Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Phew, it's hot out there!

What a lovely few days, although you do wonder if this is the entire summer over in a weekend!
On Sunday we went to the Cambridgeshire show at Wimpole hall, great fun with lots to see. It was a great mix of rural crafts, livestock and ultra modern farming kit all thrown together in a great amateurish way.

Anyway out in the garden everything is starting to flower, here are a few examples.

This is probably my favourite grass, Briza maxima I love the way the panicles dance in the lightest breeze.

I have a small collection of pinks and carnations, this one called Elizabethan dates from the 1700's. Pinks get their name not from the colour but from the ragged edges to the petals that look as if they have been trimmed using pinking shears* (* younger readers may needed to consult Google!).

This dog rose came with the garden and it is one of the earliest to flower. Sadly it's flowering season only lasts a couple of weeks.

I moved it last year to grow through the fence around the veg patch. In it's original place behind a shed it wasn't doing a lot but now given it's head it is growing in the rampant way only a dog rose can.


  1. Gary, it has been hot - great for those that like heat but for me it is very debilitating . Still the forecast is for cooler weather so I will be happy that we have had a few days for the sun lovers!

    Best wishes Sylvia

  2. Gary, Briza maxima grows all over the place here, it's an introduced species. We commonly call it Rattlesnake grass because the seed head look like the snake's rattles. The other common name is Quaking grass because of the way it moves in the breeze. It's one of my favorite weeds.

  3. Stunning photos as usual! Such a great photographer! It is sweltering hot here as well! Soon it will be too hot to work out in the garden

  4. Briza maxima is known as quaking grass here, though I like rattlesnake grass more.

    DP thank you for the compliments, this blog has get back into photographing plants and I am constanly trying to improve my technique.

  5. This year, your garden seems so lively! Whatchamasay! I'm flummoxed!


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