Tess and I went on a Garden Crawl after lunch today - to several garden centres looking for more herbaceous plants to put into my new border.
The sun was trying hard to break through the heavy mist - the mist had that sharp 'frosty' edge and you couldn't see very far ahead. The hills were invisible for most of our journey.
Tess sat in the front passenger seat - her favourite spot. She would very much have liked to wander round the garden centres with me but for various reasons she was better left in the car.
I bought another seven herbaceous plants and have just left a message on my gardener's answer phone giving him the news and asking him 'when he has a minute' to pop round and put them in. The height and the spread is clearly marked on the tag of each plant so his distribution will be as good as mine and I am not comfortable going up the steps to the top of the garden.
On our return journey we turned down the lane towards the farm and our old home. There is a lane which Tess loves and where she can be off the lead and in no danger, so we walked there. If it can be said that dogs 'enjoy' anything, then she certainly enjoyed that just as much as I enjoyed watching her. And I got a sure sign that although the mist was quite Autumnal, it was Spring. The edges of the lane were peppered with celandines, all wide open 'suns' turning their faces towards the sun above them. And one cowslip too. No orchids yet but the lane is full of them in another month or so - so we shall go back.