100. Exbury Gardens
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...
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.
I keep seeing these about, I know I've posted photos of them before but I couldn't resist another one!
Now what are these?
I'm going through a real 'blanket' phase at the moment, I love getting shots like this where the blooms almost make a wallpaper...
Once again, loving the contrast between blooms and leaves.
Are these dahlias ?!
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.
And one of my faves, because it reminds me the Jemina Puddleduck story as a child...
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.
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!