Monday, 31 May 2010

Flowers everywhere

Summers almost upon us and I am so happy to be placing flowers everywhere, some from the super market, some from a friend, some retrieved on a walk and some from my dad's garden. I layered them all up on the table for dinner with friends. Lamb, potato gratin, slow roasted tomato comfit and bitter chocolate cake for dessert. All recipes chosen from Bill Granger's delicious book Feed me now.

A walk today, while the sun was still out, took me past a whole host of new blossoms. Boughs draped in deep pinks, mauves and creamy pale blooms all frothy like just poured champagne. I have been think about flowers so much lately still craving a garden of my own, choosing a list of my favourite varieties to sew once we have an outside space. Top of my list anything pretty that can also be eaten, then lilacs, peonies, and I am feeling a slow rising jealousy at a huge patch of colourful snap dragons in one of my neighbours gardens. I remember how amazed I was as a child when my mum showed me how to pinch the petals and make their little floral mouths open and close.
I will put the envious feelings to a good use and draw up a garden wish list. Hope your long weekend turned out well and I am wondering if you have a favourite flower from your childhood ?

20 comments:

The Design Dish said...

there is nothing better than flowers that fill you up with good thought! Lovely photos!
The Design Dish
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amelia said...

Lilacs. Growing up, we had a huge lilac bush. I remember walking by it and then turning around to go back and take a big inhale. it was the first time I literally stopped to smell the flowers. p.s. that cookbook looks awesome!

Punctuation Mark said...

Absolutely beautiful images!!! have a nice one!

Sarah Elizabeth said...

My favourite flowers from my childhood are sweet peas. We always had loads in the garden and now whenever I go home to visit my parents in the Summer my mum always puts a vase of sweet peas in my room. I'm getting married this summer and my mum has been busy planting even more sweet peas than usual for table decorations. Like you, I can't wait until I have my own garden to tend.

Sallie Ann said...

I agree...I LOVE fresh flowers, and am loving all the relatively inexpensive options this time of year. In the Midwest we're so lucky to have great flower growers all around. I've filled my home with white roses, peoneys, daisies and tulips.

Anonymous said...

Favorite childhood flower? Buttercups. (Weeds, really.) You'd pick one and hold it under your friend's chin and ask, "Do you like butter?" If they said "yes" the yellow from the flower would reflect on their skin, and if they said "no" it still would and you'd say they were lying. Sounds stupid now, but it's what we used to do!

winnibriggs said...

My favourite flower by far is the foxglove, but should be gladioli, as when I was born my mum was going to put a blue or pink one in the window so the neighbours knew what flavour I was. My mum's friend then sent me one pink gladioli every year for my birthday while we lived in that house!

bobbi said...

I love every kind of flower, but tulips are maybe my favorite, because the come in so many colors! But no cut flowers for me...

katiecrackernuts said...

This spring I'll be planting annuals. It's so wrong with the severe lack of water we have for gardens here, but I'll wash up in a bucket and throw the water out. How lovely it would be to grow something to have as cut flower.

TheSlimGirl said...

Oh i love flowers too.

Ms. Chyme said...

I love summer. Summer here just ended. Good luck to yours.

Anonymous said...

My favourite flower is the frangapani - I am Australian so they always remind me of summer time.

I also adore oriental lillies, magnolias (the most divine scent in the world)and hyacinths.

Funny.... I was just showing my children yesterday how to make a snap dragon talk.

Bill Granger is the best!

Carolyn

Ivy said...

Such lovely photos! I have fresh flowers in my home as often as possible. They always make me smile. Peonies are on my table right now! My fav!! :) xo

Carmel said...

Childhood for me is summed up in with 'daisy chains'. Always stirs the heart to see daisies.
Carmel

Olivia said...

That chocolate cake looks too yummy!
:)


olivia
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Cherry Ann Art said...

homemade cake -books and flowers - and home setting just a few of my favourite things -

Suzanne said...

Bluebells - amass in woods, where my mum used to take me for walks when I was a little girl. They always made me think of fairies and magical, mystical places.

'odd and old' Linda Dacey said...

When little
I loved a Lupin
now I'm not so small
I simply adore
Forgetmenots
as they don't grow so tall...

and Freesias for their exquisite perfume.

Great images as per...

Miz.November said...

When I was little we would split the stems of dandelions by pushing our fingers through them. Then we would dip them in the creek by the handfulls. The stems curl up tight and I always thought that was so cool as a little girl. I would string the curls in my hair.

Lobster and swan said...

All these lovely stories have really made my weekend, I love each one.

Looks like I will need a whole flower bed including a dedicated seed patch to each of you.

Thanks so much for all of your comments!