Sunday, August 03, 2014

August Garden

The Myrtle is late - but amazing this year.
'Knowest thou the land where the lemon trees bloom?  In the dark foliage the golden oranges gleam, a soft wind blows from the blue heavens, the myrtle is still and the laurel stands high'
Goethe 
My favourite tub because it has come up smiling with no succour - from last year.

' The bride hath paced into the hall, red as a rose is she.'
Coleridge
Hibiscus.  My ship mate Dylan says he has two - the same pinky mauve shade. 

 Those wretched pigeons.  This blue plant has really gone forth and multiplied- and cracked the pottery tub.
 I never tire of these Japanese anenomes
 Sweet smelling stocks.
 'If thou hast not a capon, feed on an onion.'
J. Ray English Proverbs

'Unkempt about those hedges blows an English unofficial rose.'
Rupert Brooke

'What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.'

Shakespeare
 
 
Progress report: up to page 246 - just 58 more to go before starting the final edit when the real work begins.

23 comments:

Z said...

Often, by this time of year, the garden looks dusty and tired, but the rain we've had has kept the flowers looking fresh. Lovely pictures, Pat.

gypsywoman said...

how absolutely lovely pat - always such a pleasure seeing your magnificent plants...xxx

Keith Hillman said...

Truly delightful. I so miss my garden since I moved to a flat. Mind you, I can hardly cross my balcony for flowers right now! Lovely pictures.

angryparsnip said...

What a beautiful garden walk today.

cheers, parsnip

Pat said...

Z: yes I was thankful for almost a day of gentle rain.

Jenean: they are mostly wild and
and thrive with the minimum of effort but I do chat to them:)

Keith H: thank you. As long as you have flowers to look at and smell you have your garden.

Parsnip: I couldn't remember the name of those blue flowers you like.

Granny Annie said...

The more I see the love of gardens the more I wish I had a green thumb. At some point I am going to charge ahead and plant some lovely flowers because I am convinced that tending a garden can prolong our lives.

Pat said...

Granny Annie: you are absolutely right. Forget about the green thumb; for the last 30 years I have been surrounded by close friends who are expert gardeners.
Forge ahead and plant away - not everything will flourish but the ones that do will give you hours of pleasure. And your personal garden will have its own charm.

Ms Scarlet said...

Good luck with the editing... it's about time that I tried to write something, but I have been pottering in the garden :-)
Sx

sablonneuse said...

Lovely photos. Your garden puts mine to shame. Any chance of a swap!?
xx

johng1962 said...

Lovely, as usual! xx

Pat said...

Scarlet: I'm having to be really tough with myself - I'm a great potterer but I'm determined to get it done before my cruise in December so other projects will have to wait.

Sablonneuse: it might be a tad difficult to arrange but I'll bet you have a more productive garden with regard to produce. All I have is a smattering of wild fraise de bois.

Pat said...

John: we're covered in 'snow' from the myrtle.

Ponita in Real Life said...

Your garden is gorgeous, Pat! Mine has almost no flowers (a couple of hastas are blooming and the spring flowers are long gone) but mostly it's greenery. Trees and small shrubs.Very boring. I do not have a green thumb at all. So I will look at your pictures and enjoy your garden instead!

Pat said...

Ponita :I'm sure it must be a treat to look out on greenery after all our snows.

OldLady Of The Hills said...

Oh Pat....I so love when you post pictures of your Garden. It truly LIFTS my Spirits! Everything looks so well loved---so pretty in every way. The Hibiscus are GORGEOUS!!! The color---so soft and stunning! And those Roses---they are DIVINE! Another fabulous deep color.

When I saw the Bench, I wondered if that Cat ever came to visit again? I hope so. A sleeping Cat surrounded by all that beauty...perfect!

Pat said...

Naomi: the cat seems to have deserted the bench but I have seen it slinking through the garden. The pigeons think they own that area and do their billing and cooing on the arbour.
Maybe the cat was disgusted at the mess they make.

Vagabonde said...

Your garden is lovely. I think England has the perfect air and soil for lush gardens – yours is an example. Here the myrtle trees grow very well. In our areas they are planted in the center of the roads – those with four lanes. They have bright white, pink, coral and red flowers for a couple of months. We tried to plant some in our yard, but we have too much shade.

Pat said...

Vagabonde: thank you for those encouraging words - I worry about its wildness sometimes but then that's what I like about it.
I only recently discovered there were coloured myrtles. I haven't see any over here. I must ask at the nursery.

maurcheen said...

Oh dear Patricia, had I the time, patience and love for the gardening that ye do. :)

xxx

rashbre said...

Your garden is looking great.

I'm afraid we have felt the need to go in ours with the petrol driven "trimmer".

Mage said...

Just beautiful things. I love the Agapanthas...that blue plant. Beautiful yard all together.

Pat said...

Maurcheen: I'm a fraud. I just drift idly round the garden - deadheading the odd rose and let Karen the gardener get on with it.

Rashbre: we can't understand it but the lawn has stopped growing and has hardly needed mowing for over a month. And we've had lots of rain -well quite a lot.

Mage: I just could not remember the name agapanthus so thank you for that:)

LL Cool Joe said...

Lovely photos of your garden. Everything looks wonderful.