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Sounds, Planting and Last Narcissi

I can’t show you a photo for my first beautiful thing tonight.  I just want to share the sounds as we sat in the sunshine having a cup of tea this afternoon. The dominant sound was the baaing of the sheep in the field behind (see a couple of days ago for a photo of the lambs) closely followed by the gentle buzzing of insects seeking out the pollen and interrupted occasionally by the crying of seagulls. What a joy. We are so lucky to live where we do.

The lovely Mr S has planted lots of Cosmos this evening as I was out singing.  We have long loved Cosmos, especially the white ones, and were delighted to find them growing so profusely  alongside the roads in South Africa. Now, I will love them even more, even the pink ones!


We have moved the finished pots of tulips and daffodils to a space at the back for their leaves to die down and will plant up other pots to replace them on the steps. I cut the last few Narcissi to enjoy them indoors.



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Goldfinches and White Flowers

The white flowers in the garden look their best in early and evening light. There are Cosmos, Japanese Anemones and Clematis with a flash of Fuchsia. The Goldfinches are eating the sunflower hearts rather than the Niger seeds at the moment, just two here but we have had eight or nine at once which is lovely to see.



Posted by on September 14, 2015 in Beauty, garden, nature, photography, Postaday 2015


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All the Little Live-Wires, Border and Seed Head

It is magic at our house tonight – all four of our Grandchildren are here at the same time! This has never happened before and they are having such fun together and we are all very happy!

All four together

All four together

Playing together

Playing together

The border in the middle is suddenly bright and beautiful.

Colourful border

Colourful border – Cosmos, Agapanthus and Crocosmia Lucifer

The Clematis is finished and the seed-heads are just lovely.

Clematis seed-head

Clematis seed-head


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Night Sky, Cosmos, New Wool and Baby Toes

1   I loved the colours of the grass and the sky in this photo taken about 10pm on our way home last night.

Driving home last night

Driving home last night

2   The Cosmos in the garden are starting to flower. Let’s hope they continue until the first frosts as they are wont to do. I’m hoping the next frosts won’t be soon – the weather is very cold and the forecasters are promising it to be colder still……



3   I love the colours in the new cotton I have just bought to make more beautiful baby clothes.

New cotton to knit baby clothes

New cotton to knit baby clothes

4   We love Grand-Baby B’s toes too! An extra beautiful thing for LouAnn who so liked B’s ear yesterday.

Baby toes

Baby toes


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White Glow, Winter Coat and “You can shed tears..”

1   I love the white flowers in our garden at this time of year as the sunlight is lower and they gain a kind of glow which is very beautiful.

White Borage, Blue Sky


Sweet Pea



2   The nights are becoming noticeably colder and one of ‘our’ beautiful horses has been given his winter coat already.

Horses in the evening sunlight

3   This very beautiful poem by David Harkins, poet and painter, was read at Monday’s funeral for a very special lady. We both found the words very touching.

“You can shed tears that she is gone,
or you can smile because she has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back,
or you can open your eyes and see all she’s left.
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her,
or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember her only that she is gone,
or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind,
be empty and turn your back.
Or you can do what she’d want:
smile, open your eyes, love and go on.”

It’s a poem I shall be putting into my ‘When I’ve gone’ drawer.


Just a little extra – Linda identified yesterday’s flower for me. Thank you so much. Fascinating info to be found here


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Sister-in-Law, Gardening Memories and a Cornish Snail

1     A lovely long email from my sister-in-law in Atlanta giving me all their news.

2    I love it how gardening makes me remember people. Today it’s the very small  crinodendron hookerianum, with so many amazing lanterns this year, only three last year (Mum and Dad and their good friend Eddie), planting Cosmos (Bill’s Dad who gave me plugs the year he died and they kept flowering until the first frosts), night scented stocks, just tiny seedlings at the moment, ( KJ as a very little girl of 3 or 4 who used to wake up at about 10pm night after night. We used to take her out into the garden on summer nights to smell ‘the night flowers’ and then she would happily go back to bed.) And now, seeing the uncurling fern, my lovely sister Daisy who emailed to say that she too loves to see the uncurling ferns but in Hawaii they are 30′ tall!

Crinodendron Hookerianum

3  A delightful little snail – I know they eat my plants but just look at him on the edge of the ice cream tub!

Small Cornish snail


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