In My Garden Just Now…

In my back garden just now the little red pelargonium is doing fine, as are all my succulents, although my herb pots are looking a bit tired and probably need a bit of love and attention to perk them up a bit.

In the front garden some of the roses are looking a bit careworn, too, but thankfully the last of the lavender is holding on to its scent, even though the flowers are fading fast… πŸ™‚

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Busy Bees

I sit on my garden bench in the sun and watch the bees buzzing around so industriously on the nearby lavender plant – even from such a close vantage point it’s not always easy to catch them in focus, because by the time I raise my camera they’ve buzzed off to another flower stem! πŸ™‚

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Shadows

I was sitting having a cup of tea on the garden bench and couldn’t help but notice the beautiful shadows of the lavender on the arm – perfect for yesterday’s Weekly Prompt challenge of ‘shadows’ πŸ™‚

April A-Z: G is for Garden

I’m not the world’s best gardener but I love having a garden, and I love spending time in it. These images are all from the first lock-down last summer, when the garden was blooming at its best and I was just so happy to have the opportunity to be sitting outdoors in the sunshine with a cup of tea.

I’m really looking forward to the weather picking up enough this year to be able to spend some quality time in the garden again, meeting up with friends and family (Covid restrictions permitting) and enjoying my beautiful outdoor space πŸ™‚

For this year’s April Blogging from A-Z Challenge I’m aiming for an alphabetical exploration of my personal thoughts and feelings on the continuing Covid 19 pandemic one year on, using a mix of poetry, pics and ponderings…

Old Lavender Bush

There is a big old lavender bush growing in my garden, its thick woody stems all gnarled and twisted at ground level. It seems long ago to have separated into two asymmetrical halves and no longer grows up and out evenly or tidily, but the two main branches on each side do still flower beautifully with a strong, heady scent. Even though replacing it with smaller, younger, neater plants does seem to be a much better idea, I just can’t bear the idea of digging it up .

I tried to find out how long lavender plants usually live, and according to Google they usually last around four or five years but apparently can last up to fifteen years in the right garden. I can’t help but wonder how long this one has been growing here to have such thick stems – about 12cm in diameter at the lowest reaches. I really do love most of the old plants growing here – one of the benefits of buying a house with a mature, ready-made garden. πŸ™‚

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