Saturday, 20 July 2013

More Flowers

The hollyhocks are starting to take over now the poppies are losing their petals.  I love how they come back year after year, different combinations of colours, but always with a bit of a "wow" factor and fuss free, apart from the rust which usually covers the leaves but doesn't affect the flowers.  This year they seem really healthy, so I guess it's damp weather thing.

  





Echinops and clematis are loving the heat too.




The garden is alive with bees, butterflies and hoverflies.  They love this "Graham Thomas" honeysuckle,  It has a much stronger scent than the other red and yellow one, really intense.  Sadly it hasn't grown very big and only has a few flowers each year, I think a sunnier site would suit it better.


And finally, these gorgeous gooseberries will need picking soon.  There's two bushes laden with fruit, so I need to figure out what I'm going to do with it all.


Hope you enjoy the weekend.
xxx

24 comments:

  1. Simply wonderful your photos Debbie!Hope you enjoy sunny flowering days!

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  2. Gorgeous.. I love hollyhocks. Unfortunately 2 of my older plants have rust badly this year... so I'll save some seed and dig them up when they have finished and start again.
    Julie :o)

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  3. Oooh your garden looks beautiful - I can hear the bees buzzing x Jane

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  4. I love hollyhocks ~ amazing flowers but the rust can be annoying! Your garden is looking lovely, this sunshine is wonderful for plants and humans alike!
    Happy weekend,
    V x

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  5. I've never grown hollyhocks, I think I've been missing out!

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  6. What gorgeous hollyhocks and they come in such a variety of wonderful colours. Yours are just beautiful and well photographed too!
    Now I wonder what you're planning for those ripening gooseberries?!

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  7. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  8. How I love Hollyhocks, they are so pretty and gorgeous colours. Your pictures are lovely.
    Patricia x

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  9. Lovely different colours of Hollyhocks do you have, and you will soon have a lot of gooseberries to pick for gooseberry jam, gooseberry cake, gooseberry sauce and so on. Delicious!

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  10. Hollyhocks are one of my favourite summer flowers - they really seem to sing out the high summer season, don't they? Yours are stunning! Chrissie x

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  11. My hollyhocks that I sowed last year are just flowering too - I was hoping for some darker colours but they are cream and pale pink so far - still look lovely though. A lot of my plants have just flopped in the heat - the garden isn't looking at its best at the moment.

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  12. The hollyhocks look amazing - as does everything else! :o)

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  13. Beautiful hollyhocks, everything looks so lovely and colourful in your garden.
    Enjoy the sunshine in your beautiful garden!
    Gill xx

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  14. I love the colour combinations of your blooms and I agree with the weather, the hollyhocks don't appear to have rust this year - I think that's a first for me! It looks as though the weather is going to continue this week, enjoy!! xx

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  15. Wonderful to see the holyhock in your garden, I have no place for it. But I collect seeds for others, when I see one.

    Sigrun

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  16. Your garden looks gorgeous, I particularly love hollyhocks but have never been very successful at growing them.

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  17. I love hollyhocks but ours always get mildrew. You have just reminded me that I haven't made the gooseberry curd yet!
    Sarah x

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  18. You have such a beautiful garden! My hollyhocks aren't quite in flower but something has been nibbling the leaves. Whatever it is had better leave the flowers alone ... I shall want then for the dye pot!

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  19. Your garden looks so gorgeous, and I love all the hollyhocks! I have just a few hollyhocks, still in bud, but your pictures show that the more there are the better they look!
    Helen x

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  21. That picture of the honeysuckle is stunning. I've never tried hollyhocks they look so stunning on mass. Thats a very unusual gooseberry.8

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  22. You have a beautful garden and you have nice pictures!
    Big hug, SK

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  23. I love your hollyhocks. I have tried and failed with these before up here but having seen these I am determined to have another go.

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