Another week gone, and I never thought I’d be quite so pleased to see it pass. The past month or so have been rough and it’s now finally at an end – I’ve finished my job, have a week off and start a new one… well I’m actually going back to a job I was in a few months ago. However time it’s part time and I have another part time job at another site. I’m hoping it won’t backfire on me and it’ll mean I have plenty of variation in my work; but I may also feel like Jekyll and Hide… we shall see!
I have plenty of jobs to get done next week and hope the weather allows me to get some done at least… especially as I’d like to also get out and about and enjoy my time off.
Pheasant’s tail grass has seeded on a slope, and surpriginsly survived a couple of winters without any help – they’re not fully hardy. I’m unsure whether to move it to a more appropriate site; I’ve a few such clumps around the garden and could make quite a nice statement in a border. The second image may look like it’s of some Shasta Daisies, when in fact it’s of two Gatekeepers arguing. It’s clear one has tattered wings and I think it may be a female; the loss of colour is making it difficult to decide!
My Echinacea are almost in bloom… this one has been in a pot for a number of years and I hope it survives as I always have extremely poor luck with them! Gertrude Jekyll has produced another flush of blooms and two blooms are in a vase in the living room…
The insects are loving the Tuberous Thistle; I’m surprised I haven’t yet seen any flutters on them.
Flat-topped Aster is very much in bloom now and the insects love this too – flutters, bees and hoverflies will be swarming around it soon enough.
I moved this Blue Sea Holly from the Buddleja border, sadly some of its stems turned brown and rotted suddenly so there aren’t many blooms on it – the Gatekeepers seem to prefer this beautiful blue one to the others which start green and eventually turn blue as they fade…
The latest vase contains a bloom from Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Achillea, Geranium, Scabious and Veronica. Tess has faded now, but when I checked on her earlier she’s actually opened quite a few new blooms! So I’ll bring more in I think 🙂