Nixdminx
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flowered up…
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I’m surrounded by lovely flowers. It’s no special occasion but it does seem to mark a change of season.

I bought these as a last ditch attempt at keeping the Summer spirit alive and these poor drooping sunflowers are really trying to hold their own aren’t they? What is it about them that’s so beautiful – the leonine mane of yellow petals, memories of driving through the French countryside in the Summer with fields of them on one side and acres of lavender on the other? Oh, all of it I suppose, I’m going to try and keep hold of them for at least another few days, but they really are heading for the bin.

sunflower

So with those poor little dears on the way out, what serendipity then that I should have this gorgeous bunch of purple and lilac blooms sent to me by one of my favouritest friends as a thank you (why she’s thanking me for the worst hangover of the year I don’t know!). And thank you back, they’re gorgeous x

poppies

When we got back from our holiday, we were greeted by a shambolic sight of an unkempt garden. The garden pots were parched and dry…the plants all dead and only good for the compost. My puny front garden was suffering from severe neglect, so in an effort to keep the door step bright as the days shorten and it gets colder, I’ve given my pots a Winter make over.

I did these all myself – I’m quite proud of them and they make me smile every time I look at them.

whitecyclamen

According to the gardener I spoke to these will last through the frost even and if I take his advice, will keep flowering too. I had a great time in the garden store, it called Wheelers and is a total wonderland – they have fab flowers too but it’s the garden shop that’s a complete delight and they’re really passionate about what they do. If you’re a fan of Columbia Road Market, you’ll love this place. It has high quality flowers and garden sculptures and I bought 12 cyclamens, some grasses, two lavenders, a small bay tree, some cat nip and they threw in some soil for £50. I really miss our weekly walk down the Sunday morning flower market so it’s good to find somewhere in West London that has a similar vibe.

Here’s the lovely Winter white again, and some strange grass which is quite funky.

white flowers
And here’s my final shot, a girly burst of pink to serve as a reminder of my favourite bougainvillea plant which flowers in much hotter climes, but hey this cyclamen will just have to do the trick here.

pinkcyclame

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4 Comments to “flowered up…”

  1. Nothing beats a good flower market – well, perhaps a chilled glass of champagne, but you know what I mean.

    The funky grass is Festuca glauca. You probably didn’t need to know that. Sorry, I’m a plant blurter.

    I’ll go now…

  2. You have put my gardening efforts to shame!
    .-= Rosie Scribble´s last blog ..Burning ambition =-.

    • admin says:

      Actually it was really easy – a bit like buying in M&S food and passing it off as your own…I just hid the packets!

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