Monday, 14 September 2015

High Summer In The Cottage Garden

Hello again,

Beatrix is patiently waiting for you by the garden gate to show you the delphiniums and the cottage garden in high Summer....


With all the early rainfall we had had here in England the delphiniums were off to a very good start and bloomed more flower stems than ever before...


I love blues and purples in a cottage garden....


And of course pinks too and even more so if they are hollyhocks and roses!


High Summer and blooms are blooming....


The rose campion i grew on from tiny seedlings have flowered and flowered and are still going strong today,my Dad used to grow this so it is a familiar friendly face for me..


I wish you could smell the roses....


Lovely ruffled petals of lavender and pink...


Lots of buds ready to burst and flower stems reaching for the sky...


Foxgloves in peachy pink with speckled throats,this was my favourite and i have gathered a little paper bag full of seeds....


Moss rose with it's glowing pink cups and open ruffled blooms revealing a yellow eye...


Roses,roses everywhere....


I will be planting more roses this Autumn to fill in the gaps and add perfume while moving a few plants around here and there..


Some more white delphiniums may be on the shopping list too,they glow at dusk...

And look lovely against Summer blue skies...


I may add some more of my favourite delphinium with it's sooty dark eye reminding me of old embroideries.....


We have old fashioned pinks growing on in pots on the south side of the cottage,this one called 'Doris' is next to the gate in the cottage garden and it's spicey perfume greets you as you come in the gate....


We like perfume in our  cottage garden and roses know how to do this so well...


They can perfume my kitchen window ledge inside too as i wash the dishes and look out onto the cottage garden....


Hollyhocks and baskets of flowers....


Sweetpeas in lovely shades of white,blue,lilacs and deep velvet burgundy and their perfume wafting on the breeze....


The dog daisies lit up the garden when they burst into bloom and put on quite the show....


Well the days are getting shorter and the nights are drawing in now but we did just have a lovely warm sunny weekend out and about that i shall soon tell you all about....

Have a lovely week and  and will you join us next time for more tales and goings on from Shingle Cottage?

XxX

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

June In The Cottage Garden

Hello again,

Happy September! i hope you are all well?
Well when did September sneak upon us? we have been busy here at Shingle Cottage and we have been enjoying the Summer months,too much it would seem as the months have passed by since we last spoke,lets go back to June and i'll show you the cottage garden,we have been lucky this year as the downpours of rain and then brilliant sunshine really made everything grow really well,including the slugs and snails!

Lupins,foxgloves,grannies bonnets,ladies mantel and delphiniums,roses and daisies in bud and lots of lush greenery,the cottage garden faces North and we are lucky as the flowers are backlit by the evening sun....


The borders a few weeks before,they soon grow and reach for the sky at this time of year,Beatrix has been for her morning walk up the garden path....


These Irises were given to us last year by a friend and they were in a tiny pot and not flowering at the time,we planted them and then this year they were lovely and flowered for weeks...I do love blue flowers in the cottage garden...


Lupins blowing in the breeze that flowered and flowered and apart from some greenfly and nibbles from snails they gave a lovely colourful show....


Cranberry reds and dusky pinks.....


So wonderful how each little petal is wrapped and seated waiting for it's turn to open...


White lupins that seem to glow and frothy lime green ladies mantel flowers all along the garden path....

The delphiniums are just starting to open by the garden gate.....


We will tell you all about them next time....


 It is a lovely sunny blustery day here on the cliff top and i am going to water the hanging baskets and i have some washing to peg out too,i am keeping busy as my lovely Mum and Steve went home today and that always makes me shed a tear but in a nice way,it has been such a lovely weekend and me and Mum popped into two church fairs and a few charity shops and i have some lovely treasure to show you in one of my next posts.

Well i am wishing you a lovely day what ever you may be up to and we will see you next time for more tales and goings on from Shingle Cottage.

XxX