Despite the many thunderstorms and rain this week there have been plenty of dry periods to get out in the garden. It is so good to be out in the fresh air and see what is coming into flower and what has seeded itself where. My garden is quite wild and things seed themselves about the place. This is mainly because I do not get round to cutting things back in time to stop seeds spreading and also because I think the seed heads often have a beauty of their own. At least that is my excuse and I am sticking to it! My Five on Friday this week are all garden related.
1. Rain drops on leaves
The Alchemilla Mollis (Lady's Mantle) always capture raindrops beautifully so they look like jewels have been sprinkled on them.
The Polygonatum (Soloman's seal) also captured the raindrops this week, which is something I had not noticed before. Mind you the heavens had opened just before I took this. It is incredible how the weather can change so quickly from thunder and lightening one minute, to sunshine the next.
The Geraniums are a good example of a plant that has spread. I have several different species although I am not sure which one this is. This originally came from my parents garden many years ago as a small cutting. It has now worked its way round much of the garden and I regularly give cuttings of it away. Several clumps have found their way back to my mother's new garden since she moved, so it has gone full circle.
The bees absolutely love it and the garden hums with their presence. The geraniums are next to the path and I am always a little concerned about disturbing the bees as I walk past but they never seem to mind.
The Iris do not flower for long but ohh what beauty for the short time they are around. The complexity of their structure fascinates me. The seed heads are interesting too and and the finches love to come and eat the seeds hopping sideways up the stems to the feast at the top.
Poppies always create a splash of colour in the border. These Oriental Poppies also came from my parents' garden originally. Field poppies have always grown in the garden ever since I moved here. They were not planted but must have been in the soil since the time this area was farmland. They amuse me the way they pop up in unexpected places.
I love the way the Oriental Poppies unfold themselves and the petals look like screwed up tissue paper before stretching out to capture the sun.
5. Sweet Sultan
The Sweet Sultan get everywhere! They seed themselves into every nook and cranny, including the path. But they were my grandfathers favourite flower and who could resist their determination to spread themselves regardless of where you would like them to grow.
The bees love them too so that is another good reason for growing them.
I hope the weather improves next week so I can spend even more time out in the garden. All the craft projects are never going to be completed at this rate but I did do some stitching in the garden yesterday between showers!
Joining with Amy at Love Made My Home.