Compost fun

Today’s guest picture comes from my Somerset correspondent Venetia. She went to The Newt with my sister Mary recently, and took this picture of Mary sitting in contemplation in the Story of Gardening exhibition there. We had to get the watering cans out again today. To be fair, it did rain a couple of timesContinue reading “Compost fun”

Clouded vision

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Alistair. He spotted a beautiful rose planted by site managers to improve the amenity of his local area. We actually had some rain last night. Hooray. But as it only amounted to 2cm, and it had dried up before we got up, it didn’t help a great deal.Continue reading “Clouded vision”

Rain tomorrow

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony, and shows the harvest ripening in East Wemyss. We had another cloudy but dry day here today. The wind was light and the temperature rose to 70°F (21°C) in the mid afternoon. As we think that 70°F is a perfect temperature for being in the garden, weContinue reading “Rain tomorrow”

Nature’s choicest gifts

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew, who saw a neatly thatched house recently. Unusually, we didn’t wake up to a sunny morning and it was slightly cooler than it has been. We were grateful. We spent the morning in the garden, with a break to go across the road to have a cupContinue reading “Nature’s choicest gifts”

Flat out (and flat back)

Today’s guest picture comes from my Lancashire correspondent, Paul. He was cycling through Tockholes when he passed evidence that Lancashire farmers have been making silage when the sun shone too. We had another very lovely day here, with the sun out almost all day. It was a degree or two cooler than it has beenContinue reading “Flat out (and flat back)”

Mrs Tootlepedal gets a present

Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony, He found a butterfly very successfully pretending to be a leaf. The forecast had suggested that it would be cooler today after the excessive heat of the past couple of days. It was cooler, but as it was only a couple of degrees cooler and the sunContinue reading “Mrs Tootlepedal gets a present”

Intent

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew and shows two views of the town of Boston in Lincolnshire. It was another hot day here today, with our local weather station recording 29°C, and our friends Mike and Alison Tinker saying that their garden thermometer got up to 30°. We took the day at aContinue reading “Intent”

Beaten by the heat

Today’s guest picture comes from my friend Sandy. He went on a tour to Falkirk today where he met the Kelpies. Check the size of the people in the picture to get a feeling of the scale of these sculptures. Sandy reported that it had been a bit cooler in Falkirk than it had beenContinue reading “Beaten by the heat”

Wilting a bit

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew. He found it a little chilly on Skegness pier this evening on a visit to the east coast of England. It wasn’t at all chilly here as we had another very warm day, with the thermometer showing 27°C (80°F) in the afternoon. It is still well overContinue reading “Wilting a bit”

A little bit over the top

Today’s guest picture comes from my brother Andrew who passed the (very) old school at Beardsall on one of his recent walks in the sunshine. Our run of lovely summer days here continued today, but once again it was marginally hotter than was totally comfortable in the direct sun, so we took things quietly asContinue reading “A little bit over the top”