Sunday, June 28, 2015

Fragrant Peas

Sweet peas season has started and this year I only have those I planted from seed.
I love the white ones with a touch of pink

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Bouquets of June

One thing I love about having a garden is being able to have fresh fragrant bouquets from spring to late autumn.
As June is a month of bounty in this respect, I thought I'd post some of the bouquets I made and managed to take a picture of :)

Here is a recent one in a colour combination I'm rather fond of despite the fact that I'm generally not very drawn to getting yellow flowers for my garden.
It's Graham Thomas and the Pilgrim plus the mock-orange and a couple of lavender stems.
I found out that by crushing the wood stem of the mock-orange you can make its vase life considerably longer.

I've got these large cornflower blooms this year that last 7 days or more in the vase.
And they're just starting to show up.
And I've got a whole patch of them :)

I love this combination of sweet peas, scabious and corn flower.

June also means my girl's birthday and she had her first real party this year, so I picked flowers from the garden and made 4 arrangements.
This is one of them, the others I forgot to photograph.

And a natural self-made bouquet as this little rose always comes in perfect bunches

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Sunset by the Lake

Today was the national celebration day here in Luxembourg.
I stayed out of all the fuss and festivities and I only heard the midnight fireworks from the distance of my bedroom, but the sunset by my favourite lake ... this I did not miss.
Not today.
Happy anniversary, Luxembourg!
May life be always as peaceful and beautiful as this sunset reflected in this ancient lake.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Garden Beauties

Some photos I took this morning with my phone.
I never seem to be able to photograph it all - there is so much going on, but I thought I'd better post some rather than none :)

Gentle Hermione with delphinium

New rose - Boscobel

Jubilee Celebration

Lady Emma Hamilton with alium

Graham Thomas

Mock orange

Poppy with a visitor :)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Home to Plants, Playground to Children

Here's a piece of my garden as seen from the balcony.

There were celebrations over the last weekend and fun was had and gifts were bought ... and received by the birthday girl.
Now the view to my garden includes a big garden house for kids and for people as tall as I am (1.65m) who can actually stand inside :)

Monday, June 15, 2015

Roses of Early June

It's the time I'm waiting for all winter - the time when all the roses open their blooms and fill my garden and house with their pretiness.
These photos were taken in the beginning of June, but now they are still blooming profusely with new ones coming along.
So one day of early June I cut one stem from about each rose bush that was blooming at the time. Some were not, so these are just a part of my now 28 rose bushes.
I brought them all inside and I just had to have a photo shoot in my small and amateurish soft box :)
Here is the line-up:
Yellow - Graham Thomas and The Pilgrim
Lower pink - English Garden and Princess Alexandra of Kent
Middle pinks- Evelyn and Brother Cadfael
Top pinks - Garten Traume and Gentle Hermione
Dark red - Munstead Wood and Astrid Gräfin von Hardenberg
In this photo there is also the purple rose which might be Novalis by Kordes, but as I've stollen it (psst, don't tell anyone!), I'm not sure of its name.
There's also, at the very right end, another dark coloured rose, which I assume it's the Dark Lady by David Austin, this being the last mistery in my garden :)

A close-up of the roses now.
Astrid & Munstead

Princess Alexandra

Gentle Hermione

Garten Traume

Brother Cadfael - I loooooove this rose!

Evelyn - I love this one, too.
It looks a bit like a painting to me

English Garden

The Pilgrim

Graham Thomas
I enjoy June so much, now that I have a rose garden.
I only wish my garden were bigger so I could add more roses.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Itoh peony

I've got this peony as a gift...well, I got a "cheque cadeau" and I chose this beauty and an arch for the garden.
It is now in its fourth year and positioned in a rather dry sandy spot near the driveway of the house, but I've found it to be so carefree.
Itoh peonies are herbaceous, so they die back to the ground every year, but their foliage looks similar to a tree peony and the flowers are similar to those of tree peonies, too.
They stay in bloom for about a month because the flowers last for a long time and because there are several flowers on the same stem that are in various stages of development.
What's not to love about it?