Archive for June, 2008

Emma mentioned on her blog that she wanted to “Share the great greenness of the world …. and post A Big Green Leaf” I thought it an excellent idea.  Particularly because I had mentioned here that I don’t seem to do flowers  well and I felt my garden was …. well – green-ish

Fortunately Shirl reminded me about “The Big Green Leaf” in good time for me to do something about it. Although how I managed to photograph anything with the high winds and downpours that we have had over the last couple of days remains a mystery.

I was concerned that; – as well as not many flowers – I don’t have many GREEN leaves – but Emma reassured me that coloured leaves were welcome too. (Phew).

I enjoyed doing the photographs for this post – and of course I took far too many and my most difficult time has been selecting which ones I use.

The other words Emma mentioned on her blog were “technologically advanced slideshow” So how could I resist.  It was certainly a way to put up more photos than I can here on the blog.   I have always admired the slideshows that Veg Plotting has on her blog. (But, I don’t think I will be doing another any time soon).

So here is my offering.  I valued this opportunity to really look closely at my plants over the last couple of days.

Big thanks to Emmat for suggesting it and making the 30th June “THE BIG GREEN LEAF” day.

(Are we doing it again in 6 or 12 months time?)


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Artist’s Garden Comic – Issue 2

Thank you Krys at Urban Wilderness for the inspiration.

Which was the comment you posted here

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Wordless Wednesday – “After the flowers …”

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Summer Solstice 2008

Solstice Blessings

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Wordless Wednesday – Yet Another Poppy

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If I said to my friends

“I have someone coming for lunch today – that I met on the internet”

I think that they would look at me with raised eye-brows. They would quiz me about why I was inviting a complete stranger into my house. They would brush away my assurances that we have had a perfectly satisfactory e-mail correspondence. Also they would mutter darkly amongst themselves that I was naive in the extreme.


What I said was –

“I have a garden-blogger coming to visit”

Of course the reactions were – “which one”, “how lovely”, and understandably “You better do some weeding then”.

It is so interesting that when you belong to a blogging group; be it gardening or textile – there is, for the most part, such a sense of community and positive assurance between the members. There is support from complete strangers when you go through a rough patch. Also joy, from those same strangers when something goes well.

So do you recognize this person? – You have seen this shadow before here

Yes – VP came to visit to-day and I had a perfectly lovely time. VP knew I lived in this part of Wales – so she let me know when she was holidaying near us, and accepted my invitation to come for coffee.

In fact she came for a cheese and bread lunch, we talked, we laughed a lot and we walked on the beach.

I have to tell you at this point – my feet are the rather grubby ones on the right. (All that gardening in flip flops at the weekend!).

Not only was I delighted that VP took the time to hop on a train and visit – but she arrived bearing gifts from Threadspider. A wonderful digitalis (Foxglove).

I was green with envy recently when VP and Threadspider spent an afternoon at the Botanic Nursery, which holds the National collection of Foxgloves. Thank you so much Threadspider.

All so soon it was time for VP to hop back on a train.

It was an absolute delight to meet her and I hope that if she comes for a holiday in this neck of the woods again she will drop in.

I shall try to entice her back – by sending her random e-mails and comments with the words Crug Farm, Crug Farm.

(This is a nursery that we both want to visit – and it is only an hour or so from here)

It is an interesting experience meeting up with a blogger – in some ways, you know so much of what they choose to present to the world at large via their blogs. In other ways you know nothing. For me, lunch with VP did not feel like meeting a stranger for the first time, but rather catching up with a friend – and picking up where we left off.

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The 15th of the month means that is is GBBD hosted by Carol of May Dreams Garden, if you haven’t allready – do visit her blog to see the delights that Carol has blooming for June. Also via the comments you can check out other garden bloggers from around the world.

The regular readers of my blog will know that I do not have peony flowers to post to-day. For those of you that are interested to know the story of why I don’t have peonys click here

If there is one word for my garden this month it is poppies. I scattered the seeds last year in a newly created, but empty flowerbed – and this year they have self seeded and flowered again, in a wide variety of colours and forms.

Please click on pictures for a larger image

The other plants that are very prolific throughout the garden are hardy geraniums. These are great for filling in all the spaces that I have not got shrubs or perennials for … yet.

Among the geraniums – nasturtiums have self seeded.

There is also a lot of yellow in the garden, from Welsh poppies, St Johns Wort (Hypericum), and Senecio, but I haven’t photographed them – because yellow is not one of my favorite colours – and I was short of time!

These Nemophila Penny Black are an annual that I grew from seed this year and I am very pleased with them as an edging at the front of a flower bed.

The rose below was in the garden when we moved in – it is underneath the leaf canopy of a willow tree – I really don’t know how it survives – and the scent is divine

Also today – I was delighted to pick my first bunch of sweet peas from the garden – so my moment of madness has started to pay dividends, what joy.

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