Staying in

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. His walking group followed a path through the middle of a field today. It looks odd but it must be an old right of way. They are not trampling crops.

We found ourselves a little tired here today after the departure of Matilda and her parents yesterday. I took advantage of having nothing to do on the calendar by doing nothing, or at least nothing that involved leaving the house further than the garden. Luckily the weather was good, so I was able to spend plenty of time outdoors.

There was quite a bit of basic maintenance to be done. At various times during the day I mowed the middle and front lawns, trimmed the hedge along the road, and with Mrs Tootlepedal’s help, cleared some more vegetation out of the pond.

And as you can see, we dug up some more of our potatoes. Mrs Tootlepedal has gone for a good variety this year and the picture below shows Anya, Nicola and Sarpo.

The Sarpo was probably a rogue growing from a potato left in last year, but the other two have cropped well, and thanks to the very dry spell, all the potatoes this year (so far at least) have been completely slug free, a very rare event. The ground has been so dry that in spite of the recent three inches of rain, the potato beds are still hardly damp at all.

I have been looking for coloured butterflies but have still seen only one or two, so it was interesting that Mrs Tootlepedal saw several on Mike Tinker’s buddleia when she took some potatoes round to him as a thank you for his gift to us of some seed potatoes. Maybe his butterflies will come to our garden soon.

In the meantime, there are plenty of bees, hoverflies and white butterflies about.

I did some dead heading while Mrs Tootlepedal did some serious cutting back. We have tried to keep up with dead heading the calendulas and they are still looking good. There are always more to dead head though whenever you look. . . .

We are still getting new flowers. When I asked Mrs Tootlepedal what this one was . . .

. . . she just said, “Too tall!” It is a yellow daisy of some kind, but it is tall and I had to pull it down to get a picture of it.

A new Japanese anemone has arrived in a front bed to join with the white ones in the back border . . .

. . . and very white hosta flowers have come out too.

The birds were busy again and went through a full feeder of seed during the day. There were a lot of sparrows again.

The dahlias keep on producing new flowers and we are trying to keep up with dead heading them, especially as the bees and hoverflies like them so much.

I did think about going for a cycle ride but it seemed to be a bit too windy for a gentle ride so I just pottered around the garden, picking beetroot and photographing more flowers instead.

Roses are getting hard to find but the Queeen of Denmark and Crown Princess Margareta are doing their best, while Lilian Austin is going put in style.

The rowan berries are starting to fall off the tree so I hope that blackbirds will come and eat the berries soon before they are wasted.

Even though it was not an eventful day, it was quietly enjoyable, especially as at no time did I feel the need to do anything in a rush.

I end the floral section of the post with a look at a helenium seen at an interesting stage of its development.

While I was upstairs, I looked out of the window to enjoy the front beds and the freshly mown front lawn. The phlox adds a lot of colour to the scene.

I hope to be a little more active tomorrow.

The flying bird of the day is not a sparrow.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

21 thoughts on “Staying in

  1. With all of those potatoes you’re going to need a root cellar to store them in.
    The anemones are beautiful. I’ve never seen dahlias do what some of yours are doing though.
    I don’t blame you at all for staying near the garden. It’s beautiful.

  2. I just am at a loss what you do with the vast quantity of grass you get from mowing the different lawns. Composting it will result in a clump of waste in the bin.

    1. I have the mower set fairly high and don’t take off a lot of grass. I make sure that it is well mixed with other materials when I put it in our compost bin. But you are right and in general I try to mow the lawn when the grass is dry and short enough to leave on the lawn where it can put its goodness back into the soil.

  3. Your brother’s photo of the right of way through the wheat crop was quite interesting. I would enjoy knowing the history.

    I am envious of those delicious potatoes. We got some this year, but not many.

    The colorful variety of flowers in your gardens is refreshing to look at. Mint, Queen Anne’s Lace and coast dandelion (Hypochaeris radicata) are doing well here, but not much else.

    1. Our mint is doing very well too. Rights of way in England are often related to times when land use was different but they have been protected because walking elsewhere may be a trespass and get you into trouble.

  4. A very fine piece of hedge cutting there. I went to see my surgeon, who advised I should have my knee manipulated. Apparently, it is down to scar tissue. We are all different, some people like myself generate much thicker scar tissue than others. This hampers getting enough bend in the knee. He said it was my decision to go for it or not, but if I want the best chance to be able to pedal again, it is best to try everything, and that includes the manipulation. So I agreed and will probably be in for the day procedure within the next two or three weeks. OUCH! Also I reported for work today, and visited my line manager and the signal box. Nothing has changed there physically and it was comforting to be back there. Thankfully I am able to walk up and down the three flights of stairs to the operation floor with no bother. I am on a phased return so I will only be doing approximately four hours a day to start, but even before that I have to be brought up to date with rule changes and new Health and Safety practices, Cheers.

    1. Good news that you are back at work but slightly less good news that you are going to have another procedure. Fingers crossed that it works well for you. Enjoy the new H&S practices.

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