If there is one flower combination that shouts summer to me, it is the perfect combination of roses and English lavender. Roses with so many layers of sheer perfection that look like the pages of a well loved book, their many petals ready to unfurl and lure in the bees and noses to experience its scent.
|Geoff Hamilton Rose|
Compared to the soft spikes of lavender with its gentle lilac blue waving to the passing bees and willing people to brush against the grey stalks to release this calming scent. Well, it would be that way if the wonderful English summer stepped up a gear. Instead, the spikes are teasing me by still being encased by its grey/green outer shell.
This week's weather has been a mixture of sunshine and showers, but my roses still look so beautiful with the added glass looking beads of rain decorating the petals.
However they soon turn to vapour when the sun decided to peep through.
My roses are mainly pink in the garden but this one has peeped through, not sure where it came from but I love the antique looking colour.
Our herb garden has been patiently waiting for us to start collecting its delicious bounty for some culinary masterpieces. How could we resist. For now, some ribbon and carefully placed bamboo in my greenhouse will have to do and the drying process can begin so that some dried herbs will be ready for pounding for winter use.
The potato sacks are overflowing with greenery. I am so tempted to open the velcro door to see how things are progressing!
The front entrance is now suitably colour co-ordinated. I am loving the raspberry colour of my new door mat (probably why my icons for the blog are now this shade - take a look at Heather B Designs, they are also very helpful in creating extra icons if you need them).
The climbing hydrangea was full of bees even though the lacy flowers were few and far between.
The pond iris's were also attracting the bees. I am so glad that these miraculous furry bundles of summer are visiting us once more.
You may have now gathered that I am having a 'stay at home' weekend. My post is reflective this week as it has been incredibly hectic at work, Saturday has been a 'clearing up' day, or as the teenagers call it 'Bad Mood Mum Day', so to sit in the garden at the end of it was an absolute joy. Have you ever worked yourself so much that your legs start pounding and the pain rushes through your body, to the point you can't walk anymore? Well, that's me right now! So, a long slow breath exhaled and calm restored. Sitting in the garden amongst the ever growing plants with a lovely strong cup of tea (no wine being poured this week - my headaches have been horrendous!), some neglected hooky, my Coco dog close by and Mr Teenager who is enjoying a rest after his first week of work experience.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend and your transfer from Google Reader is as painless as possible! Time for me to have another strong cup of tea and a foot spa I think! I'm really going to feel this in the morning!