The calm after the storm


Today’s guest picture was sent to me by Dropscone and shows the sort of food he had to put up with on his recent holiday abroad.


Standing in a gale looking at wild flowers for several hours yesterday proved to be curiously tiring and when I woke up this morning, I felt very much like having a quiet day.

I had a very quiet day.

I was helped to avoid any temptation to do something energetic by a strong wind and occasional rain showers.

I pottered around the garden, enjoying the colours on a grey day…

The mixed packet of cornflower seeds is still providing good value.
Marigolds have joined the garden colour scheme
Sweet William
The Sweet William cheer up the gloomiest days

I thought about mowing some grass.

But I didn’t.

I went inside and did a crossword and looked out of the window.  It was a day when there was always a siskin behind you.

following siskins

I had another garden potter.

The bees were busy.  Every Astrantia seemed to have one (or two).

astrantia with bee

We have sea holly in the garden under its Sunday name of Eryngium.


I went back in and made some carrot and lentil soup for lunch and then settled down to watch the Tour De France on the telly.  Watching cycle racing on the telly is very peaceful for the most part, though the final kilometres usually provide great excitement and that was the pattern today.

When it was over, I added a little tennis to my viewing diet but Mrs Tootlepedal went back out to the garden.  After a while, I went out to see what she was up to.

Attila the gardener was slashing hedges and demolishing box balls…

Mrs Tootlepedal at work in the garden

…in order to provide a more generous vista at the end of the back path.  She always has a new plan just in case she isn’t doing enough work in the garden already.  I helped by shredding the clippings.

When she had finished, I had a final wander round.

The cardoons are getting taller and wider all the time. Soon they will rule the world.

I found a late iris and a new courgette.

courgette and iris

A Verbascum took the prize for the tallest flower of the day.


After tea, the day floated gently to its end and I am hoping that such a peaceful time will lead to the restoration of full power tomorrow.

The flower of the day is a dahlia…


..and the flying bird is a fuzzy chaffinch (the light wasn’t very good).


Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

19 thoughts on “The calm after the storm

  1. Not surprising that you’re tired after yesterday – wind is exhausting. Such lovely patterns and colours in your garden. I noted a zucchini (aka courgette) of about 4″ in my own wee garden today – great excitement!

      1. My favourite is to slice and sauté in lemon olive oil, fresh herbs, and bacon, then mix with linguine (starting to sound a lot like carbonara, isn’t it!). Also tasty just drizzled with balsamic reduction.

  2. I’m guessing that the work that Mrs. T. did in the garden was very satisfying.
    If that sweet William smells as good as it looks it’s a real winner.
    The sea holly looks as good in the garden as it did on the sea shore. By Googling it I see that it also comes in different shades of blue.

  3. If I tried to watch the Tour de France and a tennis match in the same day, I’d have gotten several hours of sound sleep. All the flowers are very lovely, although I’m surprised that there’s a verbascum in Mrs. T’s garden. Even though the flowers are pretty, it is considered an unwelcome weed here.

  4. Sounds like you enjoyed your day of relaxation after yesterday’s winds, they can tire you out. I’m sure your body thanked you. And I loved seeing the sea holly in Mrs T’s garden, seeing it answered the question I sent a little while ago from yesterday’s post. 🙂

  5. I like the tall verbascum and have also seen a couple of tall ones in the local cemetery. Might get the photo out later.Flowers and siskins made for a perfect Sunday entertainment.

  6. Poor Dropscone, having to settle for that. 🙂

    Dahlias I gave up on, as they seem to entice gophers as much as tulips. Enjoying all your photos!

    I recognized the Verbascum. It goes by the common name of Mullein over here. I saw a lot of it on the east coast but have not encountered it in my immediate area, not yet. A prolific genus with 360 species in it.

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