Six years ago today, I completed on the purchase of this house. blog post here
It all looks very different now! Solar panels on the roof, pond, fruit trees, shed, raised veg beds … and flowers. Lots of flowers! But still attractive enough to wildlife to have frogspawn, damselflies, and the odd slowworm. I’m still very happy here – it has everything I need, and the garden is a constant joy.
six years ago:
view this morning from roughly the same place – it couldn’t be exact, as the shed is now there!
view looking from the house end of the garden:
The colour theme in the garden today is “red”! The oriental poppies are at the height of their short-lived glory, and the first strawberry is colouring up nicely.
Round my pond this lunchtime: the ox-eye daisies are starting to open in the “wildflower bank”, and a pair of damselflies are busy ensuring the next generation of these delightful insects.
Very hot and sticky, despite having put off my evening walk until after 7pm. I managed 1.7 miles, in 35 minutes, but that was it! Not a breath of a breeze, and the canal was mirror-like.
To my considerable astonishment, I have flowers on the Byzantine Gladioli.
They’re supposed to be planted in autumn, to over-winter in the ground, in well-drained soil. This lot were a bargain-bin batch bought in March, and stuck in my heavy soil more in hope than expectation. Fingers crossed that they survive to future years – they’re a lovely plant.
My “Black Pear of Worcester” has only had one fruit on it since planting five years ago. This year, there’s promise of a lot more … if there are no gales, if I keep it watered , if … Nothing is certain in the garden, but I’m hopeful !
I’ve been back in a spica splint for the past few days (due to osteoarthritis in my thumb). Handwashing multiple times a day is a nightmare, and I’ve yet to find a disposable glove that will fit over the splint. So far, I’ve resisted the temptation to take strong painkillers and leave the splint off, ‘cos that would be storing up trouble for the future …
In the garden, the snapdragons are starting to come out. The ceanothus is almost in full bloom (under the shade of the patio umbrella) and attracting bees … which means they zoom past me within inches when I’m sitting in the recliner!