is certainly not easy. At least not if you have a garden - and hedges - and lawns - and Border Terriers. As we enter High Summer (in theory if not in temperature) there always seems to be plenty to do. We have yards of lawns to cut and this has been "hedge week", when the farmer has cut our privet hedges and holly and hawthorn hedges that surround our gardens. The birds have all but finished rearing their offspring and have largely gone out of song and into moult mode. So now is the best time. But it is not just the cutting, it is also the clearing up, and this has taken him most of the week.
Earlier in the week I went out to see visitors off the premises. There was the most wonderful sunset - the whole sky was red and the rosy glow hung everywhere. I dashed in for my camera but in that few seconds it had faded and all I got was a faint hint of what it had been like (see photograph above). It reminded me of the inimitable Dorothy Parker who used to comment when people came to look round her garden -"it was absolutely marvellous last week - and there is such a lot left to come out. It's just that this week there's not a lot to see." Anyway, looking at the photograph I am sure you can imagine what it was like three minutes earlier!
Weeds of course are in full grow. Half an hour a day spent wandering round the garden pulling up groundsel, chickweed and goosegrass pays dividends. But as you will see from another of the photographs above - Tess knows it is time for her walk (can dogs tell the time or something?)
And so to the rose photographs. I must say our front garden smells heavenly at present - all the roses are out and so is the mock orange blossom. The rose in the photograph - I bought it "un-named" from Woolworths about ten years ago for £1.50 is in full bloom. It was labelled as a climber and we planted it against our garden wall. By last Autumn it had more than topped the wall and all the flowers were high in the air. The farmer took his long handled pruners to it and cut it back almost to ground level. I thought he would kill it. UK Bob (Diary of an English Gardener on my Blog List) agreed with the farmer that it would probably recover. And they were right : this year it has more blooms than ever and they are at a reasonable height. Would anyone (Twisted Willow, UK Bob) like to hazard a guess at its provenance?
Well, another week bites the dust. This weekend our village is holding an Open Gardens day and also a Scarecrow Competition. You will no doubt hear about it on Dominic Rivron's blog some time next week as his family are intending to create a scarecrow. Luckily our farm is well out of the village so I don't have to make one. Have a good week-end - hope the sun shines wherever you are.