wollerton old hall rose

Bohemian Garden Floral Inspiration

July 19, 2017Susan

Hi lovelies!

You might’ve seen on my Instagram Stories (follow me here) this week that we are having some work done in the garden. The work is structural but I wanted to share my floral inspo as I’ve so many shots on my phone of beautiful flowers.

Once the work is done it will need flowers to pretty it up right? I previously shared our garden plans here if you want to have a look at the kind of thing we are doing.

So here are some floral shots for you. Any favourites?

poppies in english country garden

You see I like my gardens a little wild, a little overgrown. I’m not one for a perfectly manicured outside space. My parents garden is a mix of the two; a little wild, but still very organised. These poppies are just beautiful, they’ve been grown from seeds and are incredibly vibrant. They’ve got that wildness that I love too.

rambling pink rose

white rose bush

I do love roses, these two I spotted whilst out and about. The top one was in Didsbury and the other is in Pannett Park, Whitby.

I actually bought a rose for myself last year and it’s bloomed for the first time this year. Its a Wollerton Old Hall, by David Austen Roses. I chose it because it’s supposed to be repeat flowering, with a beautiful heady rose scent and hardy/healthy for a rose.

Here’s the first bloom! I was a proud plant mama that day 😉

wollerton old hall rose

Another plant I love is the Rhododendron, there’s so many different types! I’d love a couple of these in the garden at some point.

Here’s a couple I spotted recently; floral inspiration in Berlin, and Bruntwood Park in Cheadle.

berlin floral inspiration

florals in Bruntwood Park Cheadle

I do love hydrangeas too, mine doesn’t seem to want to flower this year though!? Not sure what is going on.

Do you have a garden? Or a favourite outside space?

What is your floral inspiration? Have you tried growing favoured flowers?

Comments (37)

  • Kimberly Duran

    July 19, 2017 at 7:55 am

    I do love the slightly ‘wild’ look myself although my other half likes it manicured so I’ve had to compromise a little bit in the style of our garden! Love your flower shots and all the pain will be worthwhile. It took us years to get our garden to some kind of state where I’m actually really happy with it but it’s just one of those things that takes patience (which I have very little of!). Good luck with all the work! xxx

    1. Susie

      July 20, 2017 at 10:28 am

      Ah thanks Kimberly! It’s good to know it gets there in the end!

  • Candy Pop

    July 19, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Beautiful blooms and photos. When I had a garden I grew a lot of clematis – there are so many beautiful varieties. I hope you have a gorgeous day. x

    1. Susie

      July 20, 2017 at 10:24 am

      Ah yeah, my mum love clematis too. Might get some!

  • Adorngirl

    July 19, 2017 at 10:34 am

    I have a balcony, that I just turned into a little garden. Love how your garden is coming together. It will all be worth it when it’s done!

    1. Susie

      July 20, 2017 at 10:22 am

      Thanks Ashanti! It really will!

  • fashionforlunch

    July 19, 2017 at 10:39 am

    I love hydrangeas too! I have struggled with mine this year also, I don’t think I trimmed it back least year which was my error!

    1. Susie

      July 20, 2017 at 10:22 am

      I think I might’ve trimmed mine back too much!

  • Rosaleen

    July 19, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    I bought a a rose bush and a hydrangea this year for my back garden. The rose bush is like a stump right now so i’m super jealous of your first bloom! My hydrangea seems to be dying so we’ve moved it to the from garden. I’ll be keeping an eye on what you do for inspo!
    Great post!

    1. Susie

      July 20, 2017 at 10:21 am

      Ah sorry to hear about your hydrangea! Hope it perks up!

  • Sarah | The Urban Wanderer

    July 19, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Lovely floral inspiration and I like the sound of the roses. Gosh, I don’t think I could choose a favourite flower or plant for that matter. I have done loads of work on our garden over the past ten years, from absolutely nothing to an exciting amalgamation of architectural plants and soft florals. I have been checking out your Insta and know your pain of having hedges out and fences in – worth the pain though!

    My hydrangea has been a bit hit and miss over the last few years, but is back to flowing it’s original blue now (the pH of the soil has been changed by the other plants around it) so yours might just need some time.

    1. Susie

      July 20, 2017 at 10:16 am

      Aw thanks for the really thoughtful comment! I think I might need to take the hydrangea out of the big pot its in and put it in the ground

      1. Sarah | The Urban Wanderer

        July 20, 2017 at 10:32 am

        You’re welcome. What colour is your Hydrangea usually? If you do want to preserve the colour, you might be best keeping it in a pot (larger one – Wilmslow Garden Centre have some lovely big colourful ones for around £6) but if you’re just looking for it to flower again, the ground will be fine. Of course you can always prep a hole to keep the pH, but it can be added work for not much return.

        How is the main work going? I bet you’re looking forward to the finishing line so you can get to the fun bit of planting up.

      2. Susie

        July 20, 2017 at 12:27 pm

        It was pink when I bought it. It’s in a big pot already but I think ants might’ve raided the pot. I dont mind about the colour really!

      3. Sarah | The Urban Wanderer

        July 20, 2017 at 12:40 pm

        Cool, then definitely stick it in the ground. Might be worth chucking down some Diatomaceous Earth to make sure you get rid of any ants/eggs. I hope it enjoys the new home it gets and flowers for you next year 🙂

      4. Susie

        July 20, 2017 at 1:39 pm

        Aw thanks lovely! You are handy to know!

      5. Sarah | The Urban Wanderer

        July 20, 2017 at 1:47 pm

        You’re very welcome, just ask away!

  • Mal

    July 19, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Look at these, simply gorgeous!!! Soooo romantic! Unfortunately don’t have a garden but the ones in Kew do pretty good job as my favourite garden space 😉 Xx

    1. Susie

      July 20, 2017 at 10:01 am

      Oh thats great that you get to go to Kew, I dont think I’ve ever been!

  • freshdesignblog

    July 19, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    I like a bit of wildness in the garden too! My favourite flowers are peonies, roses, hydrangeas, clematis and sweetpea, but I’m a huge fan of sempervivums too (some of which do flower).

    1. Susie

      July 20, 2017 at 10:02 am

      Oh we have similar tastes !

  • Steph

    July 19, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Alliums are my favourite! I’ve got a new garden space and have planted lots of new plants. I’m so proud they’re growing, and I’ve not killed them!!

    1. Susie

      July 20, 2017 at 10:00 am

      Its such a nice feeling isnt it!

  • kate

    July 19, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    I definitely prefer wilder, more free-spirited gardens to neat manicured flowerbeds.. can’t wait to see how yours evolves Sus! x

    1. Susie

      July 20, 2017 at 9:57 am

      Ah thanks Kate! I’ve really got into it this year, more than ever before

  • Kaelyn

    July 19, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    So beautiful to be surrounded by flowers! I don’t have a garden, living in a flat! Going almost every day walking to a park near by! Miss a garden of my own!

    1. Susie

      July 20, 2017 at 9:59 am

      Yeah I think its good to find a local greenery place when you havent got your own!

  • Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely

    July 19, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    David Austen roses are stunning. We have three different ones in our garden. We have quite a structured garden but let the flower beds run wild. It’s a mix that suits me. I can’t wait to see everything when it’s finished x

    1. Susie

      July 20, 2017 at 9:56 am

      That does sound like a good mix! Have you done any posts on your garden Rachel?

  • Stacey Sheppard

    July 20, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    I’d love to have a beautiful garden full of flowers but I have no hope. I bought some plants a few weeks ago and they were all dead within two days! That’s a record even for me. Good luck with your garden though!

    1. Susie

      July 20, 2017 at 1:39 pm

      Maybe to was the heatwave!? Dont give up!

  • kathryn

    July 21, 2017 at 10:22 am

    We’re lucky that the lady who had our house before us had established a really nice garden and we have some lovely stuff come up each month during spring/summer including poppies, anemones, aquilegia and a hydrangea. We’ve also planted a rhododendron and a few more lavender plants as the bees love them. A garden is a real source of simple joy isn’t it.

    1. Susie

      July 25, 2017 at 7:53 pm

      Oh that sounds lovely Kat

  • Juan Sandiego

    July 22, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    I’d love to have a little bit of colour in my garden with some flowers. But… the slugs. The slugs eat everything! This year’s mission is to control the slug population. Hopefully next year flowers will be able to grow!

  • Catherine

    July 25, 2017 at 9:57 am

    I got a couple rhododendrons this year, I love them! They’ve practically doubled in size since I bought them, too. My David Austen rose has been a bit of a fail this year, I’ve been a bit of a crap plant Mama and forget to give them any plant food – It’s only got one bud on!

    1. Susie

      July 25, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      Ah thats good to know! Will look into buying

  • Jen Stanbrook

    July 25, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    It’s lovely seeing the pretty side of your garden and good to focus on this when you have big work ongoing x

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