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).