Why is it that when you’re on holiday, no matter how much you relax, or how much you cram into each day, come Friday it’s still hard to believe the whole week has gone by. It’s been like that for me this past week, but at least I was able to experience a few fabulous things: having lunch with friends on the patio of a restaurant in a neighbouring town; swimming in Lake Ontario for the first time in several years; lifting a pint with (different) friends on a (different) patio in a (different) neighbouring town; watching flowers bloom on plants grown from seed for the first time (Calendula and straw flowers); savouring a delicious home cooked gourmet meal. It’s so wonderful to be able to spend time with friends, sharing good food, again. It’s something I’m sure a lot of us will never take for granted anymore.
The garden’s abloom of course, and it’s time for Six on Saturday – when The Propagator encourages gardeners around the world to share six things that are happening in their garden. Here’s mine.
Hollyhocks are in full bloom; I’m happy to report that this year I’ve seen very little rust on the leaves. Here is the main colour palette in my yard:
I know that was six, but I have a bonus shot this week. We’ve had visitors this year whom we haven’t seen in many years. They’re shy, and don’t like dogs of course so that’s likely why they haven’t been near. I believe they’re the reason my King Tut ornamental grass was unceremoniously beheaded (every single stalk!) a month or so ago, and why, before that, the tips of my Fothergilla were all nipped off, leaving nothing to bloom this past spring. I know they can be quite destructive in many areas, and I’m possibly inviting disaster by just ooohing and aaahing, but I don’t mind, really, as long as they stay away from the artichokes! I spotted this one Thursday morning, she seemed to be nibbling on some dogwood leaves, and I took the shot through the window, Have a great week everyone!