Thankfully the year has turned once again …
I have left behind my January funk
Today I was greeted by these Iris “Katherine Hodgkin”
It wont be long before the Autumn Equinox.
And while we are still enjoying the most lovely Indian Summer
The Year is creeping towards Autumn
And the dew is lying heavy in the mornings.
Another Echinacea without a label!
This is the first time this one has flowered, as I bought it as a plug plant at the end of last year.
I am so enamoured with Echinacea, that I have ordered some more plug plants for next year.
Who can resist names like “Hot Papaya”, “Tiki Torch” and “Tomato Soup”
I certainly can’t!
A friend ordered an Echinacea collection for me.
4 small plants, which arrived in the Spring
They didn’t have any labels –
But I think the collection was E.Sunrise, E. Doubledecker, E. Kims Knee High, E. Sunset.
One plant died
Every morning I rush out to check the progress of the flowers
And see if I can work out which one is which!
(I decided this one is probably Kim’s knee high).
Another very hot and muggy day
But we did have a spot of rain this evening –
Well, perhaps 40 spots
Enough to freshen the air so that the scent of the lily
Graces the garden.
Arriving at one of my customers this afternoon,
This joy-full sight greeted me.
(You can tell it’s not my garden, as there are no pink trugs in the background)
Hopefully we will be able to save some seed,
So next year, there will be these delicious red “papaver somniferum” in the Artist’s Garden
Downpours of rain all day to-day,
So this mornings rose, now looks like this.
Also I am still unsure if Blotanical is picking up my new feed.
So if anyone finds this via Blotanical could you let me know!
Those of you that read “The Turning Year” via Blotanical
May be aware that there has been as issue with wordpress/blotanical feeds
So this post is to test a feedburner feed and see what happens.
Very sad to say goodbye to my lovely peony until next year.
Each morning for the past three weeks
She has given me such delight.
As a general rule I don’t have anything in my garden
That has thorns,
Is Spikey or prickly
Or can hurt me as I move around the garden.
(I have too much of that at work)
I have made an exception for this
Notes to self ….
1) Believe the height is says on the packet is right.
2) When planting bulbs – look up, to make sure you are not planting under a tree branch.
I wish I had “smelly-vision” so that I could share with you
The delightful scent of the peony.
It has 5 blooms on it –
Which is such a treat, as it was chopped down last year
So lovely now that the evenings are drawing out.
And I can photograph the clematis in the garden
At 8 o’clock at night, without flash or tripod!
I am always happy,
When these tulips put in appearance.
I love British Summer Time,
(Apart from the confusion I have for the first week or so, as I don’t wear a watch).
But to come home after work and be in my own garden until 7.30 pm …. bliss
Last year I divided a peony for a customer.
I planted the divisions around his garden,
And bunged one in a pot here at home.
(As you do).
I thought I would see if it was still alive – as my garden peonies have started to grow ….
It is very much alive, and seems to think it is summer.
I think that Tuesdays may turn into my hardest day of the week.
I have taken on a new customer, so both the gardens I do on Tuesdays are steep!
But I did have lunch made for me.
How nice is that!
We had a glorious day here to-day and the spring sunshine brought out the daffodils.
I feel a bit guilty about posting this, having just read Jodi / Bloomingwriter’s post “Ominously ongoing observations of … Winter”
The Snowdrops line an avenue of trees near where I live.
It is hard to know where to point the camera.
In Spring, it is easy to focus on the new, the bright, the beautiful.
And to miss the intrinsic qualities of the old, the brown, the fading.
A lovely, lovely day to-day, and the longest time that I have spent in the garden for some months.
I cut back some of the old hellebore leaves – to give the buds some air.