Sunday, 24 June 2018

Midsummer

Early on Midsummer morning and the light is beautiful. I fling on some clothes and wander into the garden.










There's a clear blue sky for Friday Skywatch.
In the veg garden I check the barricades, my anti deer, rabbit and pigeon structures. The peas, mangetout and even the sweetpea plants have been eaten. Deer have also nibbled the tips off some of the roses.  I squidge all the grubs that I can find on the asparagus fronds between my fingers before they can do any more damage. All is not as serene as it looks!


But things look well in the fruit cage. We've been eating our own strawberries, raspberries and red currants for the last couple of weeks, with plenty more to come.

I LOVE days like these.


28 comments:

  1. Days like that remind me of childhood Summers in our huge Surrey garden. Ours was not so well tended as yours, though.

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    1. It sounds a good childhood, Tom. I was brought up in a large rambling plot as well. I'd sometimes come home to a deserted house and search for my mother hidden away in the raspberry canes.

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  2. Beautiful and serene. Your place is wonderful. Sorry to hear some things have been eaten, but that's always the battle, isn't it? -Jenn

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    1. This time of year it's a joy. I would be very sad without a garden.

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  3. Gorgeous Rosemary. It is the perfect garden. Didn't know you had deer problems like we do. We've tried everything and they finally win in the end.

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    1. Nowhere near perfect, Donna, but a great pleasure.
      Deer - so beautiful to look at, such a pest - damage, ticks, you name it!

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    1. As a fellow gardener you'll know that pleasure of getting up in the morning and just having a wander round your plot.

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  5. Gorgeous! I have pink climbing roses that I patterned after English gardens. I'm glad to see through yours that I'm not far from the mark.

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    1. The Raubritter rose that is climbing over the wall is a really good doer. The small flower heads stay on the plant for ages and they don't ball in bad weather. Another advantage is that it takes very easily from cuttings so I've been able to give plants to friends.

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  6. How I do admire people who can grow such a lovely garden. Wonderful!
    Kay
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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    1. We have the weather here in Blighty to make gardening not too problematic. We are having quite a heatwave at the moment and I can see how problematic a hot, dry climate must be.

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  7. A feast for the eyes, what could be more lovely than a typical English garden, well-tended and loved, and flourishing in mid-summertime.
    Perfect !
    Thank you for sharing it's beauty.
    Hugs,
    ~Jo

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    1. Thank you, Jo, for such kind words. (You can't see the weeds in the photos, but they're there!)

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  8. Absolutely lovely scenes. Gardners all over the world spend half their time fighting off pests of one kind of another.

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    1. Yes it's true, there's always something!

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  9. This may not be as good as it looks but it looks fabulous to me. I am crazy about all the green green green gardens. Roses on the walls of your lovely home. I want roses on my stone home with a beautiful garden all around.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Dear Parsnip, yes it's June and it's a joy, but you've heard me moaning all through those long, grey winter months!

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  10. It looks lovely! Sorry that Bambi has been eating inappropriately.

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    1. Oh, dear little Bambi - I could wring his neck!

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  11. Oh look at those berries!!! I love seeing a tour of your garden!

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    1. We are picking and eating, eating. Strawberries almost gone but lots of rasps in the freezer.

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  12. very beautiful and so lovely work :) i like your good idea ,Thanks for the inspiration!

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  13. Wow, your property is beautiful... so green and colorful. Love those berries!!!

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    1. Well - that was last month. Now we are in the middle of an unaccustomed heatwave, plants are dying and the lawn is no longer green!

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  14. Sometimes, despite my yard no longer being all that private due to changes in the neighborhood, I no longer bother flinging on some clothes. Never fear, not going out naked yet (that'd be the dare!), but willing to go out in my robe and do the daytime work in my p.j.s as uniform too.

    The deer, the rabbit, the birds, the squirrels, the slugs, the bugs -- all is not as serene as it looks! You said that right, yet, more serene than other circumstances... (?)

    Carry on. Keep on keeping on. So I keep telling myself! Now you too. Sorry. (LOL!)

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  15. I put on minimal attire, but something. The day I'm out there naked in the garden eating raspberries is sure to be the day that somebody wanders in. Pj's are good, I never sleep in them but do slouch about inside and wander about the garden in them - can roll up the trouser legs if the dew is heavy!

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