How many Peacock butterflies can you see? 😃
When I planned the Oval Bed a couple of years ago I imagined a birdbath in the centre of the ‘keyhole’. Something natural, made of local stone. Either light granite, which is common here on the edge of the Bavarian Forest, or limestone which is typical for areas along the River Danube.
Well, the bed took shape and was planted up. I initially wanted to call it The Bird Bath Bed, but without a bird bath that seemed inappropriate! 🙃Here it is in late May 2020.
And so the search for a bird bath began. Spring 2020 was perhaps not the best time to make any progress, but in the summer a few stone masons were visited, online shops were studied, but nothing seemed right.
I mentioned this to friends this spring, and not long after our friend Kurt offered me a huge lump of limestone, typical for the region where we used to live. I hesitated. It would mean chiselling out a dip in it for the water. But when my Man of Many Talents visited him soon after, Kurt had already made the shallow dip in the top surface of the stone!
So the stone sat in our yard for a long time, and the Oval Bed filled out in the spring and summer. Here it is in June of this year…
But then, yesterday, the forks were mounted on the tractor, the stone was gently lifted, and everso everso carefully it was finally transported…
… round to the garden behind the house.
My Man of Many Talents had already measured it up and dug a hole exactly the right size and depth just where I wanted it.
It was slowly lowered in…
… and then with a bit of shovelling around we got it straight and filled in the edges with stones and soil. I quickly tidied up the edges of the keyhole for the final photos.
The late afternoon light was perfect.
I am very happy with it. A big heartfelt THANK YOU to Kurt!
Today I ceremoniously poured some water into the indentation and now I am waiting for the birds to discover it. 🙂
A mixed bunch of sunny flowers and grasses seemed just right today, as I try and hang on to summer and bring lots of summery and late summer flowers indoors. And it turned out to be such a happy vaseful of sunshine that I decided to dedicate it to all those who don’t have any sunshine or flowers today, and also to my friend Elisabeth, whose old doggie crossed the rainbow bridge to doggie heaven recently. I hope this will brighten her day too.
The sunflowers and Tithonia are still producing flowers, despite chilly nights. The Asters have started showing their shiny faces and sparkle in the morning dew. We have rosehips galore (as well as loads of other berries, which may feature in another vase soon). All my Miscanthus are now in full swing, and a few late Larkspur, Cosmos, Geraniums, Scabiosa and Knautia also made it into the vase. And see that blue sky again? 😃😃😃
Thanks as always to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who hosts this meme.
Wishing you all a sunny week!
September is proving to be a fabulous month so far, with temperatures in the lower 20s, sunshine and blue skies, and a light breeze every now and then. I think October is still my favourite month, with all the autumn colour and golden light, but September comes a very close second. The light is softer and the humidity is low. The house martins are still here at least for the first week or two, and there are still so many flowers blooming.
My vase today celebrates that special light and the soft sparkle of flowers, foliage and grasses.
Cosmos, Scabiosa, Miscanthus, Asters and lots more. I am being lazy with names today. 😉 As always, a big thank you to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who hosts this wonderful meme. 🤗
Have a lovely week, and happy gardening!