Tuesday 8 August 2017

 Summer days drifting away......and what a summer it has been thus far.
 Sunny, warm, with the occasional shower.     Perfect for the garden and wildlife.
 Cosmos have flourished and seem to be out of control.    I love their wayward behaviour.
 It has been a joy to walk the garden and see so many flowers.   The buzz of bees has been music to my ears.    A comfort in this ever changing world.
 Life is a journey they say.    Sometimes I feel as though I have walked a million miles.     I hope that I am becoming  older and wiser.
 I do know that life never stays the same.     
 It is not what happens to us but how we deal with it.
 Family picnics in Greenwich Park have been a delight.
Playing rounders, Frisbee, and chase...........chatting about this and that.     Watching the world go by.
 A party for Poppi and Riley.     Bringing their Fathers family to meet ours.    It was the most lovely of days.
Memories of Daniel........his childhood and much more.   We laughed such a lot, to hear about the little boy, who was always mischievous.    You live and learn.
I hope you have been able to enjoy the summer.
May life treat you kindly and you all have time to smell the flowers.


  1. Lovely to see this post Cheryl, fabulous photographs.
    Your garden looks lovely.

    Pleased to read you had a party for Poppi and Riley.

    Yes, it is so important to take time to smell the flowers.
    My good wishes

    All the best Jan

    1. Thank you Jan,
      Hope you are keeping well......

  2. lots of sun, lots of showers lately. Today it's like the sun has barely risen. Lovely colours.

    1. Yes dull here today......and thunder rumbling in the distance.

  3. What a beautiful sight seeing all of these joyful colors in your garden. Everything looks so healthy. What are the red and pink flowers in the first picture? Is it type of persicaria? Love it. Your insect hotel is quite elegant. I the wire mesh keeping out any marauding animals that would love to slurp up some bee larva. If you had a crescent moon cut out at the top it would look like an old fashioned out house, only this is more elegant. Your stand of dahlias with that dark foliage and those bright red flowers are tremendous. I have grown this variety before but never in such a huge clump. Must remember this for next summer. It is so very good to see you here. I am so happy to hear that the party went well. A true celebration of love. Big hugs...

    1. Hi Lisa,

      The garden this year, has been one of the best for blooms.
      Yes the first picture is two types of periscaria. The red is firetail, I cannot remember the name of the pink. I relocated a lot of the plants in Spring and thought these would look good together.

      The Dahlia is Bishop of Llandaff, one of my favourite. The bees love it. I have three large pots and put a plant in each. It has worked so well. I shall leave them in the tubs once they have been frosted, and put them in the shed. Then refresh the soil next Spring and hopefully they will bloom again next summer.

      The wire mesh on the bee house is to stop the Blue tits from taking the larva. The bees can still make an entrance so it seems to work well. The Blue tits caused a lot of damage initially.

      Party went well......shall have another in the Autumn.

      Hope you and yours are well.

      Hugs xx

  4. How lovely to hear from you, I have missed you and your posts. Your garden is looking beautiful, I especially like your bug hotel. I'm glad you had the party and that the two families met and shared sweet memories. Yes, it is about how we deal with life's challenges for sure.xxx

    1. Thank you Snowbird......
      The bug hotel as worked well......leaf cutter, mason and megachild solitary bees so far.

  5. Missing you today. So pleased to see your gardens in full bloom. The days just zip by but with family in our hearts the days are satisfying. I too miss my loved ones but I have happy memories. It is grand you are making happy memories for your grandchildren. You are the best!

    1. How lovely to see you here Sherry. Such a wonderful surprise.
      I hope that life is treating you kindly and the summer months are full of birdsong and butterfly wings.

      Our loved ones are all around us I am sure, never far away.

      Blessings to you my very dear friend.

  6. So nice to see your garden it's so pretty, I love love the little blue bug shed. So pleased you are having a lovely time....
    Amanda x

    1. I am so pleased with the insect hotel. To this point it is working well. It has been fascinating watching bees etc going in and out of the units.

  7. Hi there Cheryl, oh! Your garden looks exquisite this summer! It sounds like you have found some peace. Yes, life is forever changing just like a garden with the different seasons. Wishing you a beautiful end to your summer and a magnificent autumn. Ps the drought in our part of south Africa and in many parts of south Africa seems to be a thing of the past. It is still a big problem in the Cape. Absolutely desperate. It seems as if it is becoming more and more of a problem worldwide. I have noticed that the UK has been much drier and warmer this year.

    1. Thank you Jandi for your kind words.
      Indeed the weather here has been unusual. Higher temperatures and less rain. I believe we all have to work with what we are given and I try to do this. I have planted red hot pokers and incarvillea this year. I am hoping they will survive the Winter

      So pleased to read the rains have come to your region. You must be happy.

      I am looking forward to Autumn and all she has to offer.
      I expect you are looking forward to Spring :)

  8. Hi, Cheryl, so happy to be able to leave a comment again! Your garden is beautiful as always and so full of color. I love cosmos, too; there is something about their airy stems and their blooms that wave in the breeze that make me think of them as the perfect cottage garden flower. I hope Poppi and Riley are doing well; sounds like a wonderful get-together. The world has been such a scary place the past year, and here in the U.S. the news can be especially depressing. I've found my garden has become the perfect sanctuary. I can't change the world, but I can make my own little bit of heaven. Hope you are doing well!

  9. Hi Rose,

    I can understand fully your turning to the garden for sanctuary.
    The world is changing and there is little we can do to stop it.
    Although I have to say I am one of the quiet campaigners, who fights for everything she believes in. My love of the environment, animals and the elderly is endless. I will always do what I can.

    I hope you are well Rose. I expect like me you think of your dear Mother each day. I never realised just how much I would miss mine.
    God bless her.

    Have a lovely weekend. Hope your family are well and happy especially the little ones.