Friday, 19 June 2015

Five On Friday

The weather has been glorious this week and everything in the garden is doing really well.  What could be better than sunshine in June - at last!

Today my five things are five different garden things.

One.  Pots.  Pots of all kinds! 


Pots of annuals.  They look a little bit scraggly right now, but they have only just been planted.  They will soon fill out a lot more!


So will these!


My favourite potted plants though are my geraniums.


Last years didn't make it through the winter so I had to buy new ones.  These are lovely aren't they.


Two.  Perennials.  So many great perennial plants.  This peony is nearly over now, but it still has more buds so I hope that there will be more flowers to come!



The red hot poker - kniphofia - has done much better than in previous years with more flowers to come.  I am really pleased about this.


I love the colours that heucheras come in.  So many different shads and colour combinations.


The real geraniums - not the ones in the pots which are really pelargoniums - are also doing really well.


Such beautiful flowers.  You might call them Cranesbill.  They are the same thing!




These penstemons are fabulous too.  Such wonderful colours.  Sorry the photos aren't so great, but I loved the colours so much I wanted you to see them.


These lilies are amazing too.  There are also more buds to come as well.


Three.  Fails.  Or I should perhaps say, the not so good!  This patch of turf was put down from where the new path was dug out.  It isn't doing well!  It will pick up - I hope!!


The bright yellow hose detracting from the prettiness of the garden.  It is very useful though for watering!  I must wind it back up.


The hostas are being munched, but not as much as they have been in past years.  We will see...


You cannot really tell from this picture, but this Rowan Tree is leaning at an alarming angle.  We need to get a stake for it and prop it up otherwise it will not grow straight!


Four.  Shrubs.  This Spirea is beautiful.  So many flower heads on it.  All over!


Aren't they amazing.  They look fluffy.  There is one problem with this shrub though.  I am always forgetting the name of it.  Spirea.  Spirea.  Spirea...  well you get the idea.  I must remember the name.  Spirea.


I was sure that this fuchsia was dead.  Then some little patches of green started to appear and it seems to be doing well now with flower buds coming.  Yay!


This shrub is also very troublesome to me.


The flowers are so beautiful and bright and cheerful.


There are so many buds yet to come out.  The trouble?  I can never remember the name of this either.  It is a Hypericum.  Must remember.  Hypericum!!


Five.  Yet to come.  There are many things with the promise of yet to come.  New buds on the geraniums - that are really pelargoniums of course!  Don't you just love the pink colour of this one.


Grapes!!!  This is very exciting.  As you know I thought earlier this year it was going to die after the vine was bleeding sap for several weeks.  It seems to have recovered - although it is less vigorous than it was - and it is making grapes.  Yay!!


The flowers on the lavender hedge are starting to come out and turn purple.  The bees and bugs and flying things will be very happy!


Lots of promise yet to come here - well, I hope so.  This border is mostly perennials with a few shrubs and it is starting to come into its own now.


Oh, more geraniums - pelargoniums.  Sorry, I will stop going on about that!  The flowers on this one are so beautiful.


I bought this one just for the leaves really.  They are amazing aren't they.


And finally...  Honeysuckle.  Loads of buds on this just waiting to burst out!!!  I am very excited!


That is the round up of what is happening in the garden now, courtesy of pots, perennials, fails, shrubs and yet to come!  What is happening in your garden right now?

I hope that you all have a great weekend and that it is filled with fun and love and joy!

Amy

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61 comments:

  1. I buy geraniums every year and love them but they never make it through the heat and dust. I thought about trying to bring them indoors during the summer but by the time I remember, it's too late. Your lavender hedge is looking mighty fine. So wonderful seeing all those buds just waiting to burst. Best wishes, Tammy

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  2. Oh it's all looking gorgeous Amy, the very best time of year for gardens I think, so much promise. The honeysuckle and lavender are going to be amazing. Lavender is one of my favourite things, especially because the bees love it so much. Hypericum is also called Rose of Sharon if that helps. I hope you have a lovely weekend with lots of sunshine for enjoying the garden. CJ xx

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  3. You have a very nice and large garden.. and what a varied collection of flowers! You're doing very well with them. We lost all of our "hardy" fuchsias! We do have one hanging one. I've been posting about my garden, so you probably know how it's going. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  4. It's all looking lovely Amy. You must love spending time in your garden just enjoying it. Hypericum's other name is st johns wort- you might remember that more easily? I have the same problem with verbascum so I call it mullein instead! Enjoy the rest of the day my dear xx

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  5. All your flowers are so pretty!!! I love your new geraniums and what a lovely peony. I find it interesting what's blooming where you live as compared to here. We are about 2 weeks ahead of normal.Peonies are long gone, yuccas are blooming and potted plants are growing well. I love lilies, yours look great! Happy Gardening this weekend

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  6. I love that border of perennials !! I would love to have borders like that in my garden... But the rabbits always decide otherwise whenever I give it a try :-(...
    The photo of the waterhose made me laugh - same story here : the sight of it bothers me, but for some reason, after using it, I am always too lazy to roll it back up ;-).

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  7. My pots are full of pelargoniums this year too. I'm hoping for a good show now it's warmed up.
    Have s great weekend. X

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  8. Thanks for the lovely little tour around your fabulous garden. And you are a clever thing, remembering most of those names! I'm shockingly bad at plant names but thanks to a green-fingered friend, our garden is coming on nicely this season and I'm watering and talking to the plants diligently! Happy weekend to you & your lovely other-half too, hugs xx

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  9. So excited to link up this week! Have a beautiful Friday...:) Thanks for hosting!

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  10. Oh Cranesbill I have hacked out loads of it its like a weed here, Rose of Sharon is your troublesome plant easier to remember, I love Geraniums and would like window boxes with them one day perhaps I have some that grow in the pots with the citrus trees and they are flooding out and sprawling on the ground now. I love pots yours are lovely :-)

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  11. All is looking beautiful in your garden Amy. I like the penstemons, pretty markings. Your hypericums have larger flowers than ours, they are very good value in the garden with their colourful berries through the year. Have fun. x

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  12. Your garden is looking fab and so colourful. I love to have pots filled with pelargoniums, too, as they have such a long blooming period (and the slugs don't seem to like them!). Hope you get to spend time enjoying your plants over the weekend.

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  13. You have a very lovely garden Amy! I also tend to forget the Spirea name. Funny that! Have a wonderful weekend. Thank you for hosting again. x

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  14. Your garden is way ahead of ours!! I too forget plant names - especially as I don't do much gardening now, Malcolm having taken over as head gardener!

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  15. Beautiful pictures and I've learnt a few more names of the flowers in my garden - so it's been educational as well!

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  16. Five super things about your garden, Amy - it looks lovely and you have some gorgeous plants and flowers, you must love sitting out there in the warm evenings:)

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  17. Wow Amy, your garden is sensational! So much going on. I too love geraniums, the colours are always so bright. Hope your hosta recovers. If its slugs or snails, spreading broken eggshells around the base might help.

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  18. There is so much colour in your garden! It is hard to beat a red geranium in a terracotta pot.Everything is growing so well in the garden this year isn't it, sadly including the weeds.
    Caz xx

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  19. It's looking beautiful :) This time of year is so lovely to be outside in the garden. I love your lilies, mine aren't flowering yet but there are lots of buds ready and waiting. Heucheras are one of my favourite plants too. I think I've got 4 of them in my garden at the moment and one of them would benefit from being divided at some point.

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  20. Dear Amy
    Lovely happy photos from your garden. I really enjoy this time of year too!
    Have a great weekend.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  21. You're lucky to have heat, Amy. It's still cold here but I'm hoping it will warm up - and stay warm for more than a day - soon. Your garden does look lovely. Oh, and remember - spirea and hipericum! LOL

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  22. It is fun to see the variety of plants in your garden. Happy to hear you are experiencing nice weather. Have a lovely weekend.

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  23. I'm a big fan of geraniums (pelargoniums) too. I have bright red ones in tall pots at each side of my back door each year, they go on blooming right the way through summer and in to autumn and need very little care. Your border is going to look fabulous once everything's flowering, it's a lovely size and well planted up.

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  24. I love seeing what's blooming in your garden Amy! And that shot of your perennial bed ... wow! You have so much in there, it's amazing. I never try to remember the proper names of my flowers as I would forget so easily. It's all I can do to remember their easier, common names ;) I have a lot of the same flowers, but they're blooming just a little bit behind yours. Some great shots of the blooms, and it's nice to see another exuberant gardener! Enjoy your day :)
    Wendy

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  25. Lovely flowers and pots and perennials and shrubs! I too would be really excited if I had so beautiful lavenders and a vine making grapes.
    To remember the name of Spirea, I think the word "aspirin". :)
    Have a great weekend!

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  26. You have some beautiful plants, both in the garden and in pots. The weather has not really picked up on the east coast there is still a cold wind which really is lowering the temperature. Thank you for hosting.

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  27. Wow your garden is looking just fab
    Clare x

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  28. Lots of lovely photographs you've shared again this week. Your garden is certainly looking splendid.

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  29. I never knew spirea came in 'pink'. [that sounds like I'm shopping for something...lol] I always saw only white spirea. This is pretty.

    Love you sharing your 'pot' with us ...lol [I couldn't resist....sorry]

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  30. you have a beautiful garden, we have yet to plant anything and need to do something, anything soon! I guess I'll blame it on the wedding :)

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  31. Wonderful post! You have a beautiful garden! I learned something about geraniums! And oh that lavender bed!

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  32. Despite the 'fails' your garden is still looking fabulous, Amy. Our garden space is quite small. We have petunias and geraniums in pots and at the moment the petunias are in bloom. Still waiting for the geraniums/pelargoniums to flower. X

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  33. Really like geraniums too. We have to dig them up and put them in the greenhouse in winter. When we lived in California they grew year round and I had banks of them. I'm way behind today, our air conditioner went out yesterday afternoon.

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  34. Just love the looks around your garden Amy! Flowers feed my soul and make me so happy. ;)
    Your geraniums are so pretty! We have a lot of spirea shrubs around here too and they always do great!
    I love a fuschia so much (that's what's hanging in my well) but I've only ever seen it as a hanging basket so it's fun to see it planted.

    Thanks for the tour and for hosting! Happy weekend dear Friend. xoxo

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  35. Your garden looks lovely! A good mix of sun and shadow, lawn and borders, green foliage and flowers...
    So much going on at the moment ,isn't it? Love to see the 'failures' too, to be honest! So I know I am not the only one :-). Have a great weekend, love from Mirjam.

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  36. I am so loving your garden. I have so much further to go it is beginning to feel a tad overwhelming. I will accept my accomplishments so far for this year though with grace and thankfulness. Just finally getting the raised beds in is a HUGE check mark off my "to-do" list! If I can manage to just finish mulching out the remaining parts of the beds and perhaps putting out a few pots of flowers I think this year I will call it a job well done. Say, what are those stakes with the little solar collectors on them that you have in a couple of your pots?
    Well, I am going to be late getting my post up for this Friday... just to darn much happened this week! Whew! LOL!
    Hugs for now my sweet friend,
    Beth P

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  37. Well you must have had our sunshine as well as I have had my winter coat back on this week as it has been soooooo cold !!!
    Love how your garden is doing, lots of lovely flowers...
    Amanda xx

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  38. Hypericum or Rose of Sharon as I know it. That's more memorable than hyperi - what was it!!! Looks like you've had lots of sunshine where you are - have a super weekend, Amy xx

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  39. Wow -- you have such a large variety of plants in your garden -- it's beautiful! Happy Five on Friday Day!!!

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  40. It's funny that it's all sunny there and all gloomy and rainy here! Weather reversal!
    Love all the plants. I have the perennial geranium (cranesbill) that I have to explain to everyone that the annual ones are not really geranium! The honeysuckle will smell divine once it blooms.

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  41. I read ALL you pals Five on fridays! It is my little friday indulgence. WOWZA your flowers are beautiful BEE u ti full! Im rose focused this year. My moss roses and impatients are spreading nicely. I better go miracle GRO

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  42. Wow Amy your garden is beautiful! I love those pots :) I think my favourite flowers are the peonies, they're so elegant. One day we'll plant some! The lilies are amazing, and I really have a soft spot for lavender! have a great weekend xx

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  43. Wow Amy, what a lot of beautiful flowers! Love all the pretty colours - you must have a very green thumb!
    Hugs
    Carol x

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  44. You have a super sunny garden, Amy! lots of lovely blooms to enjoy. I have some of the 'real' geraniums and they do well for me. Hostas are different as the slugs devour them.
    Have a great weekend!

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  45. Oh, my goodness, Amy! Your flowers are just beautiful! Love your little path your hubby laid. You do have a green thumb! I had a peony with lots of little bloom, went out to check on them and the buds had rotten and just fell apart. There's just no sunshine in my back yard.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  46. You have a lovely garden, so much to see. I love Geraniums too xx

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  47. You always wow me with your lavender hedge my friend! It is gorgeous! And your bed up against the fence is amazing! I love the dimension you have created here with all of your layers Amy! And yes there are so many things blooming and showing their amazing color! LOVE the path! Genius I tell you....it adds such a great feature to your garden! I so enjoyed your tour today my friend! Wishing you more good weather tomorrow!! And I hope to link up soon! Nicole xoxo

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  48. What a lovely garden. Mine is looking a bit neglected right now.

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  49. That lavender hedge is impressive - it will look and smell great when fully open.

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  50. It all looks lovely Amy, love the lavender hedge, how gorgeous that will be and busy too with all the bees and other pollinators. What have you got standing in your pots, are they solar powered lights? Have a lovely sunny weekend in your garden. Jane xx

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  51. We hope the sunny weather comes our way as it's been very dull here this last week! No matter, the flowers that are blooming in our garden cheer us. It's good to take a look around and see what's new each day. You have a lovely variety in yours. The butterflies and bees must love them.

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  52. Gosh, I am late with my comments this weekend. Yes, that pink pelargonium is To Die For - I award it Best Flower of the Week, and there is quite a lot of competition there. You must find your Spring garden a continual delight, dear Amy. Happy Sunday xxx

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  53. Hello Amy, I'm visiting from Vicky's. This is a cool link party. I'm a new follower. Nice to meet you :-)
    Sherry

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  54. Lovely garden pictures!! Thanks for hosting the linky party. Hope to have a good look around all the other blogs too, take care, J9 x

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  55. What a lovely late spring garden, Amy. Your spirea are beautiful, your peonies very pretty, and your geraniums gorgeous! Happy weekend.

    xx
    Poppy

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  56. Oh I wish I could grow lavender. It hates me!

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  57. Your garden is so beautiful, Amy! I'm having trouble with grass (turf) too. I'm trying to grow some in the back yard, but it isn't doing very well. I've been watering it a lot more, so I'm hoping for the best. Wish me luck!

    xo,
    rue

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  58. My geraniums look healthier and more lush in winter than they do over summer. Fuschias are such a resilient plant, I love to grow them from cuttings obtained when walking, actually that;s how I get my geranium plants too.
    Enjoy the weekend in your garden

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  59. What a beautiful garden! I especially love the color of the lilies...most unusual and pretty. If it were not for my garden book, I wouldn't remember so well, but my garden is not as large as yours.

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  60. Hi Amy,

    Your garden is looking wonderful and enjoyed seeing all your lovely plants and flowers.
    Hope you are enjoying the weekend
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  61. ack! I played along and then forgot to add my link in time....http://yarnigras.blogspot.com/2015/06/five-on-friday.html
    Better luck next week! I love your garden! Flowers are blooming all over our yard too.....

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