Thursday, 9 August 2012

Flower Patches

We're having a sunny garden inspired week here......so i thought i'd show you this little flower patch pincushion, complete with bee button ..........and i also wanted to show some pictures of my real flower patch ...........
 .............i finally grew some hollyhocks :) and the snails have only nibbled the leaves a bit......i love the daisies and cornflowers together, with some poppies growing behind, a nice bit of red, white and blue...
 ............there are some very orange gazanias which was a surprise but they do add a bit of zing to the pretty planting.....everything has been flowering since the sun began to shine, and lots of things have self seeded, such a bonus.......
 ...........the beehive is a composter, not a real beehive.......the victorian cloche was a present form mr p....such a lovely one too......the tangle of sweetpeas below became much more flowery since that picture was taken, as you can see in the lower photo......

 .............i sooo love sweetpeas, these are my cheap and cheerful ones producing masses of blooms.......
 ...........a little garden scrapbook made ages ago and found again recently.....it's so interesting to keep these and look back at your garden and all the changes over the years.......though blogs do that too :)
                                          .........a posy from my very own cutting patch............
..........and now in a pretty jug indoors........this week i had the pleasure of spending a sunny afternoon in the delightful garden of some lovely friends......when i have sorted out the pictures i look forward to sharing them too....other people's gardens are so inspiring, aren't they??
.....thank you for visiting me here in my little bit of blogland.....i so enjoy your visits......i will be taking a short blog break as we are off to the seaside in a couple of days time but i will be visiting you before i go :)........wishing you happy sunny days.....back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

51 comments:

Gerda said...

What a lovely garden, much like I pictured an English cottage garden would look like.
Happy days away, groetjes, Gerda

crafts@home said...

Your garden is stunning, Have a super time away at the seaside, and come back with lots of inspiring ideas and some photos to share :)
Sue Xxx

Maria Glazacheva said...

Oh quelles Jolie jardin Helen!! :O)
J`adore votres fleurs!! :O) Et Coussin pour aiguilles !! j`adore sur tout la couleure!! :O)
Bonne journee!! Et merci de visitez mon blog et lesse votre doux commentaire chez moi!! :O)
xxx Maria xxx

Pink Milk said...

Hello lovely Helen!

What gorgeous pictures of your garden - it's looking so very pretty. I've heard much talk of cutting patches this year so I'm quite determined to create my own at some point. A jug of flowers is a joy but to have grown them all yourself? Wonderful.

I love the idea of your garden scrapbook too!

Do hope you're having a fabulous summer.

Heather x

KC'sCourt! said...

pretty garden! I love your composter
Julie xxxxxxx

greenrabbitdesigns said...

I think gardens are the most inspirational places ever!
Yours is beautiful Helen, I love your little red, white and blue patch. :)
Your sweetpeas are lovely too, I have to say mine have been a bit of a disappointment this year not so many flowers, I'm blaming the rain!!
I love the purple/pink colour of your hollyhocks, they are amazing plants. I have lots of buds on mine, just waiting for them to open.
Better go Helen, once I start talking flowers, I don't know when to stop. :) Have a fantastic holiday by the sea!
Vivienne x

my4lilgirls said...

I love your garden Helen, so cottagy, the scrap book is gorgeous too.
Have a lovely weekend Karen x

Naturally Carol said...

A lovely tangle of summer blooms and a very cute little pincushion!

Clara {Clover and Violet} said...

I really like the idea of a book filled with memories of each years garden! They do change so much! Love your little pincushion, they are my favorite sewing collectible!

marigold jam said...

Love the little pin cushion and your garden looks great too and the pretty posy. We have a couple of those bee hive composters made by my own handyman husband and the window cleaner was somewhat concerned when they first appeared as he was not keen on being stung!! Have a good holiday.

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

What a beautiful garden you have :D And such pretty patchwork. I'm sitting here sewing some hexies and catching up on my blog reading. You've inspired me to move out into the garden :D

birdie blue said...

your garden is absolutely stunning, helen.from your hollyhocks, daisies, cornflowers to the darling sweetpeas, it's so vibrantly beautiful. love your little posy, too.

sending you lots of blue skies.
xo
molly

Cindy said...

I love seeing pics of other people's gardens. Especially cottage gardens like yours.
The pincushion is so pretty.

Kay said...

Whatever you do always looks so lovely, you have such an eye for colour.

GardenofDaisies said...

Your flower patch is an absolute delight! Beautiful sweet peas and daisies! I can certainly see how it inspires creativity, such as that sweet little pincushion.

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

Your garden looks wonderful! Have a great holiday! Ada :)

debbie @ happy little cottage said...

Your garden is just what I imagine an English garden should be! Just lovely! And the PKM pincushion is adorable and matches your garden perfectly!!
Enjoy your time by the sea!
xoxo Debbie

Thea said...

Such a delight, I love this time of year
Thea x

Deborah said...

Your garden is so pretty, great place to sit and have a cold drink :) hope you have a wonderful summer holiday sweetie

Bee happy x

vintage grey said...

Hi Helen! Your garden is so pretty and cheerful!! Wishing you a lovely and relaxing vacation!! xo Heather

Simone said...

Have a lovely seaside break. x

Teje Karjalainen said...

Dear Helen, I'm always so happy to find a post from you! Beautiful, sweet, lightful, happy ... now I need to make a new pin cushion!
Have a wonderful time! x Teje

Paula said...

Goodness me your garden is just so pretty!

I love sweetpeas too but mine are dying off now. They did produce a fair few flowers but not nearly enough for the to be dying off so soon!

Love the victorian cloche that really is gorgeous! What a lovely garden you have.


P x

Lynne said...

I love the pictures of your garden, since everything here is dry and dead from the heat! Hollyhocks and sweetpeas are my favorite. Have a good time by the sea.

Rosabears said...

I love your colours.
Have a good time.
Marja

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

So nice to have a garden with so many beautiful blooms. Your little patchwork pincushion is lovely, too. Enjoy your time at the seaside. Best wishes and blessings, Tammy

Katie said...

Gorgeous photos from your garden, Helen. Have a lovely time at the seaside xxx

sew said...

Lovely to see your garden as always (I want some cornflowers - NOW!) & I love your bee button!
I hope you have a lovely sunny break. Please give my love to the seaside - I do miss being relatively near to the coast, but then I wouldn't see my granddaughter every day, so you can't have everything.
No doubt there will be some holiday pics for us to see before too long.
xx

Frances said...

What beautiful flowers grow in your garden! I can see how they inspire your creative work.

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday. I imagine that the seaside will also inspire you.

xo

LaaLaa said...

Hi helen. I've got all your books but only just seen your blog! The pincushion is beautiful. I love the PKM fabrics; so pretty and am so jealous of your gorgeous garden. Lynda xx

Tangled Sweetpea said...

Your garden is looking gorgeous Helen, and i simply love your little pincushion! Hope you havea fabulous holiday!
Victoria xx

Alessandra said...

Love your pincushion and your flowery garden, too!!
Enjoy your holidays, xxx Alessandra

Jooles said...

pretty pretty pretty x
I love your little posie and of course your sweet pin cushion.
have fun at the seaside!
love jooles x

Deborah said...

What breathtaking photos! I have a warm spot in my heart for Pam Kitty Morning fabric and for pincushions. In fact, I'm sewing lovely festive hearts from your Simple Sewn Gifts with my mine! Have a wonderful holiday.

Jane said...

How pretty your garden is looking Helen, the weather has just been lovely hasn't it for the last few days. I love that bee button! Your scrapbook is super, I am putting a scrapbook together for Milly
;0) Have a lovely seaside break, I do hope the weather holds for you. I so agree about gardens, they are all so individual aren't they.
Jane x

Terra said...

A little Bluebird of a blogger sent me over here; your garden and photos are lovely.

koralee said...

So darling and I just adore my special little heart...you my dear are so thoughtful and kind in everyway...and that garden is lovely. xoxoxo Hugs of thanks.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Helen,

It was lovely to discover your beautiful blog and meet you, via Koralee.
You have a lovely garden and I adore sweet peas and your pretty patchwork pincushions.
Have a wonderful time away at the seaside.

Hugs
Carolyn

driftwood said...

your garden is truly beautiful Helen, such an inspiration! I have some hollyhocks growing for the first time ever, no flowers yet, but I'm waiting xxx

Jane said...

I have fallen in love with your blog. Your imagery is stunning. I am inspired!!

Jane said...

Hi Helen, I hope it's ok but I shared your beautiful blog on my website, Jane x

Rhona said...

Your garden is always full of colour, it must be fabulous to sit there and relax! Have a great time at the seaside.

trish said...

So pretty Helen. :o)

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Thats really pretty Helen
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by Teresa said...

Dear Helen, I so enjoyed the flowers in your garden! Love your needlework project and your old journal, it's wonderful. Enjoy your visit to the seaside - we just got back from our lake camping trip - I do hope you come and see the photos.. I may have put too many on my blog.. :-) ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Sam I Am...... said...

Just lovely! A compost bin so pretty? I want one like that! LOL!
Your journal is very inspiring...I need to do that. Flowers this year and here in the South U.S. has been a struggle. I'm learning though but oh how I would love to garden where you are...it produces wonderful gardens and gardeners! Your pin cushion is darling! I never cease to be amazed at your talent and creativity. Have a great week!

Pam said...

Hi,
I hope you don't mind my asking, avery new to blogland!,but what do you stuff your pin cushions with? I have always used toy stuffing but have been told I should use odd bits of cotton batting or crushed walnut shells. The cotton batting I have plenty of but the walnut shells are very evasive!!
Please help :)

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Sarah Lounsbury said...

Beautiful photographs!



ciao bella
sensible sarah

Christin said...

Hello,
what lovely creations....love the colours.
Thank you for the chance to win one of them.

Christin

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Regina said...

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