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I took this photograph early on Saturday just before I switched on the television to watch the build up (as the TV people refer to it) to the royal wedding.  These freesias are now fully open and look so pretty.  Yesterday, I put the two small ‘salts’ close to them, as the colour was complementary …

Last week it was the birthday of a dear friend and we bought her a pretty Senetti plant, such a vivid colour it almost looked iridescent …

Here it is, in a gift bag, waiting to be delivered.  And, quite by chance, the card I had chosen for her was also in shades of purple and lavender.  It is by Angela Faulkner and the central butterfly is attached to the card.  I love floral birthday cards and, indeed, I’m not particularly fond of jokey cards although sometimes I see one that is suitably apt for the person who will receive it.

While at the garden centre, choosing a plant for our friend, I saw some pretty pelargoniums and bought two (I have yet to plant them in pots for the garden) and I had one of them in the summerhouse over the weekend …

The light was so bright it was difficult taking photographs; with too-bright light, dark colours become almost black, and light colours are bleached out.  The book arrived that morning, a nice, relaxing summer read (it is now on the To Be Read pile).

Breakfasts recently have usually been a brioche and apricot jam for me, and porridge for husband, but I have made a couple of two-course breakfasts, and one was on Friday when first we each had a bowl of fresh fruit and then, for husband, a boiled egg and toast, and for me, bran flakes with sultanas, all followed by toast and marmalade and coffee …

The tall spray carnations will be trimmed today and made into a posy … they are too tall for the breakfast table but I was arranging them quickly last week when I had been to the local convenience store for a few items when I saw this bunch;  they are mixed colours and I don’t usually buy mixed colours but I thought they would be nice in the kitchen.

Three posts in less than 24 hours … my posts are a bit like buses:  nothing for a day or two and then three all at once!

Have a good week every one.  Until next time.


About Margaret Powling

Margaret Powling
Margaret’s main interests are her husband and family, her friends, her home, her garden, writing, literature, architecture, décor, social history, photography, historic houses and gardens, and towns, villages and the countryside. She writes about the things she enjoys: flowers, scent, fine soap, monthly style magazines, and other such small indulgences, such as afternoon tea or simply enjoying her summerhouse with a book. She invites you to enjoy this virtual visit to South Devon, England.

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  1. Do you take your photo’s on an iPhone they are very good.Fressias look beautiful and what a stunning colour the senetti is.Granddaughter duties today. My daughter has mowed her lawn and my husband has to finish off with edges! Her lawn is the size of two tennis courts and then goes round the back of the garage another tennis court size!Hence he bought her a lawnmower to do itself rather than us bringing ours over every week to cut it!Looks like another glorious week for weather,enjoy Margaret.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      I use a small compact camera, not an expensive one although I do have a Nikon D90 DSLR, although because it’s so heavy I rarely use it these days. I don’t have a modern mobile phone – I’m almost embarrassed to use my phone in public now, it’s so ancient. But like everything else, keep it long enough and it will be “retro”! It is about ten years old now! That is very old for a mobile phone.
      My goodness, your daughter has a large lawn! Almost sit-on-mower-size lawn!
      Yes, it’s sunny out there again this morning. I hope to get pots filled with fresh plants this week, weather permitting.

  2. I haven’t any indoor flowers at the moment as we have just come back from holiday and I haven’t been shopping, but we did go to the garden centre this morning and I’ve bought some more plants for the garden. Two pelargoniums, a salvia, a dianthus, an alpine plant and some snapdragons. I’ve also bought the plants for the hanging basket. Everything is planted up now and well watered and I’ve still got some space (how lucky is that;)). We were looking for sweet williams but they didn’t have any so I’ve got an excuse to go to another garden centre in the near future. My husband is thrilled….

    I’m leaving the hanging basket balanced on another pot for a few days so I can make sure it’s thoroughly watered while they settle in, then it can be hung up.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      I bought some more flowers this morning, Alison, but more of that in my next post. Oh, I love pelargoniums – I must make a note to buy more for the pots in our garden, and I love snapdragons as they withstand both rain and sun. We have some sweet Williams but they aren’t flowering yet, and do you know, I don’t recall buying them let alone getting husband to plant them! But your choice of plants sounds lovely, it really does. I’m thinking of buying some trailing lobelia to go around the pelargoniums in the pots (the two pots in which I have some Regal Pelargoniums are pale green.)

  3. The freesia’s are gorgeous! One of my favorite colors.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      I keep trying to find the freesias with the strongest scent, Jan, as all the colours are so pretty. The only colour I’m not keen on for any flowers is bright yellow.

  4. Oh, those are beautiful plants, Margaret. I enjoyed the Barry post. Animals do talk, right? And I’m sure they think their people are silly sometimes!

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Glad you liked seeing the flowers, Jeannine. Yes, I’m sure animals think their people are silly at times! The funny thing was that as soon as we reached a road that leads to the road where our house is, Barry sat up in our car (he was on my knees) and looked as if to say, “we’re nearly there!” This is because our younger son, whose dog he is, used to bring him to us via that route, and Barry could remember it, I’m sure.

  5. … but your posts are interesting ‘buses’…. and the flowers look so lovely

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      I’m afraid my flower habit doesn’t wane, Ratnamurti, but flowers here, and I mean from supermarkets aren’t too expensive, unless you buy those huge bouquets from the supermarkets which I don’t really like all that much as they put all kinds of colours together that you’ve never put in your home if in soft furnishings! Flowers are much more expensive from florists, and I feel sorry really that I can’t afford to go into the lovely florist in Wellswood to buy my flowers, but they really are quite a bit more expensive, although there is much more choice, of course.

  6. Love the delicate lavender of your freesias, such a pretty colour I always feel. Occasionally I can find the creamy white Burtonii freesias and they have the most delicious scent, far more than any coloured one – but I love them all, and, dare I say it, I even like the yellow ones! The pelargonium is so pretty as well. I used to grow a lot of them when I had a larger garden, but now only have a couple. They thrive in coastal gardens around the upper North Island and make a beautiful show during summer.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Yes, it was the creamy-white freesias that had the strongest scene when I bought them, Margaret. But the pure white ones smelt of black pepper. I’ve never grown many pelargoniums, but I hope that I might even over-winter these in the summerhouse. But I tend to buy fresh flowers each year for the pots. It’s not very “green”, but we don’t have a greenhouse, so I can’t take cuttings for the following year. I still have more pots to fill, and have bought some lavender and rose-pink verbena, and I have a few white antirrhinums to plant. I will still look out for cosmos as they last and last until the first frosts, provided you keep on dead-heading and watering.

  7. Those freesias are so pretty and your arrangement looks very attractive. You certainly have a flair for arranging items ‘just so’. The vivid blue of the Senetti plant is amazing – I have never seen such a colour ! Thank you for including the names of all of the flowers 😃

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      The freesias are now almost ‘over’ Lara, but they have looked so pretty this past week, especially in a morning when sun from the east comes through the window in the dining area of our sitting/dining room. I just had those little salts to hand, and thought i’d put them in front of the freesias, as they were much the same colour. Honestly, I don’t make any great effort to arrange things, I’m just fortunate that my dear late mother left me so many pretty things. Yes, I like to include the names of the flowers or plants as I know you will have different ones in Australia, and that Senetti plant was a truly amazing colour, even brighter in reality than on the photograph.)

  8. Eloise (thisissixty.blog)

    I smiled when I opened this post as my own latest post has also begun with lilac/purple flowers. I note that you posted first but I wasn’t copying! Those little lilac coloured salts are very lovely. As you know, glassware holds more interest for me than China, and particularly coloured glass.
    I always buy flowers or plants for friends birthdays because many people don’t buy them for themselves. The feeling of them being a little luxury never goes. I’ve had lilac from the garden in the house for the past couple of weeks. It’s such a shame that the season is so short.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Yes, I’ve seen your post, late last night so I must return to it today and leave a comment. You really can’t beat the pink/purple range for a garden, I don’t think, such soft colours which go with all the different shades of green. When we came here I tried yellow/white combinations, but they looked awful, especially against a cream wall! OK with a grey stone wall, or a red brick wall, but cream paint … well, it just didn’t work.
      I love lilac, and the season for it is so short, the scent is heavenly.

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