A quiet beauty

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I’ll be honest, my garden needs a bit of a tidy up in places.  There’s only so far ‘cottage garden style’ can go before it loses it’s impact and just becomes a lie in a vain attempt to cover up the fact that the garden desperately needs a spruce.  The first flowers have gone over; the first roses and the foxgloves, to name a few.

Interestingly I also read on a FB post the other day that this is the ‘June gap’ – the period between the end of the pollen and nectar production of the Spring flowers, and not yet the beginning of nectar and pollen from the autumn flowers.  Apparently, if you see a bee looking dozy/still on the floor or just flying on a single flower and not moving, it is starving.  This, according to Andy Workman on FB, is what you can do to help:

You can help by mixing two parts sugar to one part water and offering the syrup to the bee. She (and they are mostly ladies) will happily drink from a teaspoon. You’ll see her little black tongue as she drinks. It will take about 10 minutes for her to convert the syrup to energy, but she will fly away if you’ve helped her in time.

(I checked this out by looking at the Beekeepers Association FB page, and they say to add – NEVER USE HONEY to do this).

We are very careful to plant bee-attracting flowers, trying to do our bit for the bees, and so this feels like an extra special way to help.

Anyway, I digress.  In amongst the mess cottage garden, there are some quiet beauties flowering, which I just had to share.

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HYDRANGEAS HAPPINESS

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DON’T TELL MY CHILDREN (THEY HAVEN’T NOTICED YET) BUT THE PESKY SLUGS HAVE EATEN ALL THEIR SUNFLOWERS EXCEPT THIS ONE.  THEY ALSO STRIPPED MY LUPINS.  I DON’T LIKE SLUGS.  GRRR.

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I’m looking forward to these turning purply blue in the coming weeks.  I can’t remember what they are called, but I just love love them.

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MY COTTAGE GARDEN BORDER

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PRETTY WHITES

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MY FAVOURITE ROSE JUST NOW…AND THE SCENT IS DIVINE

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Such quiet elegance.  I adore flowers.  I adore this time of year.

Linking up with How does your garden grow over at the beautiful Fable & Folk

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3 Comments

  1. July 10, 2016 / 9:36 pm

    Is that a red hydrangea!?! I have only ever seen them in white, pink and blue! I’ve saved a few bees with the sugar and water mixture; such a nice feeling to see them fly off again. Your prickly flowers look like Eryngium. What a gorgeous garden you have…

  2. July 10, 2016 / 10:27 pm

    Fab shots and I really must get myself a hydrangea. I won’t tell the kids, but what a pain about the slugs. I love lupins but just can’t grow them for this reason, my dad manages though which is most frustrating!

  3. July 24, 2016 / 9:59 am

    what a lovely display of flowers you have in your garden

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