Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Feathers, foliage and foraging.

 The copse is an area of the garden that I have dedicated to wildlife.   It is fenced and the gate to enter has a padlock.       The Grand-children love it but I only allow them in, if I am with them.
Whilst sitting quietly I noticed the Sparrow Hawk sitting in the willow.     She is a regular visitor, the garden is  part of her hunting ground.

   One day whilst walking across the garden, miles away, dreaming of what may be.........the tips of her wings brushed my shoulder as she flew past.   Her victim this day was a sparrow....she flew into the hedge and whisk the creature away right in front of my eyes.   From that moment I have been fascinated with her.

It would appear she caught a juvenile wood pigeon today..............I had seen one following its parents around the garden.
 The Acers are turning..........I could not be without them.    The Autumn colours are amazing.
 I have some in the ground and many in tubs.   I find them reliable and even when neglected they do well.
Nella and I walked early this morning.   I decided to pick some blackberries, it took ages to get enough ripe berries to make a jar of chutney.    This is just a trial, as it is a new to me recipe.  I did not  want to make a huge amount, only to find I did not like it.   There are plenty of blackberries to come, so depending on the results, may make a large batch at a later date.
Also picked some plums and made some plum brandy for Christmas.....

Today, was one of those days, that was perfect.   You know, just an ordinary day, and yet its special......can't tell you why, it just is.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Autumn knocking at the door......

 I love this time of year.
 Walking the path to Autumn is a journey I treasure.
 I love the colours............
 the scents.........
 and the shadows.
 Autumn flowers will bring a smile,
and the garden will be full of hips, haws and berries to help the birds through winter.

Cooler days and nights are better for a woman of a certain age :)

What is your favourite season and why ?????

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Why are hurricanes mostly given a woman's name ?

 The tail end of Bertha reached the garden around 11.00 this morning.     Nearly two inches of rain fell in two hours.
 When I walked in the garden I was most surprised at how warm it felt.    Warm and damp, as though I was in the tropics.
 It really felt pleasant.
 The weight of the rain has caused the plants to bow,
 but I am sure they will right themselves when the sun shines.
We are fortunate that the hurricane lost it ferocity as it crossed the pond.

The weather will be unsettled for the next week..........I wonder if autumn will arrive early???

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Raindrops keep falling on my head...

 I crept into the garden early.    The Grandchildren were still sleeping.   Mr P was on his way to Bristol for a meeting.   I wanted to spend a quiet moment in the garden looking at  raindrops.
 There is such beauty in a garden.......if we take time to stop and stare.
 Reflections in a raindrop......what do you see ????
As I strolled around I noticed a Clouded Yellow.    A regular migrant from Southern Europe.
It feeds on marjoram, clover and thistles, I am pleased to say I grow these so it should be happy in the garden should it decide to stay.     Sadly, it will not survive our wet winters.

Overnight rain has refreshed the garden.   Temperatures have dropped to around 24C (78F).
Pleasant for the garden and the gardener :)

Monday, 4 August 2014

 It was a busy weekend.    Saturday  was spent fitting the new farmhouse gate, it took longer than expected but still left time to ................
 stack the logs for Winter.    I slept well Saturday night :)
 Sunday a family get together at the farmhouse.   Youngest grandchild's birthday and did we have fun.
 Dominic loved his cake.........he took a while to blow his candles out, he was to busy watching everyone.
 Poppi loves a party and spent most of the time laughing.   Dominic adores her and followed her everywhere.
Riley gave Great Grandma a hug.........he has an affinity with the elderly.   My father and Riley were very close, he still misses Great Grandpa.
All in all it was a wonderful day.   The sun shone, we talked, we laughed, we played.
I could not have asked for more.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Shall I compare thee to a summers day.............

 It is good to see her smiling.....she has such  a lovely smile.
 We gardened together.    Cyclamen Hederifolium has the seasons muddled, generally she flowers in October in this garden.
 Clematis ..............a second flush of flowers, what a treat.
 Cosmos is always reliable and something I would not be without.
 My favourite hydrangea.......paniculata Vanille Fraise, I love it when she begins to blush.   Without a doubt she becomes more beautiful as she begins to fade.
 I promised myself I would not buy any new plants this year, that was until I saw Salvia 'Royal Bumble' at a nursery.     My love of the bumble bee took over my mind, and out I walked with three plants.    You naughty girl Cheryl :)
I would like to say the bumbles loved the Salvias but their preference is the Nasturtiums at this time.......

August tomorrow.........we walk the path to Autumn.     My favourite season and one that I always look forward to.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Lets take a stroll.................

Come take a stroll with me, lets see what we can find.............
 Rosa rugosa is heavy with hips.   The robins have started to peck at them.   They are a firm favourite.
Plums are a plenty but much to high in the tree for me to pick.   These are wild trees that grow in the hedgerow around the garden.   The starlings and wasps will soon find the plums, I may get one or two if I am lucky :)
 The old apple tree has done herself proud.....there are plenty to be picked when the time is right.   Blenheim orange can be cooked or eaten straight from the tree.    I absolutely love the crisp, slightly sharp fruit.
 The cinnabar moth has been busy, caterpillars are working their way through the Ragwort.
 Honey bees are a plenty.....the scouts have been out....Purple Loosestrife and Marsh Mallow are a favourite.....the bees will stay until every bloom has been visited, as long as the weather lasts:)
So many juvenile birds in the garden this year.    It has been a good 2014 for Blue Tits, Starlings, Wrens, Great Tits and Blackbirds.   The Robins have done extremely well, raising two broods in the garden.    I have seen several young birds around........

Hope you are enjoying your garden...........and keeping cool.