94. How Does Your Garden Grow?

A bumble bee enjoying a Holly hock - is there any better sight?

A bumble bee enjoying a Holly hock - is there any better sight?

Wild sweet peas

Wild sweet peas

Home sown Sweet peas

Home sown Sweet peas

 
Sweet Peas, on tiptoe for a flight,
With wings of gentle flush, o’er delicate white
— Keats
 

Let's just get this out of the way shall we? It's flipping hot. I've spent much of this week alternating between savouring sunshine and slinking off to seek shade, us pale skinned freckley types are not suited to this kind of weather. 

This week it's all been going on here in my garden, we've picked and eaten runner beans, green beans and carrots and I've a whole fridge drawer full of courgettes which I'm intending to make this courgette chutney recipe  from Pam the Jam which I found over on the River Cottage site, I like the look of it a lot. Now I just need to  get some jars and set to work and come Christmas I'll be slapping it on my cold meats and cheeses with smug glee. I've not made jam or chutney before so it's going to be a learning curve!

Photos from both grandads and Exbury Gardens this week, where I stole a final hour of solitude before the summer holidays begin. Let's begin with grandads garden...

Hanging basket blooms

Hanging basket blooms

I can't quite put my finger on it but I find something really satisfying about seeing other peoples workspaces, the organisation or clutter, almost gives a better glimpse into the person that the product they make, so I couldn't help but add a couple of photos of this - the greenhouse and garage.

Inside the greenhouse

Inside the greenhouse

Inside the garage

Inside the garage

Just outside the greenhouse I love the contrast between fern and marigolds.

Ferns and marigolds

Ferns and marigolds

Rows of marigolds outside the greenhouse

Rows of marigolds outside the greenhouse

Chop chop

Chop chop

This caught my eye below, it's as if the flower just threw back it's petals and announced 'It's too hot - I give up!'

Daisy, daisy

Daisy, daisy

I took a leaf out of Katie's book and led down and looked up.

Looking up

Looking up

And finally from Grandads garden, the start of hydrangea loveliness... 

Hydrangea

Hydrangea

Meanwhile, just a few miles away at Exbury, the hydrangeas were still going strong, and I even made a note of the types for you...

Hydrangea 'Libelle'  (Dragon Fly) Teller series

Hydrangea 'Libelle'  (Dragon Fly) Teller series

Hydrangea 'Rotdrossel' (Redwing) Teller series

Hydrangea 'Rotdrossel' (Redwing) Teller series

Summer time and the living is easy (if you're a butterfly)

Summer time and the living is easy (if you're a butterfly)

Raspberry ripple ice-cream anyone?

Raspberry ripple ice-cream anyone?

Lilies

Lilies

And here's one Kitty planted earlier, we mixed up a packet of 6 different varieties of sunflower seeds and have staggered planting them across our front garden - here's the first to show - and of course I threw away the packet so I have no idea what this one is actually called! Don't be fooled by it's small bloom, there's another 2 blooms about to come out on this one plant, hidden behind the petals you can see - and it stands 4 foot high!

Sunflower

Sunflower

You may have already spotted that this week I did a little round up of some of my fave photos from last week from the blogs linked up, linking through to them, it's a lovely visual snapshot of where things are at this time of year when you put them all together like that, anyhow you can see that, if you fancy, here. Thanks as always to those who took time to join in last week, it was a great week for variety- and advice - some faves include: Penny's Top 10 Bee Friendly plants, Rosie's guide to Saving Blighted Potatoes, Sabrina's 5 ideas from Hampton Court flower show and I loved how the two coastal bloggers joining in both chose to share wildflowers here and here.


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