The recliner chairs have been sanded, ready for painting, and they already have new pale green cushions
Apart from watching Trooping the Colour yesterday, we’ve not watched any television yesterday or today but, instead, we’ve been in the garden … some work, some sitting, relaxing.
It’s been mainly dull but not cold, ideal gardening weather. Our large walnut tree now has its canopy of leaves which makes the area behind it look rather dark from this angle (above), but in fact, it’s really a pleasant place to sit once summer arrives and the rest of the garden becomes too hot for us.
The garden boundary wall has now been painted, two coats both sides, and looks lovely and fresh, and husband has painted the garden bench in a slightly deeper shade of green than the summerhouse, Farrow & Ball’s Calke Green.
I love hostas but the only way we can get them to grow – as they are the chosen delicacy of slugs and snails – is to plant them in pots and stand the pots on gravel, and on top of the soil in the pots, sprinkle a good layer of grit. So far this has worked, therefore I might add to the hosta collection.
There is also a camellia here, another shade-loving plant. I might treat the bench to some new cushions – I’m considering a jungle print in yet more greens, or perhaps a total contrast in strong pinks. But for the time being we can just bring out some of our old cushions from the summerhouse if we want to sit here for morning coffee.
We love this shade of green, it suits our garden. And as we have plenty of it, husband is using this paint on what was our grandson’s toy box which he no longer requires (husband made it for him when he was a baby) and that now holds bags of compost. Husband has also painted two small tubs into which we will put some tomato plants even though we’re not very good at growing tomatoes! But they were freebies from a neighbour, so we can at least try! If they curl up and die – highly likely – I will replant these tubs with flowers.
Breakfast this morning was just a bowl of porridge while still in bed – husband kindly got up and made it for us. Yesterday (below) it was fruit and then boiled egg for husband and a brioche and jam for me. Nice, simple, easy-to-prepare food.
Our small garden has suffered a bit these past two years. Either other things have taken priority over gardening or the weather hasn’t been gardening weather. And so we are having to work quite hard getting it looking good again. Husband sprinkled lawn weed-and-feed the other day, but he was a bit heavy handed with it and it’s burnt the grass a bit even though he watered it in afterwards. But a good shower will help and it will recover, eventually.
Last winter an old metal arch over which had climbed a clematis montana blew down. It was rusted anyway and so husband has cleared the area of the debris and we have planted a couple of new plants and once the new arch which we have bought has been erected, we will consider a climbing plant for it. The two new plants are a pink Gaura Lindheimer and a Heuchera (called Lime Marmalade).
Gardening makes us hungry, and although we had a rather tasty lunch of roast chicken, stuffing, gravy and a medley of vegetables roasted (new potatoes, courgettes, yellow pepper, and shallots) and runner beans, by mid-afternoon husband suggested we had coffee and with it we had bowls of fruit, a change from cake or biscuits.
Melon, strawberry, nectarine, pineapple, banana and slivers of stem ginger
We have only a few rose bushes but they are looking pretty, especially Gertrude Jekyll and You’re Beautiful.
And we have a lovely pink peony. It’s first flower was so large that I thought if it rained it would be ruined, so I have cut it and brought it indoors.
Now fully open it is almost the size of a dinner plate!
We had a short rest after our lunch, and after we’d had our fruit and coffee we did some more gardening. Later, we had mugs of Bovril with some cream cheese on some crackers, sprinkled with chopped chives.
Now it’s almost supper time. Something light tonight, I think, perhaps an omelette. But first I must go and help husband put the tools away in the tool shed (which he painted yesterday, cream to match the garden wall) and close the summerhouse for the night.
When not gardening or cooking, I have been reading Bella Figura and have been enjoying it very much. Thank goodness for books when there are fewer and fewer programmes on TV that interest me. Well, interest both of us! Husband then reads the paper and younger son passes to him his weekly magazine, New Scientist, which is thick with the kind of informative articles that husband enjoys.
I hope you have had or are having a pleasant Sunday.
Until next time.