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.