This weekend I am on nursing duties, so not much time for gardening and blogging, but I took the opportunity to get outside in the garden this morning, whilst it was calm, with my 60mm macro lens to get a little closer to some of the pretty flowers which are blooming this week. I love seeing how intricate flowers are when you get really close. Click on an image to enlarge it.
- Geum coccineum ‘Koi‘. Lively orange flowers are held above downy, slightly scalloped, semi-evergreen foliage from early spring into summer.
- Cosmos Apollo Mix – mix of white, blush pink, and deep rose pink shades, on top of feathery foliage. The daisy-like flowers waft in the breeze.
- Clematis texensis ‘Princess Kate’ has trumpet shaped flowers in a pinky-purple, with nice white centres. I grow this one at the side of my orangery where it gets sun most of the day, but the ground tends to be quite shady.
- Poppy. No idea what kind or where it came from. Possibly a seed mix I sowed a couple of years ago. The flowers look to be double and they only last a couple of days.
- Clematis ‘Prince Charles’. Another member of the royal family. It looks similar and is in the same group as ‘Perle d’Azur’, but doesn’t get as gangly, nor does it succumb to mildew. Raised in New Zealand, Clematis ‘Prince Charles‘ produces masses of mauve-blue flowers from mid-summer to early autumn. This one is in my ‘woodland border’ and in the shade until late afternoon. It looks quite purple in this photo, but is actually much bluer.
- Sempervivum (Hen and chickens). I love the flowers on these plants, they are so other-worldly. The mother plant is already dying, but there are several chicks close by.
I hope that wherever you are you are enjoying this warm weather. Cornwall is fabulous in the sunshine and I am sure the beaches are busy today. I on the other hand will be watching the tennis and popping out into the garden every now and then. When I am not making cups of tea or glasses of juice that is.
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