12 Jun 2018

Floral Bliss #76




I was inspired by the displays of pansies in the old planters, one balanced on an ancient pillar, when wandering in the cloister garden of  the local abbey during our stay in Italy last month.


I decided to plant up a new planter that our local daughter had given me for my birthday using a new flowering shrub surrounded by blue and yellow pansies.



One Saturday morning our daughter M, Mr P, grandson and I went to the local garden nurseries and chose some plants before going to have a coffee or a hot chocolate drink in the garden centre Gardeners' Rest Café.

view from a window of the café

Ceanothus 'Skylark' - the bees love it!





I've grouped the new planter with two others.
There's a pomegranate and also a lemon tree.


I've planted more pansies around the nectarine tree
 that Mr P grew from the seed in the fruit 'stone'.  There are more peaches
this year and hopefully they'll grow to maturity and be enjoyed!


More blue and mauve flowers in the garden at the moment
are lupins, salvia, lavender (English and French varieties) and sweet peas.





In the walled garden in the local park I noticed
a new hydrangea that had been planted this year
called 'Tivoli Blue' and the flower below
was very pretty and new to me. 



I'm joining Riitta's Floral Bliss blog post this week
where more beautiful flowers can be seen here.


Have a good day!
 ~ Linda :)

P.S.  My laptop is still not working properly, for an hour or two it's fine and then it starts running slowly so it takes a long time to write and post a blog, which is frustrating. Thank you once more for visiting and leaving comments. I'll be reading and leaving comments on your blog posts when I can.   

48 comments:

  1. This is SO beautiful!

    The view from the cafe...GASP!


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  2. Love the blues and purples.

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  3. All are beautiful flowers, but the Tivoli Blue is new and particularly pretty!

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    1. The Tivoli Blue hydrangea is pretty. It needs certain soil conditions which we do not have where we live.

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  4. Beautiful flowers --love the fountain too. Pansies look nice for about a month here, then the heat wilts them, so I don't plant them anymore. I mainly do red geraniums --they pop against the white farmhouse. I don't have a lot of area to plant things on.
    How are you feeling these days? It's been two years since we 'talked'.

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    1. Thank you for your visit Beth. I'm keeping fairly well with the help of medication and checkups. It's two years since I had the major operations. I have an important checkup this month and I hope that I'll get a good report. I trust you're keeping well yourself and enjoying retirement.

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  5. The blues are my favorites!

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    1. Vivid blue flowers are beautiful. Thank you for the visit Jody.

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  6. So beautiful!! I love all the blue colors and the hydrangeas. And pomegranate tree, in you own garden, so wonderful!! In Japan now we see many kinds of hydrangeas, they are called `ajisai`. Lovely day to you and enjoy all the blossoms!!

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    1. I would love to grow different varieties of hydrangea, but we're running out of space in our small garden. I have a pink one. You have beautiful flowering shrubs growing in Japan. Thank you for sharing the Japanese name.

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  7. Your pansies are so pretty, I have blue ones this year too! All other floers are beautiful also and the views. Happy eeek.

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    1. Pansies and violas are worth the purchase to use in planters and at the edge of a flower bed. We have several good plant nurseries near where we live. We enjoy the scenery over the valley when we visit them.

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  8. Wonderful! A great visit and a new blue project. That hydrangea is really unusual, I haven't seen one like that before.

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    1. I shall be looking to see how that blue hydrangea does in the walled garden when I visit. I have a question to ask about the soil as I can only seem to grow pink ones. I've tried a feed to change the soil conditions in the hope that the pink will turn to blue, but have not been successful.

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  9. Hi Linda, sorry I haven't commented in awhile although I have enjoyed reading your blog. Your garden is so beautiful with all the flowering plants you have. I've never seen such a lovely hydrangea. I have one in my backyard and it refuses to grow maybe because it's too hot and sunny and poor soil. Although, my succulents are doing very well. I hope you're enjoying the start of our summer. Pat xx

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    1. Thank you for your visit Pat. I know you have been busy with big projects on your house so thank you for the visit. It's interesting to hear about the different plants that bloggers grow around the world depending on the climate and terrain. Enjoy your Summer!

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  10. ALL the flowers are just wonderful, every single one. so much beauty, so little time to snap pics of it... you did a great job capturing the moments

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    1. Thank you Sandra. I like to keep a photographic record of what's happening in the garden, but it's also an enjoyable thing to do for its own sake. Happy snapping Sandra!

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  11. How beautiful,Linda. The blues and lavenders in your photos are stunning and the new plants both hydrangea and Anchusa are wonderful:)

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    1. It's always interesting to spot plants that are new to me when I go around other gardens. Our garden is too small to grow many more shrubs unless I keep them in pots, but bedding plants such as pretty pansies give me a lot of pleasure.

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  12. Beautiful blooms and view, too.

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    1. Thank you Ellen. I'm glad you enjoyed seeing the blooms and a view of the countryside not far from where we live.

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  13. Such beautiful blooms! Those pansies in the old planters are lovely and your new plants too!
    The green view from the cafe is beautiful. Lovely pastoral scene.
    I get to know your name from your friend's comments.

    Have a good day,Linda.

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    1. Thank you for your visit Tomoko. I'm glad you enjoyed seeing the Italian abbey cloister garden. The planters look good every time we visit. I like seeing the pomegranate tree in the big planter at different times of the year. Where we live in the Uk the countryside is very green. June is a lovely time of the year.

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  14. Those planters do look lovely in the abbey in Italy, love your new plants and planter too. So many lovely blossoms here, especially those sweet peas, so many lovely blues! Good to hear your lemon and peach tree survived the winter, my lemon tree seems to be dead.xxx

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    1. Sorry to hear about your lemon tree. We had the nectarine, the lemon trees and the pomegranates well as two olive trees in the covered way during the Winter months which has helped them survive.

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  15. Do hope you sort your lappie problems, it's so frustrating when they start crawling along!xxx

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    1. I think the problem with the laptop is that it needs a new battery and adapter. I haven't had it on today so I've been able to use the computer and reply to all your comments. I'm hoping to get it fixed this weekend.

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  16. A lovely post.
    What a great view from the café in the garden centre.
    The pansies are a wonderful colour.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan. All the best to you.

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  17. Dear Linda,

    Love th epretty blue and mauve flowers and pansies are favourites of mine.
    Your new plants are lovely in your garden and wishing you a happy belated birthday
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  18. What a lovely and beautiful post! And I would love visit that nurserie :)
    Have a sunny friday now...
    Warm hug from Titti

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    1. Thank you. I wish you a good weekend.

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  19. I love blue flowers and you have loads of lovely ones in this post. I thought my ceanothus had succumbed to The Beast From The East but when I was up on the bank last week I found it sending out new shoots from the base. Thank goodness!

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    1. That's good news to hear your ceanothus has survived.

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  20. Love the pansies and the pretty hydrangea too. In fact, I love any flower the bees like and so happy they are finding pretty flowers to enjoy.

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    1. I'm glad I've found a flowering shrub (ceanothus) that the bees are attracted too. Soon the English lavender will be in full bloom and the bees will be swarming to that too.

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  21. hello
    je craque sur les " pois de senteurs " ( scent pea )
    bonne journée bisous

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    1. There are many flowers with fragrant blooms this time of the year. We have lilies, lavender, sweet peas and roses. Wishing you a good week Edith.

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  22. Gorgeous flowers... You know how much I love flowers... The Pansies always make me smile --and those Hydrangeas are so BEAUTIFUL... Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. So many beautiful flowers to enjoy. Thank you for visiting. Wishing you and George a good week.

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  23. Lovely pansies! I love to visit nurseries to enjoy all the beautiful flowers!

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    1. Thank you Nancy for your visit. Browsing around garden centres and nurseries and choosing a plant or two is the best sort of shopping for me!

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  24. Oh my word... Gorgeous pansies and Hydrangeas! Beautiful garden and scenery 😊

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    1. Hello Sue. Thank you for your visit. Have a nice day.

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