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Happiness is ~ supper in the garden on a balmy summer’s evening, then taking the camera for a wander to share bits of the garden with friends! The wildflower “meadow” was newly sown last autumn with Corncockle, Poppies, and Cornflowers. The Ox-Eye Daisies had been in the patch the year before, so had self-seeded.


A friend gave me some Ammi seedlings, which we planted in between the branches of the Cotinus (before it came into leaf) so that I wouldn’t have to stake the Ammi (lazy gardener!). The white flowers peeping between the leaves make it look as though the Cotinus has strange flowers.

Imperata rubra (Japanese Blood Grass)

My favourite Gerbera . . . was supposed to be the next photo, plus my Styrax Japonica which has been making me smile for the past week. But THREE TIMES I got an “Oops” message from the editors, so I don’t understand why the last two photos would NOT upload :((( Maybe I’ll try again later.

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i really love that wild flower meadow

25 Jun, 2012

 

Oh Sheila, that's lovely! The wildflower meadow is beautiful! I so agree with your definition of happiness - I have only just discovered the enrichment of photographing the garden. I see it through new eyes! The Japanese grass is such a good contrast to the white pebbles. I had a cotinus many years ago - long gone. I shall have to think about getting another one. Trouble is - I'm running out of space, and I keep seeing so many attractive things on GOY!

25 Jun, 2012

 

Thank you Sticki and Mel! It's so lucky . . . after the strong winds and heavy rain the Corncockles were flattened - almost horizontal :( but amazingly they have recovered and are standing proud again. Phew :))

25 Jun, 2012

 

Glad to hear that, Sheila! I thought my Sarah Bernhardt peony had been spoiled by being blown about, in spite of staking, but today she's looking much better. More rose petals on the ground than on the plants, though.

25 Jun, 2012

 

Looks really lovely Sheila

25 Jun, 2012

 

That's been really successful. It looks just right.
I grow Geums up through my Philadelphus in much the same way as you use the Cotinus.

25 Jun, 2012

 

The meadow looks just as nature intended....... Beautiful photos x

25 Jun, 2012

 

Thank you very much Sheilar, Oji and Magnadoodle. ;))

25 Jun, 2012

 

The Bloodgrass is shown off so well with the white stones.

25 Jun, 2012

 

Never heard of Ammi, but like the look of it. Love your meadow and am so envious.

25 Jun, 2012

 

Thank you Julia and Tuesdaybear! I think its full name is Ammi majus . . . I first saw it on a Sarah Raven prog on TV. The flowers are bigger and whiter, but a bit like Cow Parsley, and 5 ft tall.

26 Jun, 2012

 

I missed this Sheila, your meadow is fantastic, be great to see the difference next year...It could be totally different. Look how everything works so beautifully there, it is brilliant.

I love the Ammi (ladies lace, I call it) through the cotinus it looks good. :))

26 Jun, 2012

 

Thank you so much Pimm's . . . you do make generous comments :)) Meadow areas are different every year -great fun.

27 Jun, 2012

 

hello fellow Meadower. sounds like you had better luck with your meadow mix than I did! Next year...I wonder what will be growing? " kinda like a box of chocolates...you never know what you're going to get!"Enjoyed the blog.

29 Jun, 2012

 

Thanks Lori - yes, different mix every time!

29 Jun, 2012

 

Missed this Sheila but still have to comment as it all looks lovely...

9 Jul, 2012

 

Thanks very much Lincs!

9 Jul, 2012

 

I missed this - isn't your meadow gorgeous? And I'm deeply in love with your beautiful Cotinus. It isn't fair - mine just WILL NOT grow. I'd like a whole line of them lining the drive, but I have to be realistic - it's never going to happen.

10 Jul, 2012

 

Aaww, thanks Gattina. I know - gardening life is so unfair :(( Maybe a handful of Cotinus seeds from me and Pimpernel will bring you luck . . .

10 Jul, 2012

 

I shall do my best with them, I promise, and only speak to them in English. (Well, they must be made to feel at home). How old is this magnificent one?
It's like elderly parents struggling to bring up a growing family - will we be here long enough to see it grow to maturity? Thank you Sheila.

10 Jul, 2012

 

Oooh, my magnificent one(!) is over 30 years old. Managed to layer a cutting from our previous garden to bring here. Luckily it's happy :))

10 Jul, 2012

 

Just love the wild flower meadow Sheila.....bet the insects are really enjoying it, this weather doesn't help though does it......zilch butterflies up here, how about at yours?

16 Jul, 2012

 

Thanks Janey. FAR fewer butterflies than usual, sadly, hardly seen one since that sunny spell in March :((

16 Jul, 2012

 

Cherry Tart Hosta.. That's what the blood grass reminds me of...I couldn't think of it before.

16 Jul, 2012

 

Haven't heard of that one, Pimm's . . . d'you mean to say there's a Hosta with red on the leaves?!

16 Jul, 2012

 

Oooh yes ~ just Googled it . . . what a lovely plant :))

16 Jul, 2012

 

well, that's amazing..... must see if there's one available here. just bought a white scented one!

20 Jul, 2012

 

Sorry Sheila...I keep falling behind. Yes it is a nice little upright hosta with bright red stems. I don't know why it isn't widely used.

21 Jul, 2012

 

No worries Pimm's . . . there's so much distraction on this site! I shall definitely look out for a Cherry Tart . . . thanks.

21 Jul, 2012

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