Iris…

Iris, Iris oh so proud, vivid, rich and velvety smooth

Purple, yellow bright and true, brings a smile and my soul does soothe

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Today in my garden…

I mowed the lawn, yeah ok so it looks like a drunken barber’s been at it with the clippers but it’s a start. I have a feeling I’ll have to do a touch up at the weekend as well, my word that grass was sooooo very long! With that done the garden already looks better and I can start seeing it again, if you know what I mean?

I’ve edged the main flower bed and weeded that, as well as the patio. I emptied multiple pots and pruned the roses which were in desperate need, poor things they’ve been rather neglected of late.

My boys bought me Dahlias and a bucket of Chillis for Mother’s Day so I’ve planted them up as well and given them a good soak. The hose is broken which is immensely irritating but I had my trusty watering can to hand so it was all good!

I’ve decided to make a new flower bed under the apple tree but I’m thinking not to make it too formal but try to keep it more ‘cottage garden’ style…I’ve just got to find the right shade loving plants that are pretty and robust – that must mean a trip to the garden centre…Ooooh don’t mind if I do!

The garden is full of colour – the pretty deep pink camelia, pale pink tulips and lavender blue of the rosemary…not to mention the differing greens of my roses tinged with red, the lupins and irises which have tripled in size and the bright green of the Lilac tree…my garden is speaking to my soul – and I’m loving its words xx

A weed is but an unloved flower…

The sun shone down warmly yesterday and with the day off work I took a moment to enjoy outside. I sat looking at our garden, a rather dismal scene:

  • the grass is so long I swear you could park a tank on the lawn and it would be hard to spot!
  • there are more weeds in the gravel patio than there is gravel.
  • My lovely wooden bench is finally falling apart after 10years.

Our beautiful garden is no longer beautiful – except…

The Camelia has bloomed like never before, so much so that it’s drooping under the weight of the flowers, the lilac has grown twice the size and has lots of buds which I can’t wait to open into it’s pretty white flowers and our pots are full of sweet smelling purple and pink tulips, hyacinths and happy yellow daffys…

Our garden is, I think, much like life; there’s a plan but most of the time it’s a bit disorderly and doesn’t follow the rules! Left unchecked it can get totally out of hand and often feels a little chaotic BUT… whatever is happening there’s always some beauty, some moment of magic and inspiration waiting to shine…

Yesterday as I bemoaned the mess and the weeds I noticed the abundance of dandelions in the gravel. As I looked at them with their glorious gold faces turned to shine in the sun, their happy vibrancy made me smile and forget for a moment that they were weeds…

AA Milne said “Weeds are flowers too once you get to know them”…I wonder if he had Dandelions in mind at the time?

In the bleak midsummer…

This sunshine is rather lovely, it makes my freckles smile

I like to walk along the beach and paddle for a while

But my garden isn’t happy, the flowers droop and cry

The grass like hay is yellowing and oh so very dry

It’s the heat you see that’s hurtful, that causes such distress

The plants can’t get to breathe at all and so they are a mess

Too hot to fly in the sunshine, even the shade is warm

Bees and Butterflies gently wilt, what’s needed is a storm

But the rain clouds do not gather, the sky? It remains clear

So I do my best to help out and raise a little cheer

I water every morning time, I water every night

I water in the midday sun, I’ll not give up the fight

Until my plants can dance again and sway in the cool breeze

Until the grass is green again and happy are the bees 🐝

Fiery joy in the garden…

Riotous fire

Spreads between the calm cool green leaves

Bringing to life the garden with joyful happiness

Loving the garden at the moment: marigolds, snapdragons, nemesia and YES! the Dahlias grew back…soooo happy.

The hydrangea is starting to bloom but not yet showing it’s purple pedigree and the pale pink rambling rose has dropped its petals and I await it’s second flourish which will come soon.

So for now my garden is a fiery mass of yellows and oranges which shine joyfully bright in the beautiful sun.

Mowing the lawn shows how your brain works!!

Finally…finally!! I managed to get out there and mow the lawn – it’s going to need another one if not two goes to get it looking good but oh myyy it looks SO much better now it’s had a jolly good trim!

When my husband mows the garden he does so in neat lines. Up and down he goes, methodical, ordered – a very practical approach. He’d probably not get awarded the Wimbledon contract but he certainly always finishes the lawn nicely and makes the job look easy!

Me?? Well, look I tried, I really did, but I found myself mowing a couple of lines then veering off ‘just to get that bit by the shed finished’ then ‘ooh I’ve missed a spot!’ So back over to where I started…I’d get back on track and then something would distract me and I’d be ‘well I’ll just sort out under the Apple tree since I’m here’!!

But hey look, the end result was ok…it’s just that the method rather more chaotic – rather like me!!

This reminded me very of a video I’d been shown about differences between men and women’s minds…it made me giggle- I hope it raises a smile for you too!

https://youtu.be/rkZvLHiaHQc

Whether you approach your day methodically or via tangents galore…I wish you a lovely day xx

A Spring morning in my garden…

The sun rises and casts its golden light and birds begin their cheerful serenade

The green green grass twinkles with dew and buds are gently coaxed open

I sit with my mug of tea and quietly sip, pondering the day ahead whilst the world around me awakes

I feel at peace