66. How Does Your Garden Grow?

echinacea (thanks Emma)

echinacea (thanks Emma)

This post contains a lot of photos, most of which I have no clue of the flowers name, only that I thought it looked good enough to take a photo of. I'm strangely proud of my horticultural ignorance, of not being too embarrassed to walk into a nursery and hold my mobile phone up to an assistant, pointing at an image of a flower and saying 'I'd like one of those please!' I'm a muddling along sort of gardener, I have no real knowledge, the latin names for flowers scare me and I rely on pure enthusiasm - I'm sure that I'm not the only one like this. So this weeks floral-porn comes form local Exbury gardens, again, I can't help myself, I'm in love with the place. In fact later this morning my neighbour Alex and I are taking the children there for a picnic (totally packing my camera naturally).

This week I've been loving seeing bumble bees still busy doing their thing...

Bumble Bee having some lunch

Bumble Bee having some lunch

'And it was all yellow'

'And it was all yellow'

potentilla (thanks Victoria)

potentilla (thanks Victoria)

potentilla

potentilla

Inspired by lots of lavender (see below) at Exbury, back at home I planted lavender in a long row beneath the living room window, it will smelly lovely next year. My local Waitrose had a 2 for £5 offer so I splurged a whole £20 on eight plants - I've not bought plants from them before as I'm rather skeptical about supermarkets and plants but I've heard good things about Waitrose - and the lavender plants I bought were smashing quality, really soft, bushy, healthy looking plants, I have high hopes for them.

Bee on lavender

Bee on lavender

I keep seeing these about, I know I've posted photos of them before but I couldn't resist another one!

Stripy 

Stripy 

Now what are these?

agapanthus (thanks Emma!)

agapanthus (thanks Emma!)

agapanthus

agapanthus

agapanthus

agapanthus

I love these, whatever they are, how pink their petal are and how grey their leaves, the contrast that makes it look like I've wizarded some sort of effect on them - I've not.

I love these, whatever they are, how pink their petal are and how grey their leaves, the contrast that makes it look like I've wizarded some sort of effect on them - I've not.

Lilies

Lilies

I'm going through a real 'blanket' phase at the moment, I love getting shots like this where the blooms almost make a wallpaper...

Pinks

Pinks

Greens

Greens

Love these waving in the breeze

Love these waving in the breeze

Once again, loving the contrast between blooms and leaves.

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Are these dahlias ?!

Dahlias?

Dahlias?

Happy colour splash

Happy colour splash

One more thing I love at the moment is making these little galleries, watch and see...

This next shot makes me want to go all David Bellamy and go rummaging about in the undergrowth.

Flower bed

Flower bed

purples

purples

penstemon (thanks Mum and Victoria)

penstemon (thanks Mum and Victoria)

Dahlia

Dahlia

Dahlia

Dahlia

And one of my faves, because it reminds me the  Jemina Puddleduck story as a child...

hollyhocks

hollyhocks

hollyhocks

hollyhocks

Thanks to all who joined in last week, you can see some of my favourite photos in the round up here. Other fave reads include: This great post on companion planting (this one joined in later in the week so I suspect many missed it - I'll link it back up today as it's really interesting), chickens in the garden (always good to see!), creating a cut flower patch (doing this next year for sure), compost bins (exterminate!) and a love of Cosmos.

Manneskjur

Now that I have a garden full of digger tracks and dirt I'm in great need of seeing some lovely gardens - can't wait to read your posts this week!