All in How Does Your Garden Grow
Our apple tree is in blossom, but not as much blossom as previous years. I don't think this is a bad thing necessarily as last year it had so much blossom and then branches snapped under the weight of apples. Spotted in the garden, Starlings nesting under the roof tiles and sparrows making a home in our bird box - I could watch them coming and going with twigs and moss in their little beaks all day!
I visited family in Gloucester at the weekend and snuck round to my mum's garden to see how things are growing. I so was impressed with how much colour there is already! It was a beautiful sunny day, so good to be reminded of just how great it is to be in a garden on a hot day.
Regular HDYGG-ers will know that I often share photos from local Exbury Gardens. The Gardens close over Winter and have just re-opened for 2017. Monday, when they opened was a wet and rather dreary day and truth be told I did sulk a little about that. But fortune favours the sulkers and on Tuesday I awoke to blue skies and sunshine. I knew exactly where I needed to go!
In previous years I've shared many stories from projects in Africa, but only 50% of money raised goes on to fund projects abroad, the other 50% is spent here in the UK supporting local charities. Did you know that wherever you live in the UK, the chances are there's a good cause within 30 miles from you that receives support from Comic Relief.
Blue skies! Huzzah! There have been fleeting flashes of blue skies this week and I've been loving it. True to our stereotypical Britishness 90% of my social timelines have been filled with people talking about 'loving the sunshine', accompanied by the obligatory photos of mugs of tea being held in the garden.
Helleborrrrrrrrres! The first pinks are showing! I must admit that I *might* have gone a little overboard on taking photos of hellebores at the weekend. Soz. (not really)
Butterflies in the Glasshouse at RHS Wisley sees 6,000 exotic butterflies of 50 different varieties flying free around the Tropical Glasshouse.
I took a morning walk around Hillier Gardens, crunching through frosty grass on a clear, blue-skied Winters morning. It was one of those feel-good-to-the-core-of-your-soul moments. Especially when I saw these...
Oh yes, I'm feeling festive - the tree is up, we've made lovely mulled cider (using this recipe) and I spent my day off yesterday wrapping presents and writing out cards. We've been listening a lot to the Apple playlist 'A Very Folk Christmas' but being a child of the 80's it always ends up going back to a bit of Shakey, Wizzard and of course Slade (but never Last Christmas by Wham, or The Pogues Fairy Tale of New York, ever, ever, ever).
A look back over the HDYGG year so far.
Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love - that makes life and nature harmonise. The birds are consulting about their migrations, the trees are putting on the hectic or the pallid hues of decay, and begin to strew the ground, that one's very footsteps may not disturb the repose of earth and air, while they give us a scent that is a perfect anodyne to the restless spirit. Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.
Ah autumn, autumn, autumn, I completely and utterly love you. Being able to pack away summer clothes and dig out the comfy and familiar checked shirts and jumpers is my idea of heaven. Warm socks, gloves, scarves - all most welcome. I don't know if it's a pale person thing but the summer is my least favourite season of all and I'm never sorry to see the back of it.
We made an impromptu visit to Grandad this morning. He's been busy as a large section of the 50 foot Weeping Willow broke off a couple of days ago, luckily no one was hurt, but the bonfire pile is b-i-g. The vegetable patch is starting to thin out now and in the greenhouse onions lay about near the final tomatoes of the year.
A couple of weeks ago I spent a lovely day at Deans Court, Wimborne at an event called Honey & Harvest. It was a gathering of creatives, makers, local businesses, bloggers & photographers, a very well thought out event, which I'll go into in more depth soon. Today I'm going to show you the gardens at Deans Court, a delight of bee hives and a serpentine walled garden.