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Friday, 8 June 2018

At deaths door.

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A few pics of the garden. I bought these five storage boxes from Tesco a few years ago, drilled some holes in the bottom, and planted up with a cheap packet of seeds. They have come up every year since. Good value I reckon.

Gawd knows what these are called, I don't bother trying to remember plant names, If they come with labels from a garden centre I chuck them away, ha ha. Some of them I got from Aunties plant sale.


I think these are hollyhocks, ha ha.

The bees seem to like these orange ones, there are lots of them, on tall stalks, and they have swamped the rest of the plants in the bed.

The bees like these as well.

All looking good, some plants need re-potting into bigger pots. Two weeks to get it all shipshape for the Open Gardens. Loads to do.

Thanks for popping in, have a nice weekend, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip

30 comments:

  1. Your garden is looking absolutely beautiful.

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  2. Your garden is looking very pretty, I often snap up the tester pots when I see them for free, surprising how much you can get from one little pot.

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  3. Beautiful!!!!

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  4. Your garden is beautiful. I work so hard to make mine look this lovely...but it doesn't. Live in Southern Ca. and the temps are just too hot unless we have lots of shade. What you thought was hollyhock is foxglove. It is a digitalis and is used in heart medicine. It is beautiful but of course the plant can be deadly if ingested. I grow lots of hollyhocks and they return each year...as long as I've watered the area where they went to seed. Love seeing your pictures. Patty Mc

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  5. I know your hollyhocks are foxgloves.
    When is your open garden event?

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    1. With you on that one Sue.

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  6. Hi there, I, glad to see your garden looking so lovely. I can’t wait until I have one of my own again. Hope you are keeping well, send me an email sometime

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    1. Hello Heather. Are you still on the same email address? I am keeping well, thanks, hope you are.

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  7. The orange ones look like Orange Hawkbit (common country name Fox and Cubs) and they are lovely. Though they could be small Pot Marigolds as those will self seed everywhere. The Foxgloves are lovely, and the first ones with spotty leaves look like Oxalis (Wood Sorrels). Very pretty.

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  8. The orange/yellow flowers in the #7 photo are California poppies, the state flower of California.

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  9. a marvellous mass of colour and shapes!

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  10. Garden is gorgeous and I don’t think it matters to know all of the names as long as the plants give you pleasure -what’s it matter? That planter you painted up looks great I’ve thrown loads of those away in the past from gifts etc so I’ll paint mine from now on - good idea xx

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  11. Sandy in the USA9 June 2018 at 02:28

    The large cluster of orange flowers above the foxglove photo look like California Poppies to me. At least, that's what we call them :) I live near the California Poppy Desert Preserve, which is acres of poppies in the early springtime and quite lovely. Foxgloves have always been one of my favorite flowers and a bunch of us here in the Mojave desert grow hollyhocks every year too, which reseed themselves annually. Hope you will be able to take some pics of your Open Garden.

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  12. Your garden is looking lovely.

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  13. Hi Ilona. I have followed your blog for years. I love your way of life and am impressed with your textile arts. I love your garden and your ideas are just amazing. How lovely it would be if I could come and see your garden for myself. Would that be possible. 24th is open day but you don't say the name of your village.

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    1. Hi. It would be silly to tell the whole wide world the name of my village, like inviting criminals to come and break in, and oddballs turn up at my door. One already has, after searching the internet for four years I opened my door to a complete stranger who showed me his mobile phone with my picture on the screen. For all I know you could be a deranged male person using a female name. The world is a dangerous place.

      To contact me personally send an email, address on the side bar.

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  14. I think it is lovely to save plants and see them thrive again. Your garden is beautiful. I agree with your comment above!

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  15. Your garden looks wonderful.
    I sometimes have the luck to make plants have a new life. I cut them down and put them on a sunny balcony, give them water and a bit of fertiliser now and then. They will award me indoors in the winter afterwards.
    Aren't the yellow/orangish flowers called marigolds? They sure can spread in a flowerbed, but they are so lovely.

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  16. Your garden looks like 'a little Eden'.
    What you think is a Hollyhock is (poisonous) Digitalis from another plant family called Plantaginaceae.

    Cheers,

    Jeanneke.

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  17. Garden is gorgeous and I don’t think it matters to know all of the names as long as the plants give you pleasure -what’s it matter? xx

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  18. Looking good. My garden is overflowing with plants as I rescue too many from the sale table.

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  19. Ilona the plant you say is hollyhock is foxglove x

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  20. Well, I am not trying to tell you what to do in your own blog/house/garden. But, one reason to know names of your plants is to assure you don't have something on hand that will poison cats and dogs. Often, only one nibble will kill an animal or make it so ill it needs to go to vet.

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  21. I don't know a name of a flower to a tree but I know what makes me smile. Lovely pictures-garden.

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  22. Your garden is absolutely gorgeous and must be a real pleasure to sit and relax in. Just keep doing it your way.

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  23. Ilona, your garden looks lovely. What glorious colours and such a mix of different greens and leaf textures. I like that so many of your flowers are attracting the bees. Thank you for sharing, Michelle in Wellington, NZ

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  24. A ha! That bottom picture is a Mountain Bluet! Now I know what mine will look like when it chooses to bloom! Gorgeous! Yes, bees love them, (which is why we planted it.) I was told they can become invasive, but given my skills at gardening, I say invade away. That bloom is so exotic, isn't it?

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  25. Just reading back and notice there are two lots of Orange flowers - the first ones, as someone said, are California Poppies. So pretty. I have the Welsh version here in my garden.

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  26. I believe your 'hollyhocks' are in fact foxgloves (digitalis purpurea if you want the posh name)

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