Friday, 2 September 2011

August Around the Garden Part 2

I have not really got many flower beds, but what there are, appear to produce some amazing blooms.  The seeds are mostly out of cheap mixed packets, so I have not got a clue what I am growing, even after they flower, as I have insufficient knowledge to be able to identify them!!  Here is a selection of some.
A mixed selection

Perhaps one of you out there can tell me what this beautiful specimen is
Linda and Sheila both think that this is a marigold, so I will happily go with their thoughts. Thanks to both of you.

Zinnia

Mixed Zinnias, Pink cornflower to the right.

Cosmos, see header photo also

Hydrangea

I think that this is Love lies Bleeding

My favourite rose with the best perfume ever. I tried to find out what its name is from the local nursery, but I was told that I would need to take a flower to the Royal Horticultural Society to find out.  That means I will never discover its name!!!

This is not the "normal" sunflower; not only is the seed a completely different shape to the norm, but there are about 15 branches on this plant and each branch has up to to 8 or 9 flowers or buds. It is at least 2,5 metres tall or 8 to 9 feet.  It smiles in many ways every day at me!


and a few interesting bugs -






finally this pretty little specimen
I looked in my book, but gave up on the identification.
Noushka help please!!
Noushka says "it is a bug larva! They all look quite alike at this stage and it will have to go through 1 or 2 more moults! I'll see tomorrow if I can be more accurate!" 
Further from Noushka :- I think it is a Shield bug larva, going by the of Carpocoris purpureipennis!   If that helps!
See here, mid-page:http://aramel.free.fr/INSECTES10bisbis-01.shtml Aramel is good place to start looking for ID's.   Otherwise, you can find links to all sorts of "reference website" on my blog!

98 comments:

  1. Hello Diane:
    What a cornucopia of delight your garden is as summer draws to a close. We love Sunflowers, such cheery blooms and although the fields in Hungary have been filled with them, they are all now brown and ready to made into oil. Yours look splendid!

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  2. Wow, all these are so beautiful, i also dont know the name for most of the flowers that i planting ^^

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  3. What a lovely selection of pictures. Your flowers are beautiful, I'm afraid I'm not very good at naming them I just know when I like a nice flower lol. Some unusual bugs in there as well. Your garden must be looking great with all that colour.

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  4. You must be trully blessed with garden like that.I have llot of colours in my garden some starting in spring and till the arly winter and it is as beautifull.All the scents and the bees and the birds.That's living.Fantatsic pics;)

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  5. Gorgeous photos of wonderful flowers Diane! I do like Zinnias and Love Lies Bleeding. That sunflowers is wonderful and so much more rewarding having multiple stems!

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  6. Thanks Brittany, there is a lot of colour in the garden thanks to the mixed seed packets :-) Diane

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  7. Jane and Lance what I love about these sunflowers is, although there are several heads drying off, there are also some in flower and still masses of bud. These are just fantastic. I will be collecting plenty of seed :-) Diane

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  8. Sonia thanks for the comment, I would like to be able to name everything in the garden, but as long as there is colour and beauty in the garden I am happy. Diane

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  9. Ellie I have to agree, as long as the colour and beauty is there and I can collect seed for next year, does it matter if I don't know what they are :-) Take care Diane

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  10. Dzoli, I am very happy with the garden this year. A bit wild looking, but the bees, bugs and butterflies seem to love it which is important. Diane

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  11. Leon and Sue, if only you saw how many I take to get a fairly good one LOL. I still have the cheap supermarket special which generally is just used on auto!! Bonne weekend. Diane

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  12. Your garden is full of glorious colour and interesting insects! The unnamed flower may be a member of the marigold family but I am not sure as unable to see the leaves clearly.

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  13. Craig you are so right about the sunflower I love it. It has been flowing for weeks now and there are still many, many buds. Zinnias seem to last for ever as does the Love Lies Bleeding, so they are good options. Have a good weekend Diane

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  14. Linda you may be right, but the leaves are nothing like the normal marigold and it is a far nicer perfume. I am not sure now which plant it was on and there are no more out at present. All the plants though in that area have similar leaves, long and not very wide. If another comes out, I will take a photo of the leaves as well. Thanks for the interest. Diane

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  15. Diane, Your photos are so colorful and vivid. Even the bug is pretty. The yellow flower does look like a double marigold but also resembles an aster. Interesting.

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  16. Do you do those with a tripod??? I can't believe how perfect they are. PS I try to get the most ethically raised foie I can... but I do have reservations about it and don't eat it often. Will be trying non gavage goose foie soon... will let you know how it tastes... they just let them pig out!

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  17. I like esp. sunflowers pictures, I find them so beatiful

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  18. Those Sunflowers are such gorgeous, happy flowers ... and so are the bees that pollinate them - you've captured images of your garden well Diane ...

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  19. Just glorious Dianne! I also did a lot of gardening today,bought some herbs flower seeds and hanging baskets filled with stunning flowers! I was like a madwoman at the nursery,I wanted everything! Have a great weekend!
    xoxo

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  20. Great photos! I especially love the shot of your favorite rose.

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  21. Judy looking at photos of double marigolds and photos of asters, I think aster is more likely but I am anything but convinced. The colour printer is packed or I would print it off and ask at the nursery. Thanks for the input. Diane

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  22. Your flower garden is beautiful, no matter what they're called.

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  23. lostpastremembered, I own a tripod but don't ask me where it is, either the UK of France!!!!! I have not used a tripod since I have been here. Steady hand (sometimes) I guess.
    I will never get to eat Foie gras me thinks LOL. Diane

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  24. Thanks Graham, I love taking the insects but I have to take many to get one right. A cheap supermarket camera has its disadvantages :-( One day I wil win that lottery then a good camera and a trip to Nam is on the list LOL. Have a good weekend Diane

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  25. Ola I also love sunflowers they always make me smile. Keep well. Diane

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  26. Liesl, I would love to go to the nursery without worrying about how much I spent, it is never likely to happen though. I am saving seeds like mad to save money for next year!!! Keep well Diane

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  27. Pam I must take some more cuttings of that rose as I really love it. Have a good weekend. Diane

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  28. Great photos!
    I have little time tonight!, but it is a bug larva! They all look quite alike at this stage and it will have to go through 1 or 2 more moults!
    I'll see tomorrow if I can be ore accurate!
    Love and good evening, Dine!

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  29. Thanks Gaelyn, I have to say the names do not worry me that much as long as I have colour :-) Have a good weekend Diane

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  30. Thanks Noushka, I have put your comment on the blog and a link to your website. Presumably if it is a lava that is why I could find nothing like it in my book!!!! Bonne weekend Diane xx

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  31. Have a a great weekend Diane and thanks for your very to the point comment on http://whatisbelgium.blogspot.com

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  32. Anni, well lets me honest.....LOL Thanks for the visit, take care Diane

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  33. I love your flowers, especially your rose. What a pretty way to reach the end of summer.

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  34. Diane, your garden is so beautiful. It must be lovely to sit in your garden on a sunny day with a cup of coffee and a book in hand. I would enjoy that very much.

    Interestingly, my aunt just gave me the seeds for Cosmos flowers. I can't wait to grow them next summer. I hope they grow as well as yours.

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  35. Diane, thanks for this beautiful post. I feel like I'm in spring again.
    Have a great day & enjoy life!
    Blessings, Kristy

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  36. Thanks Marjie for the visit, hope that all is OK with you and the family. Keep well and take care. Diane

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  37. Boye by Red, I have been collecting my seeds this year so I hope next year will be just as good. In S.Africa the simply reseed on their own but I am not sure if they will here. Take care Diane

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  38. Hi Kristy glad to have made you feel spring like again LOL. Have a great weekend. Diane

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  39. Love the close up of the sunflower with the pollen coated bee :-)

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  40. Niall and Antoinette, thanks for the comment, I have just put this picture on Beautiful World as well. Have a great weekend. Diane

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  41. Bonjour , merci pour ce magnifique bouquet fleuri ...
    bises

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  42. Bonjour Claudine, Merci pour votre visite et commentaire. A bientôt. Bises, Diane

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  43. I think the hydrangea is my favourite.. so pretty and delightful. I love your garden, how do you do it... they all seem to be blooming like angels are looking after them.

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  44. Ha ha Karen, maybe I have got some angels around here helping me out. Sometimes I think my neighbours are angels, they have been so good to me as I am mostly on my own. Of course you only see the good blooms :-) Diane

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  45. wow, all your flowers are so pretty. Nice click too.

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  46. So pretty§ And I had to laugh - I never know the names of my flowers either!

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  47. Love all of the pretty pretty flowers =)

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  48. I'm pretty sure your mystery
    flower is an English marigold.
    As opposed to the French variety
    which have that unique aroma and
    which come in a variety of sizes
    and tones of yellow and bronze.
    I bet the leaves of your plant
    are somewhat sticky to the touch.

    Love that one little bee who is so
    laden with pollen...must have been
    difficult to get airborne.

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  49. Randomness is good....love it when things pop up unexpected flower heads, and can't stand organised flower beds as they look too artificial to my eyes. Lovely photos as per usual Diane.

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  50. Diane, what a way to brighten up my morning, seeing all these vibrant colorful flower photos! I love lots of different colors flowers in my garden. I am sure your garden is such a beautiful sight!! You truly have magical green fingers!

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  51. Wow the love lies bleeding is gorgeous. I don't think I have seen one like that here. You've got so many blooms Diane, no wonder the bumble bees love to stay there.

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  52. Ok!
    I think it is a Shield bug larva, going by the of Carpocoris purpureipennis!
    If that helps!
    See here, mid-page:
    http://aramel.free.fr/INSECTES10bisbis-01.shtml
    Aramel is good place to start looking for ID's.
    Otherwise, you can find links to all sorts of "reference website" on my blog!
    Have a great Sunday!
    XXXXX

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  53. Oh Diane, first you show me all those tasty veggies and now you have further brightened my day with your flowers. As I read this, the rain is lashing against the skylights and the trees across in the churchyard are bent over in the wind! So thanks for cheering me with your posts :) X

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  54. Excelentes fotos de belas flores....
    Cumprimentos

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  55. Thanks Amelia's De-ssert, I am really pretty pleased with the colour in the garden this year. Keep well. Diane

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  56. Thanks for the comment Rosaria. Take care. Diane

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  57. Cuisine de Provence, glad I am not the only one who grows flowers that they don't know what they are :-) Diane

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  58. Thanks Peggy, I had a good selection this year. Diane

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  59. Fantastic selection of flower shots. The wasp on the red flower is my favourite. I can't believe autumn will start in less than 20 days... And then, winter! Grrrr... :-)

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  60. Sheila thanks so much for your comment and information, it seems then that Linda was right. As I am not sure which plant it was on, I have no idea if the leaves are sticky or not and I have not seen another flower, very annoying!! When back in the UK I will have a look at the English marigold seeds and possibly buy some to prove a point. Many thanks, much appreciated. Diane

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  61. Vera my flower beds are very random but I also love them like that. The mixed seed packets are so cheap (€0.26) and produce some wonderful surprises. Take care Diane

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  62. Quay Po Cooks, I think it is just magical packets of seed, but this year seems to have been exceptional despite the drought. I did have to help a bit though LOL. Diane

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  63. chubskulit, I have seen Love Lies Bleeding many times but I think this is the first time I have had it in my garden. People down the road have a really spectacular giant plant. The bees seem delighted with the sunflowers. Take care Diane

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  64. Noushka thanks so much for taking the time to look for me, I appreciate your help. I will take a look at the website this evening. Merci beaucoup. Bonne soirée Diane xx

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  65. Dolly glad to have cheered up your wet day with some cheery flowers LOL. Have a good evening will be in touch soon. Keep well Diane

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  66. Fernando Santos, Cumprimentos Obrigado pelo comentário. Diane

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  67. JM I love all the insect pics but it always takes so many to get a good shot. Thank goodness for digital cameras LOL. I don't even want to think about autumn let alone winter :-(( Diane

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  68. What a beautiful garden, the flowers are a deight. I can quite understand you loving France - I fell head over heels with Paris yet again!
    Mary x

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  69. Hi Mary Mum's Kitchen. Glad you had such a great trip. It is odd, all the different countries I have lived in, and I never thought I would ever leave Africa, I feel more at home in France, where I cannot even speak the language,(!) than I have anywhere else. I am still trying with my French but my memory is rubbish. Keep well Diane

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  70. Hello

    I came here to wish a good week.
    Thank you enjoy my facebook

    A kiss.

    Nita

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  71. Ah! beautiful flowers of all colours and shapes - it's the start of spring here Diane - so I'm looking forward to lots of colour in the gardens!
    have a wonderful week - I'm off on holidays to beautiful tropical far north Queensland!

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  72. Nita, thanks for your visit and comment. Have a great day Diane

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  73. Hi Dianne give my love to Queensland. I loved our trip there and so enjoyed Brisbane and Cairns. Have a great trip. Diane

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  74. What a lovely selection of flowers! they are beautiful, but not as beautiful as the bees!!

    thanks for your advice about google chrome! so far i think it is working!!!

    mmm, id love to make jam, that would be fun!

    Cheers,
    yas
    www.tickle-your-tastebuds.blogspot.com

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  75. Yasmin, Thanks for the comments. I am at the moment making chutney, there is just so much in the garden and I am trying to vary what I make!! Diane

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  76. What gorgeous blossoms. You have a way with that camera of yours. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  77. Thanks Mary, I think the camera just has a way for me :-) Have a great day. Diane

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  78. I remember seeing this post. I thought I left a comment.

    I just wanted to say you flowers are very beautiful. You've got some great macros there of the flowers and the insects. Wonderful garden finds :-)

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  79. I love your garden photos. It's so much fun to look through the colours and the plants.

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  80. spontaneous-euphoria, thanks for the visit so glad you enjoyed all the colours :-) Diane

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  81. Joyful thanks so much for the kind comments. I love my friendly insects :-) Take care Diane

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  82. Thanks Olga, I have more colour in the garden this year I think than ever before. Diane

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  83. What lovely colours, never mind the names - me too - even the ones I used to know I mostly forget from one year to the next - must be my age !! Listening to Gardeners Question Time doesn't help either !!

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  84. Stunning photos Diane and such vibrant colours. Just beautiful. x

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  85. Jean I have never been very good with names of any sort let alone flowers!! I have never had a good memory and it has only got worse with age. Whatever, I loved my garden this year and I will go for mixed packets I think every time :-) Diane

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  86. Thanks Froggy, I was very happy with my garden this year despite the drought. The sunflowers were a bonus as they always make me smile. Diane xx

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  87. Beautiful flowers and cute little bugs to go with the flowers..Once I was looking at a grasshopper next to me..I started talking to him and his head kept moving..it was quite funny,but I did get a good picture of him..
    Rosebud/Carolyn

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  88. I love your morning glories Diane, mine is like burgundy. The love lies bleeding fascinates me.. Do you use seeds to plant those?

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  89. chubskulit, they must have grown from seeds as all my flowers came from a mixed packet of flower seeds! Diane

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  90. Dear Diane! Y would never know the name of many of my flowers either, so I decided I will just enjoy them.

    I have a problem with my roses, they are really pretty, I love them, but they have no perfume at all, I will guess this is due to all the seeds manipulation that is done. So my question is : How do I get perfumed roses again? any idea?

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  91. Pamela. a French lady who lives up the road from us,says the only roses in her garden that have a good perfume are ones that she has been given from England! I guess if you go to a nursery and ask for perfumed roses they must have some :-) I was given a whole bunch for my birthday but not even the slightest smell it is very sad! Diane

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  92. Your gardens are stunning right now. Ooohhh how I love that rose. Love the various colors on the zinnias.

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  93. Oh and look at the pollen on those bees. What great photos too.

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  94. Becca I just love that bee covered in pollen, I just wonder how it managed to ever fly away :-) Diane

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