Posts Tagged ‘flowerbed’

Blue tide

May 21, 2016 Leave a comment
Buds and flowers crowd over the path

Buds and flowers crowd over the path

A blue tide is creeping through the flowerbeds – even among the raspberries because I don’t have the heart to weed it out.

The love-in-a-mist season is beginning.


Familiar view

May 17, 2016 Leave a comment
Familiar view

Familiar view

I don’t normally notice this view.

It would greet anyone arriving by car but not swooping round to the house.

All I tend to see are landmarks and activity in progress:

  • the flowerbed I’ve been weeding
  • the grass Giovanni has just strimmed
  • the new manure pile fenced in with pallets
  • the little ‘house’ round the mains water
  • the bench made from a railway sleeper
  • the two hoses trailing across to fill the swimming pool which we uncovered today!

Living close to the edge

February 18, 2016 Leave a comment
The first violets

The first violets

Violets pop up everywhere here, in the most unexpected places and always near some kind of edge.

They’ve appeared here and there all over the flowerbed, always close to a path, and in the gravel of the courtyard right up against the walkway round the house.

It was a delight to find these flowers today; they must have appeared in just the last couple of days.

Everything’s on the up, for now!

Up the garden path

June 7, 2013 5 comments
A path to go slowly along

A path to go slowly along

This is the path that runs round the back of the flowerbed, next to the edge of the ‘moat’.

Every colour of the rainbow is present.

It’s a narrow path – only 60 centimetres (2 foot) wide – but the flowers have decided they’re going to make it even narrower.

In one place we’ve battened back a rosemary with a trellis of sticks so that you can actually get by.

Sometimes you have to break the amorous bond of 2 sweet pea tendrils joining from opposite sides.

But it’s not a path that takes you anywhere in particular – just one to enjoy!

Hanging garden

April 12, 2013 Leave a comment
Dangling tufts of rosemary

Dangling tufts of rosemary

Our 3 recycling bins aren’t exactly things of beauty.

They sit in front of a stone wall in a passage next to the house.

It could be quite gloomy there, but the rosemary which grows in the flowerbed at the top of the wall has decided to dangle its best flowers down towards the bins.

The 2 tufts on the left offer the highest flower-to-leaf ratio that I think I’ve ever seen in a rosemary.

Raspberry shoots

March 17, 2013 2 comments
Raspberry shoots

Raspberry shoots

When we first came to live here 6 years ago, one of the first things I planted was raspberries.

Rightly or wrongly (probably wrongly), I planted them in the main flowerbed.

It’s nice to have them right by the house to pick, but it makes tending other plants fraught with danger.

Walking round roses to prune them, I’m very likely to step on one of these tiny raspberry shoots.

The canes have suffered enough from the cold, without the added disadvantage of my great hooves!

Yellow in the flower bed

March 8, 2013 5 comments
A primrose bud

A primrose bud

I found the first pale yellow primrose buds under the big oak by the house today.

They’re not the only yellow, though. There have been golden yellow crocuses for some time.

But the flowerbed is dotted all over with yet another yellow: berries which have fallen from the yellow mistletoe growing in great clumps on the branches of the oak.

Yellow mistletoe berries

Yellow mistletoe berries