Sunday, 31 July 2016
The July Garden . . .
July begins to slip off the calendar into August today . . . farmers anxiously look at their fields of ripening corn, weighing out their chances of a good harvest. I hope that all is well. The children are on school holidays now, so the prices of holidays and days out have increased, and swathes of holiday makers are flocking to the seasides in hopes of sunny weather . . . nothing is more festive than a British seaside in the summertime . . .
The meadows and woodlands are embroidered at the edges with the lovely rosebay willowherb . . . hedgerows are garlanded with traveller's joy and the banks of the canal are strewn with meadow-rue and loosestrife . . . some say weeds, I say otherwise . . .
And the bees love them . . .
In the garden . . . the first of the chrysanthemums are dancing with the last of the delphiniums in the crowded borders. Lemon and cherry coloured wands of gladiola thrust themselves up between tangled masses of gaillardias, coreopsis, gypsophilia, clarkia and yes . . . humble marigolds . . .
In the rose garden things begin to look a bit weary . . . Madame Butterfly, Lady Forteviot and the Doctor are resting it seems, but Caroline Testout and Ophelia are still putting on a show amidst the last of the foxgloves . . . whilst in the west wings of the stage the Poulson polyanthas are holding court with their gorgeous trusses of pink and crimson blooms . . .
Every day now we will move towards the summer's end but there is always something new waiting around the corner . . . some new loveliness to be discovered, some new joy to be experienced . . .
I love the summer garden . . .
We've pulled the drying peas from out of the tubs now and are babying the tomatoes and beans. We are hoping to get at least several good feeds from them, and toying with the idea of a raised bed for next year. Just a small one mind . . . but we will see.
A thought to carry with you through today . . .
A picture one for today . . .
In The English Kitchen today . . . Grandmother's Oatmeal Cookies. Milk and cookie cookies!
I hope you have a lovely Sabbath day filled with lots of love and summer joys. Don't forget . . .
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And I do too!