For Silent Sunday last week I zoomed in on one of my Poppies in the garden, absolutely stunning mega huge Poppies I had never seen before until we had some building work done a couple of years ago.
I remember going out that day and looking back wistfully at the garden thinking I will set about restoring it all, all my hard work had been either dug up or trodden into oblivion.
Upon my return I found the builders filling up the wrecked flowers beds with soil (excess soil from another job). Many unusual plants sprung up that Spring and the Poppies have been a recurring feature. I managed to save the seeds from all of the flowers but forgot to label (Poppies excluded). Next Spring I am planting each one separately and making it my mission to find out what they are!
These Poppies presented with cabbage like leaves and turned into the most wonderful, tall and unusual Poppies I had ever encountered. These aren't like the short-lived papery red blooms I usually have in the garden, these are enormous with intricate designs and extravagance in their plummage.
The blossoms on the Apple and Cherry trees have had a lot of rain and wind to contend with lately, but unlike last year we do have some Apples! A huge amount of the Apple buds were blown off last night but a lot have survived. I usually have a good old moan around September with the amount of apples we've eaten and frozen in various guises by then, even giving them away to friends and neighbours still leaves tons! But how I missed them last year when there were none, not one. Welcome back.
I've had some Roman Chamomile for a couple of years, I had envisioned a small Chamomile Lawn, I tried planting them out but found the dog peeing on them regularly, so out they came and back into pots! If you have never smelt Roman Chamomile you really should, next to Lavender it is the most potent, calming, wonderful smell. The essential oil that is extracted from the plant is very expensive but just rubbing the plant gently between your fingers and having a good sniff, whooshes the heady scent up your nostrils and instant calm. We need a scratch n sniff facility here!
And finally for this week, the Honesty plants that pop up in various places every year in the garden uninvited but very welcome. I've always been fascinated with how they transform from this....
and then turn into papery, pearly discs.
How does your garden grown this week?? Pop on over to Annie's blog at Mammasaurus to see everyone's wonderful gardens.