Logging on

biggin hill

Today’s guest picture is another from Dropscone’s eldest boy Dennis who works at Biggin Hill Airfield.  He recently had the opportunity to see a wonderful display of second world war aircraft.

biggin hillIt was a fine but breezy morning and I had to put aside the chance of a pedal until later as there was quite a lot to do in the way of business.

I did have time to walk round the garden in the sun though.

The sedum has dried out and is looking ready to burst into flower
Japanese anemones
Japanese anemones are flowering freely now
My favourite dancers

A newspaper article yesterday said that 50% of those asked couldn’t name a single bee.  I certainly can…..

bee on dahlia…this one is called Archibald.

After a good run, the ligularia has gone over but it has left an interesting tangle behind.

ligulariaThe tropaeolum has also finished flowering but it still has lots of ways to please the eye, not least its multicoloured pawnbrokers’ signs.

tropaeolumThe sweet peas are rather subdued this year but still elegant.

sweet peaOver lunch I had a chance to watch the birds.  The brisk wind slowed the chaffinches up as they approached the feeder and gave me many flying opportunities….

chaffinches…and after lunch, I went out into the garden.  It was still fine so I took another picture or two…..

dahlia and water lily
In front of the pond and in the pond.
A view over the hedge from the front lawn to the garden bed across the middle lawn
colourful corner
Phlox, astrantia and special Grandma making a colourful corner

…and then I mowed the drying green and the paths on the front lawn.  I couldn’t resist another look at the cornflowers.

cornflowersThey appeal to me immensely.

Next I picked some more of the blackcurrants.  The blackbirds are generously helping me finish the gooseberries but they have left a lot of blackcurrants untouched. I am cutting the blackcurrant bush back as I pick and perhaps the birds will be able to see the fruit better now and I may have more difficulty in keeping the remaining fruit for myself.

I am progressing with turning Bin B into Bin C while Mrs Tootlepedal is producing ever more material for Bin A.  Luckily the warmer weather is helping the composting process and the bin is going down as fast as she puts more in.

Bin A and Bin B

It is always annoying to get well down a bin of steadily rotting compost and find a layer of box leaves as green as the day that you put them in.  Such is life.

It was just getting to the time when a pedal was in order when first the garden centre rang up to say that they were just about to deliver a load of logs…..and then it started it to rain.  The pedalling plan was abandoned.

Luckily Mike Tinker dropped in just as the logs were being delivered and with his help, we had them out of the big bags and into a very neat pile in no time at all.

logsWe did the labouring and Mike, who is an engineer at heart, built the pile.  It really was a case of many hands making light work as it would have taken us ages without him.

The day went downhill from there on as the rain became persistent and the composting, mowing and log heaving took their toll on my small stock of energy.  Sitting down quietly and sighing became the order of the day.

The grumpy pigeon was back again, surveying life in the rain with its usual disapproving air.

pigeonI know how it felt.

Today’s flying bird is yet another chaffinch, this time caught just before it put the brakes on.

flying chaffinch

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

27 thoughts on “Logging on

  1. I grew up near Biggin Hill and we enjoyed the yearly airshow very much. I am glad you are able to name bees. My husband has just read that a survey has revealed that not enough people are interested in botany! Imagine how dreary life would be if we were all experts in everything. Another of my favourite white Japanese Anemones and an excellent flying bird of the day.

  2. This is a tough one to comment on. I liked the flower photos, especially the wider shots that show more of the garden at one time. That’s not to say that the single flower photos weren’t great, but it’s always nice seeing the wider view. The flying chaffinch was excellent as well. Still, it’s hard to top a line of Spitfires lined up as in your guest photo. Oh, and by the way, say hi to Archibald the next time you see him.

  3. What a very useful day with many tasks accomplished especially a very well ordered pile of logs. I found I could name quite a lot of different bees with your help.

  4. Wonderful pictures from your garden particularly the fuschia. I loved the grumpy pigeon and am only sorry that ‘rain stopped play’ as it were.

  5. It is a thing of great mystery to me that pockets of vegetation can resist all composting efforts despite receiving the same amount of tender, loving compost care as everything else in the bin. And of course you would be on first name terms with the insects 🙂

  6. The heat and humidity here mean the composting process happens quite rapidly. It must be much more difficult in a colder climate to get everything to break down. It appears to involve a great deal more effort on your part to turn it and transfer it. I applaud your hard work. The garden certainly benefits. I love the bright blue cornflowers as well. Another great collection of garden treats, Tom. Those dancing fuchsias are delightful.

    1. The composting is a pleasure though more heat would help. You can buy special hot composting boxes (or use old freezer cabinets) but we just plug away.

  7. Archibald the Bee! A wonderful name. Still looking beautiful over there as summer comes into the last month.

    Our Wednesday market scone vendor outdid herself yesterday with freshly picked wild blackberry scones. None made it home. Perfection achieved.

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