Today’s guest picture comes from Dropscone who had occasion to be in Kent recently and took this picture of Hever Castle just to show that there are castles there too.
We chose the right day to leave North Berwick as it was either raining or just going to rain as we packed up and left after breakfast. Matilda went back to Edinburgh to a packed social day of dancing and parties so I expect that she will sleep well tonight.
We had really enjoyed our holiday with her and her parents.
We pottered home cross country in our newly repaired car, hoping that it would last the distance. In spite f passing through a torrential downpour near Selkirk, the car lasted the distance and we arrived back in time for lunch. It was raining lightly but that didn’t discourage us from having a quick look round the garden to see how things had gone during our absence.
The lawn wrecking crew had been hard at work.
You would think that there must come a time when there are no more insects to peck down there.
The rhododendrons and azaleas are coming into their time…
…and several azaleas which Mrs Tootlepedal moved late last year seem to have survived the ordeal very well.
The path along the back of the garden is looking very promising.
The rain let up a little in the afternoon so I went out and did a lot of tulip deadheading. Most of the tulips looked a bit like this…
…but in sheltered places, the later tulips were still looking good.
There is no shortage of replacements for the tulips.
The first of the geraniums were ignoring the rain.
There is a regiment of alliums ready to burst into action and the advance party is out.
The clematis over the back door is looking very healthy after the mild winter.
…and cow parsley…
…add a little wild flower touch to the back path.
In the vegetable garden, the gooseberries and strawberries will soon need protecting from hungry birds and the Christmas tree has survived being dug up, sat inside and then replanted and should be bigger and better when required next winter.
The pulsatillas have finished flowering but are still very decorative, especially on a damp and soggy day like today.
Altogether, it was a good welcome home.
There has been some small bird disease about so I am not putting any seed in the seed feeders for a while so the flying bird of the day will have to make way for a flower of the day for the next week or so unless I get a lucky shot of a passing starling.