garden photography: so sweet

June is all about ‘the essence of summer’

(This month I want to see what summer means to you. Still focussing on the garden or parkland let your photographs tell me your story of summer-time wherever in the world you live. )

My last summer essence is another scented flower. The sweet-pea (Lathyrus odoratus). Not only does this lovely annual climber come in jewel box colours and delightful fragrances, it also holds lots of childhood memories for me as my dad used to grow them on cane wigwams in the back garden and he used to let me pick posies for my mother.



I love to try and grow them myself, but this year’s lot went in a little late so I’m not expecting any flowers any time soon!


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Thanks to everyone who has shared their essence of summer with me, it has, as always, been a delight to visit gardens and flowers from around the world. Next month I am looking for something from the edible garden – an allotment, herb gardens, a tomato plant, a rice terrace in China, a field of corn; you decide.

29 Comments Add yours

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yours are not so bad either 🙂

  1. These are very beautiful. A veined delicacy that I don’t remember noticing as a child. My dad grew sweet peas too. They’re the flower I always associate with him.

    1. Heyjude says:

      As a child I think it was the scent that I loved – sweet peas and peonies and my dad with his rolled up shirt sleeves and braces 🙂

  2. restlessjo says:

    I’m standing up and giving you a round of applause! These are absolutely delicious! Same sort of memories for me. They were the only flowers my stepdad would grow. He was a veggie man. 🙂
    I was going to do a clematis post for Essence but whether I’ll make it remains in doubt. Sunday hugs!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Try! I do like clematis – I have discovered another one in the garden – purple this time!

      1. restlessjo says:

        We have a very nice Niobe- rich plum colour. Festooned in flowers on the walk this week. Can’t get past the garden! 🙂

        1. Heyjude says:

          That’s lovely. I have a ‘Warsaw Nike’ clematis in a pot which is doing so well this year – north facing position and it seems to like it. No idea what this new fella is though.

        2. restlessjo says:

          Every day an adventure 🙂

  3. Jui says:

    wonderful collection of photos!

  4. Lucid Gypsy says:

    My gran used to grow them, but I never have. I love the scent and admire people who can make the stems grow straight and long. Maybe one day!

    1. Heyjude says:

      It’s a bit of a faff getting straight stems, I quite like them to grow naturally. They still smell lovely!

  5. pommepal says:

    I think we all have lovely childhood memories of sweet peas Jude, a lovely one to end your summer essence with. I’m going back to early summer and trees for this last June post. Oh my where is the year going.

    1. Heyjude says:

      The year is going fast, but at least for you it is on the way to summer, whereas we are still waiting for ours to properly begin!

      1. pommepal says:

        You must be hoping for an Indian summer now. We are having glorious crisp, sunny days now, perfect tropical winter weather. Wish I could send you some sunshine…

    1. Heyjude says:

      Hi Vicky, your flowers are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing them with me 🙂

  6. Vicky says:

    PS, I can just smell the scent of those sweet peas…beautiful and such intense colours, love them, essence of an English summer!

  7. restlessjo says:

    Made it! Off to Cornwall now- that new post looks absolutely gorgeous 🙂 And then, my garden, of course.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I want to know how do you keep the slugs and snails off the hostas?

      1. restlessjo says:

        We put up a polite notice, of course! 🙂

  8. Paula says:

    This has made me smile. Beautiful display of petal gowns. Nice work, Jude. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Paula 🙂

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