Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Delicious Autumn.

 Summer's warmth has left the garden.
 Shadows dominate and leaves litter the ground.
 Autumn is a time to slow down and prepare for Winter.
 Plants that flowered in abundance look tired but
 still manage to produce a bloom or two.
 A bee finds a cosy corner.......
 and rests a while.
Delicious Autumn.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Yesterday I

 Yesterday I had a breakfast scrub.......
 I visited a charity shop and bought some books ready for our Autumn break.
 I had my husbands Grandfather's painting framed.    It is 102 years old and has great sentimental value.
 I looked at Autumn colours..........
 and bought a new scarf :)
 Yesterday my little old dog and I had a four mile walk.   She came home to a bone.
I picked apples and baked them in the oven.
I love Autumn................

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Today I.............

 Today I thought of summer plantings........
 I watched a robin take a bath.
 I visited an elderly couple in the next village and bought some organic produce.
 I studied the flowers..........
 and smelt their sweet perfume.
Abelia Grandiflora was my Mothers favourite shrub.
Today I missed her voice...........

Friday, 9 September 2016

Biggest, isn't always best

 Cyclamen Hederifolium pushes up its pale pink flowers as a reminder of the changing seasons.
 Delicate upturned flowers among a carpet of woodland debris.
 They flower for several weeks and are a refreshing change from the perennial border.
An exquisite plant that never ceases to make me smile.
I always forget they are quietly waiting.    Waiting for the right moment.     That magical time when summer is giving way to Autumn.

Have a lovely weekend........

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Summer days drifting away.............

 The school summer break is over.
 Time to think about unfinished books.
 September my favourite month.   Summer pleasures slowly fading.
 Golden days.
 Subtle alterations and
 misty mornings.

 Autumn never lets me down,
 it is always beautiful,
 gentle, slow,
 and calm, perhaps with a wild wind here and there.
Magical, melancholy days.............

Friday, 26 August 2016

Summer dreaming.........

 I am a dreamer, there is no doubt.     I mostly dream about the garden.
 I see images in my mind and try to create them.
 Most times I fail but this  year my dreams have come true.
 By growing Echinacea and Cosmos in pots the rabbits have left them alone.
 The bonus is they are covered in bees.
For me, this paints the  perfect picture.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

The jungle garden..........

 The jungle garden was never really planned, it just happened.    It is now a favourite place for the Grandchildren.    It is quiet and secluded and full of birds.
 It is 31 degrees today and humid.    I love to sit in the shade surrounded by the greenery, and watch the birds.
 I have three favourite plants in this area.    Trachycarpus Fortunei is first on my list.    I planted this around twelve years ago.    It will take low temperatures but likes a nice warm wrap in winter.
Poppi and I usually cover the lower trunk with fleece, this seems to work.    If you look to the right of the image you will see a smaller version.   This has been planted in the last two years, so has a way to go, before it reaches the height of its neighbour :)
 Second on my list, Fatsia Japonica........beautiful architectural plant that flowers in Autumn.    Much loved by late flying insects.....berries appear in the Winter.
And finally Fargesia Nitida, the fountain bamboo.     A beautiful clump forming plant, with purplish stems, that turn yellow/green with age.   Some gardeners are scared to plant bamboo.   I have never had a problem with them.    I am selective when purchasing a new specimen and to this point they are still where they should be  :)    Not taking up new homes in the garden.

Hope you are all coping with the hot weather....find somewhere shady to sit and have a nice cup of tea, which is exactly what I am going to do now.