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17.5.13

68 Pink


Peonies, parrot tulips, white stocks and sweet peas, those are the blooms I can never resist. So why did I buy antirrhinums and hollyhocks for the garden today? Truth is I can't explain the antirrhinums without resorting to words like 'whim' and 'fancy' but the (biennial) hollyhocks came home with me because their deep red flowers are destined for the dye pot later in the year. The peonies I already had, the very first of the season ... it almost feels like summer, particularly as the evening's events included the mixing of 2013's first jug of Pimms!

I don't generally 'do' pink flowers, with the exception of the above - if you're looking for pink parrot tulips try Tulipa 'Silver Parrot', they're exquisite - but the more I think about that the more I realise how much I've been missing. Hellebores, hyacinths, hydrangeas, geraniums ... why do I almost always buy white varieties? And to pose an equally pressing question, why do I so rarely buy pink yarn?

Are you a Pimm's drinker? Do you have a favourite flower colour? And would you wear pink knitwear? I need to know these things!

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Today began with the joyous news of a birth, a good friend's second son, and ended with the news of a death. The tragic loss of Kathreen Ricketson of whipup.net and her partner Rob has touched so many in the crafting community. My thoughts are with their family and most particularly their children.


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68 comments :

  1. I adore Pimms but avoid pink like the plague as I have red hair. Not a good look on me (and hence I don't gravitate towards the colour in my flowers either).
    Such terrible news about Kathreen. I had heard a drowning report on the news but didn't realise it was her and her partner. It's heartbreaking.

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  2. Yes to Pimms, no to pink knitwear and hard to choose a favourite flower colour but probably blue or crimson red! x

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  3. Hi Annie..had one glass of Pimms as a teenager, not since..favourite flower, I love 'em all! Pink to wear...not unless it's a deep rose pink, paler pinks don't suit me much as I love them..oh and those browny dusty pinks, they're fine. Such sad news about Kathreen and her partner.

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  4. Peonies are one of my favourite flowers too and I have some in a vase right now which I received for my birthday.
    In answer to your questions, I love all flowers and all colours - maybe a soft spot for blue and lilac, though I love pink too!
    I no longer wear pink knitwear, but I do like to wear pink in certain fresh shades, especially mixed with white!
    I do not like Pimms, only had it once and then decided it was not to my taste!
    Beautiful shot of your peony!

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  5. These are so so so beautiful! And I am not sure if I told you but I AM LOVING the yarn and book I received. It was a hard mother's day this year for me yet somehow I felt so very blessed by all the small gifts in my life. thank you a million times over! xxoo

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  6. I've never had Pimms. I do wonder what it tastes like, and would like to try it ...the opportunity just hasn't arisen. The epitome of English summers, according to movies, so I've long been curious.

    I like pink...flowers and clothes, including knitwear (jumpers and cardis.) Impossible to pick a favourite flower colour though.

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  7. Well, I don't really like pink, but perhaps some fancy bolero or a cute sweater wold be good in pink :)

    I read the sad news about Kathreen and her partner - too awful to be true! Very sad and such a tough time for their relatives ...

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  8. I like the idea of Pimms but not the taste. And it leaves me with an awful headache. I have a shocking pink jumper which has cheered me up no end this winter.

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  9. I don't actually know what Pimms is! So I'm afraid I don't drink it. I'm not a pink person. I has to be a certain kind of pink, and then if in fabric, mixed with the perfect colours on a white background. Too many pinks I see I would describe as "sickly" pink.
    Lovely picture Annie! xx

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  10. Peonies and roses are some of my favorites!! I do like pink, but it has to be the right shade. I do have a light pink cords, that I love! What is Pimms? Wishing you a happy weekend Annie! xo Heather

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  11. I look terrible in pastel pink but like a deep pink. I have a forest of dark red hollyhocks every year and would be very happy to send you flowers or packets of seed - please don't buy anymore - I have enough fresh seed for a plantation! X

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  12. Love Pimms, hate pink. Had a small friend who adored it but when she turned 13 took to wearing black a lot and referred to pink as 'the P word'. That's how I feel... which doesn't explain why there's quite a lot of it in my garden. Ahem...

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  13. I adore pink! I don't get to wear it as much as I'd like - have to wear black for work mostly. But when the opportunity presents I go for it! Pink roses, pink sweet peas, pink peonies, pink old-fashioned pinks - I love them all in the garden! I think your photo is absolutely beautiful by the way. Is it a peony? It looks like. Tragic about the accident in Australia - so sad and so shocking that something like this can happen so unexpectedly. E x

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  14. Only ever drank Pimms once! Can't remember it was so long ago. Pink mmmmmm...... I don't like sugar pink, but I like the deep dusky pinks.
    I read the sad news too.
    Julie xxxxxxxx

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  15. Oh I love a glass of Pimm's in the summer, I always put borage flowers in mine :) Am not much of a pink wearer as I have red hair but I do like the odd sprinkle of pink in the garden. Sarah x

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  16. I love pink. I'm knitting myself a pink summer cardigan at the moment and knitted a pink and white shawl over winter which I'm really looking forward to wearing this summer. Let's hope we get some decent weather!

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  17. I am a bit of a colour junkie and in the garden is no different. The more the better. Though I do tend be attracted to pinks and reds.

    Would I wear pink knitwear, well if it was a style I liked enough then I would.

    Love the picture at the top of the post Annie really beautiful.


    P x

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  18. Love Pimms, just bought some ready for the summer! I love pink flowers, all flowers really. White ones can look stunning in a more shady garden, but they can look rather dingy as they die. Wearing pink can be tricky, very pale is lovely, too bright and you can end up like Barbie!

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  19. Very sad news, some may say at least they were living a life they loved but those poor children.

    I'm just a colour addict really, colour touches the core of me. Yes I love pink, but also blue, greens, oranges, yellows....the list goes on! I mainly stuck to a pastel palette in the garden but I've been putting more colour in there over the last few years. Yes I love Pimms, especially my Uncle Toms which seem to make me giddy quite quickly.....not sure why! :) x

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  20. I was saddened to hear the news ... my heart goes out to their children.

    I love pink things, but especially roses and peonies. I plant antirrhinums every year (we call them bunny rabbits) where our beloved pet bunny is buried in a sunny spot where he used to lie.

    On a more cheerful note(!) roll on the summer and bring on the pimms - I love it! Happy weekend Annie. Julie x

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  21. I really don't 'do' pink, I own no pink clothes at all but I do like it in nature, same goes for red! I also love white flowers but at the moment I'm in love with all the pretty bluebells around! My favourite flowers though are sunflowers, it ever ceases to amaze me that such a giant flower can grow from such a small seed. I have some peaking through compost in my greenhouse at the moment!
    V xxx

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  22. My younger daughter is PINK mad, my older daughter out grew it, and I don't mind it. I don't wear pink knitwear tend to do the blues. Like all colors in the garden, love the smell and look of sweat peas. Remind me of my Taid from Wales he grew them and they were amazing! Like the pinks in the picture.

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  23. Dear Annie
    A stunning peony photo. Yes to pink clothes - I wear pastel pink and fuchsia pink, depending what mood I'm in and my wedding dress (20 years ago) had a pink silk bodice and pink organza skirt (traditional white and cream made me look washed out). If I was getting married again (no, I won't be!) then I would choose blue.
    Sad news too - awful for those left behind.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  24. If I do pink in the garden it's usually small and discrete, as in a Geum. There are exceptions though. Last year I bought a Peony 'Bowl of Beauty'. But I've inherited a very blowsy pink peony and lipstick pink roses... hmmm!

    In clothes I would err on the side of coral, or a very grey or brown muted pink.

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  25. Beautiful pic. peonies and sweetpeas were my wedding flowers so bing lovely memories with them. Yes, I like a bit of pink x

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  26. I only discovered Kathleen's lovely blog after I read your news - absolutely tragic for the children and family and a great loss to a lot of others who are less directly involved.

    Pimms - yes, many moons ago. Pink, hardly ever to wear but love it on my daughter (and other colours too, I hasten to add) and as long as pink flowers smell nice, then pink in the garden is good.
    Axx

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  27. pink as an accent....my favorite knit scarf is pink.....i have a couple pink peonies, but my favs are white! as I looked out on my garden the other day, I was amazed at all the purple---and white! did I really plant that much purple in the garden??? guess so.

    pimms? never had it. sounds like i'm missing something!

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  28. Well, I don't drink so I can't comment on Pimms but my favorite flower is the peony (my wedding flower) and if the hue of pink is just right, I would definitely knit with it and wear it! Such sadness over the loss of Kathreen and Rob ~ my heart goes out to their beautiful children.

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  29. I have just been out in the garden taking photos of pink apple blossom. So many shades of pink in each cluster of blossom and yes I am knitting in pale pink. A friend's mother gave me some pale pink mohair and together with wensleydale wool from Wonderwool I am knitting a poncho or a shawl. Hopefully you will see how it is progressing at Stash next week. I don't think i have ever worn pale pink so it is an interesting departure for me.

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  30. Never, ever to pink knitwear. I really don't have a favourite flower colour - I think I don't like yellow but I love primroses, don't like pastels but adore pale pink roses... And Pimms? Never. Instead a shameless plug for Slamseys Fruit Gin.

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  31. I love Pimms and it definitely heralds warmer weather (in my mind at least). I'm not generally a pink person, the opposite in fact, but recently I have begun to like it much more......and I am knitting with pink (a deep cerise pink, I think pastel would be a step too far) at the moment and loving it.

    Wishing you a lovely weekend. juliex

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  32. Gorgeous! Love peonies and parrot tulips - I meant to plant some tulips this year and never got round to it. Will try and remember the silver parrot ones as they look beautiful.

    Oh and yes to pimms! Favourite flower colour...hmm, I err to the pinky/purple/blue side of things, can't choose! And a probably to pink knitwear, depends on the shade though.x

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  33. Peonies are a firm favourite of mine, they are stunning. I think of them as a "fancy" flower, no idea why.

    I am a Pimms drinker, although sadly hubby is not so i never get to make up a jug (lest I drink the lot...). All flowers welcome here, and pink knitwear is acceptable on the condition that it makes me look thin.

    Awful news about Kathleen and her partner, just awful. Those poor kids. x

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  34. I have never tried Pimms. Another thing to look forward to on our September trip! As for the pink question. Hmmm... I might wear a pink sweater if it was a muted pink. It certainly wouldn't be my first choice though, as most pinks do not look good on me.

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  35. i love pink flowers..but love other colors also..
    sorry about the horrible news..praying for them both..
    have a great weekend..

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  36. Your Peony picture is stunning, the saturation of colour is wonderful.

    I am not keen on Pimms but I do wear pink, it suits my complexion.

    Sad news for your blogger friend, I hope the children will be settled.

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  37. I like pink (but you knew that already!) and I like Pimms too. Your peony photo is beautiful.....I love flowers in lots of shades. I knit pink jumpers for my toy rabbits but rarely for me :)
    So sad about your blog friend and her family..
    Helen x

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  38. I love pink, purple and any variation. Think how beautiful the pick will be nestled in with white flowers. I wear pink all the the time. I love it.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  39. Thanks for sharing the beautiful pink blossom, Annie. I guess I do wear shades of pink frequently, but never tried Pimms, since you asked :-)
    Your news brought to mind Paul's directive, "Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep," Romans 12:15 Your news prompted me to do both and ask God's blessing on all.

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  40. I like pink, although, I'm not sure I would knit myself a pink jumper....I started wearing pink when I worked as an LSA with the I'm discovering hellebores, I liked the before but now I discover the rabbits don't favour them , they are going to feature heavily in our garden!

    That is awful about Kathreen and Rob....really shocking

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  41. It's funny, I wouldn't say I like pink. I actually used to HATE pink when I was a kid and NEVER bought pink clothing. But when I go to the gardening store, I'm drawn to the pink varieties of any flower I look at ... I don't even think about it, I just automatically pick up the pink flower first. I have to actually force myself to pick something yellow or red. Pink just seems right for a flower. I do like white flowers in the shady, further reaches of the yard where they seem to shine. I don't think I would wear a pink sweater, but I have recently worn pink tops and quite like them (must be getting old!). Wendy

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  42. I love pink flowers - all shades. They seem so lovely and feminine, yet approachable. Yellow flowers are cheery; orange flowers are sunny; white flowers austere and elegant; red flowers are often just a bit too blaring (like red lipstick), though I like crimson cosmos; and purple and blue flowers, which I love, seem the stuff of dreams - almost too good to be true. But pink flowers are just right.

    I would and do wear pink knitwear - I love blush-pink and wild-rose pink. Never tasted Pimm's.

    So sorry to hear that sad news.

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  43. Just beautiful - I love the frilly edges to the petals, almost looks like ruffles on a skirt x

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  44. Such tragic news from WA. Unbelievably sad for the family.

    I wouldn't really have thought of myself as a great lover of pink as I never choose to wear it but the garden bears testimony to a different truth. I love flowers like roses and peonies and the ones I have are predominantly pink - sometimes that colour just seems right for the form of the petals. And I love the scent of pinks.
    There is a lovely deep red antirrhinum, Annie. It has been self-seeding itself in the gravel around the borders in my son's garden ever since he moved in so I don't know what it is called. I wonder how that would perform in the dye-pot.

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  45. Such sad news about Kathreen and Rob, such a terrible tragedy for their children.

    Thanks for the beautiful photograph Annie, I love peonies but in the garden I mostly grown green, white and blue / purple for some reason and I don't think I possess a single item of pink clothing though I do have a skein of Madeline Tosh vintage in 'fragrant' that is tempting me to make mittens!

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  46. Such a lovely photograph. I rarely wear pink but as a little girl rarely wore anything but PINK. Pimms is my summer tipple of choice. Blue is my favourite colour in the garden, sky blue like forget-me-nots.

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  47. Hmm, favourite flower colour is either white (so calming) or (at the moment) a deep plummy red. A little pink has crept into my wardrobe lately; my other half doesn't much like it and always makes a Comment. It was as if I suddenly woke up to pink one day, after a lifetime of never wearing it. I think I would like a dusty mid-pink jumper. In fact now I am thinking about wool and patterns...

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  48. Pimms is a very occasional treat, but i do have two pink sweaters, both shades of coral. It's a colour I can wear well. :-)

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  49. Yes, I have pink peonies. When I bought them, they were not flowering, and I was assured that they were red. I tried one more time to buy a red peony, and ended up with a pale pink peony. I am consoled by the fact that they are a beautiful complement to each other; sometimes my garden knows better than I do, I think.

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  50. your photography is so lovely Annie. Heather x

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  51. I love flowers of most any color, but true blue, which seems to appear only in spring is my real favorite. It was such sad news about Kathreen and her partner. We corresponded a bit, and her exciting adventure seemed such a dream. Those poor kids.

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  52. I like all colours of flowers and I love all the different shades of green in the garden. Sometimes I don't realise just how many different shades there are! Lovely photo!

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  53. Hi Annie...I love Pimms and pink too (but only pastel shades to wear!) Love your pretty pic here today too...(You must do more pink!)
    So sad to hear of the loss of your blog friend Kathreen and her husband Rob...my thoughts go out to their family...
    Susan x

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  54. I knit a hot pick cardigan that is NOT my color but I find that I love to wear it and it's frequently commented on nicely!! Bright colors are fun to wear.

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  55. I just LOVE this photo
    I clicked like on Facebook and my Mom had to call me and tell me that she had seen it also and "wasn't it just a most amazing photograph"
    You do such lovely work with your camera :)

    I've no idea what Pimms is and am certain I'm really missing out on something great ... and as far as color goes: my favorite color(s) are blues and greens - but I've really enjoyed knitting a pair of plum colored socks for my Mom. I'm almost done with them. My favorite flower color is always yellow though - sunflowers, nasturtiums, wallflower, poppies, tulips, daffodils - I think it's the lack of sunshine where I live

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  56. Mmm... Pims... Love!

    I also love blue flowers: forget-me-nots, delphiniums, poppies, veronicas, bluebells, pansies...

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  57. I must say purple is my favourite flower colour. I live crocuses and I have a lot of purple lupins in my garden. I also was delighted to find a purple rose too so that was aust buy!
    Rosie xx

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  58. Yes to pink,but never ever in an excessive Barbie pink way. Cardi currently coming off the needles is bubble gum pink to wear with my 1950's dresses. love flowers too Annie from aged roses to clashing cottage plants. All colours are fabulous and look even better after a jug of Pimms I believe. X

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  59. Such sad news Annie. Reminds us how precious each day is.
    I have knitted myself a short sleeve cardigan and have to be in the right mood to wear it! I especially love to crochet with pinks of all shades, deep dirty dark pink being my favourite. I love a mixed country flower posie but mostly adore bright pink and red flowers. Gorgeous photography Annie, so atmospheric xxx Penny

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  60. Hi Annie,

    Lovely post and I adore pale pink peonies, my favourite. Not that keen on the bright Barbie pink.
    So tragic to hear about the loss and such sad news, my heartfelt love is with their children.
    A Pimms in the summertime is a nice thing.

    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  61. Pink is my favorite color. I wear it sparingly, as I enjoy wearing pink as my "dress up" color.
    I think all of our hearts are broken for so many losses if life as of late.

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  62. I never was much of a pink girl but I'm being drawn to pink more and more and would definitely wear pink now. Peonies are one of my all-time favourite flowers. I also love green flowers. I'm not a Pimms drinker but only because I haven't tried the stuff! It sounds very British to me.

    I was absolutely shocked to hear about Kathreen - she was a blogging and Instagram friend and made contact with me because they were doing the exact same road trip around Australia. Just devastated for those two gorgeous children.

    Mel x

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  63. GREAT POST:)
    Your blog is so wonderful and Im now following

    If you want some cute vintage decor inspiration...check out my blog:)

    Have a great day dear

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis.se
    (sweden)

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  64. Beautiful as always - I love peonies and have two of my mum's old tree peonies in our garden - the flowers on one of them are always spectacular (though sadly usually buffeted by the wind on day one of opening). There is only one colour that I am less fond of but generally speaking the more colour the better for me.

    Best wishes and happy gardening
    Jenny

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  65. oh this is gorgeous. I haven't found this type of peony yet this year, will have to keep looking! I gravitate towards more muted colours, so not much of a pink fan. I do like it in flowers though! x

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  66. Hi Annie! So long since I've been able to visit blogland, it's great to have a few moments free to catch up at last! I love your choice of flowers, all in my top ten, but I have to add ranunculus to the list, I always think they are like small peonies with their papery ruffles, and of course poppies, although they are so fleeting ... it's funny, I'm really rather a 70's child in my choice of home deco, but outside I love nothing more than a country garden look!
    EM x
    p.s. just bought myself a bottle of pimms, it's was on offer in the supermarket at £10 so I couldn't resist ... although I can't say I really feel like drinking it at the moment, it feels more like mulled wine weather!!!

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