The beautiful Mystery Rose that I bought last summer. She's doing really well.
Well...time really gets away from me. I think of all these wonderful things that I'm going to write about in the blog, and then - poof ! By the time I sit at the computer (usually late in the evening) there isn't a living cell left in my brain. Not one. Where do they go ?
So I thought I'd show a few random photos from the last few weeks. Nothing in particular.
Summer arrived in our neck of the woods about 2 weeks ago. It's been wonderful to be so warm. I'm such a ninny in the cooler weather. Actually, it's been very hot, but we've had some good showers in the last few days. Much better for the garden than tap water.
My life is busy - it always is. The grandchildren keep me on the go. And, of course, it's the school holidays, so my hands are full. We spend a good few hours in the park every morning. Then home for lunch and a rest, before doing something together in the afternoons. My house could do with a good clean !! There doesn't seem to be time to get into the nitty gritty of cleaning while the children are here. Oh well...the dirt's not going anywhere. It'll still be there when I finally do have the time to tackle it.
(Photo above - hollyhock seedlings waiting to be planted out in September).
I cleared the little bed to the side of the house - it was 4 ft high with weeds. I am ashamed. Or I was. I'm not anymore. I've planted it up with impatiens, campanula, spirea, ageratum, dianthus, petunias - probably a few other things as well. It looks very nice - peaceful and calming. I can now walk past it without hiding my head.
The garden is flourishing - and very full. I started to thin out some of the plants last week. It was just getting too crowded. I have realised that I'm a collector of plants. I want to grow everything I can get my hands on. This is all well and good if you have a couple of acres, but when you have a tiny hanky patch as I do, it's not a good plan. Of course, I love what I've done with the yard, but its looking a bit crowded. So I'll continue to thin things out until it looks a bit calmer.
I said I wasn't growing any veg this year - just not enough room. But, naturally, I sowed tomatoes (tumbling toms), various salads, and the courgettes from hell ! We have been eating them almost every night for the last 2 weeks. And I'm giving away courgettes at every opportunity. That'll teach me to plant 6 seeds. The tomatoes are just now setting fruit, so they'll be edible in a couple of weeks. I pick the salad leaves every day - delicious. My herbs are doing very well in their pots, and will need repotting at the end of this year. I'm sure they are all pot bound.
Look who's peeping out behing the impatiens - Mrs Hedgehog. I find her in the most unexpected places. Meg moves her around the garden every couple of days. I never know where she'll turn up !