August 02, 2012

A flowery adieu

While the slightly strange coolish but humidish and frequently showerish weather continues, the garden is looking curiously lush for August - the grass is still deep green and the flowers that usually bloom in September are in full flush now with dark dahlias flowering alongside some lime green glads, rudbeckia and heleniums bringing new hotter hues. And yet some other flowers that should have been flowering weeks ago, are just making an appearance. Yes, sweet peas, I am talking about you!




I truly believe that there is little more pleasing than a bunch of your own sweet peas on your kitchen table or window sill. The scent is so pretty is it almost silly. Worth the weeks of staring, slightly crossly, at weedy seedlings refusing to grow.



Elsewhere, poppies, drumstick alliums and achillea are jostling for space and larkspur and verbena are racing skyward along with delphiniums and swathes of cosmos,









And just as the garden is reaching its mad, glorious best, I am leaving it for a couple of weeks. It is the same every year, but Sicily and sunshine and Norfolk and messing about in the sea are calling so the garden will have to admire itself without me wandering around it telling the plants how gorgeous they are! I will be awol for a week or two, so enjoy the sun/showers, the beautiful flowers, the slower pace that august brings and, of course, the 'lympics! Go team GB! Bxx

25 comments:

  1. Oh oh oh heart fluttering beautiful pictures Belinda. I want o come and play in your garden! Enjoy the beach xxx

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    1. Thanks Hannah! We need to go and get dizzy about flowers together one day! Bx

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  2. Hope your family has a soul reviving time at the beach. Between the weather and the wires I think you can all use some down time.

    Miss you. Wish you could send those sweet peas my way.

    xoxo J.

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  3. Sweet peas - my absolute favourite and make me long to be in England. Have a fabulous time away.. Beautiful photographs! Sarah x

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  4. Lovely, and peaceful, as always. Am so jealous of the sweetpeas - could you send them to me since you will be away and can't enjoy them? Next year I am giving them a try - promise.

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  5. It is so lovely! I love color dotting the countryside!

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  6. Love the delphiniums and white cosmos. We've been having rain after a long drought and now the grass is greening up after being dormant for weeks.

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  7. have a truly lovely holiday! and your garden, oh my! but you have inspired me and I too have vase of sweet peas on my window sill, although the slugs ate my dahlias.............

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  8. The garden is looking glorious. I love the smell of Sweet Peas, am hoping I will have my own garden to be able to grow these in next year :) so pretty. Have a great holiday x x x x

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  9. I have managed to grow several varieties of Sweet Peas this year, I am staggered at their growth as they were tiny blades of grass when I planted them, I honestly am truly surprised how they have grown.

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  10. There are so many wildflowers around that I'm just dying to capture - thanks for the inspiration!

    http://6000milestohome.blogspot.it/

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  11. My sweet peas never stood a chance this year, horrid slugs. I miss having them on the kitchen windowsill. Yours look beautiful, shame I'm not able to smell them.

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  12. Oh this is glorious! Sweetpeas are amongst my favourite flowers; touching and aesthetically stunning. Your garden pictures are inspiring me to make another of my embroidered hares.

    My mother, who has a beautiful garden too, always laments having to leave it in August to travel elsewhere. I understand. Anyway to make sure your garden gets admired in your absence I will be putting you up on my list of favourite blogs and gazing from time to time in between stitches at your flowers.

    Have a lovely holiday.

    Stephanie

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  13. Have happy hols B. I'm off to Turkey soon. Taking my sketchbook with me! X

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  14. I am a dead goner for any flower purple, and you have them in spades. The sweet peas are perfect. Per-fect. Have a fabulous holiday! Sicily sounds dreamy!

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  15. I'm so jealous. Our weather has been so hot and dry that the garden is just droopy and sad, I guess I'll just stare at your beautiful an sweet sweet peas. Have a wonderful time away.

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  16. Have a wonderful, wonderful break, Belinda! My daughter calls the Olympics the Ello-ympics for some unknown reason----but very cute all the same!!

    Sarahx

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  17. I love sweetpeas! I'm very impressed by the flowers in your garden, mine is past its very short best now... Have a happy holiday. Jane xx

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  18. Your Sweet Peas are gorgeous! They are one of my garden favorites. I recently posted about how the plants were started from my grandmothers city garden... my mom planted seeds in her country garden and they now flourish in our gardens... our children will someday have seeds to start at their homes. Beautiful photographs~

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  19. Your photos are breathtakingly brilliant......your sweetpeas aren't bad either!!

    A gorgeous post.

    Sue xx

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  20. Sweet peas do not like our hot humid summers, but I try them out every year, and always adore the first few blossoms before the plant quits! Love the pretty colors in your garden right now - they compliment one another on this post so nicely!

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  21. What beautiful photos - my sweetpeas have just started to come up here in New Zealand. Have a great holiday.

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  22. What beautiful photos - my sweet pea seeds have just come up here in New Zealand. Can't wait until I can pick a bunch. Have a great holiday.

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