13 May 2016

Five on Friday



After some wet and windy weather (still rather changeable) it was good to get out-and-about in the sunshine. Thankfully we haven't missed out on blossom time whilst in Italy.  Actually we haven't ventured beyond our local area. I went to the library to pick up some reserved books and couldn't resist taking a photo of the blossom hanging down on the low branches on one of the ornamental cherry trees in the park.

I'm joining Amy for Five on Friday link-up and I'm sharing some collages of photos of what's been happening in our garden since the beginning of May.

Mr. P. has been busy in the covered yard tending to his vegetables and other plants in pots or has been out in the garden tidying up and turning over the soil in the flower beds and raised beds.  Peas and bean seedlings are in and doing well. We're still picking purple-headed broccoli. The flower beds are full of greenery as the rose bushes, oriental poppies and peonies produce this year's leaves. There are plenty of buds on the peonies and roses so there's the promise of more colour in the garden in the coming weeks. Together we go around looking for slugs and aphids that threaten to spoil Mr. P.'s gardening efforts. On a dry day the grass was cut, although this last task was, of course, less of a strain than 'mowing the meadow' in the Italian garden!



Many of the plants and shrubs have become established since we moved into this house a few years ago. The apple and pear trees are also doing well and are in their third and second year. They're in full blossom and have the potential to produce some fruit to enjoy later in the year.  The branches of the fig look rather stark in comparison, but the tree will soon produce leaves and hopefully a lot of fruit. 




I love tulips and I've had so much pleasure seeing them open up in the sunshine.  The collage doesn't do justice to their beauty as you look down into the flower heads. I also enjoy looking at the white pelargoniums.  We have also red and pink ones, but the white ones are my favourites. Mr. P. remembered that I'm trying to create a corner of a flower bed for plants with white flowers and has planted out some white ones there where they look good against the green hedge.



There's a lot of hard work involved in gardening for Mr. P. and watering the plants growing in pots is one of them  Most of the tomatoes are kept in the covered yard.  A few are outside growing in planters positioned against the brick wall where they get the benefit of some shelter and warmth. The tomatoes outside have been covered up with plastic sheeting as there's still the probability of frost. They've been started off at different times so they're at various stages of growth. The magnolia that our elder daughter bought us a couple of years ago is doing well and producing several more flowers this year.
It's always interesting to see how other gardeners are doing not only in the UK, but in other parts of the world.  Gardening gives us such pleasure.

Thank you Amy for hosting Five on Friday.  Do visit her Love Made My Home blog and see what others have posted.
Thank you for visiting.  I hope you have a peaceful weekend and the week ahead is a good one for you.
Linda:)

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45 comments:

  1. You say the collage first do them justice yet I think wow. Your garden but be very beautiful. You must really love being in it. As to slugs, I seem to be invaded this year. Already many of my plants have been attached. Think they've declared war on my garden. I will fight back ...

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    1. Slugs - who will win the war? I'm constantly on the alert! They get everywhere. I've been cleaning around in the covered yard and they sneak into crevices in the woodwork. Grrr!

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  2. Your garden is much tidier than mine. I do my best, but I'm not the green-fingered genius my Dad was. I've got some peas in that are doing well so far. I just hope I can keep them going till they have peas on them!

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    1. The run of dry weather has meant some gardening jobs have got done. As you can tell Mr. P. loves his gardening. Hope your peas do well!

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  3. It's a wonderful time of year and your photos are beautiful. I love the frilly tulips so pretty. Hopefully your weather is steadier than ours at the moment, although the last couple of sunny days have made a big difference to our little plants. x

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    1. It's a joy to see the flowers open out in the sunshine. It seems as if we're back to typical weather with one day sunny, one day cloudy with rain. I get updates from our Berkshire daughter and when it's sunny 'down south' it's raining here or the other way around!

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  4. Lovely photos of the blossoms and in your garden. It is constant hard work keeping our gardens slug free but from your photos it looks as if you may be winning the war. I hope the warmer weather stays with us but they do say it will go colder again which is another worry for gardeners keeping their tender plants safe. Have a lovely weekend:)

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    1. Thank you Rosie. We'll probably stay home most of the weekend and rest in between those home and garden jobs. Hope yours is an enjoyable one whatever you're doing.

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  5. You are certainly blessed with a wonderful garden, all your hard work is paying off. Love the beautiful array of colour and the frilly heads of your stunning tulips. I just wish the weather would settle down a little so more of my seedlings could be planted out. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you. The frilly tulips - I think they might be called 'parrot tulips' - were a lovely surprise as I'd forgotten about them (having been planted months ago). With the risk of frost it's difficult to know whether to plant out anything tender. Ours are well covered so we hope for the best.

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  6. Your garden looks so pretty! Poor Mr. P who has so much work :) Gardening is a tough job but so rewarding... I could do this and that from morning till night if my body didn't object. Happy gardening - enjoy out there & admire the blossoms. This is a wonderful season!

    The cherry blossoms are gorgeous! I have white prunus flowering now, it is pretty too.

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    1. Thank you. We do try to keep to a routine of work and rest which we certainly need! I'm glad our energy levels are higher after feeling so unwell last month. Yes, this is a lovely season. I love May flowers and blossom.

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  7. Your garden's looking fabulous with lots of colour and the veg plants doing well. My tomatoes are still at the seedling stage, I'm hardly growing anything this year yet I'm still very late as I seem to have lost my gardening mojo after giving up the allotment. The tulips you've grown are really pretty, there's so much choice out there, isn't there?

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    1. We're spoilt for choice because we get garden related gifts from the children and this year lots of new seeds and bulbs to try including some different varieties of tomato. Success will be if they produce flowers that set. I know you've been busy with other interests and family commitments this last few seasons and gardening does take up a lot of time. I'm sure what you are growing will do well as you're an experienced gardener.

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  8. Linda, your flowers are just spectacular, and I enjoyed seeing garden boxes. We're all so eager to have things growing! I read your side bar and wished my husband had been born in Italy. Dividing the year between Wisconsin and Italy would be quite wonderful. :-))

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    1. Apart from being Italian my husband has lots of practical skills and enjoys making things like wooden planters, a covered roof for the garden yard, home improvements etc. so I was blessed to have met and married him all those years ago!

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  9. What a wonderful looking garden! Mr P does a great job with all that hard work. I'm getting ready to start planting things here in Michigan. Hopefully a lot will come in before I go to England. Last year a lot of my veggies ended up coming in while I was out of the country! Hubby took lovely pictures but I didn't get to eat a lot of it!

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    1. It's a shame that you miss out on the produce when you're away. We have the problem of two lots in Italy and the UK. At least someone picks and enjoys in both places if we're not around to harvest fruit and veg.

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  10. Linda, your garden is filled with so many pretty flowers at this lovely spring time of year! Thanks for sharing them with us. Best, -Beth

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    1. The lovely thing about this season is that there are abundant displays of flowers everywhere. What we don't grow ourselves we can see and enjoy in other gardens and public parks.

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  11. your garden flowers are amazing and i have never seen so many in one place. that cherry blooms haning down is wonderful as are the full views of the trees. nature is outdoing herself where you are with a little help

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    1. The Spring bulbs in pots have done well. Now it's the turn of the tulips and they seem to keep giving and giving as different ones open out. Our local daughter's garden is a mass of different shades of red, yellow, orange wallflowers and tulips.

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  12. You have a stunning garden Linda. Thanks for the tulip pictures. I am hit and miss with tulips. It depends how quickly it gets hot in the spring. SOmetimes they just frizzle up before flowering.

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    1. Thank you Tracy. Growing tulips with their delicate petals must be a challenge for you because of the heat. They certainly like some moisture, although those with long stems are vulnerable to the heavy rain and wind that we get here.

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  13. Your flowers are beautiful and it's great to see Mr P tending his raised beds as well. My GKB is thinking of putting in raised beds this year with a little help from grand daughter's partner. We have not done a lot of gardening but it's surprising what you decide to do when you retire.

    Diana

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    1. Raised beds are a good idea if you can get someone to help construct them. Ours are made from some old wooden decking planks that we had spare and are dedicated to the vegetables Growing plants can be satisfying although you need time and patience too.

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  14. Your garden flowers are amazing and your tomatoes are already huge! Sadly, mine are pretty small so far although I bought 2 ready bought plants which are ok-ish! I was SO excited to see my cucumbers and courgettes started to germinate yesterday! I was sad though as I've planted radishes in a planter and they got knocked over on Monday and then today they were completely turned upside down in the wind- not sure if they will survive my haphazard replanting!x

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    1. You're doing very well with your gardening and growing plants Kezzie so keep going! What a shame about the radishes - hope they survive. It's exciting when seeds germinate.

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  15. That Magnolia is a picture. It's full on at the moment isn't it. Watering is taking up so much time. I hate to say it, but I need more rain!

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    1. Sounds as if you're having dry weather down in the South West. A day or two of rain would be good for you. Why is it that after our outside plants in pots have been watered clouds roll over and there's a downpour of rain?!

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  16. Gardening does bring a lot of pleasure. Yours is looking healthy and vibrant. The magnolias are exquisite. Enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Thank you Lorrie. Some maintenance work on the roof of the covered yard is being done today with one eye on the weather - hoping for a few dry hours.

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  17. Such a lovely variety of plants in your garden. I'm sure it's a lot of work. Glad Mr. P. loves his gardening! I recognize the pear and apple blossoms since we have an apple and pear tree, too. Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thank you Ellen. Growing plants is a way of life for Mr. P. It keeps him happy and occupied and it pleases me that he has such a satisfying interest. The family benefits from his hard work by enjoying a pretty garden, fruit and vegetables.

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  18. There's nothing like the satisfaction of getting lots done - right down to the mowing!

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    1. It's pleasing to see a new mown lawn. Although Mr.P. enjoys gardening I'm pleased for his sake that the UK garden is small and fairly easy to maintain.

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  19. Gorgeous blooms! Wow! especially love those pale, pale pink ones at the last.

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    1. Thank you Marie. Flowers give so much pleasure and I'm especially happy that the magnolia is producing a few more flowers each year.

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  20. Such beauty in your garden! Your husband is a wonderful gardener isn't he. Thank you for joining Five On Friday, I hope you are having a good weekend. Sorry to be late visiting, I have been otherwise occupied as I said in my post. xx

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    1. Thank you Amy for your visit and comment, which I appreciate knowing you've been occupied today.

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  21. Oh my goodness, so much beauty around you right now!

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    1. It's a lovely time in the garden, streets and countryside right now. All the best to you and yours Lisa.

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  22. You have a beautiful garden and a lot of work you have to look like. I think, however, that the results reward the effort. I love spring colorful garden. Regards.

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    1. Thank you Giga for your visit and kind regards. All the best to you in the coming days.

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  23. If air fares weren't so expensive, I'd try to hire Mr. P for a few days. My yard is a hot mess!

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