Tuesday View (8th July)

It was so hot over the weekend, we were all starting to wilt. But today the temperature has been dropping steadily and in the afternoon the rain came…

TuesdayView8th3

What a relief, although tomorrow we will probably be freezing as it is supposedly going down to just 13°C!

The garden is loving it. This was the view at about 4pm…

TuesdayView8th1

And zooming in I can see the blue of the Russian Sage on the left, and some yellow Potentilla flowers opening too.

TuesdayView8th2

Is your garden happy with your current weather?

Have a great week everyone, and stay cool! ;-)

In a Vase on Monday: Hot Pink

Susan'sVase9

My lovely sister has been over from the UK for a while, so I asked her to do my vase this week. She was a little nervous…. have you ever cut flowers in someone else’s garden?!

I think the result is gorgeous though!

Susan'sVase7

“Hot Pink” because it has been very hot here, and there are lots of pinky purply shades in the vase today: the Fairy Rose, Teucrium, one purple Allium, some Field Maple leaves and seeds, Goat’s Beard foliage, Vetch, Sedum, Aquilegia leaves, Lychnis, Centranthus, Geranium….

Susan'sVase2

Thanks go to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting the In a aVase on Monday meme, where we gather flowers from our gardens to bring into the house.

Susan'sVase5

And thank you Susan!

xxx

:)

Blog Hopping: Why I Write

"What's a blog hop?"

“What’s a blog hop?”

If, like me, you had never heard of a Blog Hop before, it simply entails writing a post based on a few prompts about a set subject…

Sarah at The Garden Deli surprised me with her invitaton to participate in this blog hop entitled “Why I write”. After all, Sarah IS a writer, and I’m not! I love reading Sarah’s posts. Her writing flows, and she somehow manages to move seamlessly from everyday stories about what she’s growing to wildlife topics to fresh seasonal garden ingredients, usually ending with a delicious homemade recipe.

Vase2ndJune4

I think part of the blog hop idea is to introduce each other to bloggers who may write about the same things as we do, or maybe something completely different, as the blog hop also requires passing on the challenge to another handful of people.

I was a little taken aback, to be honest, when Sarah asked me, and my first thought was “How can I write about writing when I don’t write…?”! Erm, but I do write, don’t I? I suppose I have never thought about my blog in terms of “writing”.

Here are the questions to be answered:

  • What am I working on?
  • How does my writing differ from others in its genre?
  • Why do I write what I do?
  • How does my writing process work?

So here goes! I will do my best!

What am I working on?

My blog. My garden. Improving my photography. Working out how to make short videos with my camera… All of those things, as well as some translation work from home. A Herbarium was started a few years ago, which I may return to one day, and new recipes are constantly being tested and refined.

Basil20Sep11

How does my writing differ from others in its genre?

I’m really not sure! I don’t claim to be an expert on growing things and am certainly not a top chef, but if I do know something useful I like to pass it on. I suppose then that my writing is fairly informal compared to some. My photos are also often the starting point for a post for me, whether it be a haiku or a plant description, and I like to share the beauty of the plants and wildlife I see, or the food I eat; the words are important, but not always the main focus.

Lavender

Why do I write what I do?

Because I love words. Because I love plants. Because I love food. The blog was originally intended to focus on wild plants seen while walking my dogs down near the canal. But our old wolfhound hasn’t been able to manage walks for a couple of years now, so the focus became the garden and kitchen. In addition, my Tuesday Views have enabled me to keep a (visual) record of my garden over the past 18 months, which has proved to be an invaluable way to really plan future planting. Writing my blog encourages me to look for those discarded plant labels or to look up unknown plants to put names to them (and now butterflies too). So it is an incredible learning process for me.

ButterfliesJune6

How does my writing process work?

Like most of you, I think, an idea pops up and you mull it over for a few hours, days, or even weeks. Then suddenly it materializes! My favourite place to write is at our dining room table… near the dogs, near the kitchen, and with a view of the garden. Perfect!

Paws1

So now I will hand the challenge over to just two other blogging friends. (I think three was mentioned, but I’m sure the rules can be bent!).

The first is a real writer whose blog I have been following for several years now. Nancy at StrawberryIndigo writes passionately and eloquently about life, nature, the environment and so much more. Her sincere and often humorous view of  life has made me one of her biggest fans!

The second is Alys at GardeningNirvana. I have only known Alys a few months and enjoy her site so much! She has a friendly and open tone that makes me feel as if we are talking over the garden fence. She grows beautiful plants and fruits, and also posts about her community Little Free Library project, the wildlife visiting her garden, garden design, as well as what she calls ‘Fairy Garden Frivolity’!

Please take a look at their sites. They will be posting soon on why they write… Thanks Alys. Thanks Nancy. I’ll link both of their blog hop posts on my site as soon as they’re published!

Thanks for reading everyone, and thanks again to Sarah at The Garden Deli!

Tuesday View (1st July)

We have finally had rain! A good soaking too, followed by a few showery days. The garden has bounced back and looks green and refreshed again now…

TuesdayView1st02

I like the white lavender in the foreground as it adds a spot of light, next to the lime green leaves of the Geranium. And the red rose at the top is weighed down with blooms – some of which have already been removed after all the rain battered them. The Centranthus – deadheaded since the rain – is producing new flowers already. I’m also happy to see that the Perovskia – top left – is showing a very slight tinge of blue and should be opening soon too.

TuesdayView1st01

If you saw my post yesterday you will know I have a beautiful Echinacea called ‘Orange Passion’. Here it is on the other side of the rockery, with 15 flowers/buds – not 13 as counted a few days ago! Definitely my favourite plant at the moment!

OrangePassion2

What’s your favourite plant this week?

xx

In a Vase on Monday: Orange Passion

Orange Passion: that’s the name of this gorgeous Echinacea…

OrangePassion

And after counting 13 flowers/buds, I decided to take the plunge and cut one!

Dodging the raindrops, I could also collect a few other bits and bobs too…

(Yes, we had some rain at last!)

Vase30thJune3

I mixed in some Goat’s Beard, Heuchera foliage, a few sprigs of Lavender and some Willowherb (Epilobium angustifolium)…

Vase30thJune2

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting the In a Vase on Monday meme, where we are challenged to fill a vase with flowers from our gardens. It’s so enjoyable. Why not join in?!

:)

By the way, I wanted to update fellow vase-on-Monday bloggers/flower arrangers on the Centranthus (Red Valerian) I used here two weeks ago. It looked lovely for three days, then lost a few petals but still looked good on day five, so definitely one to use again.

Have a nice Monday!