A restful day

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Caroline. She was given these roses by a neighbour who had cut them off because they were overhanging Caroline’s garden path.

We had another fine and warm day here, but the wind blew so briskly all day that it discouraged me from walking or cycling. Perhaps the pollen is affecting me a bit too, as I did not have much get up and go today.

There is plenty of pollen about.

I started the (fairly) active part of the day by having coffee and scones with Dropscone. By this time next week he will be a year older than me, but I thought that he was looking very well for man of his age. He went off with some rhubarb.

I filled the feeder and a siskin gave me a reproachful look when I interrupted its eating.

When I was out seeing Dropscone off, I had a look round and noticed an oriental poppy on the back wall of the house beside the dam . . .

. . . and I went to have a closer look.

While I was at the back of the house, I saw a few flowers on the fuchsia.

It doesn’t look as though it is going to come to much this year.

I wandered round the garden too, looking for new flowers which haven’t appeared on the bog this spring yet. I found a poached egg flower . .

. . . and a geranium.

. . . and more and more alliums.

Among old friends, the sweet rocket is looking lovely . . .

. . . and more of the azaleas and rhododendrons are coming out each day it seems.

The Japanese azalea combines well with some Spanish bluebells in the back border . . .

. . . and we are looking forward to the moment when the ordinary peonies come out to join the tree peony flowers.

Mrs Tootlepedal and I did a little shopping, and since some unseasonable raspberries fell into my shopping bag, I made four pots of raspberry jam after lunch. You may wonder at my need for raspberry jam, but there is nothing like it for adding delicious flavour to Greek style yoghurt as far as I am concerned.

In the afternoon, we went out into the garden, and I made myself useful by earthing up the two potato beds and then sieving some more compost.

By the time that I had done that and taken a few more pictures, I had to go inside for a sit down, passing under the back door clematis on my way.

I had photographed the more modest clematis by the front door . . .

. . . some promising azalea buds . . .

. . .and many Welsh poppies and daisies in the lawn . . .

. . .when I should have been doing something more helpful.

I spotted a dunnock out of the window when I went in.

I did spend a little useful time while I was indoors going over the hymns for next Sunday. We are hoping that the church organ may be back in use this week after its extensive repairs.

Mrs Tootlepedal made one of her excellent fish pies for our supper, and while it was cooking, I had a last look round out of the back door and enjoyed some excellent colour without the need for any flowers.

I hope to be feeling a bit more peppy tomorrow as there is volunteering on the Tarras Valley Nature Reserve to be done.

No flying bird today but I got a slightly fuzzy picture of a flying bee instead.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

36 thoughts on “A restful day

  1. Glad to see the azaleas have managed to flower unscathed this year.
    They really do put on a superb show,weather permitting.
    Lovely shot of our unobtrusive dunnock. They always seem to be quite a solitary bird.

    1. You are right about the dunnocks. You rarely see more than one at a time. We have been lucky with the frosts this year so far but we are aware that we could still get a late one. Fingers crossed.

  2. The alliums are looking good, as are the azaleas. Ours are blooming now.
    It’s nice to see daisies again. They’re heavily budded here but no flowers yet.
    After all that traveling yesterday I would think you would need a day of rest.

  3. I do like the pollen coated bee!

    It’s been so wet and chilly here that we have buds on trees but no flowers: even the dandelions aren’t in bloom. The weather report includes reference to the “s” word overnight – we’ll see what happens (:

  4. Despite not being fleet of foot either on the ground or using a pedal, you have had a day filled with beauty and good company. How wonderful to exchange scones and coffee for a bunch of rhubarb.

  5. For you a sunny day, we had heavy rain and thunderstorms yesterday. Same is predicted for today in the afternoon with even the chance for small tornados. This is not the kind of rainfall we where waiting for….
    Thanks for the many flowers you send us from your garden 😉

  6. Your and Mrs T’s garden, as observed via your wonderful photos, has been such an inspiration to me as I turn my half acre plot of weeds, bare earth and lawn into a garden. The soil here in Kansas is very different than what I was used to in Southern California… it’s very sandy (our area is called the sand hills), and walking on it is like walking on a damp sponge. With each step you sink… so odd. But, it’s great for easily digging holes to plant flowers/bushes or plucking weeds out, although the water soaks away in no time flat. I just started a compost bin, too, thanks to your pictures. I thank you so much for your very beautiful and helpful blog! Oh, by the way, WordPress is after me to update my theme… may I ask which one you use? It’s very reader-friendly.

    1. Thank you for your very kind remarks. I use a theme called “Leven”. It is very easy to use and quite suitable for my needs though I am considering one that lets me put in my pictures at a slightly bigger size. Your soil sounds very challenging as far as keeping plants watered goes. A compost bin should help by providing good humus to add to your sandy soil.

      1. Thank you for sharing your theme name. If I should get the energy to update my blog, I’ll definitely consider “Leven”. I believe I can procrastinate that until the cows come home, though. Yes, adding to the sandy soil will surely help. Lots of work here, but very enjoyable work, and the best exercise I’ve ever had!

  7. Lovely photos of all the flowers and good to see such a pretty poppy and a dainty fuchsia. There’s a great variety of beautiful flowers in your garden and I like your shrubbery area too. Whilst out walking today I saw a road side verge covered in poached egg flowers- I’m going to try them on our verges here!

  8. Beautiful flowers to be seen everywhere in your garden. But I am fascinated by the making of four pots of raspberry jam after lunch. If it were me, it would take me a week just to prepare to do it. A bit like my bike maintenance skills, very poor. Cheers.

      1. How about that on line at the same time Tom, hope you and Mrs T have had a great day. I think two bank holidays is a bit of overkill for this royal platinum jubilee. Or am I being curmudgeonly? It must have been very interesting for you both to hear John Titchmarsh talking as an expert on the Queen lol You couldn’t make it up. Not much of a royalist I am afraid. As the song goes “..her majesty is a pretty nice girl, but she changes from day to day.” No harm to her, though. Cheers.

      2. I am not a royal enthusiast either. Her position is an excuse for retaining a lot of government processes which badly need reform.

      3. Good question. Why do people support football clubs which are owned by often dubious foreigners and with almost entirely foreign teams? They like a sense of belonging in both cases, I expect.

  9. You have got me started on things I must do, gardening, jam making and bread making. Hopefully on top of that I’ll be riding my bikes again soon. My right knee is playing up still, and now it seems it is probably a torn meniscus. Cheers.

      1. No time at present, standing around etc is painful. Need an exercise regime for this rebelling knee of mine. Might get to see a physio next. One good thing I forget about the new left knee in favour of the troublesome right. Cheers.

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