Thursday, 18 September 2014

Who would mind being led up the garden path?

 I walk this pathway twice a day, no matter what the weather, I just need to be out in the garden.   In summer clothed in my jim jams and in winter heavy coat with a hood.
The pathway leads to the old apple tree.    I planted clump forming bamboo when we moved here.     They make a wonderful screen but I mostly enjoy the movement of these graceful plants.   
 Cyclamen have appeared all over the woodland area.   
     Planted beneath deciduous trees is ideal.   I add leaf mould each year to keep them happy :)
It is hot today, too hot for mid September.    I love the fact I can walk this path and it is always cool.   Somewhere to work in the garden to  keep away from the sun.    In the winter it is bitterly cold.  That is the joy of a garden, being in touch with it.........feeling it.
I love this garden in sun, frost, heavy dew but especially in freezing fog.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Evil Beauty.

 Monk's Hood is extremely poisonous - even very small amounts can have severe effects.   It contains aconitine, a neurotoxin that can cause heart failure, and there are reports of people feeling unwell after just smelling the flowers.
 Monk's-hood is a native plant............often found in the wild along ditches or streams, also on the fringes of woodland.       
Planted in the centre of the island beds, to keep well away from little people, it is a stunning addition to the autumn garden.
It is a firm favourite of mine..........blue is a precious colour in the garden.......also it is pollinated exclusively by bumblebees.   Perfect..........well almost :)

Thursday, 4 September 2014

 A mist hangs over the garden.  I can hear the cry of Gulls in the distance.
 Hawthorn laden with berries, soon Redwings and Fieldfare will come to our shores, and enjoy them.
 Crab apple line the branches, waiting for the Starlings.
 Teasels will satisfy the Goldfinch.
 Such a nostalgic time of year.    The slow process of saying farewell to Summer and hello Autumn.
 Dad loved these days.   Dad was my gardening companion...............he taught me so much.   When he left school he started work as an apprentice gardener.  
 A tear falls.............it is 18 months since Dad passed away.     It gets easier, I think of him most days.
I think of his smile.........he was always smiling.
I look up to the sky with a warm heart...............I know he is not far away.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Happy days

 Summer days drifting away.............
 Soft golden rays ...............
 A lone bee .............. 
 Flowers in all their glory.............
My darling little dog, and loyal companion................

It does not take much to make me happy.

What makes you happy??

Saturday, 30 August 2014

The magic of a woodland garden.......

   When I was a child my parents would take us to the woods every Sunday afternoon, during the school holidays.
 When we moved to the farmhouse, I decided that a woodland area would be my first project.
 I have to say, it is the one area that has been a real success.
 Why?    Because the rabbits tend to leave it alone, so everything just gets better and better.
 There is a faerie garden in the wood.   Poppi and I started this when she was two.    I treasure this, for it holds so many beautiful memories.
 This little faerie was a gift from my father...........she is weathered and worn but has a quality that is so enchanting.
 Ted the gnome, guards the wood..........he has been with me for forty years.   I do not like garden gnomes but Ted is different, a bit special and he is very much part of the garden.
My mother made a remark the other day, that started me thinking.
'You do realise dear, that in a few years you will be living in a wood'   The words came with a smile.............I have to say she is right.  

The Robins breeding season has been extremely good.    There are many juveniles in the garden.   The parents have been trying their hardest to chase them away from the garden and some have left.   The little chap in the image is reluctant to leave, I think they may have a fight on their hands with this one :)

Monday, 25 August 2014

An autumnal feel............

 Yesterday was warm, but the breeze had an edge to it.   Autumn would appear to have arrived but who knows with the English weather, it is never predictable.
 After spending most of the morning preparing food for my Mothers freezer, the afternoon was spent gardening.  
 It is good to see so many Red Admiral in the garden.   They are enjoying the flowers of Eupatorium 'rise and shine'.    I love the deep purple stems of this plant, it compliments the pink flowers.
 Mexican hats have not done so well.     There are survivors but not so many.  
 Without doubt my favourite combination is Arthur Bell and Salvia Royal Bumble.    I love the pale lemon and red.......
The hot air balloon came a little too close for comfort, skimming the trees as it crossed the garden.    Nella did not approve.........not too sure I did :)
I believe it came down in a neighbours field.

Bank holiday Monday and it is raining................

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.