Today’s guest picture comes from our daughter Annie. She took our new granddaughter, Evelyn Rose to the allotment in her ‘travel system’ or push chair as it used to be called. Annie hasn’t been able to work on the allotment recently for obvious reasons but she was pleased to find her dahlias thriving on benign neglect.
I decided to give my legs a rest today so Mrs Tootlepedal and I went for a drive in the Zoe instead. We ventured into England and tested out using a motorway service station charging point. We needed to use an app on my phone to make the system work but it turned out to be very easy to use and we had a cup of coffee and a sausage roll while the car charged.
In spite of the road and the car park being very busy, we were the only people using the chargers and the greatest excitement was in trying to find where the chargers were as I drove round in circles, ignoring sage (and correct) advice from Mrs Tootlepedal as I did so. Slightly surprisingly to me at least was the fact that the chargers were not in the petrol station but beside the food outlets. However, this makes sense when you think about it.
I will know next time.
When we got home, after a small diversion to a garden centre on the way, it was time for lunch. Then we did some gentle gardening in the afternoon. The gardening was gentle because it was extremely hot in the sunshine. The car thermometer had shown 27°C when we were in the car park at the garden centre.
The garden was alive with butterflies again, although we didn’t have as many as the fifteen painted ladies as Mike and Alison had seen in their garden yesterday.
Once again we had a good variety though, with small tortoiseshells…
…painted ladies, who have more interesting undersides to their wings than most…
…occasional red admirals, some looking a bit worse for a wear..
…and lots of peacocks too. This one was so tired that like me, it needed a sit down on our bench to recover.
I mowed the front lawn and the combination of warm weather with occasional rain has got it looking as good as it has looked for some years. I was so overcome by its beauty that I forgot to take a picture of it.
The poppies are getting past their best but there are still quite a lot on the go, including this one, the reddest of them all.
Even when they have passed their best, they still have a sort of faded glory.
Mallows are thriving…
…and more clematis are coming out all the time. This one has the best colour in my opinion.
I did some shredding of things that Mrs Tootlepedal had pruned and cleared and had to go into the house from time to time to cool down so I managed to make not a lot of activity stretch out over quite a long time.
I picked more sweet peas and had enough for a vase for us and a bouquet for our neighbour Libby, who has just come out of hospital, and I still left a good number uncut.
The Japanese anemones have come out and though they are very welcome, they do send a message that the year is turning and the nights are getting shorter.
AS far as the roses go, the Wren is determined to make the best of the warm weather while it is here and is constantly putting out new flowers…
…and Special Grandma is doing well too.
I have been trying to get a satisfactory picture of a green euphorbia for some days now but it is so green that the camera gets confused and can’t focus properly. This is my best effort. It is a vividly striking plant.
I packed away the bird feeder and cleaned and stored the tray from underneath it so once again, there is no flying bird of the day. This unassuming sunny reggae dahlia modestly takes its place instead.