Today’s guest picture is another from Venetia’s visit to Kew. As well as dragons, she saw this interesting creature. It is called Gnomus (but I don’t gnow why).
The joiners having finished their work, the painter came today and the front of the house is on its way to looking well cared for. A spanner was cast into the smooth running of the refurbishment when the painter discovered a wasps’ nest in one of the dormers that he was about to paint.
We did consider shinning up two ladders on to the roof in the quiet of the twilight and doing what needed to be done but due consideration of the age of the potential ladder climbers led us to calling out an expert from Carlisle who will come tomorrow.
While the painter was painting, I was wandering around the garden and my attention was directed to this flower….
…by Mrs Tootlepedal. It may not look much but if all goes well it is just the first of dozens and dozens of cosmos which will brighten the August garden.
Mrs Tootlepedal also pointed out that there are in fact five zinnias. Here is the fifth columnist.
The verbascum flowers have nearly climbed to the top of their spires…
…and I will miss them when they are gone.
New dahlias are appearing at the rate of one a day and this was today’s arrival.
It was a beautiful day, sunny nearly all day but oddly enough, not too hot.
Almost as cheerful as the sunshine was a clump of nasturtiums…
…and another bright sunflower.
The sunflowers are being a bit contrary and instead of turning their faces to the sun and our garden, they are mostly turning their backs on us and peering over our neighbour’s fence.
There were more white butterflies all over the place.
And bees too.
I went in for coffee and then did a little shopping.
When I got back, I took the opportunity to mow both the middle and front lawns which are confounding me by growing more grass and if anything, getting greener in spite of the lack of meaningful rain. We are getting a light dew in the morning which may be helping.
And of course, I had another look round when I had finished.
The melancholy thistle shouldn’t be lonely next year.
And the hostas were playing host to yet more bees.
The new buddleia had attracted a butterfly but sadly it was just another white one.
I made some green soup for lunch with courgettes, spinach and broad beans (with a good quantity of garlic too) and it turned out very well. I am determined to eat as much of our own veg as I can this year.
After lunch, we were detained by a very exciting stage of the Tour de France and then, inspired by the heroes of the Pyrenees, I put on my cycling gear…
…but not until I had had another walk round the garden.
This time there was a peacock butterfly on the buddleia….
…but it stuck to sunning itself on a leaf and wouldn’t come onto a flower.
I turned my attention to a very decorative dicentra which Mrs Tootlepedal recently purchased in Dumfries.
In the end, I got my bike out and went round my usual 20 mile Canonbie circuit. It was still sunny but still not too hot and with a light wind, conditions were delightful.
It was quite late on the day and we had some singing to do at the Common Riding Concert so I didn’t stop too often but I couldn’t resist being looked down upon by two cows.
When I got back, the verbascum was showing that even when it has finished flowering, it will still be catching the evening sunlight and adding interest to the back bed.
We went off to sing a couple of songs for the finale of the concert in the Buccleuch Centre. As our church organist Henry had arranged the programme, it was not surprising that he had found a place for his choir in it. A good number of members turned up and we sang well.
That will be our last choir singing until the next sessions start in September. It was a good way to finish.
No flying bird of the day today as the painter proved a deterrent to visiting the feeder. A flying visit from the sparrowhawk may not have encouraged the small birds either.
As a result, I have turned to flowers of the day and these are they: