July 30

Not much to report today. Most of it was spent at a scheduled hospital appointment for a family member.

No watchers today. The wind was strong. I think they were hiding.

Aren’t these colours glorious? Just a few short days ago these plants were decimated by unwelcome snails. We managed to save them – what a result!


July 24

The day began with drizzle – rain, but so light it was hardly visible.

The starlings were waiting for something.

Soon they were gone – leaving ‘official’ watchers

The first of the new flowers appeared on the Viburnum. It has rested for about 5 weeks and will continue flowering now for almost 12 months.

A lone purple flower shows that the wire is doing its job! A local cat was constantly digging up this plant! I think we’ve saved it.


July 23

Very slightly cooler.

An early walk around the garden is often a reminder of long gone family members. This fuchsia came from an uncle’s garden – about 30 years ago.

The original bulbs of this montbretia were growing in my mother in law’s garden. Soon the colours will be stunning and Om sure you’ll see more in a day or so. She was lovely but died in the late ‘90s

We have other shared plants too – not all from relatives who have died.

This began life as a white flower in our son’s garden – 12 or so years ago – but has only ever flowered in pink here. The original plant still continues to flower in white in his garden. Fascinating.