Friday, 24 June 2011

Flaunting my flowers again

Here we go again, flaunting my flowers with Tootsie. We’ve had a mixed week with the weather but the rain never quite seems to be enough.

One of my new loves: David Austin ‘Harlow Carr’, I love its bluey pink hue. And in the coming years as it gets larger it will contrast nicely with the purples I’ve planted around it, currently it’s a little swamped.

Verbena in the hanging basket isn’t really trailing as I expected…

I got this Dahlia ‘Roxy’ last weekend… I’m not much of a Dahlia fan as I don’t like to nanny plants. But this was too pretty not to, it’s been planted with Nemesia ‘Wisley white’ and some more of the Argyranthemum.

And here is David Austin ‘Susan Williams-Ellis’

I think my camera memory card is going a bit mad… For some reason when I take photos of harlow carr the photos always turn on their side. Perhaps I’ve given it too much of a beating over the years with the volume of photos I take.

I’m not sure if any of my regular readers had noticed photos of these previously….
Those of you who regularly read my blog over the past couple of years will know I’ve had poor success getting my Cosmos to bloom early. Last year was dreadful and they didn’t come into flower until OCTOBER! Even though I sowed them well back in March or April.
Well this year I haven’t had such problems, these seeds came free with Garden’s Illustrated, however they do seem to be the dwarf variety; can’t have it all can we?!

Is this beauty ‘Rozanne’?

‘Harlow Carr’ being dwarfed by Verbena Hastata and Erysimum ‘Bowles’ Mauve’

And yet this year my Tomatoes are well behind last year even though they too were sown early in March. Oh well, maybe next year.

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Cheryl said...

Hi Liz,

Aren't the garden odd this year?
I am really must the plants feel...

I love the roses....I would not like to say which one I like the best, as they are both so beautiful.
I love white, but the pink is such a lovely shade of pink.

I never liked Dahlia's but they have grown on me over the years.
My father used to grow what seemed like fields of them. Everywhere you looked, there they were large as life. Even in the veggie plot, which of course was very popular then.

My tomatoes are ahead this year!!
They are just beginning to I said odd year.

Have a good weekend....hope the skip arrived.

Bernie said...

Your garden still seems to be brimming with gorgeous blooms despite the ups and downs of the weather this year. Gorgeous, gorgeous Roses and that Cosmos is lovely.

ShySongbird said...

You have every right to flaunt them Liz!! Lovely, lovely flowers and beautiful photos of them. Your garden must be an absolute picture.

So glad your Cosmos are behaving themselves this year ;)

I am still thinking your ladybird was a Harlequin, they are very variable and I can't see what other one it could be.

Looking forward to the Bullfinch shots, near or far they are definitely to be showed off :)

Have a good weekend, it's supposed to be a hot one!

Liz said...

Hi Cheryl,

I think most of my seeds need replacing because many of them have been poor this year with lots not germinating or being rubbish and barely growing; such as the Beans and normal size Cosmos...

The white rose is yet to find a home, I'm still undecided where I want to put it and whether to plant it in a pot knowing that I will probably move soon - but then I have planted the pink one... Decisions, decisions. I'm thinking I'd like it up on the top tier to enjoy when sitting up there.

Funny you should mention your father being a big Dahlia person, it's the same situation here... My mum keeps on telling me I should be a prize Dahlia grower like my great granddad. He too had many, many of them and once when mum was asked to take some flowers to school he gave her arm fulls of Dahlia blooms! I do think many of them are very pretty; just not for me.

Last year my Tomatoes were very early and I think I'd probably already harvested some, compared to this year where I have flowers and only the very first tiny little signs of the Tomatoes growing. Again, perhaps my seeds are too old and I need some fresh ones.

The skip men haven't collected the skip so far... Grrrrr! It's going to cause problems over the weekend as so many people have to fight to park cars, this skip although small is taking up valuable space. No doubt everyone is cursing me.

Liz said...

Hi Bernie,

I am in the UK, so we're in prime growing season at the moment :)
But you are right, we have had some very strange weather here, droughts and even now although we have had rain the ground is still very dry - when digging earlier there were huge cracks in the soil when I pulled back the weed membrane.

Liz said...

Hi Jan,

I'm thinking that perhaps my Cosmos seeds are old and I need to buy some fresh ones, then maybe next year I'll have more success with the larger variety. I sowed them on a number of occasions and only have one now and it's stayed around 5cm for weeks and weeks when it really should be growing at an alarming rate.

I keep forgetting to crop and sort the bird photos - I also got one of a juvenile Dunnock that was wandering around the bird feeders.
Oh and I saw my very first spotted Burnet moth today! It was near the bird-foot trefoil and guessed it was feeding/laying eggs and then when I read up on them it confirmed that the primary larval foodsource is the bird's foot trefoil :)

Diane said...

Your photos are absolutely breathtaking! Very well done.

Cheers from Canada!

Lona said...

Wow Liz! What gorgeous blooms in your posting today. And such beautiful camera work. Of course I am slobbering over your roses.LOL! How beautiful. The Dahlias are so lovely too. Just wonderful blooms in your garden now.Have a great weekend!

Shirley @ The Gardening LIfe said...

Is it cooler there than normal? It has been here in Edmonton and the garden shows it. Your roses are so beautiful!

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

Well, I must admit, I wasn't expecting to see a California poppy when I popped in here! ;) Ours have been less than dazzling this year, despite the rain, and the protection from the deer. Rather sad when California poppies don't seem to want to thrive in my California garden. Oh well. You do have tomato blooms though. Ours are behind this year too. I'm just hoping we see some ripe fruit before August this year...last year was abysmal!

On My Soapbox said...

MMmmmm, I can almost smell the roses from here!

Liz said...

Hi Diane,

Thank you very much for stopping by my blog :)

Liz said...

Hi Lona,

Thanks, I'm sorry to hear you're having so much rain this year and hope it stops soon so you can enjoy your summer.
The roses are very pretty, and I cannot wait for harlow carr to get larger as she's supposed to grow into a nice dense shrub with excellent repeat blooming = win!

Liz said...

Hi Shirley,

No it hasn't been cooler here than normal, we've had droughts early on in the year with March, April and May being very dry and even now we've been having rain it's had very little impact on the ground because it's drying so quickly. It's probably been averaging around high teens to low twenties over the past few weeks but is due to get to mid/high twenties over the next week.

Liz said...

Hi CV,

Heeeheee, I always have the California Poppies - the Hoverflies love them! This one overwintered in the border but I had sown some 'champagne and roses' but the seedlings sprouted and then haven't done anything since :((( most disappointed. But at least I do have some even if they aren't the colour I anticipated.
(amazing that an annual, evolved to survive in california survived all the snow yet plants that usually survive here didn't!!!)
I remember your Tomatoes struggling last year, as I was incredulous that I had ripe tomatoes here and you didn't! I do hope ours both manage to get going soon... But I'm thinking I won't have any fruits until at least August.

Liz said...


Mmmmm, they are very nice indeed. Although not as strong as the Roseraie de l'hay (the first set of rose images), it is a much stronger perfume, but I do like the mellow scent of the two newbies also.

Diane said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog! You were mentioning the 'Bowl of Beauty'. I did manage to get one and it will be blooming in a day or two. I had wanted one for literally years before buying one. There is one pictured in the perennial book that I'd had for at least twenty years (a book from England, actually), and at first I had never been able to find one. Then I did find one and it was very expensive. Latey I see them in most garden centres and they have come down to a normal price.

Take care and happy weekend to you.

debsgarden said...

I love the bee on the leaf! As always, your photos are stunning; your roses are beautiful!

Tootsie said... is amazing the things that we notice when we get to see plants and flowers up close. Your flaunt this week is gorgeous!
Thanks for linking in this week...I love seeing your gardens!!!

Esther Montgomery said...

Flaunt away! It's worth it!


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Donna said...

Liz to live in your garden would be paradise indeed...I love how you capture the images of the flowers in such a light and airy!!

VW said...

How nice to see your photos of Harlow Carr. I've just been thinking that I should add that rose to my garden next year, since it's supposed to be such a prolific bloomer and is the perfect color for my backyard scheme.

Fishtail Cottage said...

i host a garden party on Thursday's & would love to have link up sometime? xoxo, tracie

Janet/Plantaliscious said...

Fabulous flowers Liz, particularly that delicate geranium. Beautiful. *happy sigh*. I've missed your photos in my "not blogging really" period.