Ilkeston - In Our
w/e 12 August 2007
this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490
My ankle injury has limited my mobility this week and I've been
"under orders" not to walk too far. So a good deal
of time has been spent sitting in the arbour in the garden, usually
accompanied by our two cats, reading the latest Dick Francis
murder mystery appropriately titled "Under Orders"!
I had threatened to put nothing on this page but images of our
rhubarb patch if I was unable to get out and about but we do
grow other things in our garden too. The tomatoes ripening nicely
now, are in the greenhouse. These pictured are the Cossack variety
but Shirley, Moneymaker and a new variety to me, Juliet, have
all cropped well. The sunshine we have been treated to will help
the onions ripen as well . We've even got a "lonely little
petunia" but that's in a tub and not in the onion patch.
Much of the garden is now given over to flowers, trees and shrubs
but talking of onions, this plant with the blue flowers always
reminds me of an onion that has gone to seed. I believe it's
an Agapanthus or to use its common name, an African Blue Lily
which, as I thought, is indeed a member of the onion family.
The blue of the Agapanthus is complemented by the yellow of the
Goldenrod, sometimes spelt Golden Rod or even Golden-rod. As
the flowers seed they take on an almost feather like appearance.
In another part of the garden, orange is the predominant colour
with Montbretia in one bed and Mimulus, a favourite with the
bees, tumbling down in a three tier half-barrel feature.
More Montbretia provides a nice backdrop to our heather and conifer
bed but this display of the orange flowers is actually coming
through the fence from our neighbour's garden.
Also overhanging the fence is some deliciously perfumed Honeysuckle
but there are several varieties of Fuschia that are all growing
in our own garden. The deep pink and purple flowers are on a
smallish plant but the delicate pink flowers hang from a large
deep green bush like stars in the night sky.
Well I did find something else to fill most of this page but
I couldn't finish without at least one shot of the rhubarb patch!
But now it's back to Dick Francis - must find out whodunit!