26 Jun 2020

Friday Five: June roundup in the garden


After a sunny May we had wet and windy weather in our neck of the woods and now we're back to  heatwave conditions with possible thundery storms on the way, although nothing has happened yet. This is reflected in my five photo collages of our garden in June. 


With the wet weather there were plenty of snails about. Our friendly neighbourhood robin was seen flying in and out of the cypress hedge.  I'm not sure what it was up to as I haven't seen any youngsters and it's rather late for building nests.  Other larger birds can be seen in the huge cherry tree in a neighbour's garden.  This year they can feast on a bumper crop of cherries.


We're enjoying the redcurrants, the first ripe cherry tomatoes, strawberries
 and the veggie plot is full of good things.

When the sun has been out it has been a joy to sit in the garden, listen to the sound of the water feature fountain, the cawing of the rooks in a nearby lime tree and the sweet song of blackbirds as they tune up for a late afternoon vocal session.  On a fine day this week grandson came over to help Mr P make a smooth path of existing stones down by the side of the tall cypress hedge so that it's easier to access the area at the bottom of the garden.  Even though social distancing continues it's good that our daughter and grandson can come into the back garden and we can do likewise. It makes a change to visit them. 


rose White Star, patio rose and ceanothus Skylark, antirrhinums and roses Joie de Vivre,
pink and white delphinium, white oriental poppy, rose Happy Anniversary, white and pink dianthus


daisy,  sweetpeas mixed, lupin, Madonna lily, pink evergreen jasmine, courtyard sitting area,
purple flowering sage, a bunch of sweet peas white dianthus and the anniversary rose


red dianthus, sweetpea, red pelargoniums and marigold
clematis Voluceau, White Star rambling rose, Joie de Vivre rose,
 pink and white bell flowers.

Thank you once more for your visit.  Have a lovely weekend.


29 comments:

  1. They happy to hear that you had some sunshine to fit in your beautiful garden and enjoy all those wonderful flowers. Glad the Grands got to come over to. I smiled when I read the part about the vocal black birds and their conversation we get a lot of kicks out of when we take a walk first thing in the morning we have these giant black Ravens bigger than a blackbird and they talk to each other and it makes us laugh

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    1. Those ravens must make quite a noise! The huge cherry tree attracts lots of larger birds especially now that it is laden with cherries.

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  2. You have been doing well in the garden, lots of beautiful flowers and fruit. We have Runner beans growing again and some peas which are in pod. We also cut the first cucumber and the tomatoes are growing well though they are still green. Fingers crossed we should have some crops soon

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    1. The veg plot is small, but hopefully we'll get a reasonable crop of different vegetables. Peas are a treat even a few home grown are better than nothing. Enjoy your produce Bill.

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  3. Such wonderful flowers! Your garden must look fabulous. xx

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    1. Every week there is something new to see in the garden as well as the roses that bloom all Summer. We're pleased that our grandson can now help out whilst my husband supervises at a distance.😊

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  4. What a lovely lot of colour you have in your garden :-)
    No thunder storms here at the moment either, still really hot, although the wind has picked up at little this afternoon.

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    1. The thunder storms didn't happen. We had a sudden heavy shower of rain yesterday and now there's a slight breeze this morning, which is very welcome.

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  5. What pretty, colourful mosaics of your garden this week! Wonderful to see and even better to sit out in the garden and enjoy. Your tomatoes have done brilliantly to be all red and delicious already.

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    1. The cherry tomatoes always do well and colour up earlier. The plum and large round ones are coming along well on the vines. Watering and nurturing continues. It's satisfying to grow some veg and fruit.

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  6. Your June in the garden seems plentiful and rich.
    We are just waiting for the first strawberries to get ripe, here in Finland.
    have a great weekend, Linda!

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    1. Thank you Luisella. Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the strawberries when they ripen!

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  7. Beautiful flowers and fruits in your garden mosaics. Such lovely colours. Our robins too have been swooping in and out of the holly hedge but with no sign of any young ones either, maybe there is time yet. Have a lovely weekend:)

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    1. We're hoping for more produce as the weeks go by. The pear tree is loaded with fruit so we hope that what's there will mature and not do a drop as sometimes happens. I love seeing our robin although I rarely get a good photo as it flits about. Garden birds are very entertaining and we've had plenty of time to watch them either from a window or when sitting in the garden. It's a calm, sunny day today and the temperature just right. Thank you, I hope your weekend is going well too.

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  8. Goodness, cherry tomatoes already? Mine are only just flowering. Just lovely seeing all the fruit, veggies and delightful blooms. I do like your fountain. Robins are so wonderfully tame aren't they? I haven't had many snails this year so the hostas are looking good. Good to know you are seeing your family.xxx

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    1. Mr P starts his tomato growing early. The bush cherry tomatoes seem to do well every year. You should see the covered yard as it's full of his tomatoes, other vine type veggie plants and herbs. Other tomato plants are dotted about in the flower beds. Our hostas have done well this year too. I think it was the sunny weather in May meant fewer slugs. There's nothing better than a few water features in a garden especially a little fountain. Granddaughter comes back home soon. We're all looking forward to that, but we won't forget our happy times in Liverpool.

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  9. Your flowers and gardens are so perfect! I haven’t seen sweet peas in years! And now I’m wondering why our daughter doesn’t have any. We always used to plant them. (Like all the spring flowers, they don’t bloom in Florida, which is where we usually are nowadays in spring...except this year, when thank goodness we came home early!)... I know exactly what you mean about seeing your daughter and family outdoors...that is exactly how we are living these days. It is a blessing to be able to do that! ....

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    1. The contrast between what can be grown in Florida and Oregon must be interesting due to the difference in temperature and sunny days. Sweetpeas are delicate flowers. I love to grow them. The more you cut the blooms the more they produce flowers and the fragrance is wonderful. Being able to visit family or have them visit once more is indeed a blessing. You must be happy to have made the journey home. Enjoy and have a good week.

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  10. Hello Linda, Your garden as always is so lush and beautiful. I remember my grandfather had a small garden filled with sweet peas. My mother would grow them too. I have tried growing them but don't have a lot of luck. We tried planting a garden this year but it has been too wet and cool and hasn't done well. I try with some success but I am afraid I didn't inherit my grandfather's green thumb. Ah well. A belated happy anniversary to you and Mr. P. It's always an encouragement to know those who have stood the tests of time together. Blessings!

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    1. Thank you Gloria. We met as young people so a lifetime of togetherness. We're happy that we have the same interests, especially with the gardening and, of course, thankful for our home life and family. You have a lovely big garden and live in a beautiful location by a lake. Thank you for your blog friendship. May you have a blessed July.

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  11. I'm so jealous of your cherry tree - the flowers and the fruit. Lovely flowers too!

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    1. It's a shame that neighbours around us don't gather the fruit in their trees. We would certainly pick the crops if they were ours! At least we have black figs, pears and nectarines. :) Thanks and glad you enjoyed the flowers.

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  12. Glorious flowers, beautiful collages.

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    1. Thank you Linda for coming by and leaving a comment. All the best.

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  13. Absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for the smiles they bring.

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    1. Thank you Denise. Glad to know the flowers, fruit and veg photos made you smile. 😊

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  14. What a beautiful garden. I love that you got red currants,berries, and cherry tomatoes already to eat. The colors are just magnificent.

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