I planted up my back yard pots sometime in the middle of May when it was still rather depressingly cold and wet. I stuck with my usual assortment of cheap and cheerful brightly coloured annuals, purchased here and there from the market and supermarket and potted rather haphazardly into an array of old terracotta pots and falling-apart plastic tubs that have seen better days. My whole back yard really does need a complete renovation job, but despite my neglect and the ancient state of my pots and garden furniture, the flowers are blooming and all is good for another year.
I can't tell you how much pleasure these simple little back yard flowers bring me every summer, they are just wonderful. Although I never have flowers in abundance and the pickings are always on the small side, this somehow makes them even more precious.
Sweet peas, nasturtiums, geraniums, African daisies, cosmos and lobelia, such happy little flowers and such a sweet, bright spot on my dining table at this time of year. The scent of the sweet peas is especially lovely, it's so nice to sit at the table with my crochet/knitting/planner and catch a waft of that gorgeous fragrance every so often.
These beautiful rich jewel colours constantly inspire me, they are so cheerful and uplifting, a real zingy reminder of the joys of summer.
I think this could be a good time to pick up my abandoned Summer Wreath and channel some of these brilliant colours into a whole heap load of crochet flowers and leaves. Hmmm...how hard might it be to crochet sweet pea flowers do you think? It can't be that tricky - I am definitely feeling inspired to give it a go.....watch this space!
ps just found this on Pinterest....sweet peas coming up!