… on one of my daily walks for exercise. I love the colour.
Another little booklet, this time made from four old Christmas card envelopes. I used scraps of paper from around the house and cuttings from newspapers. The William Morris scraps are from a V&A diary my son bought me for Christmas in 2017, and the cat picture is just a print from a photo I took a few years ago.
The butterfly picture on the back didn’t quite work, I know. I’m just learning 🙂
Unexpected sight in the garden today. Forget-me-nots. I don’t plant these; fortunately they self-seed every year. Such a welcome arrival!
It’s a start!
I rescued a phlox and bought another one. There’s some saxifrage in there as well as a plant I don’t know the name of. And also a tiny aquilegia to replace one I lost!
I’m trying to decide whether to put a small clump of chives back in there, as it doesn’t look too happy where it is now.
It doesn’t look much at the moment, and the pictures look a little washed-out, but I’m excited about it.
Moodier shots may follow!
The featured picture is a little violet I found growing in the garden. Just for some colour!
The first two pictures below show the ‘blank slate’ of the title: an old sink which used to be a herb garden of sorts, but then got terribly messy and overgrown. I’ve emptied it out and washed it, then tilted it slightly to improve the drainage. It’s now ready for some new residents. The wire is there to protect it from cats!
I haven’t decided what to plant yet. Any ideas?
The final picture is a new hydrangea, bought today, which will be planted out in due course.
The first tulips are out. More are on the way. At last, there is some progress in the garden.
Most exciting of all, two of the Himalayan blue poppies I bought last year have returned. I’m really looking forward to seeing them bloom. Fingers crossed!
The garden needs some colour. So many of my plants are just not quite ready to bloom. So I bought some pansies. Always reliable. Always colourful. Always fun!
There’s been a lot of rain this week. Quite a lot of it fell on my day off, when I went for a walk by a river. I snatched some photos on my phone…
The roads were wet and the river was full. Brown, muddy water, moving much too quickly for my liking.
Bowed and broken branches.
Spring is not here yet. Not here. Not quite.
There was a lot of small-bird activity in the garden yesterday. Here are two of the pictures I managed to take (through the window, I’m afraid, so not as sharp as I would have liked).
Two pairs of mandarin ducks out for a late-afternoon paddle. The males seem to be guarding (hiding?) the females.
A closer look …
(They were careful to hide behind some branches!)