Monday, 18 May 2009

Flowers and Skirts

By now I was hoping to show lots of pictures of a gorgeous garden. The weather this last week has really put paid to that with the rain battering petals and the wind completing the damage by blowing the already damaged blossoms off their stems. I did get some photos inbetween showers of heavy rain

Luckily, I did photograph the peony before the worst of the rain really put paid to it's showy display for this year.

Here are a few other shots of things that don't look too bad. The lemon balm is thriving.

The clematis is just beginning to open its delicate mauve sepals

and the persicaria is doing its usual thing of getting on with things regardless of the weather.

The honeysuckle is really looking wonderful but however I photograph it, it just doesn't show it at its best. Here are my better efforts anyway.

The one thing that always looks wonderful in the rain is the ever reliable alchamilla. I'll make a trip down the garden just to see this when there has been fresh rainfall.

I'm really hoping that this rain doesn't continue next week as we are going to the Lake District for a holiday. We are used to staying in the north of the area, near Penrith. This year, we are in the south, near Kendal and Windermere. If anyone can recommend places to visit please let me know as we don't really know this area at all. Things to keep a teenager happy would be good!

I have bought some new skirts to take away with me. I must be mad! I can see I will be in jeans and walking boots all week, probably with a fetching waterproof keeping the weather at bay. Yet again! Anyway, I will show you the skirts as they were all bargains, one from a local shop and the others from Sainsbury's and Matalan. None of them were more than fourteen pounds and they do look really good.

So that's the fashion show over! Never mind, if I do get wet through next week I know that we have a lovely logburner in the cottage where we can dry out - us and our clothes! I'm hoping to bring back loads of photos to share with you. Hope you all have a good week. Its pouring down again - I'm off for tea and cake.


Simone said...

I recognise that heart and cotton reel in the header picture! I won them in your giveaway!!! The heart has pride of place on my dining room sideboard. Your garden looks lovely despite the rain. Your skirts look great too. Great bargains! I hope the weather is good to you on your trip!

lotte said...

Haven't seen your blog...its fab and your garden is gorgeous!Mine is about to bloom, but this wind isn't do it much good!
My book is out Spring 2010...

kate said...

What a great post, thanks for all the photos of the garden, so lovely. Also the skirts are beautiful , i do miss England so much

Tabiboo said...

Your garden is gorgeous all that rain looks like it's made everything bloom! I wish our honeysuckle looked half as good even as you say 'your photos don't show it at it's best'

I've only been to the Lake District once, but remember it is absolutely beautiful so have a lovely holiday and I think you are right jeans and boots though I do hope you get to wear all of those lovely skirts.

take care,

Nina x

Cowboys and Custard said...

This has to be the best month in the garden and your garden is certainly proof of this... It looks so healthy and lush.. beautiful!
I am sure you will have a wonderful time in the lakes.. I haven't been for years but remember Borrowdale from a childhood holiday and have never forgotten how pretty is are also not too far from Kirby Lonsdale .. another beautiul place and worth a visit.
Have a wonderful hols!
Michele x

A Thrifty Mrs said...

What lovely, cheerful pictures.

Sal said...

What a lovely garden!
Mine is very wet at the moment!
I can see why you love being in yours so much.

Gorgeous skirts too ;-)

Pipany said...

Such a beautiful garden! Lovely pictures too and the skirts are just my cup of tea too. Have a lovely holiday x

Kitty said...

Love the photos ... do you have a Flickr account? You should maybe think about it with pictures as nice as that?

The skirts are all fab - I bought a t shirt from Sainsbury's just the other week, but didn't look at the skirts. Damn.


Shabby Chick said...

Gorgeous pictures, what do you mean you were "hoping" to show us some good ones... you did! Your garden is lovely. Nice skirts too, I wish I had some but the last one I bought looked so awful I tried it on and it went straight back to the shop!

Mel xxx

Tracey said...

Hope the rain stays away & that you have a fab time, Can't wait for the photos!
Love Tracey xxx

jo said...

Your garden seems to be surviving the wind quite well. I love that green skirt. Enjoy your holiday and I look forward to seeing your holiday snaps when you get home

Jo xx

lou said...

What a beautiful garden you have!
You have great taste in skirts too! :0)
Love Lou xxx

Devon Dumpling said...

Love the garden pictures....we have a lot of the same plants in our gardens! x

Yvonne said...

Your garden looks amazing...

Have a great holiday.. I hope the weather picks up for you so you can war your beautiful new skirts!!

Yvonne xx

Country Cottage Chic said...

Your garden looks very pretty!

Hope you have a lovely holiday & have the opportunity to wear your lovely new skirts!

Scattie said...

Your garden looks beautiful, and your skirst are lovely too and I hope that you have a lovely holiday. I have just 'found' your blog and I think it is fantastic.
Hugs, Bethxx

Curlew Country said...

Ooooh how much beautifulness in one post! I adore the red skirt especially, gorgoeus.

And what a super garden. I've got the same persicaria (superbum i think?!) and lovely lady's mantle to obut my honesuckle isn't a patch on yours. What a beauty.

Enjoy your trip to the Lakes, surely it can't keep raining. Hope it turns brighter for you.


This Vintage Life... said...

Your gardens looking lovely and eerily like mine as we have so many of the same plants! My honeysuckle isn't out yet.. as it faces west it's a bit slow but yours looks fantastic. How gorgeous it must smell!
Have a lovely holiday...I hope you get to wear some of your super summery skirts but knowing the Lake District I fear you're right; get the wellies at the ready!
Deb x

Sew Recycled said...

What a beautiful garden you have - one very green eyed monster here! The honeysuckle looks amazing.

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Hope to see you there soon!

Felicity said...

im new to your blog, its gorgeous so pretty, your garden looks lovely and the cake looks very yummy!!
felicity xx

Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous garden you have! I must get one of those Persicaria!

Pipany said...

Thought I'd pop in and say it was time for another post please!!!! xx

Pom Pom said...

I love peonies! Ours are JUST blooming in Denver! Skirts = VERY CUTE! I hope your holiday was cozy!