No call for an ark

Today’s guest picture is another from Venetia’s visit to the misty mountains of Madeira.


As I am still resting my singing voice under doctor’s orders, Mrs Tootlepedal went by herself to sing in the church choir while I kept myself busy at home.

I may have occasionally glanced about as I went about my business…

butter and sugar iris
more butter and sugar irises are out

…but there was washing to be hung out….

yellow onion
and a handsome yellow oniony sort of thing has come out too

…lawns to be mowed…

the kindly weather has meant that the lupins are out from bottom to top of their stems

…and watered…

lupin close up
.and worth a closer look as well

…the car windscreen to be cleared of huge amounts of squashed insects (we had hardly any insects last year bit this year numbers seem to have recovered)….

philadelphus with roses
a large philadelphus with a scattering of roses in the back corner of the front lawn

…a second load of washing to be hung out…

a garden in a single flower

…a sausage stew to be prepared for the slow cooker…

foxgloves are popping up everywhere

…and quite a bit of watering to be done too….

spirea bridal wreath
a better look at the tiny spirea flowers

…in spite of a forecast of thunderstorms later in the day (after yesterday’s disappointments, we weren’t taking the forecast seriously)…

and the lamium has burst in flower too

…so there was hardly any time to look at flowers at all.

hawkweed and white flowers


Mrs Tootlepedal is considering scattering more of the white flowers among the orange hawkweed for next year.  I think that that would be a good idea.

I did take a look at the hydrangea on the wall of the house.  Uninstructed people like me might imagine that the big white things are the important part of the flowers….


…but bees know better where the real interest lies.

bee on hydrangea

A blackbird took advantage of the lawn watering to have a quick shower.

blackbird having shower

Mrs Tootlepedal returned from church and got busy in the garden.

After lunch, we spent the afternoon waiting for the rain to come.  We were entertained by some prolonged rumbles of thunder but the lightning that caused them must have been a good distance away as we saw no evidence of it at all.

monument from garden

In spite of some very dark skies to the north of the town, the monument stayed bathed in sunshine and only a few drops of rain came with the thunder.

I had taken a camera upsatirs in the hope of some lightning shots but had to make do with looking at the birds instead.  They came to the feeder below the window, apparently quite unworried by the rumbling overhead.


goldfinch (2)

Two siskins felt the need to quarrel.

fighting siskins

It did start to rain more heavily eventually and for a while, it looked as though it was going to take things seriously but in the end, we only got a couple of short showers, enough to wet the garden which was welcome but not enough to store up some moisture on the ground for the future.

Now the threat of thunder and lightning has receded, I hope to get out on the bike again next week.

The flower of the day is the  Ooh La La Clematis, a pretty flower with an awful name.

Ooh La La clematis




Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

29 thoughts on “No call for an ark

  1. The lupines are fantastic. They’re doing the same thing here.
    The big sterile flowers of the climbing hydrangea remind me of some of our native viburnums that have a similar arrangement.
    That is an unfortunate name for the beautiful clematis. I think I was taking photos of the same one yesterday but I didn’t know its name.

    1. The flowers that survived the long and cold winter and early spring seem to be really enjoying our warm spell and are lasting well. A change in the weather is forecast though as the jet stream seems to be shifting at last.

  2. Stunning lupins. I also like the “yellow oniony sort of thing” – presumably Mrs. T. calls it by another name????!

  3. Glad you had time among your various tasks to take all those beautiful shots in your garden. I also enjoyed your clever picture of those quarrelling birds.

  4. Hopefully you got all your chores done. Though I was happy to see it didn’t keep you from sharing some lovely pictures from the garden.

  5. I was reminded by your Lupins, As a child, my mother who of course I loved dearly, Wearing a white dress with lupins around the hem. I realized she was beautiful. and it felt at the time like the first burst of colour, in my post-war life. I recently told someone it was the festival of Britain, I was wrong it was earlier. it was that white dress. Ah, memories. thank you both, Mrs. T [ or Atila] for growing and your good self for sharing. Personally, I enjoy viewing your excellent blog first thing in the morning. I find it gives a positive start to my days! each and every day I should comment more often? but reading it has become so addictive its part of my life. Long may it, and yourselves, remain so. THANKS.

    1. It is very cheerful thing for me to know that people are getting some enjoyment from the blog. I write it as my own diary first and foremost but I obviously do have an eye for the readers too. Thank you for you kind words.

  6. The number of varieties of flowers in the garden is amazing, there seems to be no end to the new varieties appearing daily. I also liked the image of the siskin fighting, nice weather doesn’t seem to make them any less quarrelsome than they were during the winter.

    I hope that you get some rain soon, not to rub it in, but the weather has been close to perfect here. It will rain for a few hours, usually at night, and our days have been bright and sunny most of the time.

  7. A lovely kind of day with a bit of this and that to keep things moving along nicely. The blackbird looks happy to have a shower! Love the beautiful spirea flower photo…it made me go and look more closely at mine flowering….I’d have missed its beauty if I hadn’t seen your photo…so thank you!

  8. Quite a variety of beautiful flowers in your gardens! I love lamiums, and used to grow them back east. I found it too dry and hot for them in mid summer here, unfortunately. They might do well in a container in the shade on the porch.

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