Friday, 21 September 2012

Green day goodness



Last year I grew lots of different flowers including dahlias, cosmos, rudbeckia and asters. This year, in contrast, I only grew slugfood apparently, as nothing has survived their gnashing this year. I'm almost convinced you can actually hear them munching away of an evening! So I was pleasantly surprised to find this self-sown beauty flourishing all by itself as a reminder of last years lovelinesses!


More buds waiting their turn to burst open!




This pretty purple flower has sprung up this year and I haven't found out what it is yet, but it's wonderful: the flower head is about 3 feet high on an almost bare stem which bobs gracefully in the wind.


After the slug rampage even Cabbage Whites seem positively charming to me!


Bronze Fennel in its' second year standing proudly above everything else.


And finally a baby Lavender, sown this year and already flowering! I'm tempted to devote a whole bed to it next year as it seems to thrive here once it's made it through it's first winter. This is the first strain that I've grown successfully apart from the ordinary stuff; I think it's called Munstead.

Linking with Fiona's Green Day xx





16 comments:

  1. Amazing photos you,ve got there Chloe!Beautiful flowers and i love the one with the butterfly!Have a great weekend!
    Dimi...

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    1. Thanks Dimi! This year I have a few pretty flowers and LOTS of weeds - some I've grown deliberately, but others I really don't like! Next year I'll sort it out I hope! Enjoy your weekend too xx

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  2. è a força da natureza! amo dália! bjs

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    1. I love them too, they're so dramatic aren't they? I'm hoping to grow some more again next year when the baby's a bit older :-)

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  3. In the second pic: that is sooo green! Amazing captures!

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    1. Thanks Jesh! I love the way you can see the petals inside just ready to spring open.

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  4. Chloe, your flowers are gorgeous. And I love the photos. Happy Green Day and Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks Eileen! Happy Green Day to you too x

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  5. Que maravilha de fotos!!beijos,tudo de bom,chica

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    1. Thanks Chica! Hope you're having a lovely weekend!

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  6. Chuckled at the idea of slugs munching through the night! Very pretty photos! And the perspective of the flower in the first photo!

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    1. I wanted to try to catch the way the petals look like they're still unfolding. Have a great week x

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  7. What gorgeous photos! Get yourself some poppy seeds and scatter them now, they grow anywhere and slugs don't eat them. I sowed thousands last autumn, mostly papaver and field poppies and they popped up everywhere, and self seed, I should have taken some pics! Anyways, they are super easy to grow, just scatter them liberally on any patches of bare soil. Loving your lavender too, mine is a bit woody, and that fennel! So pretty, reminds me of Angie Lewin prints x

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    1. Damn, I'm out of poppy & hubs has forbidden me to buy more seeds till I've used my hoard - he's right, they'll probably not germinate after a while..... Chop your lavender down after it's flowered, gently, if it's really woody, each year chop it a little further down, it'll encourage fresh growth. Ideally lavender should be pruned every year by 1/3 - 1/2... ooh it's like gardener's question time!! :-)

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  8. Wow what brilliant pictures, especially that top one, mind-blowingly awesome!!

    Thanks for top tip on spammers, that sounds so gruesome so I will be extra wary, still not going to switch my captcha back on - I detest the blooming things!!!

    xx

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    1. Hey Emma, thanks for saying hello! Like it- blooming things! I'm so glad, it means I can keep reading your blog without swearing each time I fail the robot test!! x

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