In a vase on Monday – celebration

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Saturday saw me hosting the lovely Secret Garden openers, plus helpers, for coffee, a debrief, and an excuse to eat cake.

Bearing in mind the Secret Gardens event raised over £3,000, we were feeling pretty chipper.  We were then made even more proud by the news that the air ambulance, our chosen charity, had landed on St Helens Green (a stone’s throw from Duver Diary) during the week to take a heart patient off to the mainland, thus making it all the more ‘real’ why we’d made the effort.

Consequently, it felt like an occasion to have celebratory flowers, so I pulled together a rather mad combination of Dahlia ‘Burlesca,’IMG_2951

Dahlia ‘La Recoleta’ (er, maybe, looks a bit ‘flat’),IMG_2946

Dahlia ‘Happy Single Date’IMG_1420

Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer,’IMG_2947

Zinnia ‘Raspberry Cordial,’IMG_2950

and Pelargonium ‘Surcouf,’IMG_2948

(marginally!) cooled down with some Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ flower budsIMG_2949

Why don’t you see what others have in their Monday vases over at Cathy’s blog, Rambling in the Garden?  Cathy herself is clearly in the pink!

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – July 2017

Plenty of Dahlias providing fabulous spikes and pom poms and now joined by numerous annuals in their stride, including nasturtiums,

marigolds – Calendula ‘Pink Surprise’ (with the surprise being how very un-pink!)IMG_2903

and outdoor sweet peas, including the bicoloured ‘Prince Edward’.

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In the Veg Patch, as well as the sweet peas, I’m growing Panicum ‘Frosted Explosion’ for the first time.IMG_2923

Meanwhile the Grass Bed has been turned into a daisy bed by the addition of Cosmos ‘Psyche White’IMG_2931

Erigeron ‘Sommerneuschnee,’ larger flowered (about an inch in diameter) and taller thanIMG_2934

 Erigeron karvinskianus
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These have been joined by the spires of Verbascum chaixii ‘album’ and Salvia horminum ‘White Swan’.

More white (and blue) from the Agapanthus lining the back of the Strawberry Bed, back bigger and better this year.IMG_2926

Two Penstemons in the Swing Bed, the first a cutting from my sister’s garden, P.  ‘Stapleford Gem’ and the second inherited and unnamed.

More lilac/blue in this Scabious – a bit of a mystery plant!  I think it’s one I grew from seed last year – Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Blue Cockade.’  It did nothing last year, but this year, to my surprise, a number of plants have appeared.  However, whilst the flowers are lovely, the plants are tall (approaching a metre) and have flopped all over the place and need staking.

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Lastly, in the Bronze Bed this Echincea – ‘Summer Cocktail’.  Don’t mind if I do!IMG_2954

Belatedly joining Carol at May Dreams Gardens who hosts everyone’s GBBD.

In a vase on Monday – out of water!

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So a complete cheat of an IaVoM – not only not my arrangement, but not even a vase!

The weekend saw the visit of my friend, together with her sister who I hadn’t met over from the States.  You know when guests say ‘Anything I can do?’ and you say ‘Could you set the table please?’ and they plonk round cutlery and glasses and all is good?

Well the result of this request on Saturday evening was this lovely table setting.  Not only complicated napkins arrangements, but the inspired addition of matching pink Pelargonium flowers in the centre of them.  I’ve never seen the like and was chuffed to bits – especially as, although I’d made little Sweet Pea arrangements for the guest bedrooms, I hadn’t found time to arrange flowers for the table.

Thanks K and C!IMG_2252a

And thanks too to Cathy at Rambling in  the Garden who hosts IaVoM.

The Old Rectory, Kinston – just dreamy

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The weekend before my own garden opening I gave myself the afternoon off to visit my friend Louise’s garden which was open for the NGS.

The Old Rectory is a wonderful garden, continually developing and always an absolute delight.  This visit was further enhanced by a spectacularly beautiful day.  The meadow above was added a couple of years ago, a second meadow to this longer established one below.

Louise loves roses and was definitely the inspiration for the number I’ve now planted chez Duver Diary.IMG_2729

There are always lovely planting combinations and new varieties to admire.

Thanks Louise, it was just beautiful.

As my neighbour said, who visited for the first time – “Best £4 I’ve ever spent!”