Monday, 19 June 2017

Photo 20

Another hot day! I've had all the windows and doors open and there's a fan whirring around in the lounge to keep me cool. Amy and Thomas' bedrooms were stifling last night because the sun is on them all day, so I went to Argos to buy 2 more for their rooms.

When I handed the sales assistant the code, she took one look and said "a fan", which made me laugh. I bet she's keyed that number in a fair few times over the weekend. I managed to bag the last one and found the other in Wilko so the bedrooms are a lot cooler now. 

The garden is suddenly full of flowers and colour so I decided I'd gather myself a little posy for the table. 

I would love to have a garden where I could take a basket and stroll around snipping flowers off here and there for the house while wearing a big straw hat, but I don't. It doesn't stop me though and even a small posy makes me happy. I can't do it very often or the garden would be bare but when my sweet peas blossom I'll be in my element because I can snip away quite happily every day. 

So, another question. Do you have gardens and do you cut flowers to bring into the house? Or are you more a grow your own food type of gardener?

Hope you're enjoying the weather and managing to keep cool. 

        

           

                                       

xx



14 comments:

  1. we really need a break from this weather. It's just not fun.

    Your flowers are gorgeous. I grow lots of roses so I can have them in the house. I moan when Bill grows tall things like delphiniums and the like, because they don't make good cut flowers. But he always sneaks them in.
    Violet and I have just been snaffling peas from the pod. They are so sweet and good. Trouble is, I never get to bring any in to cook because we just eat them straight from the vine! x

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    1. Your roses always look beautiful when you photograph them Sadie. I have exactly 6 buds on my rose which I'm pretty excited about especially after the blackfly and greenfly infestation - I thought they'd have killed it off. You get the best of both worlds really, lovely flowers in the garden courtesy of Bill and enough to be able to cut them and bring them indoors.

      One of the best memories for every little one should be popping peas from a pod.

      Can you believe Manchester made it in the top 10 hottest places yesterday although it's going to be a little cooler here today at 25C! xx

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  2. One day (in my dreams) I would also wander round a garden wearing floppy sun hat and carrying one of those baskets without ends that are specially for cut flowers. Then I would pick huge bunches of gladioli or other big tall flowers.
    BUT I don't have the patience needed to weed a flower garden that big so it's not going to happen.
    Your flowers look lovely. Enjoy your paddling pool again if you get the chance.

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    1. You and I are on the same wavelength with our sun hats and baskets Sue - although I think from the sounds of it we can both only dream :)

      All my flowers are in tubs so weeds are limited. I can remember Mum weeding and hoeing but she loved gardening, I just like the end product with as little work as possible.

      I think we all have patience for what we enjoy. Your greenhouse and your veg beds are fantastic and must take lots of looking after. xx

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  3. Oh such beautiful flowers Suzanne.

    We don't have a massive garden but we do have one front and back. Our aim is to grow enough flowers and foliage for cutting but once the back garden is completely organised we would like to grow at least some veg even if it is only stuff in pots until we get DD a greenhouse.
    Hugs-x-

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    1. Thank you Sheila. I know DD has been working hard on your garden over the past few months with lovely results from the photos you've shown. I think it's nice to bring in a few flowers from the garden every now and then although small posies are probably as much as I'll ever reap :)

      Apart from the usual peas, tomatoes, strawberries we grew when Amy and Thomas were little vegetables are something I've never grown. It always seems like hard work but I know a lot of people really enjoy doing it. xx

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  4. Well, I have the big floppy hat that I have to wear now when working in the garden (because of the skin cancer) but no flowers for cutting. I have a huge peony plant that has over 100 blooms and buds on it. I don't bring those in because they always have ants in them. I prefer to leave most things in the garden because they don't seem to last when I bring them inside. I grow tomatoes, green and yellow beans, zucchini and patty pans and some lettuce. I never have any luck with carrots or radishes, always tops and no bottoms. Oh, I forgot about the rhubarb and raspberries.

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    1. Your peony sounds fabulous Janice. I cut a couple of butterfly blues yesterday and realised they were covered in greenfly so it got a good spraying. The little critters get everywhere.

      You grow quite a variety of veg, I've never heard of patty pan so I'll have to look that one up. I've never really bothered with vegetables or fruit, the one or two things I get don't seem worth the effort although it's definitely down to my lack of skill in this department. A lot of bloggers show fruit and veg in abundance that they've grown, yourself included :) xx

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  5. We live in the high desert, dry and warm/hot summers. We have 3 trees that cover our south facing front garden in lovely cook shade so very few colorful flowers after the daffs and tulips are gone. In the back in the available sunny area we have just built a 4x8 raised self watering veggie table. Not a lot of flowers in back either:( as we have planted more shade trees that offer respite from the sun. I would love love love beautiful flowers in the garden but I also love love love the dryness of our climate. I get so creaky when we travel to humid areas it reinforces our decision to live in the dry. Your garden is lovely.

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    1. I can imagine the trees are worth their weight in gold in such a hot climate Candace. We have one at the back of the garden which could do with cutting back but it's lovely and cool sat on the bench underneath it.

      I love the idea of raised beds, I don't work well on my knees and the old back isn't what it used to be. Sounds like you live in the right place if your bones protest when you move :) xx

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  6. Hope it gets cooler soon!

    I'm learning to garden and love to have cuts flowers. So excited to be able to grow my own instead of buying them. We're working on a veggie patch too. Fingers crossed we have success this summer/fall. X Chy

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    1. Hello Chy, I had to smile when listening to the weather report last night as rainy old Manchester actually made it to the top 10 hottest places in the UK yesterday.

      I love gardens that are full of flowers. All mine are in tubs to make weeding less of a job but we still get lots of colour from them. It's a really interesting hobby, I know my Mum and Dad really enjoyed their gardens. We had a small fruit and veg patch when I was younger. Nothing ever got 'harvested' as I recall apart from rhubarb and potatoes, as there were 4 of us and we used to eat it as it grew, especially the raspberries and peas! Good luck with your new hobby, it can get quite addictive. xx

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  7. Beautiful flowers Suzanne. How lovely to be able to get them from your garden. I can just picture you in a straw hat, garden trug on your arm. 😆
    It's good you've found a way of keeping cool. This weather is just perfect for me. If I could flick a switch and say Summer is here, this is the weather for the next three months, I would be quite happy. Of course, we don't have it quite as hot as down south but I like to be warm, I can feel my whole body relaxing and I love to spend so much time outdoors.
    Have a lovely day and stay cool! 😎

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    1. Oh yes Jules, you've got it! With a long flowing dress and a well behaved little doggie at my heels - not the mad mutts we've got haha.

      The weather is lovely isn't it - a tad on the hot side for me, but I'm not complaining because I actually feel warm instead of cold. Just goes to show how cold I usually am because while everybody else here is struggling, I feel fine. It was stifling yesterday though and a good thunderstorm wouldn't have gone amiss just to clear the air, but this morning is much better.

      Enjoy the weather and your outdoor time with Lily. xx

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