Soothing Summer Wildflowers

All the lovely summer wildflowers are appearing around the village, and many of them are very busy places, filled with visitors. I’m feeling a little antsy and impatient tonight so please join me in viewing these soothing and beautiful wild summer flowers, to calm your soul and remind you of the simple joys of life 🙂

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Birds-Foot Trefoil
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Purple Loosestrife
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Soldier Beetles enjoying some time on a Thistle
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Greenbottle Fly on a Thistle
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Rosebay Willowherb
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Soldier Beetle on a Thistle
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Potato Capsid bug and a fly on Knapweed
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Birds-Foot Trefoil
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Greenbottle fly on a Thistle
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Birds-Foot Trefoil

Sadly none of these are yet available on my Shop, but keep your eye out because as soon as the internet speed is up to it and I have the time, I shall be uploading a new batch of images.

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Gardening

As I came into the house today I was reminded that I should do an update on the wildflowers and other things in the garden. Last time I put in a picture of my growing plants they were rather small – Wildflowers Update. Now they are tall and many are about to burst into flower! I’ve just realised I’ve chopped off the black mustard flower in this picture!

Plant growing area
Plant growing area

Most of the flowers are cornflowers – the ones that are flowering already are the ones that lived for a while on the windowsill in the kitchen – they seemed to move faster towards flowering but suffered from floppy stalks which are now being held up with help. I think I may have chucked in a packet or two of cornflower seeds with the wildflowers.

The cornflowers so far are blue, pink and purple:

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More traditional blue cornflower
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Pretty pink cornflower
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Slightly tatty purple cornflower

The blue one, being blue, is my favourite so I took another photo of it 🙂

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Blue cornflower from above

Other things you may have noticed from the first picture is the addition of some Basil that was previously growing in the kitchen, a trough of new seedlings and a pot containing a rather sickly Lavender. The Basil got a bit big and didn’t seem so happy indoors anymore so it came out here. We haven’t really used it in cooking – just enjoyed its smell. The seedlings are another packet of wildflowers that I forgot when I did the original planting, and Bruce has put them in a trough. The Lavender was in the middle of the garden by the Willow – I put it there last year and it was fine, but this year it seems to be have been overwhelmed so I dug it up and put it in the pot to see if I can rescue it.

New wildflower seedlings
New wildflower seedlings
Rather sickly Lavender ... is there any hope?
Rather sickly Lavender … is there any hope?

And finally a quick look at the big Hebe to find it’s started to flower! Yay 🙂

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Hebe flowering
Hebe flowering
Hebe flowering

First Daisy

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A less exotic flower today – we spotted this daisy while out for a walk, and its the first one I’ve seen this year so I had to take a photo of it. It may be common and unexotic, but it still has its own special charm.