The Small, The Tall and the Pretty - Some of my Favourite Flowers

Mesembryanthemum
Mesembryanthemum | Source

I grow most of my summer flowering plants from seed, I then save the seed heads to dry and store in envelopes and plant them the following year.

You can start planting your seeds under cover in March in trays of compost. If you don’t have a greenhouse consider purchasing a plastic covered mini greenhouse. They only take up a small place in the garden and are ideal for plant propagation. Usually comprising of 3 or 4 shelves you will be surprised how many trays of plants it will hold.

These are just three of my favourite flowers that are easy to grow and a lovely addition to any garden.

Mesembryanthemum
Mesembryanthemum | Source
Mesembryanthemum
Mesembryanthemum | Source

The Small

Mesembryanthemum

Try as I might I just cannot seem to pronounce this name, so these delightful little flowers are always known to me as ‘Mesewotsits’

Growing to a height of just 4 inches, they are ideal ground covering plants that look good in borders, rockeries or pots. They like free draining soil and love the sun!


Mesembryanthemum
Mesembryanthemum | Source

The seeds are very small, so handle them carefully when planting in the trays. It’s best to water them with a mist sprayer. As the seedlings get bigger you can transplant them into bigger trays.

Plant them out in spring after the last frosts. You can also buy these plants from garden centres April onwards.

The plants are small and delicate looking. The leaves are quite unusual, they have a tropical succulent look about them and surprisingly, look as though they have been sprinkled with sugar!

Mesembryanthemum’s are daisy flowers that come in a wide range of brilliant colours, that have a ‘neon’ look about them. They love the sun and on a warm sunny day they produce an awesome display.

Mesembryanthemum
Mesembryanthemum | Source
Delphinium
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The Tall

Delphinium

Also known as the Larkspur, these perennial flowering plants can grow up to 2 metres tall, varying in colour from shades of blue, pinks, purple and white. They give height and colour in a flower border and are fabulous in flower arrangements.

Again you can grow your delphinium’s from seed, although they won’t actually flower until the following year. Or you can purchase plants from your garden centre. They like well drained soil and full sun.


Delphinium’s flower from late spring to late summer. The main flowering stem is long and erect, each flower has 5 petal-like sepals with 2 or 4 true petals in the centre.

Delphinium
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The Aster
The Aster | Source

The Pretty

Aster

The bedding Aster can be grown from seeds planted in trays undercover, from early spring.

They are bushy, free flowering plants that come in a variety of colours and grow to a height of 10 inches.

Aster’s are bright, cheerful flowers that love the sun and last for ages.

They flower throughout the summer in flower borders or pots and are an ideal cut flower and look wonderful in arrangements.


The Aster
The Aster | Source

If you haven't grown these flowers before or you are looking to grow something different in your garden this year, I can recommend all three plants they are easy to grow and add beautiful colour at ground level, height in borders and plenty of flowers to pick for indoors.




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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

I love delphiniums but have never grown them. I recently bought a little 4 shelf plastic hothouse like you speak of. To begin with we put it in the full sun and cooked all the contents. We now have it in part shade with just a little morning sun and have been having some success with various cuttings. We are coming into Autumn here, so maybe closer to spring I will try some delphiniums.

Your garden is so inspirational, Lesley. Thank you for sharing, my votes to you and if you don't mind my SHARING as well!!


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Eileen Goodall 4 years ago from Buckinghamshire, England

Stunning photographs, would you like to come round and so some work on my garden please, you've certainly got green fingers - thanks for sharing.


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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

Oh, I forgot to say I love your beautiful colourful photos, and especially the bee on the "Mesewotsits" :) Have a lovely day Lesley, I am heading to bed, goodnight.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Your hub has inspired me to get out and do some yard work today. It is a little too early yet for me to start planting as we still have the tiniest bit of snow left, but I can start raking and cleaning up the flower beds.

Beautiful flowers.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Annie, your poor cooked plants, I couldn't help but laugh:-)

I've planted lots of Delphinium's this year, some light and dark blue and also a pink one, they are lovely and they attract the butterflies too!

Thank you for your lovely comments, votes and sharing, take care and have a wonderful weekend, Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Eileen, I would love to take you up on that offer! thank you for visiting my garden and your great comments, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi again Annie, the bees love the 'Mesewotsits'!!

Goodnight, sweet dreams....


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Susan, I hope you have enjoyed your preparation time out in the garden today! hopefully that snow will be gone soon, many thanks for visiting and your comments, best wishes Lesley


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

How truly beautiful;all is well with Mother Nature And her wonderful gifts.

Thank you for sharing this gem.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Eddy, yes aren't Mother Nature's gifts wonderful! and is so evident in the beauty and colour of the summer flowers:-)

Many thanks for your comments, have a fabulous weekend and take care Lesley


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

My Mesewotsits seeds are on the way. Those are very pretty. You camera captured them so nicely.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Mike, enjoy your Mesewotsits!

Always good to see you, have a great weekend and take care Lesley


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Hi Lesley, Ms. Greenfingers, your photo's look wonderfu.l Please don't forget to take another photo when they look even prettier. Voted up and beautiful, Joyce.


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Reves-diary 4 years ago from Dhaka

Wow! These photos are truly beautiful. These colors are pretty rare in our part of the world. Thanks for sharing.


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acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

Stunninng writina accompanied by such beautiful pictures. Awesome!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I love delphiniums and have grown them myself. The photo of the mesewotits with the bee is great, I would have been too afraid of the bee to get that close. Lol All your photos are just lovely Lesley.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Your lovely flowers wouldn't grow here in S. Fl. I did grow mums when I lived in Ga. Yours are beautiful and so are your photos. I voted this one UP, etc.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Beautiful hub! I love your pictures, they are very good! I have never grown any of these flowers, but would like to try, especially the delphiniums, they are beautiful! Spring has sprung here and I will be outside planting tomorrow! Have a beautiful day! :) Voted up and useful.


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sofs 4 years ago

The ‘Mesewotsits’ are real pretty..haven't heard of them before.. Beautiful pictures and what a way to start my day.. thanks for sharing! Have a lovely day!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

These flowers all look so beautiful and would brighten any garden or backyard with their colors. Thanks for sharing.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Very pretty, I got some shots of ones that look like those first ones yesterday. Haven't opened them yet, just downloaded but the glimpse I got looked bright so hoping they will be good and some of my best ever Magnolias and daffodils (oh and plum tree blooms!). I think photography might be taking over my life, lol, but I just cannot stand the thought of something I might miss. Does it affect you that way? I have seeds sprouting up too and I really look forward to the hollyhocks this year, I got color varieties and they grow really well here. Mom grew them every summer but hers got so big they could not be contained try as she might but the soil here only lets them get about half as tall but so beautiful. Strange, huh? I am giving sweet peas a shot too. I look forward to all you show us and they are the best as always! Voted up.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love gardening and I found beautiful flowers here. Some of them, I didn't know before. I learn many things from you and I enjoy all pictures here. Good job, Lesley. Rated up and I'll press all buttons here, except funny. Have a nice weekend!

Blessing,


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Joyce, you can be sure the photos will keep coming, I can't help myself!!

Many thanks for your comments and votes, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Reves-diary, many thanks for visiting and your comments, they are much appreciated, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi acaetnna, thank you for visiting and your great comments, glad you enjoyed reading, take care Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Rosemay, the colours of the mesewotsits are fabulous and attract both bees and butterflies!

Many thanks for your comments, have a wonderful weekend, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Mary, what a shame you can't grow these flowers, you are welcome to visit mine whenever you like!

Thank you for the comments and votes, take care Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Sofs, the mesewotsits are amazing little flowers, as soon as the sun starts shining they open up and the colours are fabulous!

Thank you for your comments, have a great weekend, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi teaches12345, thank you for visiting my garden and your lovely comments, glad you enjoyed reading, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Oh Jackie, you sound just like me talking re 'photography taking over your life and not wanting to miss anything' LOL

The Magnolia's are still in bud here but the daffodils are just at their best.

I shall look forward to seeing all your photos especially the sweet peas and hollyhocks!

Many thanks for your wonderful comments and votes, take care and see you soon, Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello prasetio, I'm so pleased you have enjoyed reading and thank you for your lovely comments and votes.

Have a wonderful weekend and see you soon, take care Lesley


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Another beautiful hub Lesley! I love delphinium - and also lupins - but I have to say that the pictures of the 'mesewotsits' are stunning. They are a very beautiful and cheery little flowers! I will have to start planning what to have this year quite soon. With the milder weather this year even the daffodils are out - we don't usually seen them until well into April!

Anyway, a beautiful hub with great photos - voted up beautiful!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi sgbrown, Glad to hear spring has sprung for you! enjoy your planting this weekend and I hope your try some Delphinium's they really are beautiful!

Thank you so much for your comments, they mean a lot to me, take care Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Seeker7, I heard on the news today that your winter was very mild and the daffodils that would normally be picked/harvested are so early there was no-one to pick them as everyone is still picking them in England!

I hope you get to plant some mesewotsits, they are so pretty.

Many thanks for your comments and votes, best wishes and see you soon, Lesley


paddyboy60 4 years ago

Beautiful photos MM!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

All of your flowers are beautiful Lesley. I never thought about a hot house, maybe i'll get one. The weather is great here today..80 degrees..I mowed today. I have flowers coming up. I think the roses will be especially beautiful this year, it seemed we got rain everytime we needed it..Thank you again for sharing..


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Lesley,

I was unfamiliar with those Mesembryanthemums or mesewotsits as you call them. Not only are they pretty but the bees certainly seem to love them as well. All of your flower photos are beautiful. Thanks! Voted up and beautiful.


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anglnwu 4 years ago

I don't know how to pronounce it either but they sure look lovely. You manage to capture their beauty. Love the pictures and thanks for sharing.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

wow lesley...besides being a good photographer, writer. Your love is seen in these wonderful flowers/gardening.

btw, what a timing..you could click the bee in that flower...priceless!

that picture is at it's peak amongst nature!

voted up and sharing!


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tsmog 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

Hello Lesley. Awesome pics and I'm happy for you. I have a question. What are those quaint little pollinators? Much different than those in my garden. Those are somewhat narrow, mine have big b***s. Mine are friendly - yours? I do get an angrier breed coming through on occasion. Nasty little devils chasing away the residents. I love what they do with the flowers too! Great article Lesley!


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amymarie_5 4 years ago from Chicago IL

Very beautiful flowers! I love the pics you used. Rated up, useful and interesting!


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Morning Lesley,

Beautiful flowers and beautiful pictures! Just planted some marigolds in the garden yesterday..so much is starting to bloom..I just love this time of year!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Ruby, my son has got a mini greenhouse, it's perfect for growing seeds, tomatoes and cucumber.

Glad it's warming up for you now and I hope we get to see pictures of your roses.

Many thanks for your comments, have a good week, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Paddy, thank you for dropping by and your comments, it's always good to see you, how are you? I have missed your writing!

Best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Peggy, Mesewotsits are such a pretty little flower, they look lovely in a rockery and attract both bees and butterflies!

Thank you for your lovely comments and votes, have a good week, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi anginwu, I'm glad it's not just me who can't pronounce it!

Thank you for stopping by and your comments, glad you enjoyed reading, take care and see you soon, Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Ruchira, Yes I somehow managed to time it just right to get the bees too!

Thank you for your lovely comments, they are very much appreciated and also for the votes and sharing.

Best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi tsmog, we call them hover-bees here, they are quite friendly - their speciality is 'hovering' they were really attracted to the mesewotsits! I don't like the sound of your angry breed of bees!!

I hope all is well with you, many thanks for stopping by and your comments, take care Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Amymarie, thank you for visiting, your comments and votes, they are much appreciated.

Best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Sunnie, I love this time of year too! I get so excited to see everything bursting into life and I love all the planning and planting ready for the summer - lots to look forward too!

Take care, enjoy your week and see you soon, best wishes Lesley


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tarajeyaram 4 years ago from Wonderland

Beautiful hub with very nice flowers. I love flowers and their fragrance and beauty. You hub is so wonderful. Voting up and across.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Lovely!! I love delphinium--and you have wonderful pictures of them all!


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b. Malin 4 years ago

How very Beautiful and Breathtaking your Photos are, Movie Master. I could almost smell Spring in the Air...and s Sweet smelling Learning Lesson as well! Thanks for sharing.


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Kamalesh050 4 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

Wonderful hub with Fabulous pictures. Voted Up and Awesome.

Best Wishes, Kamalesh


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi tarajeyaram, thank you for visiting, your lovely comments and votes, they mean a lot to me!

Take care and have a wonderful day, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Audrey, I love the beautiful deep blue of the Delphinium, I'm so pleased you enjoyed the photos!

Thank you, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi b.Malin, Thank you for stopping by and your comments Spring is definitely in the air!

Enjoy your week, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Kamalesh, many thanks for stopping by my garden and your comments and votes.

Hope all is well with you, take care and best wishes Lesley


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Cloverleaf 4 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Hi Mum, although I'll never remember the proper name for those beautiful flowers, "Mesewotsits" will always stick in my mind now. This was a beautiful range to share, and excellent photographs as usual. Voting up! x


Vincent Moore 4 years ago

You have captured the true colors and essences of these highlighted flowers. Your creative passion and eye focused on sheer beauty before you. Well done, voted up.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Wow! Looks like this hub has already attracted a large crowd and I know it's because your followers knew just from the title that they'd find stunning photos of beautiful flowers when they clicked on this hub!

As always, I enjoyed the photos.

I also enjoyed the practical tips you provided.

Voted up across the board except for funny.


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acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

Beautiful. Such stunning photographs, oh how wonderful flowers are. Mesembryanthemums are one of my all time favourites, my grand mother used to help me grow them when I was a small child.


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tlpoague 4 years ago from USA

I have never tried to grow these flowers. After reading your hub and seeing your beautiful pictures, I may have to try it this year. Thanks! Voted up!


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Absolutely beautiful MM. As I have always said, you take amazing pics my friend. The first photo is amazing. I have never heard of Mesembryanthemums, but they are one of the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen. I love them.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Cloverleaf, when the sun isn't shining the mesewotsits bud is closed, it's such a small plant that you would walk past it without a second glance, but when the sun is shining and the flower opens, it's colours are truly captivating! x


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Vincent, my two great passions - gardening and photography! thank you for visiting your comments and votes, they are much appreciated, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Gail, thank you for joining me in my garden and your wonderful comments and the votes are much appreciated.

I hope your week is fabulous, take care and see you soon, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi acaetnna, thank you for stopping by and your comments, mesewotsits are a lovely old fashioned flower - I remember my gran use to grow them in her garden too!

Have a lovely day, take care and best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi tipoague, I hope you get to grow some of these flowers this year, I am sure you will enjoy them!

Many thanks for visiting and your comments, have a good week, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Ricky, How are you? I hope all is well thank you for visiting and your wonderful comments, they mean a lot to me.

Enjoy your week, take care and see you soon, best wishes Lesley


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Lesley,

Thank you for sharing your favourite flowers. Your photos are beautiful.

Voted up and away!

Best wishes

Sue


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Sue, thank you for stopping by, your lovely comments and votes, I'm so pleased you enjoyed the photos.

Have a great day, best wishes Lesley


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Oh my God,!!!!!!!!beautiful, awesome, enchanting, I can go on and on. Loved your photographs. Amazingly fantastic. Voted up.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Vellur, I'm so pleased you enjoyed the photos - I loved your comments! and many thanks for the votes:-)

Best wishes Lesley


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savingkathy 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Wow! This is an amazing hub. I love your photos of all your beautiful flowers, and appreciate your information and tips about growing your favourites. Sharing :)


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi savingkathy, thank you for visiting, I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading, your votes and share are much appreciated.

Best wishes Lesley


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

I love Livingstone Daisies (Mesem...thingies, my dad grows them for me on his allotment and I plant them all in my front garden. I am a fan of delphiniums but when I grew them, they were leggy and I got hardly any flowers. I do like asters tohugh. Great hub, great photos, voted up.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Jools, aren't mesewotsits fabulous! that's great your dad having an allotment!

What a shame about your leggy delphiniums - asters are lovely, nice and easy to grow too!

Many thanks for your great comments and votes, take care and see you soon, Lesley


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Lilleyth 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

Once again, a truly lovely photo hub. You are fortunate the honey bees have taken a shine to your garden. I've never grown Delphinium, but after seeing your gorgeous photo, have decided to pick a few up from Lowes and give them a try -- although I think it is a bit too hot here in the summers for their taste.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Lilleyth, the mesewotsits are very popular with the bees!

Good luck with growing your delphiniums, they are such a pretty flower, I hope you have some success.

Thank you for visiting and your comments, best wishes Lesley


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Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

amazing pictures, as always. Some great advice too, for planting, and caring.

Thank you.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Hi Lesley ~ what a beautiful hub with great information. I needed this today since unfortunately it is actually snowing outside here. Great work, I love the photo with the three Mesembryanthemum flowers all with bees on them! Cool shot!

Sharyn


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Dim, many thanks for visiting and your great comments, have a wonderful day, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Sharyn, you have snow - I hope the flowers have brightened your day!

I somehow managed to get the timing just right for the 3 bees!

Many thanks for your comments, they are much appreciated, take care and best wishes Lesley


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

So beautiful. Your lovely photographs are like ice cream to the eyes. There is so much beautiful art in your photography, and the nature is astounding. Words, all beyond mere words. God Bless You dear angel heart, and your wonderful family.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello stars, thank you for visiting my garden and your beautiful comments, that mean so much to me.

Take care and my best wishes to you, Joann and Becky.

Lesley

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