Friday, 8 July 2016

Five on Friday - Flower Power

Friday has come round quickly this week and it is time to join with Amy at Love Made My Home for Five on Friday. At last we have had a dry week and some sunshine too. Ohh it is so lovely to see blue skies and feel the warmth of the sun. The garden has also enjoyed a few warmer, sunnier days. So my Five this week are all flower related.

1. Growing Flowers


All that rain makes things grow.  Everything has grown with great abundance recently. This picture makes my garden look quite big but it really isn't. It must be the angle of the camera and all the plants crammed into a small space. Well, it does not allow much room for weeds to grow (and even if they do it is harder to find them!)


The delphiniums have been in the garden for many years are were originally light blue in colour  but as each year passes they get paler and are now almost white. I am not sure if it is the age of the plants or the soil conditions that have caused this.  



Splashes of yellow are always cheerful, even on a dull day.

2. Flower Power


This was the name I gave to my entry to the Regional Day competition this year. You may recognise the butterflies if you read a previous Five on Friday blog. All the flowers are created from heart shapes because the theme was "From the Heart". Flowers and gardens are close to my heart so it seemed appropriate to create a garden of love hearts!


There were no prizes this year, which was no surprise as it was created quite quickly with no great detail or embroidery skill. It was a fun piece to make, which I will enjoy hanging on my workroom wall and be a happy reminder of sunny days during the winter. 

3. Flower Containers



The containers, wall and hanging baskets at the back of the house are all filling out now. The cracked and battered wall baskets that get dragged out each year are being disguised with frothy bacopa and red pelargoniums. It is incredible to think it is only a few short months since they were tiny wee plantlets sheltering in the plastic planthouse.




The pots and baskets at the front of the house are slower but just as pretty. They get very little sun as it faces North, but the fuchsias, that are just coming into bloom, seem to like it better here.

4. Floral Bag


When buying two new tops in a sale last weekend I suddenly realised my cotton shopping bag was getting very tatty and it was a bit embarrassing putting these lovely tops in a ratty old bag. It has been washed so many times it is almost disintegrating. Time to make a new one. I loved the old bag because it was big enough to hold a few items of shopping but small and light enough to wrap round my crutch handle without causing me or others injury. So I got the measuring tape out and recreated it in fresh cotton with contrasting trim and flower motifs. (It just had to be flowers!)

5. Flower Close-ups





I take lots of photographs of the garden, but some plants just shout out for a close up picture. The mock orange blossoms have delicate petals and smell so wonderful at dusk. The hermerocallis are so fiery and complex, shouting 'look at me'. The wild geraniums would like to take over the garden but who could resist their sunny faces and the a plain old marguerite daisy is just stunning when you look closely. 

Hopefully the dry weather will last a little longer so even more time can be spent in the garden enjoying the flowers (and the sun, if the clouds break).
















32 comments:

  1. Your home is overflowing with beautiful, colorful summer flowers. How I wish my garden could blossom like that! I love the flower power piece you created; it's so lovely. Enjoy your summer and your beautiful garden, Pat xx

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    1. The flowers have been really abundant this year, probably because of all the rain we've had. There is a silver lining to every cloud!

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  2. What a lovely five. I love the heart flower creation, gorgeous interpretation.

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    1. Thank you, it was really fun to make.

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  3. Beautiful flower shots, your garden is thriving and so lovely, you must work very hard to get it looking this good.
    bon weekend.

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    1. The garden looks after itself mostly. I enjoy the pots so they are not really work, they just give me time to reflect.

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  4. Your flowers look really beautiful. I love the way your garden looks - very natural. Your heart piece is wonderful. It will be a great addition to the wall - maybe something to look at in the middle of winter and remember the joys of summer.

    Have a lovely weekend

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    1. The garden is natural and also a bit crazy and over blown but I like it that way!

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  5. Lots of beautiful blooms. I love your new tote and your flower power stitching. I'm visiting from Five on Friday.

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    1. Hopefully my bag will be really useful.

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  6. Wonderful flowers! You couldn't choose between them as they are all so very pretty in their own ways! Enjoy using your new bag! Thank you for joining in Five On Friday, I hope you have a great weekend! xx

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    1. I agree Amy, they are all favourites! Thanks for hosting F on F.

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  7. Just wonderful! Your garden is amazing :) And I love your competition entry, so creative. Have a lovely weekend x Leah

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  8. Such an abundance of flowers, love the ones around your window. How sweet your heart-shaped flowers, it would have gotten an award from me.

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    1. The window baskets always make me think of the house having its summer clothes on. They look festive from inside and outside the house.

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  9. I would have given you a prize, I really like your flower picture, the colours are beautiful. Such a pretty bag too. I must have a go at appliqué. Have fun.:-)

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    1. Thank you, that is very kind. I am doing more and more appliqué these days and would you recommend you give it a try.

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  10. Love all the flowers in containers and the burst if colour they give to your home.
    Glad you were anle to recreate your well worn tote. The flower appliques are lovely

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    1. Colour lifts your spirits doesn't it? I go a bit mad with the pots with everything mixed together.

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  11. All of your flowers and flowers projects are wonderful.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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    1. Thank you Meredith, have a good week.

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  12. Lovely five. Your garden and the container flowers are wonderful and I see one of my favourites the philadelphus, I just love the scent of it in the evenings. Your bag and the heart flower pictures are great too:)

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    1. The Philadelphus is wonderful isn't it, I have been weeding around it this morning enjoying the scent.

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  13. Swoon wow. Your garden is stunning and shows how much love it has been given. You seem to have such flair. Love it. As to not winning I prize I thought your heart flowers hanging superb. May be tempted to make something like that myself next winter

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    1. I really enjoyed making the flower hanging and may experiment with a few smaller ones. Thanks for the lovely comments.

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  14. Wow, amazing! Your garden is so beautiful. All of the flowers are wonderful.A testament to loving care through the years!I believe.
    Have a happy new week!

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    1. The garden has evolved over the years and it brings much pleasure.

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  15. Thanks for your lovely bouquet of flower photos, Anne. I enjoy each one. The flowers you are growing are pretty and it is interesting that the Delphiniums are a more faded color this year. We have a Hydrangea bush that has white blossoms. We planted some rusty nails around it and the blooms are turning a pale blue so far. Your stitching is prize worthy to me, the Flower Power and the Flower Bag! xx

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  16. Your garden is beautiful Annie - I love the close up of the Mock Orange - I had one years ago and the smell is just heavenly. I'm surprised you didn't get a prize for your lovely textile hearts and flowers piece - we definitely need reminders of what sunny days look like don't we? I'm delighted to find your blog here.
    Fil @ Fil’s Place - Old songs and Memories

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    1. The mock orange is wonderful and makes weeding in that corner of the garden pleasurable because of the scent! It is a pleasure to hear from you and I shall come and visit you.

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  17. Your flowers are beautiful! Hope you are having a great week ♥

    summerdaisy.net

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    1. Thank you Summerdaisy, I cannot resist flowers!

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