Friday, 15 July 2011

Friday Flower Splash

 Sunflower - the star of the show.

 Zinnia Elegans.

Another Zinnia Elegans.  I think if I was a flower I would be this one.  A bit dishevelled and quirky with a warm centre!

Pot Marigold otherwise known as Calendula.  The bees and butterflies adore this plant and I love its cheery colour.

The lavender.  Fresh and vibrant and my all time favourite.  I can never have too much lavender in the garden, even when it is straggly and windblown.  It evokes a sense of the past to me and I feel a deep connection to it.

'Lavender's blue, dilly dilly, lavender's green
When I am King, dilly dilly, you shall be queen'

Part of a traditional English nursery rhyme of which there are many variations.


Toffeeapple said...

What beautiful colours the Zinnias are.

Michela said...

Such perfect shots!
Have a lovely weekend!

Judy Hartman said...

Hi Simone! I have been away and just came back to your blog, and was greeted by a lovely new header, and a beautiful explosion of color! What gorgeous flowers!!

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Wow stunning photos Simone! I do love sunflowers, I'm afraid I'm not having much success with them this year. I lost some to the wind and some to greenfly and now the slugs are having a go. Fingers crossed I get to see some bloom!
The zinnias are beautiful. :)
Have a lovey weekend.
Vivienne x

this is my patch said...

I haven't ever grown Zinnia. Lovely zingy colours Simone. Very uplifting I must say. I love Lavender too. x

Rosie said...

Like you I love Lavender it's one of my favourite flowers in the garden. My Calendulas have still to flower. The sunflower reminds me of warm, sun drenched holidays in France and Italy.

greenthumb said...

What great photos, I love your lavender.

amanda claire said...

So wonderful to see you back Simone! What lovely photos, how glorious the summer is with all these colours.

Thanks for popping by and leaving such warm and comforting comments on my blog. I always appreciate your visits xx

Helen Philipps said...

Hello Simone How lovely to see your bright and beautiful flower pictures in this post and to hear that you are all ok. Hve a great weekend.
Helen x

Anne said...

Wonderful flower photos! I love lavender, too. I planted lots of it in my Cleveland garden and always cut armloads of it each year to dry. Here lavender isn't necessarily winter hardy so although we planted two plants so far, we'll have to wait to see if they'll survive. Even so, they're lovely while they're here.

Lyn said...

Just what is needed....not a lot of sunsine here!