Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. On a recent tour, he stopped at Tewkesbury and took a picture of the bridge there.
Yesterday’s heavy work on the lawn was an experiment in ‘kill or cure’ and when I woke up this morning, I was very happy to find that the balance had tipped firmly down on the ‘cure’ side of things. For the first time for ages, my feet weren’t painfully sore. I didn’t let my feet go to my head though and took things pretty gently through the day.
I did go out into the garden and look at the flowers. I liked a vetch which has come up of its own accord. Mrs Tootlepedal is going to leave it where it is as it is popular with bees.
New white flowers have appeared: Mrs Tootlepedal describes the one on the left as an educated onion and the one on the right is the first of the philadelphus.
The Dutchman’s breeks and the Welsh poppies are adding an international air of gaiety to the garden…
…and the light was just right to take a picture of the yellow ranunculus.
I noticed that the plain fuchsia by the back gate is producing flowers but it doesn’t look very well so there may not be the usual waterfall of blossom this year.
As my back was in such good order, I did some shifting and sifting of compost. I started to turn Bin C into Bin D but the material had rotted down so well that I was able to sieve a lot of it and just put the remains in Bin D. I have been trying to layer the compost in Bin A more carefully lately, green and woody in turn, so perhaps this is a reward down the line for good behaviour.
I went in for coffee and watched the birds. Sparrows were the flavour of the day but redpolls are frequent visitors too. The goldfinches have almost entirely found a better place to feed.
The old sunflower stalk continues to provide a useful perch…
…and Mrs Tootlepedal is growing a new sunflower nearby for next year.
We had other visitors. There were quite a few jackdaws on the peanuts during the day and Mrs Tootlepedal witnessed some angry scenes among them. I saw this one daring anyone to come and have a go if they are tough enough.
There are starlings nesting in a neighbour’s tree and one came to the seed feeder today.
Mrs Tootlepedal went off to help in the Buccleuch Centre coffee bar over lunch and I went for a cycle ride. I had intended to try for some long, slow distance today but the forecast was very uncertain and there had been spots of rain on and off through the morning so I settled for some short, slow distance instead and went round my familiar 20 mile Canonbie circuit.
It wasn’t hard to notice that the hawthorn had come out while we were on holiday.
And there were wild flowers all the way round.
I took a closer look at the bird’s foot trefoil, a flower that I like a lot, and discovered a tiny creature among the petals.
The back roads were lined with cow parsley and on this section it had a hem of buttercups as well.
There was a lot of wild geranium to be seen.
I stopped to get a picture of the hawthorns beside the Hollows Tower and found that the managers have erected two flag poles beside the tower.
I was pleased that I had decided on a short ride because there were some very threatening showers further down the road and it rained a bit when I got back.
Back in the garden I found that a Rozeraie de L’hay had managed to survive yesterday’s rain showers.
I was struck by this single aquilegia which had grown through one of the golden box balls. It looked odd.
When I had walked round the garden, I went in for a cup of tea and a shower and then settled down to practice some of the songs for our Carlisle choir concert.
In the evening, our recorder group met for a play and for a change the group assembled at Wauchope Cottage which was very convenient for me. Because the sun had come out again by the time that they arrived, we had a walk round the garden before we started playing. We played Handel, Bach, Mozart, Byrd, Purcell, Morley and Scheidt so we had good material to work with.
The flying bird of the day is a siskin. It was heading back towards the feeders but as it already had a mouthful of seed, I am not sure why it was bothering.
Footnote: I was speaking to our daughter Annie on the phone today and she put in a request for some more general pictures of the garden to put my flower pictures in context. I am always anxious to please so I found a sunny moment late in the afternoon and took a random set of pictures of various borders. In spite of the many colourful flower pictures which appear on the blog, the predominant colour in the garden is green.
And of all the views, this one, taken from our new bench as the sun goes behind the walnut tree, is my favourite.
40 thoughts on “I felt no pain”
Thank you, Annie. What a feast! And according to emissions from the Chelsea Flower Show, green is very ‘in’ this year.
Mrs T is always ahead of the curve.
Thank you to Annie for her request, I thoroughly enjoyed the tour of your beautiful garden. I am very pleased you suffered no aches and pains after yesterday’s hard work. One of the wild flowers that I love seeing is the wild geranium. It doesn’t grow here.
It is very common along our road sides and it brightens up a cycle ride on a dull day.
Thanks to Annie for her request. The wider view of the garden was a sheer delight!
She is a sensible person.
LOVE your shot of the single aquilegia growing through one of the golden box balls! Enjoyed seeing your wide angle views of the gardens. Spectacular and I know very much rewarding to you both. 🙂
As always in the world of gardening, it will look better next week or it did look better last week. I have never visited a garden which the gardener thought was looking at its best!
Hal Borland once said “To see a hillside white with dogwood bloom is to know a particular ecstasy of beauty” I think your hillside white with hawthorns would also qualify.
The garden is so beautiful. I’m glad your daughter made the request.
I’m glad the heavy work in the garden yesterday did no harm.
It confirmed that a lot of the problems in my feet come from my back which is useful knowledge.
I’m really glad that your foot is getting better. I’m also glad that you might take your flower’s pictures more serious, you are good at it. 🙂
Thank you HJ.
The garden is spectacular as photographed by you.
Thank you. Credit goes to the gardener.
Such a wonderful place, your garden. And a very fierce looking jackdaw!
They are quite fierce birds and many people here don’t like them very much. I think that they are well worth having in the garden from time to time.
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Your pictures of all the flowers and your garden are amazing. I also love the ones you took while on your ride and the one your brother took. So beautiful!!!☀️💚☀️
Thank you for your kind words.
I am so pleased Annie made her request for your garden is worthy of a wider coverage photo-wise. It is a beautiful and tranquil looking garden.
Tranquil is the word for it in my view.
Really enjoyed the general views, what a lovely garden with its variety of colours and different corners.
I agree with everyone but add thanks for the fuchsia.
Pain free eh? Hope it continues. Stunning photos of the garden. The colours are taking over.
I am not getting too optimistic about the feet but at least I have stopped being very pessimistic so that is a big improvement.
Excellent skeletal news. Don’t jackdaws look scary? Your daughter is absolutely right about photographs putting the flowers in context – and just look at the results.
The trick will now be to avoid overdoing things in a rush of enthusiasm.
I have noticed that my children always seem to be right these days.
Well done to your daughter for her spot on suggestion. Your garden looks amazing from each and every direction but that last view would take some beating…delightful.
It is a restful spot suitable for an old man in the evening.
The birdsfoot trefoil photograph looks like a painting. Absolutely gorgeous. I am happy to hear you are feeling so much better. My American Goldfinches have all but disappeared as well but I think they are busy setting up nesting sites.
I am hoping that is what is happening. I don’t think that we have ever had so few chaffinches about before.
Gorgeous pictures of a beautiful garden!!
I’ve always enjoyed the wider views of the gardens to add context to your excellent photos of single, or small groups of flowers, so I thank your daughter also for talking you into including more.
Good news about your feet as well, but I hope that you don’t have to rework sections of the lawn on a regular basis to keep them pain free. 😉
That is what Mrs T is suggesting!
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! So glad the foot is feeling better.
Thanks for the exciting compost news. I lived it vicariously because have not had time to turn mine lately. I always like general views of the garden. Maybe you could have a page at the top that is always there for visitors to see how it all ties together. It is beautifully designed.
A good thought.