There are many things I like about Summer. Here are two that come quite high up the list.....
Sitting outside with a glass of wine, taking slightly tipsy photos of the flowers.....
Staring up at leaves, and seeing the blue sky behind them......
Friday, 16 July 2010
The most perfect water lily opened it's petals yesterday, revealing bright yellow stamens inside. It is a small flower, just right for my tiny, half-barrel pond. I could not have chosen a better one if I had bought it from a garden centre, but as I rescued this from a few inches of stagnant water at the bottom of an old bath, it is even more rewarding. There is another bud on the way, too!
Friday, 9 July 2010
Thursday, 8 July 2010
Living on the south coast of the Isle of Wight, we are used to getting the sunshine interrupted by sudden, cold mists drifting like smoke from the sea. For a while now I have been trying to get a photo of the blue linseed fields just down the road, but the flowers close up half way through the afternoon. Today, bright sunshine and a day off, I went down to the field with my camera. In the 10 minutes it took to walk there, a mist came in. I took some shots, anyway. The mist shrouded coastguard cottages looked good, floating on a blue sea of flowers.
Tuesday, 6 July 2010
I bought one of those tiny roses a few years ago, the type you have in the house until it has flowered, then it usually ends up like all past-it house plants, thrown out on the compost heap! I like to give things a chance, so I planted the flowerless rose in a garden urn. It has now developed into a small shrub rose, but the flowers are unusually compact. The flowers are now about 2 inches across, whereas they were originally about half an inch.
Delving about in the undergrowth of my landlady's garden one day,(as you do), I discovered an old bath with a water lily growing in a few inches of stagnant water. It had no flowers, but I rescued it and put it in my half-barrel water feature. It's beem growing successfully ever since, but each year there's no sign of a flower. I read that there are similar plants called, rather unattractively, Slime Lilies. They don't flower, and the slightly smaller leaves have a slimy coating on the underside. I tested my lily leaves, and they were slimy underneath, so I came to the conclusion that it will bear no flowers. The leaves are attractive, though.
Well, last week what pops up through the water? A nice, fat bud! Every day it gets a close inspection, but no sign of opening yet! How exciting!