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Incredible photos of flowers

My name is Shahnaz Ahmed, and I’d like to share some pictures of flowers in my garden with you. I’m a keen gardener from Coventry, England, and have been gardening for about nine years. I’ve got a total of 72 different flowering plants in my back garden, and caring for them is an absolute delight for me all throughout the year. I hope you enjoy looking at my flowers!

Malva sylvestris ‘Zebrina’ (Zones 4–8). Called the common mallow or tree mallow, this relative of hollyhocks is easy to grow and blooms for a long season with these unusual striped blooms.

Erysimum ‘Winter Orchid’ is a hybrid wallflower that blooms through the winter and early spring in areas with mild winters (Zones 8–9). Though we call people who shrink into the background wallflowers, this is not a plant you’ll overlook in the garden! In addition to the beautiful colors, it boasts a wonderful fragrance.

Hardy to Zones 4–8, Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’ is a hybrid geum that is sterile, which means that instead of putting energy into producing seeds, it keeps flowering over a long season.

Garden phlox are always beautiful. Phlox paniculata ‘Sweet Summer Sensation’ (Zones 4–9) is shorter than most varieties (only 18 to 24 inches tall) and has better disease resistance. However, garden phloxes are always going to have some problems with mildew on the leaves.

Though hardy in Zones 3–7, delphiniums, such as Delphinium elatum ‘Pacific Giant’,  grow best where the summers don’t get hot, and even in the best circumstances, they are not usually very long-lived perennials.

Ranunculus asiaticus is another plant that prefers to grow during cool weather. If you are in Zone 7 or warmer, it can be planted in the fall to grow through the winter and bloom in the spring. In colder climates, plant it early in the spring to enjoy the incredible flowers in the garden and to cut for the vase.

The sweet blue blooms of Siberium bugloss (Brunnera macrophylla, Zones 3–7).

Allium oreophilum, the pink lily leek, Zones 5–8.

Polemonium ‘Bressingham Purple’ (Jacob’s ladder, Zones 3–8). These beautiful blue flowers are backed up by purple-flushed foliage.

Oriental poppy ‘Patty’s Plum’ (Papaver orientale ‘Patty’s Plum’, Zones 3–7).


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  1. paiya 06/14/2019

    Shahnaz, your photos are excellent and your flowers so beautiful. It would be nice to see photos of your garden, with these lovely plants.

  2. Shahnaz 06/14/2019

    Thank you for your lovely comment, Paiya! I'm delighted that you'd like to see photos of my garden, I'd definitely submit more photos to Fine Gardening and hope it will be featured and you can see them! Have a good day!

  3. Quiltingmamma 06/14/2019

    I must admit, I am a portrait photographer too, when it comes to gardens. I like the fine details - and boy, you have really captured some beautiful specimens. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    meander_michaele 06/14/2019

    Good morning, Shahnaz . I certainly agree with paiya that your photos are outstanding and it would be a treat to see how the stars of your portraits fit into your garden beds. You obviously love colorful flowers and looking at your garden from a bit of a distance, it must be like seeing a living rainbow at ground level.

    1. Shahnaz 06/14/2019

      Good Afternoon from England, meander_michaele! Thank you for your kind words! I plant all my flowers in pots. I'd have loved to share my garden photos with you in the comments if it was possible. Have a good day!

  5. Shahnaz 06/14/2019

    Thank you Quiltingmamma, really appreciate your compliment! I'm glad you like my flower photos. Have a good day!

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    treasuresmom 06/14/2019

    Love seeing what others grow around the world! Beautiful, Shahnaz Ahmed.

    1. Shahnaz 06/14/2019

      Thank you, treasuresmom! I'm pleased that you enjoyed looking at pictures of my flowers! Have a good day!

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    simplesue 06/14/2019

    Beautiful, I enjoyed looking at your flower portraits and learning about them.

    1. Shahnaz 06/14/2019

      Thank you, SimpleSue! I really appreciate your kind words! Have a good day!

  8. btucker9675 06/14/2019

    Perfect way to end the week! Thank you for sharing your beautiful flowers, especially that marvelous poppy!

    1. Shahnaz 06/14/2019

      Thank you, BTucker9675! I really appreciate your sweet comment! Have a good day!

  9. wittyone 06/14/2019

    These are indeed wonderful photographs of your flowers. I particularly liked the Geum----such a beautiful shade of orange----not too bright as most oranges tend to be. I also was glad to see the malva. I grew that once a number of years ago and it either died or was short-lived and I just never tried it again. The striping on it really does make it stand out. Maybe I should try it yet again? Couldn't hurt.

    1. Shahnaz 06/14/2019

      Thank you, wittyone! I'm really glad that you enjoyed my flower pictures! Let me give you some tips for growing the Malva. It's a biennial plant. After the Malva has flowered, I collect seeds when they turn black and plant them in a separate pot. Over the winter I keep the seelings in the green house and put them out in the spring. I feed the plant general purpose fetiliser (Growmore) once a week during the growing season. When buds start appearing, I feed the plant tomato feed. Also, Malva loves a sunny spot! I hope this helps! Have a good day!

  10. Cenepk10 06/14/2019

    Nice plants, nice portraits. Love the palette you are drawn to... Appreciate you sharing!

    1. Shahnaz 06/14/2019

      Thank you Cenepk10, I'm really glad you like the pictures! Have a good evening!

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