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July in the garden!!



  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    Two weeks ago I posted this snap of my strawberry which had been green for several weeks...

    We've had some sunshine in the past two days, and it has rippened...

    Have now eaten strawberry. It tasted OK, but was not really sweet and juicy, a bit disappointing actually. All these snaps were taken yesterday afternoon too...

    Lilies are beginning to bloom. This is Orange Art...

    This is Forever Susan...


    The pretty light blue plant in the centre is Malva Moschata...

     Rose of Sharon. A very reliable plant, and very popular with bees...

    There were a surprisingly large number of butterflies about yesterday. The blue flower here is Field Scabious. I bought 2 of these as plugs from my GC in February, and planted in some long grass. You can barely see the flower in the grass, but butterflies managed to find it...

     Common Blue...

     Butterfly on blackberries (the white flowers are blackberry flowers)...


  • gardeningfanticgardeningfantic Posts: 1,019

    lovely lillies Gary.. loving the pics of butterflies..not seen any here for some time to windy at mo.. and rather wet..thou suppose to get warmer for the weekend so be outside doing so trimming and dead heading.. some of my cosmos have been broken in the wind last few days.. so have to go and stake them.. never normally have to with themimage 

    i am so fed up with weather now i really am.. just want to go and sit outside and watch the garden while sipping wine in the evenings.. but no.. it is like winter dark wet and blooming cold of late.. the petals are being blown off before they get chance to open and all being battered over.. somethings still are not really flowering at all yet it is a wash out.

    And i see the garden centres have also lost out as they have loads of summer bedding left and going at cheap price.. that is only ray of light.. must get up there and see what bargains i can get.. still got few holes to fill.image

  • Miss BecksMiss Becks Posts: 3,468

    I love that Orange Art Gary. So pretty. Shame about your first strawberry tasting. What variety Strawberry is it. Looks nice and big.

  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    Not sure what variety of strawberry that is. I bought several varieties, a few years ago, and that's a mongrel runner, transplanted, with some others, into a large pot.

    I was quiite surprised to see those butterflies, considering the reports of devastation in the press. Though I haven't seen any Peacocks, Red Admirals and similar, yet. There's still plenty of time.

    The weather here (Warwickshire) had been really depressing, for weeks on end, but does appear to be on the change, and the forecast is a lot brighter.

  • gardeningfanticgardeningfantic Posts: 1,019

    Yep we are nearing the end of this month and for the next few days (fingers crossed) they are forecasting warm hot weather.. so i hope it lasts for some period of time or the plants will get all confused again.

    Must say lot of my plants have flowered and ended already as weather bad.. so hopeing if i cut some downthey will go again..

  • InkadogInkadog Posts: 492

    Woke to pouring rain this morning----the only gardeining I'm doing today is digging a grave. My old cat, Deedlepuss Rex, will be crossing the Rainbow Bridge later today. The vet is coming here, so it should be peaceful.

  • Pottie PamPottie Pam Posts: 887

    So sorry Inkadog. The kindest owners know when their pet has come to the end of the road.

    The vet came to me for my last dog and he went peacefully to sleep eating liver out of my hand.

    Happy hunting Deedlepuss Rex over the Rainbow Bridge.

  • Pottie PamPottie Pam Posts: 887

    Just googled 'The Rainbow Bridge.'  Really beautiful but has made me cry. 

  • Chris9Chris9 Posts: 92


     We have had a great deal of birds which have been fabulous to watch, these our in our neighbours garden but next to our patio window.



  • InkadogInkadog Posts: 492

    Thank you, pottiepam. He has been a good friend for the past 17 years; he was a stray who adopted me when I was visiting near Los Angeles many years ago. I flew home with him, and he has had an excellent life here.

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