Last night I ate like a pig. Mind you swill is a bit of an acquired taste.
A creative friend has created a magical garden-within-a-garden. We bought most of the plants, the pond liner and some of the materials, but we also scavenged a lot of cobbles and the wonderful Cornish limestone slabs you can see. We currently have a drought locally, so the pond is not filled yet.
This miniature pond is designed to be soothing to the eye and spirit, but also to act a wildlife sanctuary for a variett of small animals, We had hardly finished when this young hedgesparrow came really close to us. LIke robins they follow the gardener.
At night the area appears magical.
Of all the philosophic twists
Here's the one that most persists
Why does the Universe exist at all
When not existing would be more economicall
There were two birds sat on a bough
If they’ve not gone they’ll be there now.
There’s a popular garden centre near here where what plants you get is decided at random. It’s called Taking Pot Luck.
I’ve been fretting about a poem with this title for years and maybe coming close
When the Angel of Death arrived,
It was a Hummingbird at my ear.
I was astonished, and said, I thought you’d have strong wings, to carry me.
No no it replied, I am here to enchant and to guide,
Your wings alone shall bear you up,
Let me help you emerge.
My grandson writes:
I have cat-like reflexes. Whenever I see a cat I instantly like it.
These cherry trees stand at the front of my house.
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
A rose is a rose is a rose.
They are not long, the days of wine and roses.
He who wants a rose must respect the thorn.
It’s the time that you spent on your rose that makes your rose so important.
Ants trapped in amber.
Our garden has a small patch of woodland, with thriving trees but the ground level plants are limited, apart from snowdrops and celandines.
So we've started working on widening the number of species, beginning with some ferns. We have acquired five kinds, three native to this country, one from China I think, and one from New Zealand. Some are deciduous so their foliage dies back in autumn, others retain their leaves throughout the seasons.
Ferns tend to like shade, but in varying degrees, so we've been trying to match their position carefully to their preferences. Not sure we have it right, it's a difficult judgement, but they can be moved later if necessary.
Not all in the ground yet, but the photo gives an idea of what we are aiming at.
I was planning to mail you
Some salad but I
Couldn't post the lettuce.
Why did Santa get priority for his vaccination? Because of his underlying elf issues!
Q. Why did J. Caesar cross the Rubicon?
A. To get to the other side.
What a marvellous beginning this sonnet has:
Q. Where did the Golden Fleece come from.
A. Gold baaas!
From my gate I can see this verge with its striking patches of spring flowers.
There are daisies (the Day’s Eye in Old English, because the flowers close at sunset and open at dawn); middle left, red dead-nettles (the botanical name Lamium purpureum more accurate about the colour); and celandines.
The name celandine is very poetic: Ancient Greek and Latin writers held that it flowered as the the swallows came in spring, and it was called χελιδόνιον, ‘ that of the swallow’.
From the OED:
1578 H. Lyte tr. R. Dodoens Niewe Herball i. xx. 32 The small Celandyne was so called, bycause that it beginneth to spring and to floure, at the comming of the Swallowes.
Today a pheasant visited my garden.
I caught a glimpse a day or so back, but today she was there for a while and I was able to get this snap.
From my Grandson:
I can't take my dog to the park anymore, the ducks keep biting him. Should have know this was going to happen, he's pure bread.
More than 35 million UK jabs, what a vaxxy nation!
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