There’s something special about sunrises at this time of year – there is probably a technical explanation about the angle of the Earth’s axis but whatever it is, the colours seem more intense. These photos were taken at 6.50am when our little patch of the world was bathed in a glorious pink-tinged golden light as the sun appeared then disappeared behind a blanket of cloud.
Tenuous link… There are still bright sun-filled flowers in the garden, most notably zinnias still doing their thing. They’re a little tatty from the wind, but valiantly producing powerfully coloured blooms. And the deep red nasturtiums seem unstoppable – they’re spreading and flowering all over the place and I’m happy to let them. I’ve cut a handful of these sunshine flowers to bring a little sunrise indoors. The red-tinged leaves are from Pelargonium ‘Attar of Roses’ and they smell delicious.
Astoundingly, I also found these sweetpeas on a plant that was destined for the compost heap. A last hurrah because it knows its days are numbered, perhaps.
Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, who I’m sure you know by now hosts this weekly gathering of vases, has links to many others from around the world, so do go and take a look if you have time.
Thank you for the insightful and encouraging comments on my last post. You are a lovely lot. Wishing you a good week ahead.
I completely forgot about Cathy’s ikebana challenge for this week’s Monday vase (oops) and instead went for a soft confection of whites, pinks and purples in a departure from the bold colours of recent weeks. I started with sweet peas ‘Anniversary’ and ‘Windsor’ (sowed in early March) which have started to flower well, despite being completely tray-bound due to me completely neglecting them and late planting out… It is said that sweet peas hate having their roots disturbed but I had to pull each one apart in an attempt to untangle them before planting them in the ground. They seem to have recovered from the indignity and are flowering away happily.
I’m also delighted that all the cosmos plants we finally got into the ground a few weeks ago have settled in, are covered with buds and now flowering well. These had also become very pot-bound and leggy and I cut them back quite hard, snipping off many flower buds in the process, to encourage vigorous growth. This always seems drastic and I hate doing it but it seems to have worked. They should keep flowering until at least October.
Instead of the blue/purple anemone I showed you last week, I’ve picked the delicate white Anemone coronaria ‘The Bride’, which is also looking lovely at the moment. Finally, some lavender (because it smells gorgeous and is at its peak), a couple of stems of an unknown pink penstemon (bought at a plant sale last year; I’ve lost the label) and a few sprigs of pink Linariapurpurea (toadflax) complete the bunch.
After the crazy count-down to the Garden Safari last weekend it was lovely to ease off the pressure this past week and enjoy the garden. It was too hot by mid-week to do anything remotely energetic anyway. I restricted myself to a little weeding and deadheading and generally wandering about looking – properly looking – at the beautiful colours and forms.
In other news… Both boys went off to Hampshire on Saturday for a week at a CCF (Combined Cadet Force) summer camp. They’re kayaking, climbing, marching, throwing themselves around assault courses and taking part in an overnight exercise which they assure me is all great fun. It’s organised through their school, so it’s a week away all fully approved and they won’t be missing much. I am missing them very much though.
My daughter, who is not used to being the only child and doesn’t particularly like it, has her ‘moving-up’ day on Thursday. She’ll spend the day at secondary school and generally experience a taste of how it’s going to be. Her brothers won’t be there, of course, but that’s probably a good thing.
I am feeling the passing of time acutely at the moment and I’m trying to remember to take stock and enjoy as much of it as possible. Have a good week and I hope you get time to savour your moments too.