Wednesday, 1 July 2015

A Natural Disorder ...


What can be better than to see flowers in their natural habitat.  A garden for free.  Blooming where they will in floriferous profusion.  A sight I never tire of.
 

The end of June is a great time for seeing an abundance of wild flowers at the coast.  In the woodlands, on the heath, edging the footpaths - all looking perfectly at home.  Flowers in colours that we probably would never  dream of putting together in our own gardens - just look right somehow out in the wild.
 

But the most amazing sight of all has to be the towering spires of the foxglove gracing the open spaces wherever you turned.




Briar and bramble jostle for position in the hedgerows, the flowers forerunners of autumn fruits to come.


Although I have to say that my own garden looked pretty good when we returned.





And of course, looking at the flowers of Norfolk wouldn't be the same without poppies.


It isn't called Poppyland for nothing!

Elaine


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  1. Absolutely gorgeous! I've got to plant poppies.

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    1. The good thing about them is that they just keep appearing - self seeding at its best.

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  2. Foxgloves seem to be everywhere this year. And I'm glad it's not just me who has pink and orange growing together. Fabulous!

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    1. I've noticed that too - not that I'm complaining. Pink, orange and purple - a favourite combination of mine - sort of breaks all the rules doesn't it.

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  3. All look so lovely ... and to finish with poppies just perfect.

    All the best Jan

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    1. It has definitely been a good year for wild flowers and poppies are always so eye catching aren't they.

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  4. Elaine, I have a special weakness for Poppies. Love those reds! Mother Nature does plant a fabulous garden but yours looks great, too. Mine is green but slow to bloom.

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    1. The cornfields were full of them and every roadside verge they certainly make the countryside a colourful place.

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  5. I,of course, noticed the beautiful wall behind the poppies. We had similar in my native Sussex.

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    1. It was a long and curving wall - beautiful made - the poppies really stood out against it.

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  6. Oh, how pretty! I love pops of red in the garden, so...Poppies it is!

    Jane x

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  7. My goodness, your garden is absolutely divine. I love wildflowers all mixed up together. Sumptuous.

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    1. Thank you Sarah. Mother Nature certainly does a good job.

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  8. I love the colour of the poppies in your garden. It must be a delight to sit out there at the moment.

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    1. No sitting out for me in this heat Lotta - but the flowers seem to be loving it.

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  9. So beautiful! People have been complaining because they aren't cutting the verges in Devon. I think it's the best thing ever. Wildflowers have seized the opportunity to reclaim their place in the countryside. Nature is the best gardener.

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    1. I agree Debs - the verges have been left here too and they are a mass of different flowers that usually never get a chance to show off.

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  10. Lovely pictures. It may not be my favourite time of year weather-wise but it sure is for flowers, both in the wild and in our gardens. Flighty xx

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    1. Thanks Flighty. Not my favourite time of year either but the wild flowers seem to be so abundant this year.

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  11. The wild flowers are wonderful and I am delighted that so many of them have decided to migrate into my garden this year, most of them are very welcome. Heres hoping for a bountiful harvest in the autumn too.
    Thank you for your kind comment on my last post♡

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    1. Yes I seem to have more than my fair share of wild flowers in the garden this year too - I do leave self-seeders alone where I can - I like a bit of 'natural disorder' about the place.

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  12. I'd love to have the space for a wild flower meadow

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    1. Perhaps you could create a mini-meadow at the allotment.

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    2. We'd probably geta tidy up letter

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  13. What a rich and colourful tapestry, beautiful images..
    Amanda xx

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  14. Oh...that last poppy picture is absolutely gorgeous, what a lovely print that would make! You have captured some beautiful wildflower images, it's always so good to see them, especially the foxgloves, they were everywhere in the Forest of Dean too...
    Your garden is looking lush and must be a veritable banquet for the pollinators!xxx

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    1. I was spoilt for choice with the poppy pictures but I liked these against the cobbled wall. The pictures of my garden are actually the vegetable beds - flowers seem to have taken over - but there are veg in there somewhere.

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  15. Your garden looks as natural as your photographs in the wild Elaine. The hedgerows and wild flowers look beautiful and poppies en masse always look AMAZING. XXXX

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    1. It is the look I am aiming for Jackie - this year it has worked pretty well to plan. A bit chaotic but I don't mind that.

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  16. Fab photos, Elaine - very "evocative"! I have recently been enthused with Foxgloves too, so I particularly loved your pictures of them.

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    1. Thanks Mark - I have quite a few foxgloves in the garden but they never look as good as they do in the wild as I don't have room for big displays.

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  17. Your garden is gorgeous and the colour combinations so vibrant. It was lovely to see so many poppies on our recent trip to Norfolk - they are beautiful, also the pink poppies growing in the most unusual places on cliff sides near the beach and in the crevices of old historic ruins. It does seem to be a great year for foxgloves too:)

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    1. Thanks Rosie - vibrant is a good way of putting it - some might say clashing!

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  18. The wildflowers really are beautiful aren't they!! Especially those wonderful foxgloves, and the poppies too! xx

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    1. Yes they are Amy - I just wish I could replicate the look as successfully in my garden - maybe one day.

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  19. Your garden is just beautiful! I don't even know where to go around here to see so many wildflowers. What an incredible sight. :o)

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    1. Thanks Tammy. Yes, it truly is a sight for sore eyes.

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  20. I've never seen foxgloves in he wild - just so very beautiful! Your garden looks divine and so lush at this time of year. I had no idea Norfolk was called Poppyland, but can clearly see why from your pretty picture. Thanks for teaching me something new today.

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    1. Yes, the abundance of the foxgloves just took your breath away.

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  21. I am missing the foxgloves already down here. People say it has been a particularly good year for them. Opium poppies and Californian poppies are a great combination.

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    1. It does seem to have been a good year for foxgloves - mine in the garden are going over now I just wish they could stay all summer.

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  22. Your pictures are simply beautiful. There is something special about flowers growing wild which no formal garden can come close too. I too live on the coast, East Sussex to be precise, and plant life close to the sea seems somehow tougher and more rugged than that inland and all the more attractive for it!

    Visit Keith's Ramblings!

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    1. Thank you Keith. I quite agree that Nature does it best - coastal flowers have to put up with a lot but as my pictures show - they survive admirably.

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  23. I too enjoy all the wild flowers at the coast at this time of year and completely agree with Keith's comment above. Have a good week!

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  24. Hello Elaine.
    As I was looking at the lovely photos of the wild flowers and scrolling down. I said to myself.. "but Elaine, has such a beautiful wild garden".. and then there it came Elaine. Absolutely stunning. You must work so hard in your garden its a picture post card.
    Super photos of the countryside.
    Happy sunday..
    Val xxxx

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    1. Dear Val
      Thank you for your kind comments about my garden - all the hard work is worth it. Have a good week.

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  25. Both your garden and the wild flowers are stunning. I was in Norfolk a few weeks ago at my parents and was bowled over by some of the verges filled with poppies, they are so cheerful.

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    1. Thank you Su. The seem to pop up everywhere don't they - such a cheerful sight as you say.

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  26. Wow I thought all your pictures were fantastic. It lovely to see so many wild flowers and your garden looks so good too. Those poppies have to be my favourite, they are so lovely against that Norfolk flint wall. Sarah x

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    1. Thanks Sarah - we screeched the car to a halt when we saw those poppies - a perfect setting form them I agree.

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