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Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – August 2017

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Plenty of blooms for my late GBBD, starting with this lovely Cosmos, C. ‘Psyche White’.  This is flourishing in the Grass Bed together with the newly planted Erigeron sommerneuschnee and

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and the late sown Malope trifida ‘Alba’ which has only just started flowering.IMG_3045

Bringing more colour, plenty of Dahlias – pink (clockwise) ‘Hillcrest Royal’, ‘Roxy’, ‘Burlesque’ and unknown (!)

dark – D. La Recolata

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and orange –  the old favourite D. Happy Single Date

More pink from fabulous Perlagonium ‘Surcouf’ now climbing the trellis

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and a couple of other colour duos in the Swing Bed – Aster frikartii ‘Monch’ in the foreground with Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’ behind

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and Salvia x jamensis ‘Stormy Sunrise’ and Diascia personata

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Meanwhile, in the tin bath by the steps, the jolly Gazanias continue to flowers their jolly socks off.

 

In the Bronze Bed the oft featured roses and dahlias have now been joined by Echinacea ‘Summer Cocktail’IMG_3016

and Agastache ‘Apricot Sprite’ grown from seed (from Special Plants) last year.

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And to finish this little Viper’s Bugloss, also grown from seed and still sitting in the seed tray while I try to decide where to plant it.  I think it deserves better!

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I’m joining Carol at May Dreams Gardens to celebrate GBBD, why don’t you see what others have blooming?

Andalucian jewels

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We’re just back from a  week at the beautiful Finca el Cerrillo on a guided walking holiday with Headwater, and whilst I hoped there might be some wild flowers to admire, I had no idea of the beauty of the Finca’s own gardens or the sheer scale of the wild flowers waiting for me.

Firstly, at the Finca, there was a charming ‘cultivated’ area around the rooms and the pool:IMG_6480

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but also, further from the Finca, but still in the grounds, was a wilder area complete with treehouse (and honesty bar!)IMG_6499

and beautiful blooms and vistas.IMG_6508

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And then walking in the areas around the Finca we saw huge areas of Vipers BuglossIMG_6745

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Cistus (both pink and white) and Lavandula stoechasIMG_6633IMG_6843IMG_6690

Asphodel (both flowers and extraordinary seed heads)

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Sweet peas

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PhlomisIMG_6708

Wild lupinsIMG_6648

Orchids – Mirror Orchid

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Some stunning trees, figs, almonds and tamariskIMG_6602IMG_6608IMG_6616

Clover

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and this beautiful little toadflax.IMG_6867

I assure you there are many more photos, but I’ll leave it there.  I would just urge you to go to this stunning area of Andulucia, north east of Malaga, and see them for yourself.

With enormous thanks to Sue and Gordon for being such great hosts at Finca el Cerrillo, and thanks also to our very knowledgeable and eagle eyed guide Jenny.

And thanks also to Gail, at Clay and Limestone, who hosts a monthly Wildflower Wednesday meme, which I’ve linked this post to.  Thanks Gail!