Sunday, 26 May 2013

Wild in the Country

May Bank Holiday weekend. Been at home for most of the day. One of those days when if somebody asks you, 'What 've you been doing today?' and you say, 'Nothing much!'
I got up early this morning, went out to feed the cats and a morning tour around the top of the garden. Everywhere for as far as you could see - blue sky and that slight breath of chill that you get in May and blossom. So much blossom.




And after a winter that seemed never ending - it seems we're here. One moment in time, I just stood still and listened to the birds high up on the branches. Couldn't see them but you could certainly hear, and the brook too.

The side of the brook barely separating Wales from England is covered in wild garlic, comfrey, nettles, red campion and cow parsley.


Come to think of it, my garden's a bit like that too with the odd aquilegia, delphinium, lupin, shasta daisy
trying to break through where they can.


Tons of blossom on the Discovery apple tree.


And down the lane by the wooden bridge, a crab apple or Malus at the edge of the stream.


Bluebells on a small wooded  bank along the track.


Hispi cabbage


lettuce

broad beans

All year round cauli


runner beans


khol rabbi out of the poly tunnel



And guess what we had for dinner today. Life is good.

24 comments:

  1. How lovely. I just closed my eyes and listened to nature singing and had a little visit in Wales. Thank you so much for this.

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    1. You're welcome. Delores, wouldn't you know it - cold, grey and wet today.

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  2. I love delphinium. We are about to sow wildflowers; I must make sure they are included.

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    1. I do too. Been lucky, the ones I sowed last year have appeared again this year - slugs usually demolish them with a vengeance

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  3. Your pictures are so pretty, Molly. Like Joanne, my favorite plant is the Delphinium, and mine are already big and bushy and I expect some lovely blue flowers any day now.

    You are such a good photographer and I love your new header.

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    1. I love them too - though mine tend to be 'survival of the fittest'
      Thank you for saying that - I love reading your blog too.

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  4. I really enjoyed that birdsong and all your vegies look so healthy. It all looks good. Hope you get a decent summer - you deserve it.

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  5. New pots already!!! I'll have to start growing them again; I can taste them from here!

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    1. These were from some self setters which popped up in the strawberry bed. The ones we planted this year are just coming into flower.

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  6. Life is, indeed, good - and your vegetables look marvellous.

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  7. Gosh..bloody wet here today!

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  8. A bit short lived - boddy wet here too

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  9. Your garden is looking both beautiful and fruitful, Molly and the birdsong is divine. :-) Yes, the weekend weather was wonderful and we went up to the Hafren Cascades with the grandsons, but today was horrible. Sigh....

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  10. I think Nature's got it right, however designer we try and make our gardens look, she always has the upper hand. Have a lovely holiday - the weather is supposed to improve again next week

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  11. Is it all over again? Nothing but rain and grey skies, drat it.

    How are you off for bees? Although the blossom is magnificent this year I have seen hardly a bee - apart from a bumble here and there - to pollinate the glut.

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    1. 'fraid so - mind you next week's weather looks a little bit better. Hope it's sunny when you have your garden open day. The bees do seem to be in a bit short supply. I try to plant things to encourage them - we would be well and truly snookered without them

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  12. It was such a glorious May weekend. My favourite month and a recompense for the horrible, endless winter. Worth waiting for.

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  13. Oh dear Molly, I always so enjoy the tours of your garden and property. Are those potatoes? Wow. The video of the birdsong is lovely. I found myself taking a moment to stand still and listen to the birds today while I was waiting for the grill to get hot. Isn't spring marvelous? We've had a very cool and wet one, I haven't even planted a thing yet, but there's plenty of time I'm hoping. I have my plants purchased and they've been hardening off on the back stoop, hopefully get them in the ground this weekend. Your header photo is marvelous! Happy week to you Molly. I hope you enjoyed those potatoes.

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    1. We had a little glitch of sunshine and then it all turned wet again. I have done very little planting outside - things catch up when the conditions are right, Have a great (gardening) weekend Becky x

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  14. Was beginning to really feel the pressure there Molly, so glad you mentioned the word polytunnel, we are only just getting a chance to plant veg out in the garden it has been such a long cold snap. Love the wild flowers by the stream.

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    1. Everything is late this year but they catch up in the end. Your world is a hive of activity as it is. Love reading your blogs.

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