Tuesday view: 29/8/17


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This morning around 7am the garden was looking like this. 

Some closer shots

Persicaria affinis spreading nicely


Erigeron is spreading around the gravel

It is a beautiful time of year yet I think there is definitely an Autmnal look to these pictures. Yikes, Autumn is around the corner. 

Joe pye weed

At the garden where I work the greenhouse is churning out tomatoes, basil, cucumber and bell peppers. 

Harvest and Autumn approaches. 

Take a look at Cathys lovely blog as she is the host of the Tuesday view. 

In a Vase on Monday: Bank holiday snips


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I hope you have had a good long weekend, the weather has certainly been lovely.  I almost forgot it was Monday. 

As I write this post at 8pm the colours of the flowers I picked are a bit like the sky this evening. 

Red sky at night….

Shepherds delight. Well Doris’s delight with these colours. Now if you haven’t done so already, pop over to Cathy. You know the drill. I suspect tomorrow I am going to be feeling Monday -ish for a Tuesday. 

In a Vase on Monday: trade description alert


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I have prepared some of the spent lavender flowers for drying. A time consuming task but worth the effort if you like dried lavender for around the home. A good tip is to hoover some up to freshen the air, especially if you have pets.  

This lavender is not in a Vase and as such I feel I could be accused of misleading you with the heading “in a Vase”.

This is Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’ in a box.

It may not be the strongest scented of the English lavenders but it is certainly the bluest. 

This is a good time to trim up your lavender plants, taking care not to cut into old wood. A trim now will help keep the bushes neat and if the weather allows may generate some new flowers before the Summer is out.  Cathy, as ever, is hosting the IAVOM and her blog has lots of delightful vases full of flowers. Monday eye candy for us gardening folk. Do take a look. 

Thank goodness it’s Friday: carnage


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Nasturtiums have been growing fantastically well, positively rude even. Planted in my new raised beds to creep up the garage wall whilst the Glory vine finds its way I was stunned to see this this morning. 

I think these are Cabbage white caterpillars, correct me if I am wrong. All I can say is crikey, caterpillars it’s carnage. 

Enjoy your day. D.

In a Vase on Monday: crystal and velvet


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Before dashing around trying to get a flat sorted I picked some of my favourite dahlias. This deep dark burgundy flower is gorgeous. It has a pleasing depth of colour and a texture which appears like velvet. I can imagine a fabric in this colour and texture, a smoking jacket and draping trousers. 

In this crystal creamer it rather brings to mind the C word. You know the one, Christmas. 

I suppose I should tell you which dahlia it is, Arabian Night. Now take look over at Cathy s lovely blog to feast your eyes on vases full of home grown flowers. 

Have a good week.

Tuesday view: 1/8/17


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My goodness it is August, yikes our Summer is galloping along. The view in my garden is altering as the roses fade out between flowerings.

The echinops and coreopsis are flowering but the earlier hot, dry weather has stunted their growth when compared to last year. 

Echinops and Coreopsis in front of Molinia Transparent. 

On the edge of this border is a carpet of Persicaria affinis. This ground covering form has engulfed the tiny but very pretty Thalictrum. Look carefully you can just see the delicate foliage poking through. 

While I am preparing this post to share with Cathy our lovely host of the Tuesday View, I thought I could also share my recent project. 

At the bottom of my garden there was a patio which was not very pretty, having served as a base for some sheds to store bedding for the goats. I noticed that as it was west facing it was the perfect spot to catch the evening sun.  Under the trees, it seemed the perfect place for a bench.  Alas it was not to be as the birds sat in the trees above and well made rather a mess. Quickly the seating was relocated and I made a mental note to get the patio taken up. 

Then when out and about I spotted a shelter for smokers in a pub garden and that got me thinking ( not smoking). Four posts and a lid that would do the job keeping the err debris off. The seed planted in my mind I started to look on line for something suitable. Then I came across EW Carter working on a tree house. After a brief discussion the plan was on. 

Created offsite in locally sourced Sweet chestnut, the frame went up in a couple of days at the beginning of May. Then the roof of my choice, wrinkly tin. 

After a swift topping out drink there was a pause pending my painting the cladding. Sadolin to match the building around us was applied to weatherboards. Never again, such a tedious task and so tricky as the wet boards were too long to stand up in the garage. Yawn. Anyway it got done and Ed returned to apply the cladding. 

I then painted the interior side of the cladding in a Cuprinol old stone. 

Then Ed returned to instal bench seating , again in sweet chestnut. 

Oil lamps given to us years ago by Brother Dorris have a new home and citronella candles provide any lighting. An indoor/ outdoor mat from ikea disguise the slabs and a group of cushions and throws serve to make a comfy hideaway. 

 Now if the weather would only improve …..

In a Vase on Monday: blue is the colour


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On Saturday I spotted a blue enamel jug for sale in Wendover. I did not need another vessel for flowers but the colour grabbed me and I gave it a home. 

To set off such a strong colour I have picked blue Cornflowers of course, and a dark purple/blue Larkspur to match. Then, so that it is not too  ‘matchy matchy’ I have added lime green Bupleurum rotundifolium and Calendula officinalis Neon. 

I could not leave out the pretty Ammi majus although to be honest it was not really fair to put her amongst the show off colours today. 

Cornflower Black Ball has done really well but it has been bashed to the ground by the heavy rain so I had to pick some of them too.

Cathy hosts the Monday vases and it is always wonderful to see what other contributors have found to display. Stop for a minute and take a look. 

Saturday smile: 29/7/17


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The sun appeared briefly, illuminating the whites. 

Shasta daisies and Hydrangea paniculata Limelight

These are growing nicely in the gravel previously used for parking. Another white catching my eye is a single Agapanthus. 

No idea what happened to the rest of them. Such is gardening. Oh well there’s always next year!