June Posy

Thursday, 6 June 2013


In truth my garden is probably about eighty percent weeds. I quite like my weeds though, and when they are as dazzling as these yellow buttercups why wouldn't I?

About ten percent of my garden is fruit. Currants, raspberries, apples and of course quinces.
I am pleased and relieved to report that my quinces are safe this year. Phew.


And there are more to come as there are still plenty of flowers opening.


The remaining ten percent of my garden is proper garden flowers.  This year it's all about columbines/aquilegias/granny's sunbonnets. None of my doing, they are promiscuous flowers and have let themselves go with abandon. Here they are combined in a posy with some London pride.







They brighten up the view from my kitchen window as they catch the late afternoon sun.

24 comments:

  1. We have oodles of them as well, so beautiful and ever changing depending on who they mate with. My quince is trained over an arch and I gave it a severe cutback last year. Still at its normal heigh but on a couple of branches with flowers. Ah we, hopefully a few fruit will stay on until Autumn.

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  2. Just my kind of flowers - so pretty in that little bouquet - who needs hot house lilies and so on when you have those in the garden?! We too have lots of the dark columbines and they seem to be bigger this year for some reason. Our weird spring obviously suited some plants.

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  3. That's my favourite kind of posy, sweetly straggly and in a jug. Perfection!

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  4. Lovely. It always amazes me when flowers appear without any help. I've got aquilegias at home and at the allotment (along with thousands of weeds); they magically appear every year. Let's hope this is a year of much fruit. I've had masses of blossom on apples and pears, so fingers crossed.

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  5. I think a bunch of garden or hedgerow flowers, all mixed up in a jug, are one of the most beautiful things. Endlessly pleasing. x

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  6. I adore aqualegias. I quite fancy a hat shaped like one.

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    1. You so should wear an aquilegia hat.

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  7. Wish mine would take off like that. I have similar weed ratio!

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  8. I was happy to read that your Quinces are safe. Last year was a disaster for you.

    Your flowers are lovely, as those before me have said. enjoy the sun.

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  9. what a fabulously informal tumble of glorious colour, columbines are so sumptuous looking. Good news on the quinces too.

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  10. I am gradually acquiring a selection of Aquiligias they are such pretty flowers. I am waiting for them to self seed so that I can see what different colour combinations I end up with.
    That is such a pretty jug of flowers, looking at it must give you such pleasure

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  11. what a lovely lovely posy!!

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  12. I love all those blues and purples, they look so pretty in that jug. We must get some aquilegias for this garden, which is still mostly boring grass.
    So glad the quince blossom survived the weather!

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  13. My aquilegias are uncharacteristically good this year too - they must have built up a real head of steam in the cold spring. See, it was good for something...

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  14. I love aquilegia and they are having a fantastic year in my garden too. I've taken lots of photos and posted them too! x

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  15. Sue, it's fun to see this progress reporting from your garden.

    If I had a garden I would also want to have lots of fruit trees/bushes included. I also think the colors and variety of the posies in your cut pusy are lovely.

    In short...I do admire your garden very much. Hoping that June will continue to grant wonderful weather.

    xo

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  16. We've got aquilegia too. About 20 years ago we were given a couple of plants from a garden where it had self seeded and it has come up again every year with no help from us at all. I also like a lot of my weeds and there are some that my husband is banned from evicting because my rabbits are very partial to them - like dandelion although I try not to let them go to seed too much...

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  17. I love your posy. We have lots of aquilegias too, each year they cross breed and look different!

    Here's hoping you have a good quince year, fruits were all pretty bad for many people last year, we had one apple last year, this year I can see about 30!

    Liz

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  18. Blog land has gone floralbonkers. Hoorah!
    Ax

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  19. Similar weed ratio here too. The best way to think about it is as a natural garden, for encouraging wildlife. It makes me feel better anyhow.

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  20. I'm just off out to pick some granny's bonnets. I've never picked them before, preferring to let them grow, but yours look so good; and I shall pinch a few stems of London Pride - another flower I don't think to pick. Glorious colours, Sue.

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  21. Only 80% weeds? Well done. I love buttercups too, with their lacuered petals. Our front garden really looks its best when all the self-sown aquilegias are out. One year there was a clump of pure white ones next to deep inky blue ones and I am just waiting for Mother Nature to repeat this stunning combination. Another thing that self-seeds and you never know what colour it will be is valerian (centranthus ruber)It was always referred to as kiss-me-quick when I was a child but have never heard it called that here.

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  22. For all the flowers I have carefully cultivated in my garden, I yearn for buttercups. Typical.

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  23. "I think a bunch of garden or hedgerow flowers, all mixed up in a jug, are one of the most beautiful things."

    Indeed, A very beautiful blooms..

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