Today’s guest picture shows a bridge across the River Rye in Yorkshire which my brother visited on a very hot day in an attempt to avoid the bank holiday crowds.
We enjoyed another dry day today here although the lightest of drizzle every now and again made sure that we didn’t take it for granted. It was grey and windy and I was impressed that our neighbour Ken was ready to go off on a hilly 40 mile bike ride.
I had decided against a ride in the morning in favour of doing some serious work.
I won’t have to tell the knowledgeable readers of this blog that the Onegesias of the title was a trusted lieutenant of Atilla the Hun. It was my role today to act as Onegesias to Atilla the Gardener and remove a hosta that had outlived its place in the garden.
After some instruction, I got going and fairly soon the hosta leaves were on the shredding pile, the roots were laid out for drying and earth removal and a very satisfactory patch of bare ground was ready for new planting.
Fired up by this rare example of being useful, I set about the compost bins and shifted the contents of Bin B into the empty Bin C. I took a break to have a cup of coffee and then finished the job. The compost in Bin B was giving off a gentle heat and had rotted down well.
Mrs Tootlepedal was busy meanwhile tidying up our utility room and then washing all the assorted bits of smelly cycling gear and woolly hats that turned up under things.
While she had a quick burst on her bike to nowhere upstairs, I made potato latkes (using polenta) for lunch and then we went back outside into the garden.
With the bit fully between my teeth, I set about shifting the contents of Bin A into Bin B to complete the whole compost cycle.
My usual assistant put in an appearance.
It is always good to have a helping hand.
Then I wandered around the garden.
There were no new flowers to see but the honeysuckle, of which I have been trying to get a good shot for ages, seemed to be in a cooperative mood today.
Mrs Tootlepedal has three sorts of crocsomia in the garden. She has dug out a lot of the standard red ones but left these two.
The Michaelmas daisies are taking over from the cornflowers in the bed beside the drying green but the cornflowers have managed to hang on at the back.
While I was in full gardening mode, I mowed the drying green, the greenhouse grass and the middle and front lawns. Thanks to the recent dry weather, I was able to get over the ground at a good rate and didn’t need to use a box which makes the task a lot easier.
Ken had got round his bike run safely and he and Liz came over for a cup of tea and a brownie after I had finished the lawns. The brownie had been freshly made by Mrs Tootlepedal who had discovered a forgotten packet of Brownie Cake Mix in a cupboard while putting something else away.
We were glad that she had found the packet as the brownies went down very well with a cup of tea after a hard day’s work/pedal.
I thought about a walk after the tea had been drunk but the light was poor and the wind was still brisk so I settled for a last look at the garden.
The yellow crocosmias are mixed with poppies on both sides of the path at the end of the front lawn…
…and behind them, a Fuchsia is dripping with flowers.
It is due to move under the remodelling plans for next year so we hope that it survives.
A lone campanula was to be seen near the front door.
By this time, I was quite ready to have a sit down so I sat down and printed out a couple more pictures for the forthcoming flower show competition.
Although I may find myself being a bit creaky tomorrow, I was really pleased to have been able to do so much work (by my standards) in the garden today. For some reason, my joints are much better than they been for ages and I intend to make the most of it while this happy state lasts.
No flying bird of the day today thanks to the poor light but a cheerful dahlia of the day to brighten things up.
As a footnote, Mrs Tootlepedal took down her sweet pea cage today and found this tall plant growing up the back of the cage. She has tied it to the telegraph pole. It is a mystery to her and she would be interested to know if anyone can suggest what it might be.