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Well I have to be honest July has been a bit of a wash out and my poor garden has spent quite a bit of it drenched.

It’s not been great for the roses or poppies, they just can’t cope with that much rain and I have a greenhouse full of green tomatoes as there hasn’t been enough sun to ripen them, they are only now beginning to turn!

During the past two years July has been a lovely month here and August has been the wet month, I’m hoping this year after all the rain that August will behave itself!!

So I’m sharing some images of my garden that I’ve taken throughout the month on the drier days when I could get out there.

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Thanks as always for visiting.

Happy weekend & happy August, fingers crossed for a dry and sunny one with lots more gardening time! :)

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Busy bees are quite difficult to photograph, they aren’t very good at staying still and posing, I have only managed to get a few photos on our travels during the month and in my own garden.

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This little bee however was much easier to photograph, this is Melissa, her name comes from the Greek and means ‘bee’.

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Since I started making my bunnies I’ve realised that over the past four years, I’ve made a ‘bee girl’ each year!

“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.” Albert Einstein

Whether Mr Einstein was right or wrong and I must agree it does all sound very logical to me, we have to look after our bees!

Thanks as always for dropping by, have a wonderful weekend. :)

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As mentioned in my last post during July my Hb and I have had some lovely days out visiting gardens, parks, castles and the seaside.

The weather didn’t always behave itself but in this country if you waited for the sun to always shine, well quite frankly you wouldn’t get very far.

So these are just a few photos of some of our days out.

The above photo is the lovely lavender lined paths in the gardens at Clotworthy House at Antrim Castle Gardens.

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Antrim Castle gardens are always well worth a visit.

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Another place well worth the visit is the walled garden at Bangor Castle, it is particularly well cared for with many flowers, shrubs, vegetables and herbs.

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These amazing sunflowers (my favourite flowers) were at the entrance to Ward Park, Banger, Co Down, for a moment I actually could have believed I was back in France, the sun was even shining that day!!

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Somewhere else we always love to visit at this time of year is Sir Thomas & Lady Dixon Park in Belfast for ‘Rose Week’.

The roses are stunning!!

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Just a shame I can’t share the scent.

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Of course no summer would be complete without a visit to the seaside (cue the not-so-sunny skies again).

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The seaside photos were all taken at Groomsport, Co Down.

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It wasn’t a day for playing in the sand and making sand castles but we did enjoy a lovely walk!

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Speaking of sand, I’d like you to meet my new little bunny….her name is Sandy and she’s a beachy kind of girl!

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Thank you to those of you who took the time to comment on my last post.

Just as I was about to publish it I realised it was my 500th post, so I had a little secret giveaway of all you lovelies who left a comment on that post and the number chosen was 13, who was Helen, so a little pack of goodies are on their way to you Helen.

Again thank you to all of you who so faithfully visit and leave me a comment, I really do appreciate them all.

Wishing you all a happy new week! :)

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Just dropping by to wish you all a peachy weekend……..this is Peaches by the way.

The weather this past week has been a lovely for the garden, I have enjoyed being out there most of the time.

The peaches by the way are bought, I don’t grow them in my garden…I wish, we’re getting through quite a few of these delicious little doughnut peaches at the moment.

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Thanks for visiting and for your very kind comments on my garden in my last post.

Happy weekend everyone and to my lovely friends in the U.S., have a great Independence Day, enjoy your holiday! :)

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We have a little garden,
A garden of our own,
And every day we water there
The seeds that we have sown.

We love our little garden,
And tend it with such care,
You will not find a faced leaf
Or blighted blossom there.

by Beatrix Potter

I’m not sure about the last two lines but I do try my best!!!

One thing is for sure I do love my garden and especially at this time of year when there is something new to be found every day.

So today I’m sharing my June garden….June loves the garden and the garden loves June!!!

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Thank you so much for visiting today, wishing you all a wonderful July! :)

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It’s bluebell time again and ‘my park’ is blue with them…..so, so beautiful!!!

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The wild garlic is in bloom too…..

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…..as are the lovely marsh marigolds.

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The bluebells are out in my garden too, not native ones but lovely all the same.

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I have strawberries-in-the-making.

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And lots of other pretties too!

I’m so glad I got to see the bluebells in bloom before I go off on my holidays tomorrow, I know that by the time I get back they will all be over for another year…so pretty but so brief.

Something else that has been growing over the past couple of weeks……

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…..the May Girls!

So my friends I will ‘see’ you all soon, take care, I’ll still be on Instagram if you wish to keep up with me!

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à bientôt :)

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I love how the garden evolves throughout spring, the daffodils are almost over now and sad as it was to see them go, it is time for the tulips to take centre stage and boy do they do it in style!

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I just love the centre of this tulip!

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One of the last remaining daffodils.

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It is of course forget-me-not time, how on earth could we forget these little beauties?

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The violas are one of the plants that just keep going from late winter right through spring, they seem to have got their second wind at the moment.

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This a new acquisition, I just couldn’t resist it, the florets are about 9 cm across, it is very beautiful.

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This beauty is honesty, I grew it from seed and it is ever so pretty, in fact so pretty that it inspired my new bunny!

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Meet Honesty, she is my very first lop bunny and she has lots of pretty little white flowers on her dress and cardie just like the gorgeous honesty in my garden.

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So here we are at the beginning of what I think is the loveliest month of the year, May is so green and lush and pretty.

Thanks as always for popping by, have a wonderful weekend and a fantastic May! :)

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