Nasturtiums, always add a bright splash of colour to any garden. Equally at home in pots, hanging baskets or even the ground itself their only drawback is that they are also loved by blackfly an aphid which is itself loved by ants! Keeping them at bay can be a full time job, but their yellow, orange and red flowers are a reward in themselves. The leaves, and the flowers, are also a tasty addition to salads! Our daughter, then aged 3, discovered the peppery flavour while we were on a holiday in Scotland. We still pull her leg about it, even though she is now old enough to discern whether or not eating one is a good idea.
So, they are to be recommended if you want something different, but I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting to see any for sale. Well, I did, on Saturday – and here is the proof!
The picture is a little blurred as I was trying to ‘shoot from the hip’, as it were. I didn’t want to draw too much attention to the attention I was paying to the display!
I’m really running short of time so I wasn’t going to even think about this week’s photo challenge. And then something happened! I grabbed my camera, and ran, almost knocking my husband over in the panic to capture a sight that we haven’t seen for a long time.
…. there was an uncle. He lived a few miles away, and was visited regularly. His garden backed on to a lake, and was full of plants that we didn’t have in our garden. One of them was a tiny purple viola, a little like these.
I loved to go and see them, and one day, at the right time of the year, the plants were divided and I was allowed to take a pot home with me. They grew and grew in our garden at home, and when we moved some of them moved with us and continued to flourish in the next garden. I left them there when I got married, but when my parents moved again a little clump went with them to Somerset where they continued to flourish.
Some time later another house move had to be made, this time to Hampshire. Mum and Dad came closer to me – and so too did the pretty little violas. Each year in late spring and summer they would burst into life and present their pretty smiling faces to the world. Sadly, that house is no longer occupied by a member of our family, but these little flowers which evoke such happy memories still live on. We now have descendants in our garden too, nurtured from a division taken about 10 years ago. They have settled in to the wild area with the greatest of ease, even seeming at home with the self-sown miniature foxgloves.I took these photographs this morning.
I wonder if they will travel to another garden soon?
This photograph was originally taken to feature on the garden blog. It would probably have been there today, but after a little investigation I decided it warranted more than just a picture, hence the ‘bonus’ post.
It doesn’t look very interesting, does it? There is the tiniest evidence of new life on the left, but that blob of ‘snow’, what is the point of that? Well, it isn’t snow, and at first sight I thought it was spiders web. Further investigation revealed I was wrong, though, so you had better read on to find out!
It is the hidden gateway used by foxes and badgers. They pass through the garden during the night. Foxes are cheekier, and we are more likely to see them in the morning or evening, but badgers are more secretive and only visit during darkness. The white pictured above is the evidence. There were several small patches of white fur, each covered with tiny droplets of dew which created the impression of snow. Were they the result of a rough and tumble between two badgers? Maybe an itch had caused one to rub against a rough stick? Who knows, but it was fun to see them.
I’m a day late with my 100 steps this week. It’s been a strange weekend, and there just wasn’t time to fit it in. It’s also been grey and depressing, so here’s another look back at brighter times in 2012. I’ve created a gallery for you, of a visit we made to a garden we hadn”t seen for some time. We visited a relative, and as you can see I had company on my stroll.
Afterwards we were treated to a delicious afternoon tea
It was a glorious day of sun and friendship, one we hope to repeat soon, however, the journey home was not good. I make no apologies for the quality of the following pictures – they were taken from a moving car.
This was our first glimpse of something unusual. It was a very dramatic scene.
Soon the heavens opened and the rain lashed down. Visibility became really bad as we drove south, but there was always that promise in the rainbow! And sure enough….. when we arrived home the sun was shining, and there was no evidence of rain whatsoever!