My Favourite Cottage Garden Flowers

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Most of us have a special person in our lives, who inspire and influence us greatly. That special person in my life was my Grandmother, whom I called my “Nan”.

Me, My Nan and My Sister
Me, My Nan and My Sister | Source

My Nan - my inspiration

This is a restored old photo of me with my Nan. She is holding my younger sister and we are stood under an old apple tree in her garden.

My parents and I lived with my Grandparents, “Nan and Papa”, until I was about three years old. Twenty years later we became neighbours, and then I continued to live next door to her for seven years.

Nan lived in an old cottage which was nestled in a small village and surrounded by the beautiful English Countryside. I remember the cows going up the lane pass the window to the farm to be milked.

Nan’s world was very unpretentious. She never really went anywhere much, and her world revolved around her family, her home and especially her garden.

Nan had a big cottage garden full of flowers, and that is where she spent most of her time!

She grew many varieties of flowers, had a couple of cooking apple trees, a wonderful vegetable garden and kept some chickens.

Visiting Nan in the summer, the vegetable plot was very productive and I always made straight for the garden peas, delicious straight out of the pod!

When I was about eight years old, Nan said I could have my own bit of garden and she handed over the responsibility of a small patch to me. The patch measured a couple of square yards and was a blank canvas, full of potential!

Nan gave me two packets of seeds: Cornflowers and Love in the Mist.

Cornflowers (click to view full size)
Cornflowers (click to view full size) | Source

My own garden

I took the responsibility of this bit of garden very seriously and had tremendous pleasure in digging around with my little trowel, planting and watering my seeds and nurturing them over the next few weeks.

Even now, many years later, I can still remember the enormous pleasure I felt when looking at those flowers.

All of my efforts were rewarded with a beautiful display of colour from the cornflowers and the dainty rich blue flower of the Love in the Mist.

Love in the Mist (click to view full size)
Love in the Mist (click to view full size) | Source

Growing cottage garden flowers

I was enthralled then, and still am now, with the beauty of flowers. How the sheer simplicity of planting a few seeds can produce such a miracle still astounds me.

I have encouraged my children and grand children to plant seeds and enjoy the garden.

I would recommend introducing anyone to growing flowers for the first time to start, as I did with a couple of packets of seeds, Cornflowers and Love in the Mist.

They are just the easiest to grow! They will grow in any soil and need little attention, all they ask is a little watering if it is very dry and they will reward you just a few weeks later with beautiful flowers.

After flowering, keep some seeds to plant the following year (they keep well in envelopes) and the dried seed heads of Love in the Mist are beautiful in dried flower arrangements.

My garden now is very much like my Nan’s was; it is an old fashioned cottage garden, lots of flowers, a vegetable patch and a greenhouse.

I have a great love for the outdoors, gardening, flowers and photography. Isn’t it great to be able to combine all these passions together?

I am no expert gardener or photographer, but have great fun in enjoying my garden and taking photographs. I believe that you should never be afraid to give something a go, because you can still get great results! When we do the things we enjoy, we find so much pleasure in them, and I believe that is what life is all about.

These are some of my favourite cottage flowers from my garden...

Poppies

The poppy seed head is beautiful, and can often be found dried in flower arrangements, especially at Christmastime when it is generally sprayed gold.

Petals can be almost any colour, and there are so many varieties available.  Just scatter the seeds around your flower borders.

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Nasturtium (click to view full size)
Nasturtium (click to view full size) | Source

Nasturtium

Nasturtium is another very easy flower to grow from seeds; they add so much colour to borders and pots.

Both the leaves and flowers are edible and add a sharp peppery taste to salads.

Lupin (click to view full size)
Lupin (click to view full size) | Source

Lupin

Lupin is known to be one of the first flowers of Spring.

I especially like the two colour variety displayed here in this photo.

After flowering, if you cut these right back to about six inches high, they will reward you with a second flowering in the summer.

Foxglove

The foxglove can be found growing wild in woodland or cultivated in a garden.

They grow easily from seed, but you need to be patient as you do not get any flowers until the second year.

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Dahlia (click to view full size)
Dahlia (click to view full size) | Source

Dahlia

There are at least 36 species of Dahlia, they grow from tubers and are lovely flowers to pick for arrangements.

The stunning deep red colour of this particular Dahlia was so breathtaking, and lovely to photograph.

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Echinacea (click to view full size) | Source
Sweet Peas (click to view full size)
Sweet Peas (click to view full size) | Source

Echinacea

Echinacea have some medicinal properties, the best known one is for warding off infections. US researchers say that taking the herbal remedy Echinacea can more than halve the risk of catching a common cold!

I grow them because they have a big “plus” for the garden! Butterflies love them, the cone flowers bloom all summer and the birds like the seeds.

Sweet Pea

The Sweet Pea is another flower that can easily be grown from seeds. It is quite simple to train them to grow up canes or trellis.

The Sweet Peas in this photograph just went crazy!

Thank you for Visiting

I hope you have enjoyed my favourite cottage garden flowers!

All of the photographs in this hub have been taken by me and may be viewed in full size by clicking on them.

Please feel free to redistribute them, all I ask is that you attribute them back to me by linking to this hub, thank you.

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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Another amazing hub, Movie Master! And congratulations on writing your first 10 hubs. I just showed this hub to a friend of mine who is a very keen photographer and he thought that all your photos were awesome. I am very envious that you can grow such beautiful flowers!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Beautiful Hub! Well done.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Cloverleaf, thank you - can't believe I have written 10 hubs! never thought it was possible and now I am buzzing with ideas for more! It's great to write about things I love and to receive lovely comments such as yours!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Will, Thank you, I value your comments.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

The pictures are stunning! The information in this Hub is detailed and the heart warms from your family memories. All in all, a lovely read and one I will treasure for a long time.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Hyphenbird, thank you so much, it just pleases me so much to read your comments.


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

Movie: Beautiful pictures and another fabulous hub. I love your stories about your family


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Mrs J.B.I love writing about the people and things I love, to know others enjoy them is fantastic! thank you.


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Mimi721wis 5 years ago

Voted up and beautiful. My mother has a green thumb. She tends to her flowers as if they were children.

Unfortunately that talent wasn't passed on to me. My plant usually turn yellow of just die. I admire beautiful flower gardens.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

Movie Master, you have such beautiful pictures. I myself have a brown thumb, plants don't seem to want to grow for me but I sure love to look at them. I have never seen Love in the Mist, it is beautiful.


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neakin 5 years ago

The pictures are beautiful! Thanks for an awesome Hub!


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

I always look forward to your hubs! The pictures are amazing as are the flowers.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Mimi I understand your Mother, I must admit I have been known to talk to my plants! glad you enjoyed my flowers, thanks for dropping by and your comments.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals, Love in the mist is a very delicate flower, I think the name describes it beautifully! glad you liked my pictures and thanks for your comments.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Neakin, Thank you, I really enjoyed writing this hub, I love sharing my garden!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Dexter, Nice to see you, you've made my day! I admire your photography, your comments mean a great deal to me!


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epigramman 5 years ago

...oh my goodness this is so very lovely - what an artistic vision you have presented us with here ......

I live on the north shores of Lake Erie here in Ontario, Canada and we are just on the threshold (hopefully) of seeing this kind of beauty and colour in our gardens in what us Canadians like to think of as ..... summer!

Big favor I ask of you my friend - please check out the legendary Fossillady if you can - she is a fellow hubber and like you - a world class photographer - and please tell her I sent you!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi epigrammam, you are too kind! me a world class photographer? you have made my day, I am just somebody who loves her garden, and gets so much pleasure out of taking photos of my flowers. Thank you for passing on your recommendation of fossillady to me, she is 'special' I will enjoy following you both, thanks again and take care.


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2uesday 5 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday.

Hi Movie Master and thank you for the link and I will add this to mine too. I voted this up and beautiful and awesome, I think our love of flowers links us. I look forward to seeing more of your pictures in future, thanks again.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi 2uesday, it's great to meet you! I loved your hub - thanks for linking mine, and I will look forward to reading more of yours! take care


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shimmering Dawn 5 years ago

I love flowers and these are beautiful. Informative and and beautiful hub. Keep writing and take care :)


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi shimmering Dawn, thanks for your lovely words, you too keep writing, I look forward to reading more of your beautiful hubs.


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jayjay40 5 years ago from Bristol England

Wow Love your photos and a great hub. I have rated it up


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi jayjay40, I know you like your flowers! thanks for visiting my garden and your lovely comments, will look forward to you visiting again!


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

I love the old photo of your nan as well as the wonderful new photos of the garden flowers. Old photos that come with a story says so much and gives a special feeling to watch. I agree with you totally, the beauty that comes from garden flowers are amazing and every year I feel the same humble astonishment when the garden transform. Every flower is special in its one way and you have picked lovely flower in this hub. Your photos are fantastic!

Voted dup.

Tina


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Tina, thank you so much for visiting my garden, I am glad you've enjoyed your stay. Thank you for your lovely comments, sounds as though you understand me completely! I will look forward to seeing you again soon.


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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You

Wow..isn't nature wonderful? You really seem to capture nature at its best. Very lovely pictures indeed.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi timorous, Thank you for visiting my garden, yes nature certainly is wonderful and I thank you for your compliments, take care and have a great day!


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Scribenet 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Love your garden and your story about how your Nan got you started gardening at a young age! My grandmother also loved her garden and we spent hours looking at blossoms together...a wonderful memory! Thanks for sharing and I am sure to try those cornflowers..they are beautiful and the "easy to grow" aspect really appeals to me as well!


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Scribenet 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Love your garden and your story about how your Nan got you started gardening at a young age! My grandmother also loved her garden and we spent hours looking at blossoms together...a wonderful memory! Thanks for sharing and I am sure to try those cornflowers..they are beautiful and the "easy to grow" aspect really appeals to me as well!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Scribenet, memories of our grandparents are always so special! glad you enjoyed my garden hope you get to plant your cornflowers, thanks for calling in and leaving your comments have a wonderful weekend.


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prashant angiras 5 years ago from shimla(india)

Wonderful pictures and description.You are such a good photographer.I thought you took these photos from the source of internet,but in the end of your hub,i read that you have taken them yourself,that is really impressive.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Prashant, I love gardening and really enjoy taking photos of my flowers.

Thank you for visiting my garden and your very kind comments, I will be over to visit you soon. Take care.


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2uesday 5 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday.

I am hoping to grow some poppies like the ones in the photos on your page for next summer. The few I had this year suffered in the rain and wind. I love the way poppies move in the breeze. I will visit the ones on this page until I get my own in bloom next year.


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anglnwu 5 years ago

My goodness--such lovely flowers--love in the mist--the person who came up with this name must be inspired by the pure beauty of this stunner. I love flowers too--inspired by my flower-loving mom. I make flower arrangments--some my hubs feature flower arrangements and I always find it totally relaxing working with flowers. Again, admire your garden.


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Hi MM, your Nan was very clever when she planted the love of gardening into your developing brain. It seems as though the seeds are still blooming and will continue right throughout your life. I do a lot of digging and manual work as a brickie so the last thing I want to do in my spare time is be outside digging, but my wife loves gardening and we have a beautiful garden around some pretty fancy brick paving. (My contribution) We have bought some old apple boxes about five feet square and will be planting vegies in them next year when we are less busy. Got to dash. Cheers


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Fennelseed 5 years ago from Australia

Oh Movie Master, this is just the loveliest story. I think a great deal of your beautiful "Nan" lives on in you as you continue her love for gardening. "Love in the mist" is one of my favourites as are all the other beautiful cottage flowers you describe here. There is so much wonder and romance in a cottage garden and you bring it all alive in your garden and here in your hub. Thank you so much for sharing. All my votes and best wishes to you.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi anginwu, I get a great deal of pleasure from picking flowers from my garden and arranging them, I will pop over to your place and check out your flower arranging hubs!

Many thanks for visiting and your comments, I hope you have a wonderful day, best wishes MM


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi attemptedhumour, it sounds like some excellent 'team work' going on in your garden!

Those old apple boxes sound ideal for a veggie garden, I am sure you will have a lot of fun planting and harvesting next year!

Many thanks for visiting and your great comments, enjoy your day, best wishes MM


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Fennelseed, I miss my nan very much, but I feel she is never far away when I am in the garden!

Thank you for visiting,your lovely comments and votes, it's much appreciated, take care and best wishes MM


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

I love the pictures of the cornflowers. I had never heard of these before, they are truly beautiful. Such a great colorful hub. My wife loves flowers. She will see a flower and she digs it up and brings it home. The Dahlia is another great example. You did a great job on this article. Well done and voted up, useful, beautiful, and interesting.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi TLW, I love gardening and these are just some of my favourites, the cornflowers are so colourful.

Thank you for dropping by, it's always nice to see you and many thanks for your comments and votes, take care MM.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

This is getting my vote for My Beautiful Hub for the Hubbies this year. I am sharing this so more people can vote!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Jeannie, thank you so much - your comments, vote and share have made my day!


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acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

This hub is so lovely and completely beautiful. I simply adore flowers and love the ones you have featured here. The receiving of flowers is a perfect way to reach a woman's heart. Great work here, pressing those buttons of course.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi acaetnna, I think these will always be my favourite flowers as they remind me of my nan's cottage garden!

Thank you for your lovely comments and votes, have a fantastic day and take care, Lesley


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snowdrops 4 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

Lesley, you're very adorable! and i looove your garden flowers. Can I have some? :)


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Isnt it beautiful? Isnt it wonderful? I amalways amazed with your photos and flowers Lesley.

By the way, you look so cute.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi snowdrops, Mum always use to put a ribbon in my hair, I suppose it did make me look kinda cute!

I am growing all the above flowers in my garden again this year, they look fabulous!

Many thanks for stopping by and your comments, have a great day, best wishes lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi unknown spy, it's the ribbon that does it!!! I used this picture of me for my avatar for the first year on HP.

Thank you for your wonderful comments, they are much appreciated:-)

Have a wonderful day, best wishes lesley


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Your photos are beautiful. I thought I had seen most of your hubs but I missed this one. I like the way Hubpages has now lined up our hubs on our profile it's easier to see all the hubs. Voted up and shared.


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JayeWisdom 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

I'm glad this hub made its way back to my feed. I love looking at your flowers, Leslie. You (and your family and friends) must get so much pleasure from your garden. Thanks to your splendid photography, we get to share in that pleasure. It's such a dreary rainy day where I live that the sight of your lovely blooms is a real treat!

Voted Up, Beautiful and Interesting

Jaye


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello moonlake, I love to have visitors to my garden, it's good to see you, thank you so much for your comments, share and votes.

I agree, the HP format on the profile page is much improved.

Take care and best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Jaye, your comments and visit have made my day, thank you so much - you are very kind!

Enjoy your day, best wishes Lesley

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