Friday, 26 June 2015

You know it's raining when.......

the Astrantia are overwhelmed by raindrops

the first peony is about to open


the poppies are past their best

Papaver orientale Patty's Plum


the Alchemilla have all bar keeled over!


the moisture lovers take on mammoth proportions



the mecs look marvellous

Meconopsis betonicifolia Alba (2013 seedling)


Fighting Temeraire fights back!

Rosa Fighting Temeraire


Yet my spirits would not be dampened - my first grandchild was on his way home home from hospital.  Baby Boy R, as he is still known. made his appearance 17 days early.  Mummy, daddy and baby all well.  I just wish they'd hurry up and choose a name.  We can't call him baby for ever more!

 

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  1. Dear Angie, first things first, heartfelt congratulations to your first grandchild! That photo is sooo... touching, he is beautiful and very adorable. I actually think it is a good thing to wait with naming a baby until you know his personality a little bit, but at the same time I can understand that you are eager to call him with his proper name.
    Now to the garden part of your post. Looks like the rain that you have too much of we get to little. I love all your photos, though. My favorite is the one of Papaver orientale 'Patty's Plum' with the alliums. Just drop dead gorgeous!
    Wishing you a nice weekend!
    Christina

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    1. Thank you Christina. They now have a short list so it hopefully won't be too long. It's been 26 years since I was around a baby and it amazes me at just how quickly it comes right back. He's his daddy's double too.
      PP is a gorgeous poppy, I had hoped the two would bloom together but it was not to be this year.

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  2. Angie congratulations to you and your family, it might be raining out side but your heart must be singing, good to hear mother and baby are both well, he looks so adorable, Frances xx

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    1. Thank you Frances, I hadn't quite understood how my own mum acted when I had my son 26 years ago but now I do. Being a grandparent is quite a different feeling from being a parent yet the love doesn't differ.

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  3. Oh what a cutie, congratulations Angie, , what a joy for you. How wonderful to have a grandchild. You must be over the moon.
    I love that rose, Fighting Temeraire, it is new to me, I love single roses. I wish we could have some rain here, the ground is like concrete.

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    1. Thanks Chloris, yes over the moon just about describes it. I wasn't quite sure I was ready to be a Grandma but one look and I was completely sure.
      Fighting Tereraire is a beautiful rose, one for the bees too.

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  4. Congratulations!
    Fighting Tameraire was on the same list as Lark Ascending. We have one, now it's time for the other :)

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    1. Thank you Jessica. I remember last year you commented on both of them. I'm sure like the Lark Ascending you won't be disappointed.

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  5. Congratulations! he is gorgeous :) and isn't it a wash out, so much for summer, the saving grace is my nursery plants are being well watered while we sort out the water system there. But really it should learn to rain and night and be sunny during the day so we gardeners can get on :)

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    1. Cheers Rona. Summer - I think 2015 will be remembered for it's non existent early summer. Not I said early summer. I live in hope the later part will be better.

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  6. Congrats on the new grandchild...and hope the rain ends as that is a lot of rain....been bvery rainy here too

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    1. Thanks Donna. It's a bit better today but that clammy way you know rain isn't too far away! Hope you get some relief soon too.

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  7. Oh Angie he's a sweetheart! You must be on cloud nine. Wishing your grandson a long, happy and healthy life xxx

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    1. Thank you Anna, still floating!

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  8. Congratulations!! What a darling little one - beautiful baby, and I'm sure the garden has been entirely upstaged for the time being ;-) Still, I must say 'Oooh' over your Meconopsis - one of my dream plants if I ever happen to find myself in a cool-summer climate (along with delphiniums, of course!). And I'll look forward to seeing more of Fighting Temeraire as it sounds like a real winner...

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    1. For the moment it's difficult to go outdoors into the garden as we are all pretty mesmerised by him but I will need to tear myself away at some point :)
      I hope one day you will get your dreams Amy :)

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  9. Congratulations all around! Baby Boy R is a charmer already, Angie. I hope he grows up to share your love of gardens (and not just rabbits).

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    1. Thank you Kris. I hope so too. I will have plenty of time to spend with him in the garden as I'll be the one doing the child care during the day. I hope I can encourage him in the garden. Although if he's anything like his daddy he'll just shun me in that respect!

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  10. Congratulations on Baby Boy R. Lovely photos in the rain Angie, we could do with some of it down here!

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    1. Thanks Brian. I'll do my best to get some down there for you :)

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  11. Always have mixed feelings about the rain Angie it definitely can make plants more photogenic, love the meconopsis of course, but its the ones that don't get up again or are permanently damaged that I feel sorry for. I didn't know that there was a rose called Fighting Temeraire, the painting by Turner is one of my favourites so it looks as if you might be costing me money again, for the rose that is not the painting :-)

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    1. Rick - I hope that doesn't mean you'll stop visiting my blog. I don't mean to tempt you honest :)
      I am familiar with the painting Rick and can see the attraction.

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  12. Congrats, Angie, to the new family member - he looks very cute with his rabbit! Wish we would have some rain - it's very dry and I'm playing rain cloud all the time carrying big heavy watering cans. The rose is delightful. Can't believe your peonies are just about to open. Have a loveyl weekend :)

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    1. Thank you Annette. I'll do my best to chase the rain your way. Can't promise anything though :) Watch your back with those heavy cans. In a garden the size of yours that's a heck of a lot of carrying!

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  13. Angie, congratulations on your first grand baby boy, he is a right cute wee bundle. Your blooms are looking pretty good also and they will all be lifting their heads when the weather changes for the better tomorrow and looks set to last for a while.

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  14. Congratulations.

    Very little rain here.

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  15. Beautiful photos...every last one.

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  16. Congratulations - such wonderful news! Chicago apparently has had the rainiest June since they started keeping records.

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  17. Congrats Angie! You're a granny now how is a felling? This photo is such touching....
    I loved poppies after the rain and rose too.

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  18. Congratulations, Angie! What a beautiful baby.

    Sigrun

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  19. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww..... congratulations!!!! Are you Nanny, Nan, Granny (lol), Grandma?
    Waft some of that rain to us Southern folk would you. ☺

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  20. Angie, your photos are lovely - especially the last one. Congratulations! It is a wonderful thing to be a Grandma. You will really enjoy it.

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  21. Congratulations to you and your family Angie – beautiful photo!
    And your rainy flowers look beautiful too, I wish you could send me some of that rain – we haven’t had rain for what feels like many months, although it has been dripping a bit now and then, but it doesn’t help much. We need a good few days with rain now. Enjoy the summer weather with your beautiful grandchild :-)

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