Tuesday, 27 June 2017

CUT and DRIED ..........





On the mantlepiece are the first sweet peas cut from the garden ... there were only three but I'm hoping for more in the coming weeks ...



At the other end of the fireplace are some dried hydrangeas from last year ... they need replacing so I am waiting for the hydrangeas to flower !!

Just thought I'd show you !!

XXXX




All images via Me

Jackie

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

TAKE the TIME to SMELL the ROSES ..........



At the risk of boring you with more photographs of flowers in our garden, I'm going to bore you with more flowers in our garden !!!


We have just put this rose in ... it's called Mortimer Sackler...  graceful with a lovely Old Rose fragrance with hints of fruit.


Penny Lane rose ... large, fragrant, honey-champagne blooms , scrambling over our arch, inter-twined with Viticella Alba clematis.



St. Swithun rose ... Very large, many petalled, saucer-like flowers of pure soft pink ... strong, pure myrrh fragrance ...


Blush Noisette rose ... pretty clusters of small lilac pink flowers with a rich, clove scent ...


... and, do you remember the little plugs of gypsophila ' Gypsy Deep Rose, that got battered by the wind and rain ? Well, here it is now ...




It's going to be a scorcher today ... 33 C ... that's 91.4 degrees Fahrenheit ... time to strip off I think !!!
Don't forget the suncream.






XXXX





image 1: via pinterest, images 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8: via me, image 9: via this is glamorous

Jackie

Monday, 12 June 2017

AFTER the RAIN ..... and a senior moment !!! ..........




This is our Kiftsgate rose scrambling through a tree ... the high winds and rain that we had the other day blew down a bough .....


SO .....


I put them in a jug .....


 Aren't they pretty ? .... and the fragrance is amazing.


Do you know what else I did ? After a little look around the garden, I noticed the greenfly were attacking the roses so, I thought that I would attack them back with the bug spray { over the years, I've tried Fairy liquid but it never works for me } I gave them all a light spray but instead of using the bug spray I had used weed killer !!! 


D'OH !!!!!!!!!






images 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5; via me, image 6: via google

Jackie

Sunday, 4 June 2017

SUMMERTIME ..... and the living is easy .....


A somewhat flippant post title after the atrocities of last night in London but please know that I am thinking of all those involved. When I worked in London, the IRA bombed the restaurant underneath my workplace and the restaurant opposite and there were many other places targeted. 
Our thoughts must be with the victims and their loved ones.



Blue skies and sunshine ..... here are a few flowers that are out in our garden .....


David Austin Blush Noisette ..... has the most delicious clove fragrance ..... good repeat flowering.


Rambling rose ' Kiftsgate ' ..... rambling through a tree ..... should be in full bloom in a week ..... strong, sweet, musky fragrance .....


David Austin ' Desdemona ' ..... strong, musky fragrance .....



Geranium ' Dreamland ' .....


Clematis ' Fukozono ' .....


Iris .... don't know it's name !! It's in our pond. We have a pond which is under the trees ..... not the best place for a pond as, after the 20 odd years that it's been there, it is now filled up with leaves ..... more leaves than water !!! But, there are zillions of newts,  frogs and dragonflies and other wild life  ..... I have re-named it a bog garden !!!





All photographs taken by me !!


Jackie

Saturday, 20 May 2017

APRIL in MAY ..........



After a reasonably warm and dry April, we are now enjoying many April showers in May !!!!




Early this week, I decided to throw caution to the wind and plant out my gypsophila plants, despite the fact that there are still two weeks to go until the end of May !!! I know, daring is my middle name !!!! They had all been very happy and warm in the greenhouse and then were subjected to wind and whole days of rain !!



..... now look at the poor little things !!! They have been battered by the constant rain to within an inch of their lives.
Hopefully they will perk up and I will be able to show you the magnificent display that they will make in a few week's time ..... fingers crossed !!!




My sweet peas also took a bashing ..... I apologise to all of you who don't use slug pellets but, I have tried every alternative known to man { eggshells, nutshells, ash and cinders, sawdust, sandpaper, grit and gravel, sharp sand, hair, steel wool, pine needles and copper } and none of them work !! ..... BUT, I have found these that are O.K to wildlife, birds, pets and children and are taken underground by the slugs and any that are left, feed the soil so all is happy and good. 





This morning was beautiful ..... clear blue skies and sunshine but it's now raining again .....

SO .....

All I can do now is to enjoy a bit of hoppipolla until the showers go away.

Don't forget your brollies ..... it's definitely April in May !!!


XXXX







image 1: via ana-lee, image 2: via etsy, images 3, 4 & 5: via me, image 6: via pinterest, image 7:via tumblr

Jackie
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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

PARENT of the YEAR ..........



Once again, it's time to vote for Parent of the Year .....














Such a close call  !!!








Jackie

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

EXCUSES, EXCUSES ..........

Just wanted to apologise for not commenting much .....


My husband has had ' a little bit of trouble ' { said in a Frank Spencer voice !! } and had to have an operation, so we have been passing our time { and much of it } sitting on hospital chairs .... well, I've been sitting on the chairs, he has been out cold on the operating table !! 



Hopefully, I shall be back on track soon and commenting away like a gooden !!


Please excuse me while I go and put my nurses uniform on !!!






images 1 & 2: via anneofcarversville, image 3: via tripled 1701

Jackie