Friday, 10 August 2012

Five Favourite Flowers

We've been to Ireland to help friends celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. If you've ever been to Ireland to help anyone celebrate you'll understand why we're both still feeling a little weary. How do they party all night and then carry on partying from lunchtime the next day? At their age? *groan* *yawn*

So I'm spending time in the garden regaining a little strength and clarity of thought. Mr A has excelled himself this year. Our garden is amazing in spite of the rain and here are my five favourite flowers that I photographed over the last two days:


In 5th place comes echinacea - I love those tiny bobbly bits (not a technical term) in the middle.


4th sedum - The tiny flowers fascinate me.


3rd geranium - We have a number of different geraniums in our garden. I told someone at the party in Ireland that we almost had the National Collection. Wrong person to tell little white lies to!! He has over a 100 in his garden and he started quoting Latin names at me. I went and chatted to someone else.


2nd gladioli - There's just the one spike opened so far, such an elegant shape.


In 1st place comes the rose - I couldn't blog about favourite flowers without including a rose although I had trouble finding one that hadn't been mushed by the rain. When I was a kid Dad bought me a rose bush of my own, deep red, lovely perfume, and he was the only person to ever call me Rosey Posey. Roses have always been my favourite flower.

21 comments:

  1. Beautiful, Ros! Well done, that man!

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  2. I love roses, too. I'm going to be pulling out my garden boxes soon, We live in a deed restricted niegborhood so I can't grow anything in the ground. I plan also to buy a giant pot so I can have at least 1 rose bush. I like the yellow-pink tipped ones.

    Your pictures were lovely.

    Shelly
    http://secondhandshoesnovel.blogspot.com/

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  3. Beautiful pictures and I love roses too. As you say, difficult to find any that haven't been ruined by rain this year.

    Love the story about your dad giving you your very own rose!

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  4. Lovely pictures, Ros - I hope your carousing hasn't put you off going back to Ireland. Even when sober, it's a beautiful place.

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  5. Those are gorgeous! Our weather here has been so hot and humid that our gardens are awful. The poor flowers are so sad. So, I'll enjoy your photos instead!

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  6. i love roses too....but when it comes to parties....where's your stamina Ros?

    Perhaps you should go into training for the next one!

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  7. Lovely flowers - I'd never seen echinacea before. Do you do anything with it? Like boil it for tea? I love roses too and that's a lovely colour. Did you drink lots of Guiness?

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  8. Beautiful pictures, Rosalind! We have some echinacea and I just love the texture of it.

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  9. Thanks Pippa

    Hi Shelly, I can't imagine living without a garden. Hope you get some big pots soon.

    Hi Shirley, the weather has taken its toll on the vegetable plot too.

    Thanks Delores

    Hi Jo, there are some beautiful areas in Ireland, I agree.

    Hi Jemi, you can share my flowers anytime.

    Hi Bridget, I have NO stamina. Surely you've worked that out by now.

    Hi Susan, we just look at the echinacea. Mr A grew them from seed.

    Hi Ruth, they are lovely, aren't they :-)

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  10. I had to laugh at your comment about partying all night and then starting all over again at lunchtime the next day. I vaguely remember being able to do that, but it's been a long time.

    Your flowers are gorgeous. The rose reminds me of my husband's aunt. She has a HUNDRED rose bushes. All pink. And all from a single original plant. When she'd bring cut roses into the house, after a few days, she'd take them outside and stick the stems into the dirt. Some took root; some didn't. So now her yard is a pink rose wonderland, and even at the age of 92, she still tends to them.

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  11. Thanks for a lovely post. Beautiful, beautiful flowers!

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  12. Your photos are lovely. You certainly have green fingers. I think if I went to a long party like that I'd be exhausted too yet remember the days when I could party all night. I will have to get my garden organised for next year. I have one rose bush lol!!

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  13. Isn't echinacea a cold cure? Pretty flower - I like it. Gladioli make me think of Dame Edna and the way they go off at the bottom before the top has opened properly put me off - sorry! Geraniums are such good value and flourish out here in the Tenerife heat, and roses - of course, as long as they smell!

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  14. Great post and gorgeous photos. I love roses too, I love the silky feel of the petals and their heady scent.

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  15. Hi Ros .. love the photos - and am so pleased you had such a 'fun' time in Ireland - yea I'm not a great party goer day in day out .. once in a while = fantastic!!

    Enjoy the sunshine that we've now got .. and lovely that the garden is flourishing so well - cheers Hilary

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  16. You have a beautiful garden Rosalind! Though my intentions were good, my flower boxes leave much to be desired. Julie

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  17. Beautiful flowers. Never fail to cheer.

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  18. My favorites are glads, and I started growing them again just this year. The one I took photos of this morning is a peachy color with a tiny bit of yellow near the centers.

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  19. loved your pics and commentary. laughed at the one where the guy began to expound and you moved on - ha!
    Quite lovely flowers, indeed.

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  20. I have echinacea envy!All of the flowers look beautiful. Well done Mr. A.

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