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Ooof.

It seems to be remarkably hot and humid here at the moment, and I keep wanting to go to sleep.  I did manage to make myself mow the lawn, and got very hot and sticky doing it too.


But I could not bring myself to mow all the buttercups, so I mowed a little island around them.
I like the way the sunshine filters through the hedge to give them a golden light.





Flowering hawthorn, an apple tree, and yellow flag iris in the pond.  The yellow flag, being a robust wildflower has almost defeated the smaller domestic blue-flowering irises.
I keep meaning to cut that hawthorn before it becomes too big, but I keep leaving it because it is in bloom, or because it has berries on.


I need to get better at garden ruthlessness, or at least timing.

And more flowering hawthorn, hiding behind an ornamental crabapple (on the left) and the hot pink flowers of the crinodendron (center).  See above about 'need to improve garden ruthlessness'.

These foxgloves are volunteers, as are the buttercups: but I can't see that they are really any less decorative for being self-sown wildflowers rather than bought in a pot from a garden centre.

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heartofoshun
7th Jun, 2016 13:48 (UTC)
These photos are breathtaking. I love wildflowers myself.
bunn
7th Jun, 2016 22:18 (UTC)
I'm glad you like them!
thesmallhobbit
7th Jun, 2016 15:37 (UTC)
Your garden looks lovely, and so long as you're not loosing the dogs in it, what's the problem?
bunn
7th Jun, 2016 21:59 (UTC)
:-D now you see the reason that I prefer my foster dogs to be long legged and of a nice visible colour. A small one could vanish into the jungle and never be seen again! :-D
dhampyresa
7th Jun, 2016 21:29 (UTC)
This is so pretty!
timetiger
7th Jun, 2016 22:53 (UTC)
The buttercups look magical. Good on you mowing the lawn in the heat and humidity. 34C is predicted for us on Saturday and I'm already plotting just how much of the day I can spend supine.

I'd not heard of crinodendrons. "Trees that wear crinolines?" I asked myself. Fortunately I asked the interwebs, too, and have now seen not only your striking photo but one showing the neat little flowers close up.

Volunteers! Yes, that's the right name for them.
bunn
9th Jun, 2016 06:44 (UTC)
Crinodendrons are excellent trees, I don't know why they aren't more popular. Mine was rather lollipop shaped for a while, but the bottom has filled out now so it looks more natural.
topum
7th Jun, 2016 23:08 (UTC)
I learned that the flowers in the last picture are called foxgloves from this post. And I already used this knowledge to comment on an entry by another friend of mine, they had a picture of foxgloves there too.
bunn
9th Jun, 2016 06:44 (UTC)
I forget that my common wildflowers are not universally common!
lindahoyland
8th Jun, 2016 03:24 (UTC)
Lovely. The weather makes me sleepy too.
bunn
9th Jun, 2016 06:45 (UTC)
The dogs feel it too : they are much less demanding of walks than usual!
anna_wing
8th Jun, 2016 04:25 (UTC)
My garden is extremely shaggy, since I don't prune things unless they're getting in my way. Several of my nicest things came as wildlings, including the white I>Melastoma malabathricum</i>, which is rather rare. I think yours looks lovely.
bunn
9th Jun, 2016 06:49 (UTC)
I hadn't encountered Melastoma malabathricum - what a pretty shrub to arrive as a volunteer.

For some reason I have a clear mental image (entirely fictional I think) of your garden under a full moon :perhaps because you have mentioned a number of large white flowers.

I attacked the upper garden yesterday and now there is at least a proper mown path around the apple and cherry trees!
anna_wing
9th Jun, 2016 08:14 (UTC)
It's a very common tropical weed, basically because it needs to pass through a bird's digestive system first, and birds love the berries. So it spreads far and wide. The berries are edible for people too, but stain the tongue, thus the name.

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