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The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was and the present worse than it is. … Marcel Pagnol

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Names and pictures of traditional English garden flowers.

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Dahlia 'Tartan' - White and dark red petals are long and twist and turn towards the ends. Blooms measure 6-8" across.

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~~Dahlia Garden by Elizabeth's Studio~~

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"Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty." -- John Ruskin

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from the Guardian

Ten of Britain's rarest wild flowers – in pictures

The most rare and exotic flower in the UK. So beautiful. It's called Fritillary. Like a stained-glass window.

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The peace of wild things… For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am…

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from Telegraph.co.uk

The best clematis for your garden: in pictures

'The Vagabond’ Best for Long flowering The gorgeous cobalt blue of these very large flowers really stood out in the trial, and they still looked lovely even when they faded to a more washed-out pinky blue. The sheer flower power was also outstanding; at their peak the plants were almost completely cloaked in vibrant blooms. Bushy plants which didn’t attempt a getaway and silky, spidery seed heads also added to their charm. This was a fabulous plant from all angles. H x S 120cm x 70cm

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Pictures of the day: 13 January 2012

A bee balances two water droplets on its back as it perches on a flower. The picture was taken by keen photographer Agus Sudarmanto near Doha, Qatar. He said: "There is no rain at all here so we have to spray water periodically on flowers. This is the reason there were drops on the bee, but it was amazing how it was just delicately balanced on his back."

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