get out and get some time in the garden? We did the same!
    I love the colour of that pale pink rose.
    xxx

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  2. The Tuscany Superb is an especially striking colour. Juliex

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  3. wow what a beautiful garden,,and your flowers are really in bloom..thanks so much for sharing.
    devon

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  4. Hi Sarah,

    Your garden is so beautiful and I love the pretty pink roses and to have scented blooms, is wonderful. How lovely that you were able to spend time working in the garden.

    Happy week
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  5. Dear Sarah,
    Your photos of your roses are so so stunning. They are beautiful. Unfortunately mine are not so lush, as its so hot here. I try to keep them watered, i have the automatic drip system on at the moment.
    I am intrigued with "water boatmen" is that the green stalks on your pond! The giranium summer skies is a flowe i have never seen..its lovely.
    Hope the weather holds for you.
    sending you some sunshine and best wishes
    val

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    1. The stalks are oxygenating weed (elodea) if you look at the stalk in the centre of the photo and look to the left and slightly up you might just see one water boatman!
      Sarah

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  6. perfect pics... These holidays i took some amazing pics of flowers too...
    XOXO

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  7. Beautiful garden, so nice to see the sunshine, I love your roses
    Thea x
    P.S.Thank you for your lovely comments.

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  8. Love the photos of your garden and the first photo of the cut roses. Our roses look pretty sad as they've been pelted by all this rain we've been having.
    Let's hope the weather improves soon.
    June

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  9. Your pink rose is beautiful and I love the Summer Skies geranium too. Undamaged garden flowers are a rarity this summer. I picked a few roses at the weekend but most of them were rotten and had to be dead headed before the buds had realy opened.

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  10. Some lovely flowers Sarah - I love the combination of the pink rose Felicia with the Alchemilla mollis. The geranium Summer Skies is gorgeous, and you have taken a superb picture of the lavender.

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  11. Beautiful roses, photographs and garden! I love that double geranium Summer Skies. Though I'm not usually so fond of double flowers this one is open and delicate...must look out for it. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. totally gorgeous, i can almost smell the roses from here!! Especially love that Geranium. Never seen that type, will have to look out for it, geraniums are one of my fav perennials, along with penstomens. And i love Twinkle's expression!! S:)

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  13. Hello Sarah,
    So pleased the Sun shined on your weekend!
    I could smell your beautiful roses and the pink cut ones, were so special.
    I love your garden Sarah!
    I have a small forecourt, but it is still very pretty...
    Wishing you a week full of sunny days to 'putter'....
    Love Maria x
    Aww I forgot to mention 'Twinkle', isn't he lovely!!

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  14. Beautiful roses and flowers and pretty pictures. Your cat is really cute. I hope the weather is getting better now.
    Greetings
    Petra

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  15. You do have some beautiful roses in your garden Sarah. Felicia is new to me. I like your variety of geranium as well. It has a very pretty colour.

    Have a lovely evening!

    Madelief x

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  16. Hi Sarah great photos again. The plants you gave me are thriving, must remember to take some pics of them. Julie xxx

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  17. What a beautiful garden. The roses are such a lovely shade of pink!

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  18. Lovely lovely photos from your garden! Yes to your question, the romantic garland is in my shop. X

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  19. Thank you for sharing more of your beautiful garden. Love your sitting area, very peaceful looking. What a sweet photo of your Twinkle. Have a wonderful day.

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  20. We came back yesterday from Nashville in Tennessee where my daughter and family lives – we went to celebrate our 3rd grandson’s first birthday. It was warm there but it rained hard while we were crossing the mountains. The roses and flowers in your garden are stunning. Roses here are hard to grow as it is so very warm – my rose bushes appear to be dormant under the hard sun. It must have been such fun to watch the Olympic torch several times. I am looking forward to watching the opening ceremonies.

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  21. You have a beautiful garden and a lovely patio area, just perfect to sit outside and enjoy a good book or some crochet.

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  22. Oh! Those roses are absolutely perfect!! And you have a beautiful garden, for people and kitties to enjoy :D

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  23. Beautiful rose and you seem to be very clever at flower arranging - I never seem to get the hang of it! I wish I could have a cutting from your Summer Skies - I have been looking for this particular geranium for a while now and will have to keep on searching. Last weekend a lovely lady at the Winster Secret Gardens in Derbyshire gave me a root cutting from one of her pretty white geraniums but she did not know the name. It grows about a foot high with single very white petals almost like blossom it is very pretty and I am hoping it will take. My favourite rose in our cottage garden is called Gentle Hermione it too is pink and fades to a very soft ballerina pink tinge before the petals drop and the perfume is heavenly. I will look forward to seeing more pictures of your gorgeous garden.

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    1. I will try and take some root cuttings sometime. If they work I will let you know and maybe I can send you one!
      Sarah x

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  24. wonderful pictures!! The Roses are beautiful!!
    Lovely Greets from Germany
    Kathrin

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  25. you have such a pretty- and proper- english country garden Sarah! I despair of mine sometimes, but one day it will be nearer my vision. I say nearer, because i dont expect i will ever be totally happy with it!!

    Leanne x
    talesofsimpledays.blogspot.com

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  26. Oh wow - your garden is amazing, I adore the all the colours so soft and inviting.

    Nina x

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  27. Dear Sarah, Your flowers are beautiful! Is that parsley in with the pink roses?
    Thanks for the lovely compliment on my journal. You are such a sweetie pie.
    Have a great weekend, Connie :)

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    1. Hi Connie,
      No that's not parsley in with the roses it is achemillia mollis. It is also known as Ladys Mantle. It is a lovely plant, I don't know if you have it in America.
      Sarah x

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  28. Great blog and lovely garden. The roses are beautiful. Now following you! X

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