A perfect Summer morning.

26 Jun

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I was up early this morning…woken by the birds and the bright sunshine. Even though it was perfectly still there were no midges about. The smell of new mown grass still perfumed the air.

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I love how the freshly cut grass makes everything look nice and fresh. The cut grass is a valuable resource for the garden…we use it for mulching around plants and also add some to the compost.

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The dew was still on the plants when I was rambling round the garden. With only light canvas shoes on I soon had wet feet from the dewy grass.

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Masses of perennial Geraniums in flower now. These were here when we moved. I do like them but they need breaking up with some other plants…contrasting colours. Any ideas anyone?  Lots of work to be done here next Winter methinks…of course shopping for plants to be done first. Lovely!

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I love the tiny little flowers on this Geranium.

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The bed I planted up last month has come on very well. Nothing grew for a while but then we had heavy rain and everything took off. That’s what makes Ireland so lush and green…the life giving rain. Ireland wouldn’t be Ireland with a hot sunny climate.

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In the new bed I notice the Tree Lupin is coming into flower. Nothing special about it…a fairly common plant. However…this one is special to me because I grew it from seed. I never tire of that feeling of watching something you’ve sown as a tiny seed grow into a mature plant. Magic!

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Lovely shadows created as the sun filters through the trees on the eastern boundary…

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and the pond is so still…even the little creatures that live here are still resting. If you look carefully you can see a Newt in the pic. Lots of them here.

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As I head indoors this freshly emerged Poppy catches my eye. Couldn’t miss this striking colour I suppose!

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Back indoors I have a cuppa whilst admiring this lovely bouquet I received yesterday from another cottage garden.

A perfect Summer morning at Flynn’s Cottage.

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22 Responses to “A perfect Summer morning.”

  1. cathsveggies1 June 26, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

    Oh Bridget, your whole garden is beautiful. I do like the first pic as it is so tranquil looking,and I love your pond too. Everything is so lush and green.:)

    • bridget June 26, 2013 at 9:10 pm #

      It’s that time of year when everything is perfect and so vibrant and so alive.

  2. Tarla Kramer June 26, 2013 at 9:19 pm #

    Lovely pics, what I needed to see

  3. Jane June 26, 2013 at 9:43 pm #

    Your garden is so beautiful and peaceful…yes a place where much work takes place,but peaceful all the same.
    Janex

  4. TamrahJo June 26, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

    How beautiful! I moved into a new place last December that has had nothing done with the yard for over 15 years – – hoping I get enough work done this year that even just one section of my garden looks like yours come next year! 😀
    Thanks for posting the lovely pics and re-motivating me to sweat and slave over the yard! 🙂

  5. Anne Wilson June 27, 2013 at 12:07 am #

    Your garden is looking wonderful. What about some oxeye daisy’s in between the hardy geraniums?

    • bridget June 27, 2013 at 10:23 am #

      Could be good. I do like oxeye daisies.

  6. Anny June 27, 2013 at 5:53 am #

    It’s looking absolutely sublime. There’s always something special about early mornings in the garden, even in our suburban space, it feels fresh and expectant, must be extra magical in the countryside.

  7. David Marsden June 27, 2013 at 6:08 am #

    Perfect indeed. Early morning photos always seem to result in soggy feet. I really ought to invest in some properly waterproof boots! Dave

    • bridget June 27, 2013 at 10:22 am #

      Me too! I just see the sun and never think it’s going to be wet underfoot.

  8. Alberto June 27, 2013 at 7:35 am #

    Nice, nice, I love you garden, it has a great potential. I agree with you about splitting those geraniums a little and obviously plant shopping, always a must with a new garden. You are lucky you have the patience to wait all summer and see what happens in the garden and then decide how to intervene.

    • bridget June 27, 2013 at 10:21 am #

      It will be easier in the Winter when everything has died back…I have however intervened in some of the beds. There were some plants I just did’nt like…a horrible grass I don’t know the name of…a demon to remove. Also too many Blackcurrants…they were everywhere. Now all my friends have Blackcurrants in their gardens. I love observing it all…

  9. Anne Wilson June 27, 2013 at 10:48 am #

    Was the grass a green and white variegated one, if so I think it’s lady’s garter, it’s very hard to remove but I like it in small swathes, I have it growing with a vengeance I wonder if it can be contained in a submerged bucket like mint? Another suggestion for your hardy geraniums, Nepeta, it could look wonderful mixed in with the pink and the bees love it.

    • bridget June 27, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

      Yes, it is lady’s garter, although I always knew it as gardener’s garter. I’ve let it grow and am now pulling it out. It comes out fairly easily after rain. I’m hoping this will weaken it in time. Can’t really take everything out of the beds to get all the roots out, well I could but just too much back breaking work. Now I like the sound of Nepeta amongst the perennial Geraniums, that would be a lovely contrast.

  10. Pam's English Garden June 27, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    Your garden is ‘perfect’, Bridget. I love an early morning stroll around my garden, before the insects begin to bite. I, too, have a special tie to those flowers I grow from seed. P. x

  11. KL June 27, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    You are so right — freshly mowed grass smell is beautiful, and their use has no limit in an organic garden. Also it is indeed magic to see plants grown from a seed.

  12. sknicholls June 27, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

    I love your beautiful photos, and the water lily pond especially. I had a koi pond in GA, Sad to say I have nothing like it in Orlando FL.

  13. Mizz Winkens June 28, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    Your garden really is an inspiration! : )

    • bridget June 29, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

      Aw thanks…you are too kind.

  14. silverbells2012 June 28, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

    I was I had your space!
    No suggestions re geraniums, being so new to flower gardening but I am glad that I have finally discovered a liking for them. Not sure I could plant them outside here, though.

  15. Kevin June 29, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

    Any day that begins with songbirds promises to be a good day!

  16. Mominthegarden July 4, 2013 at 9:21 am #

    Oh you are so right! That was definitely a perfect summer morning! I love the look (and smell) of “neat and tidy” cut grass. Your garden is looking so well. I have one flower question for you: 3rd picture down on the right, what is that green plant called? I think the “flowering” part would be a very light green. I also think it is in the bouquet on the bottom left hand side of the picture. Thanks Bridget! Dana

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