After last week's post, I've had to come back down to earth. Believe me, I could have stayed up that scaffolding probably forever, but life goes on and, to be perfectly frank, there wasn't a toilet! So, with camera in hand it was time to capture some things that were closer to the ground, closer to earth, and to see how the hard work of autumn and spring was faring in the garden. It was time to have a little 'down' time and recharge the batteries, time for some gardening eye candy.
This had to start with my annual love of the bounty that can be cut from my Grandma's lavender bush accompanied by the gorgeous summer scent of sweetpeas. I only wish you could bury your nose into this shot as the smell is intoxicating.
A little while ago I reviewed The Cut Flower Patch by Louise Curley (my post is here). I bought lots of seeds to revamp two small beds and then to be patient before I could cut the flowers that would be produced for my containers in the house. Slowly, but surely these little seeds have started to now produce enough flowers each week to fill my house with the vibrant colours of summer.
Quite a few are still to blossom and bloom but the beauty in these little patches of garden are giving us so much enjoyment. The cornflowers are happily bursting with their firework displays of all different colours, however the cornflower blue has to be my favourite.
The cosmos is just starting to unfurl its fingers to show off its purple pigment.
The Nigella is such an unusual flower, looking more like an alien being or a creepy green bug sitting on the white petals.
In amongst the new flowers, there are the grand old ones that come back year after year to say 'remember me?', such as the Shasta Daisy.
Giving the white focal point to the cut flower patches.
The pink petals of the roses gently sway in the humid air.
The sweetpeas have wrapped their tendrils up to the top of the white iron frame and the pastel tinged flowers really make us happy with the continual cutting and filling the vases.
All with a little help of these buzzing furry friends.
The lilies wave their stain provoking pollen for any passers by.
Some old friends had popped up through the ground from the herb bed that was. Feverfew, so useful for someone who has headaches like me.
So, outside the two cut flower patches are growing and the greenery will soon become a burst of colour.
But inside, the constant stream of cut flowers will be ever changing in the containers by day...
... and by night.
For now though, I will sink my nose back into this cloud of colour and scent.
Thank you all for your lovely comments last week on my ascent to the top of the Cathedral. I have asked to have just one more look, so hope to be back up again soon.
Have a wonderful weekend and week, hopefully spending time relaxing in your gardens or out and about enjoying the new colours of the season.