Absolutely true ! It's such a pleasure to fill the house with freshly picked flowers from the garden. Love the colour combinations of both flowers and vases in your photos!
It's such a simple pleasure and I love choosing the vases.
I have just treated myself to a bunch tonight. A lot of the flowers in my garden suffered in the heat whilst we were up in Scotland - so not a lot to pick at the moment - but it is nice even to have a bunch of supermarket flowers.
We have Morrison's supermarket and their flowers are very good. I often add a few branches of foliage from the garden to a bought bunch.
No such thing as too many flowers and each of your vases is lovely. It is wonderful to have so much to pick from the garden. It may be my imagination but the colour in the flowers seem intensified in the heat.
It is such a treat to have a garden to pick from and I don't know about the colours but the scent is certainly intensified by the heat - nicotianas in particular.
Or receptacles for them! Gorgeous... Most of mine are over now or fried in the heat, but the roses, sweet peas and courgettes are still flowering...
Suggestion for your wasps nest... When it's dark and they're quiet sneak up and put some tape over the hole and tape down the lid if it has one. Then move it to a far corner of the garden, wait until the angry buzzing inside calms down (but while it's still dark) then whip the tape off the front and run into the house! Either they'll vacate next morning or continue to nest there but at least they and you won't be bothering each other. A friend has done this and it worked but there IS an element of risk as you run back to the house!
Just make sure you aren't allergic to the little darlings...says one who keeps her epipen nearby for just such unhappy encounters. :)
I don't have nerves of steel where wasps are concerned (ended up on hospital once when someone I was with disturbed a wasp nest! I fear it will be spray....
Those tobacco plants must smell gorgeous, especially as they are white ones. My father used to grow them so they are a happy reminder of childhood. I didn't like his dahlias for some reason though! We came across a garden during NGS visits that was a perfect replica of the sixties and seventies garden that we had. The owner was in his nineties and had resisted all the modern trends and stuck beautifully to his Percy Thrower days. Marigolds, Busy Lizzies, Begonias, Dahlias, Zinnias, tea roses, Chrysanthemums and Gladioli to name but a few.
I do remember those gardens - great skill but definite right and wrong ways to do things! The best modern gardens are very sophisticated and subtle in comparison but it's lovely to have the variety we have - one of the nicest things about Open Gardens.
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