Saturday, 25 August 2012

The garden in August: the last of the flowers PLUS win a beautiful bouquet from Clare Florist

This has been our first summer in this garden, and it's been a fabulous display of flowers and pretty things. There's hardly a gap in any of the borders, everything has expanded so much, but most striking are the lavenders outside the conservatory which have become enormous.

They're so beautiful and fragrant and attract lots of bees, but the downside of that during the warmer weather the doors have been open and they fly straight into the conservatory and usually can't get out again. It's like a bee cemetery in there.  Will have to sort something out before next year's invasion.

I love crocosmia and had planted it in the old garden, so it was a lovely surprise to see it poking its gorgeous orange head out of the border when we came back from holiday.

It's been a case of new garden syndrome where I don't know the names for some of the plants, so I'm having to a bit of research (which includes asking twitter for help!)

Everything in the garden was planted by the previous owners, and as we get to the end of the summer I've been making notes of what will stay and what will go. There isn't a lot that will go, but come to think of it there's a huge honeysuckle right at the back of the border that has got a bit out of control. Its days might be numbered.


****This giveaway has closed: the winner is Susan McKeon, thanks for entering!****
Clare Florist bouquet
Summer Memories bouquet
Just as I was planning this post I received an email asking if I'd like a bouquet from Clare Florist which is an independent online florist. I thought it would fit in nicely with this post, so I'm offering this beautiful bouquet of summer flowers as a giveaway. 

To enter, just leave a comment with the name of your favourite flower and why. I'll choose a winner next Thursday 30th August. Please make sure you leave an email or twitter address to make it easy for me to get in touch. Thanks, and good luck!

Terms and conditions: The winner will be chosen from all comments left before 6pm on Thursday 30th August. The prize will be sent out directly from Clare Florist. There is no cash alternative. UK entries only. If the winner does not contact me within 7 days I will choose a new winner. My decision is final.