The joys of gardening
I love gardening it is always fun to experiment sometimes things work they can turn into a complete disaster. A few years ago we created a gravel garden and it has been a great success. The plants have thrived and always look so good throughout the whole year.
It is a bit different way of growing and it has been a surprise to see how easily plants set seeds.
|This pelargonium and snap dragon (antirrhinum ) survived outside unprotected all winter|
For me these words sum up what I feel about gardening :-
“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul."
Alfred Austin, The Garden that I Love, 1894
|In the mixed border phlox take central stage|
Many years ago a competition was held at work for staff to show a picture of their garden and explain why the garden was so important to them. Those choosen as winners would have a photograph taken by George Wright who is a freelance photographer, workling internationally for newspaper, magazine and book publishers. Everyone who entered (about 14 of us) won the prize! It was such a privilege to have in our garden especially as I had often seen his pictures in the Observer newspaper magazine showing Christopher Lloyd's Garden and Jane Grigson cooking.He also took photographs for the "Room of my own" series that I also loved.
We only have a small copy of the picture as the original is still on the wall in one of the departments at work.
|It was about 10 years ago, Linda's tree in the background is small in comparsion to it's size now!|
Luckily we didn't get any of the flash floods this week but it was good for the garden to receive some much needed rain. Our children were both camping this weekend in Cornwall, in different locations, and didn't enjoy the downpour so much!
The garden is so important to me to give me the space and time to "Get away from it all". Daisy's health has continued to decline and this week we have learnt the bad news that she probably has a brain tumour.We are concentrating on keeping her happy, making sure that she has short walks in her favourite locations and also is having more of her favourite food. She has given us so much loyalty and love over the years and is such an important part of our family.
|lavender back in June|
This afteroon while she was enjoying lying out on the patio in the shade I decided to trim the lavender. I failed to notice a bee hidden under so foliage and it showed it's displeasure by stinging me. As I mentioned at the beginning of the post some things in the garden can be a disaster! At least I had a some time to write a post even if it is one handed!
Sorry for the lack of visiting others at the moment. Sadly my priorities lie elsewhere at the moment.