You know me, never one word where 932 or so will do. But today I’m going to give you pictures and little else.
Yes, okay, I admit it, the red words in my last post did cause a minor tiff. Not on a scale that would normally bother me. But at the moment I’m tired, dispirited and preoccupied with other more important things. So I’m in no mood to vent my fully justifiable fury at the world.
And anyway, it’s hard work, writing justifiable things.
It’s there though, building. Pressure cooker style.
And no doubt I will feel the fallout. But I will be secure in the knowledge that I am right. (That’s for one of my other online jousters, who’s always accusing people-like-me of being smug, virtue-signalling liberals. Sigh)
Gardens. And birds. A double treat.
The quote is from that widely disparaged colonial-style poet Rudyard Kipling. Not my go-to poet of choice, but he happened to be to hand. And it’s appropriate.
So, here we go, my modest back garden and WLBF*.
And my capacious (enough for three or four cars though we only have one) front garden. Largely paved, thank you predecessor (we dug some of it up). And WLBF* there too.
What Lurks Beyond the Fence – and the reason we were happy with our modest patch of land. Look and you’ll see what I mean…
First, the front section of my springly selections 🙂
Trees to the side of our front garden, in the golf course rough, which LBF
My favourite tree, sort of in front of the garden-ish and also LBF
A white rose planted by our predecessor – and bear in mind, this is early May and it is unfurling already!
The bay laurels have all flowered (we have several) and are looking fat and healthy
Prostrate Rosemary making her bid for freedom – love her pretty flowers!
I don’t usually like variegated things but enigmatic pulmonaria – lungworts – tucked into shady hiding places are gorgeous
Convolvulus cneorum – white flowers are very hard to photograph!
A prostrate ceanothus/California lilac with one of the chive plants that edge the border and lemon balm
California lilac (ceanothus) and buddleia yet to flower and real lilac which never has yet
The yew puts on such bright green growth in spring
Now for the back…
Sempervivum – houseleeks – good for healing burns – rub the burn with the juicy end of a leaf pulled out
Early geraniums and ferns unfurling
Starburst of a the broom just keeps on keeping on – bees love it and it smells like honey – set off by perennial wallflowers
A shy violet has found its way beneath a step – which is good for butterflies to hatch from
Mexican daisies get everywhere and I love them – met them first on the Scilly Isles
More – love them!
Red French lavender
Paeony putting on her crinoline, serenaded by bees in the wallflowers
Hydrangea petiolaris, the self-clinging climbing one, those modest white flowers again – so elusive
Ah – and the sky above, free floating spirits only need apply (or those needing solace after stress)
And looking back to WLBF behind our – and the neighbours’ – garden
Finally, I promised you some birds – well, perhaps not quite so soothing, nature after all, is red in beak and talon.
Intent on menace
Baby snatched 😦 !
But all is well, and all manner of thing shall be well, or at least, on a sunny day, in spring, at the nature reserve on the moss they shall 🙂