Oh No, or O.K.?

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Found new residents in my grey willow this evening. 


There are three groups of this size that I can see.


They are eating the leaves down to the centre vein! Not that I care about the willow, in fact I’m trying to kill it by girdling it (I want to keep the framework for other climbers). I don’t see them in any of my other plants, either.

Any ideas? Are they bad, good, or chaotic neutral?

I Love That Eejit

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Himself just did a load of laundry wearing nothing but garden-clogs. That might not sound so strange. 

However! Our washing machine is in a shed entirely outside of the house. Yep, I got treated to him coming and going, stark naked in the rain (literally).

Our neighbours must be scarred for life – oh yes, they could easily look down from one room and see him in all his, ahem, glory! And they thought me in a bikini was bad!

Do you have someone who does crazy things to make you laugh, too?

(aren’t you glad this is a photo-free post?)

Peace Out

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I have one very very healthy and happy rose bush – my all-time favourite, the Peace rose. It is finally coming into bloom, and I have to say I’ve been able to get the most gorgeous photos of the first bud.


Day one…


Day two…


Today.

I’m still sick, but it’s sunny today and it costs little of my energy to sit outside and smell the flowers. I’m so grateful. The peace rose was my mother’s favourite rose, and I have so many good memories of her when I am enjoying this rose (it smells as good as it looks). 

Oh, for Socks: How I did it. I did some photo editing on the first two shots to bring up the ‘black point’ and make the dark green leaves look black. I don’t know if any of the further THIRTEEN buds on this tiny bush will also have the full-leaf background to make this type of shot possible again. 

Rare Tigridia pavonia Mutation 

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I found quite the surprise this week in my Tigridia plants. It inspired me to do some research on the tigridia family, and it turns out the different colours are different varieties. The pale yellow ones are Tigridia Canariensis:











Now that I’m done showing off (just the canariensis variety, and just from this month so far), I’ll get to the really amazing one that bloomed on Tuesday. 

Ready?


WOW! Teenage Mutant Ninja Tigridia! I’ve had tiger flower mutations before but I have never seen this happen. An Internet search found nothing.

My amateur opinion is that this is a type of Siamese twin that happens to be perfectly symmetrical. A Tigridia has six petals – three large, three small. This beauty has nine!


Now, I have no idea if this will breed true, but you can bet I have tagged the ovary and will make sure to collect the seed, if it makes any. I’m likely getting excited over nothing, but wouldn’t it be fantastic if I could cultivate a brand new flower?

Blue Tuesday

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Blue and purple today!


The last of the lavender roses.


Violas everywhere


New clematis Mrs N Thompson is a summer bloomer! Yay!


Blueberries are ripening!


The black mondo grass is blooming.


….and I’ve already forgotten what this is! Oh wait, I found the empty pot. Isotoma or blue star creeper. I’ve put it under my massive white rose, as the grass doesn’t like to grow there.

(Post dedicated to Sled)

Lightning flashes

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An old story that needs retelling. One of the highlights of my life.

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I was reminded tonight of something that happened to me once. Something that might fill most people with immense fear. I suppose I technically could add it to the list of times that I’ve almost died, but for me (and one complete stranger), I don’t think of it that way at all – and it was one of the most incredible mornings of my life.

I lived in Florida at the time. I grew up there, but had gone away for many years. I came back, helped a bit, and screwed up a bit. I was still trying to find a place to fit back in, in the place that used to be my home, and I had found a job at a horse stable – the kind of place that keeps stalls that other people rent to keep their horses. It was rather far away from where I lived…

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