Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He has been on a tour of the north east with my sisters Mary and Susan. They returned home by train today and he drove back to Derby by way of Fountains Abbey.
Mrs Tootlepedal and I also came home today, leaving Evelyn Rose with some sadness but the heat and hurly-burly of London with less regret. Our train was punctual to the minute and as a result we were able to catch the bus home without delay.
Our first thought was for a reviving cup of tea…
…and our second was to look round the garden.
It had survived without us very well, though as you can see, the grass on the lawn was far too long.
The salvias are glorious and Mrs Tootlepedal is thinking of planting some more for next year (but perhaps not quite so many).
A lot of poppies needed dead heading but there were a few still in flower…
…and the hosta was in ebullient form.
There had been no heavy wind or rain to knock the delphinums over…
…and in general, there are still plenty of things to catch the eye.
There were not a lot of new flowers about but the first dahlia of the year has appeared.
The roses are enjoying themselves this year and Special Grandma was appropriately well lit up in its shadowy place in its bed.
At the other end of the lawn both The Wren…
…and Lilian Austin were showing different stages of development.
At the other end of the garden, the Common Riding rose has burst into flower while we were away.
The call of the lawns was too strong to be resisted so I knuckled down and got the mower out. The recent feed that I gave the front lawn has been very effective and the grass had grown strongly in the time that we were in London. I took a wheelbarrow full of grass off it on the first cut and then ran over it again in a different direction to get a smooth finish.
Because of the lush growth, it was hard job job on a warm afternoon, so I had one or two shady and fragrant rests on a handy bench at the end of the lawn while I toiled away. The shade was provided by the walnut tree and the fragrance was supplied by a combination of privet and honeysuckle.
Then I mowed the middle lawn.
Although it may look like a bit of a monocultural desert, the middle lawn has a good many weeds in it, including some self heal which grows so low to the ground that the flowers duck under my mower blades and can still be clearly seen even after this trim..
Elsewhere in the garden, we have clover in the grass.
A good day was rounded off by the arrival of three recorder players after tea and we sat and played recorder quartets both ancient and modern with great enjoyment as the sun set in the clear sky outside.
As they left, after a cup of tea and a biscuit, we could hear the swifts calling high above the house.
No flying bird of the day today, so one of the many sweet peas that needed picking stands in instead.
We would like to thank everyone who has sent us good wishes on the arrival of our new granddaughter. We receive them with gratitude and they have been forwarded on to Annie and Joe.