We’re spending a few days at my mother-in-law’s place in Norfolk. Unfortunately I’ve had some work to do – a downside of being freelance is that work is sporadic and often last-minute and Needed Back Urgently, which means I often end up working when I’d rather not be. I did manage a walk with the dog this morning, however, and a wander around the garden with my camera, so it’s not all bad. Oh, and I did spend 20 minutes lying in a hammock watching a large flock of swifts wheeling and scything through the sky. (It’s important to have regular breaks.) Plus I’m not having to think about meals and cook, which is a real treat!
My mother-in-law is an intuitive gardener and her garden gives her (and others) much pleasure. Since moving to this house in 2002, she has turned what was essentially a building site rather than a garden into a generous cornucopia of planting and has filled very nook and cranny with greenery.
She loves her plants and experiments with propagation (which often involves chopping a plant in half and sticking bits here and there to see what works best). Whenever she comes to visit, she’ll bring a piece of this or that, or a clump of something that might be useful/ interesting to us. This time, we’ll be going home with a few paper bags containing various lupin seed heads to give them a go next year, although I suspect our snail population will be the main beneficiaries.