A good sit down

Today’s guest picture comes from my Highland correspondent Jennifer and shows her lovely garden, proving that they have had good weather up there too.

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After the brief interlude with rain here, we are back to dry, warm weather.  New flowers are appearing in the garden.

euphorbia, wiegela, philadelphus
The new euphorbia in full flow, the weigela and the first philadelphus

It was cloudy today but warm enough for me to go out for a bicycle ride exposing my knees to the grateful public.  From a cycling point of view, the fact that it was cloudy was a bonus as it meant I didn’t get cooked as I pedalled but from a photographic point of view,  it meant my eyes were more often turned to the verges than the views.

There was plenty to see in the verges.

The umbellifers are out in force and no plant is so reliable in my experience at attracting insects for photo opportunities.

insects on umbelliferhoverfly on umbellifer

The grasses are also at their peak in many and various forms.

grasses

grasses (2)

I cycled down to Gretna and then took the service road beside the new motorway.  The road makers have given the new road very decorative bankings.

motorway daisies

There was red and white clover all along the way.

clovers

And I saw my first hedge rose today.

hedge rose

The hawthorns are beginning to go over and fading to a delicate pink as they go.  This one was at the bridge over the river Lyne near Longtown.

hawthorn

There is no shortage of food for sheep or cattle.

sheep in meadow

And no shortage of wild flowers  for me to enjoy.  This is the old A7, now by-passed by the Auchenrivock diversion.

Old A7 verge

Not long before I got back to Langholm, I stopped at Hollows Tower for a cup of coffee and a Tunnock’s Tea Cake at their new little ground floor cafe.  The tower celebrates the Armstrong reiving family…

 

Hollows Tower

…so I was relieved that no one stole my bicycle while I was drinking my coffee.  I prudently parked it round the back.

When I got home, after a very enjoyable 50 mile excursion into the flatlands of England, I had enough energy left to mow the front lawn and take a few pictures in the garden.

The sun had come out by this time and it was a pleasure to be out in the garden with leisure to sit down from time to time and enjoy the views.

My eye was drawn towards pink.

Fru Dagmar Hustrup rose
Fru Dagmar Hastrup, new in the garden this year,
aquilegia
A pink aquilegia which Mrs Tootlepdal likes
astrantia
And the wonderful astrantia, a whole garden in a single plant

Newly out was this excellent iris….

iris with lining

…and Mrs Tootlepedal’s geum garden is a riot of colour.

geums

I took a moment to check on the birds.  Sparrows are coming to the feeder in style.

landing sparrow

And we still have redpolls, though not quite as bright red as before.

redpolls

Later on, Mrs Tootlepedal was doing some weeding when she saw this frog.

frog in garden

She thinks that the frogs in the garden may well account for her slug free hostas.

My flute pupil Luke came and we had a productive time.  Rather to my surprise, it turns out that he has been coming to play for so many years that he has now finally left school.  Time flies when you are enjoying yourself.

Mrs Tootlepedal made some lemon curd ice cream from a recipe card that she had come across and we ate it for our pudding after a second go at the slow cooked beef stew. This came with a side order of fresh spinach from the garden and we had an excellent meal to round off a  very enjoyable day.

I made an effort at a flying bird of the day and caught a sparrow checking to see who was about.

flying sparrow

Those interested may see more detail on the bike ride by clicking on the map below.  You can see that it was a very flat route.

garmin route 4 June 2018

 

 

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

21 thoughts on “A good sit down

  1. All the flowers are beautiful, something that I’ve said often lately, but the astrantia is amazing, and I can see why Mrs. T is partial to the pink aquilegia!

    The frog does look well fed, Mrs. T may be right about the lack of slugs in the garden.

    I don’t remember that you’ve ever had a stretch of nice weather for as long as this one has been going on. And, you’re making the most of it from what I can tell from reading your blog, I hope that it continues.

  2. An enjoyable late spring day. That is a very fine frog living in your garden, providing slug removal services. The grasses form beautiful seed heads, as worthy of attention as flowers.

    Hawthorns are fading here as well. We are now into June, and still relatively cool and dry.

    1. Mrs T and I went on a day course on grasses and umbellifers since when I have regarded them in anew light (but still can’t identify them properly).

  3. You seemed to have a lot of energy left for someone who had bicycled 50 miles.
    Glad your bike did not disappear during your coffee stop.

  4. Lovely photos of the colourful flowers and all those different grasses…makes one look more closely when mowing the lawn! Looks a long ride even if it was flat…interesting stop to have a coffee.

  5. A bit of a chuckle here for your comment “exposing my knees to the grateful public”! Did I detect a bit of understatement there? 😀 I love the hedge rose and the Hawthorn tree. I used to have one in the front yard at a previous house. It was a sight to behold this time of year.

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