A sequence for Sue

I don’t generally do requests, but when a lovely lady asks it would be churlish to refuse.  Our capricious English weather has produced wonderful gardens this year, as you might have seen in my Open Gardens walk this week.  There’s currently a bee fest going on in my own garden, where the foxgloves are rampant.  An oriental poppy, planted last year, has just decided to swirl its skirts and join the party.

A fan of faded glory and all things derelict, when I mentioned it Sue surprised me by saying ‘I love pink oriental poppies.  Take a photo for me!’  So here we are.  I’m easing off the brake pedal a bit this week.  There won’t be a Six Word Saturday from me as I’ll be in Nottingham, enjoying my daughter’s company.  Before I go I’ll schedule a walk for next Monday, and catch up with you as soon as I can.  Enjoy the sunshine!


  1. Such exquisite blooms, Jo. You really did a great job with your lens. Enjoy Nottingham and being with your daughter. I’m seeing mine in Johannesburg on Thursday, then to England on Monday. Hope the summer weather holds up until we get there. xx

  2. I’ve enjoyed that beauty on some of your social media, Twitter? It’s gorgeous! Enjoy your hot weather. My husband and I are in Las Vegas today and it may get over 110. It was 117 on Thursday when we arrived. Good time to blog and enjoy the products of YOUR heat! 🙂

  3. So excited to find your blog (from Le Drake Noir). I’m coming to visit England in September and look forward to getting some travel ideas from your pretty posts.

    And those poppies are gorgeous, by the way. I always want to include them in my garden but then forget (always) that you have to plant them two seasons ahead. One day. Hopefully!

      1. Nice to meet you too! We are spending a few days in London and then deciding where to go from there for the next week. We have thoughts on Scotland and Ireland but maybe just the English countryside. So many pretty places – still daydreaming;)

  4. It never ceases to amaze me the details and symmetry that can be found in nature and they are never the same, yet absolutely beautiful. Enjoy you time with your daughter!!!

  5. Gorgeous flouncy flowers, I love them! Have a lovely time with your beautiful girl, daughters are awesome 🙂
    I don’t think I replied to your last email, back when I was wrapped up in sorrow, forgive me? Lovesya 🙂

    1. I may well owe you an email, Gilly, but we’ll have a catch up after the weekend, if that’s ok. I’m glad to think that you might not be wrapped up in sorrow now, though you’re bound to miss them all the time. Sending hugs, hon. 🙂 🙂

      1. Well, as I commented on another blog {Notes from the UK], it’s baffling, it’s frustrating, and it’s – to my mind – very poorly desdigned software.

  6. These are amazing and we are lucky to have some in our garden this year…a wonderous natural artwork! The photos are fantastic and I couldn’t stop but gaze at the first one. Have a lovely time with your daughter and enjoy Nottingham. 😀

    1. I was out walking at Richmond this morning and it was like a poppy spotting expedition. I found some beauties. Maybe a post for yet another day 🙂 🙂 Thanks, darlin. I haven’t seen Lisa since October so I’m really looking forward to it.

  7. Gorgeous Jo – that’s about all I can say. Okay one other thing, wish I was there to see them in person, just a beautiful collection of these poppies.

      1. It’s a warm, sultry day today, with not a lot of sunshine, but the poppies seem happy, Ann. As am I to find you here. Is all well with you? 🙂 🙂

      2. That doesn’t sound good. Family troubles, or yourself, or a combination? I will check out your blog later but there’s been nothing new for a while.

  8. Oh, these are wonderful, Jo! Thank you for taking me up on my request, and sending lots of happy hugs! Have a great weekend with your daughter..

    1. Glad you like them, Sue 🙂 🙂 I’ve just come back from a riverside walk at Richmond and there were heaps more out and about. Skinny, frilly ones I’ve not seen before and some soft coral ones. No, don’t! This could become a recurring theme 🙂

      1. Hoho! I’ve been up to London to see the Hokusai exhibition…great, but it’s so hot I did find it very tiring….

      2. My feet are well and truly up, and I’m watching the news about the tragic events at the tower block in London…horrendous

      3. The exhibition was at the British Museum, a fairly short taxi ride from Farringdon station where I travelled to from home. It was so hot, I thought it was best to conserve what energy I could!

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