How are we all? I don’t know about you but I wake up each morning thinking the world is normal, then I remember that it’s not. Still, we have to focus on the positives. I feel very blessed to have a nice house and garden and to live in the beautiful South Downs where I can walk or run each day.
I think I have had Covid 19, hence the lack of post last week. I had a sore throat and flu symptoms for about a week, before collapsing into bed with complete fatigue, loss of appetite and a crippling headache, followed by a cough which woke me up at night.
I am one of the lucky ones, as I have got through it needing no more than bed rest, and I am well aware that thousands of others are not so fortunate, which is why we must bear the current lockdown as best we can and support our wonderful NHS.
A huge upside is spending so much more time than usual in the garden and this week, the temperatures are about to soar in the UK making being outside even more appealing (in the garden or social distancing exercise only). So without further ado, here are my six, joining in as ever with The Propagator. Do check out his blog and tribe of faithful followers.
- Pear blossom
Our pear tree has grown so high that it is usually difficult to see the blossom up close or to pick the fruit, but this year a little spur of blossom has obligingly appeared at knee height. What is more, I have been given one of these Fruit Collectors so this year I will actually be able to gather the fallen pears without them getting bruised or nibbled by slugs and woodlice.
2. Pirate ship den
The play pirate ship which we had made at the back of our garden has come into its own since the schools closed. It has been turned into a cosy area for the kids to sit and do some reading, or play imaginative games – the best type.
These pale cream dogtooth violets are looking sweet in our woodland patch. I love their red on yellow markings and the long milky white stamens.
4. Ident please
I really should know what this cheery yellow flower is, but I’m afraid I can’t think of its name. Any offers? Ps, the large grey elephant in the background is our fig tree, a wondrous thing.
I tried to kill this Photinia off a couple of years ago as it had grown into a tree which was making our shady terrace even shadier. It was too robust for me, but now I am rather enjoying its vibrant red leaves, as colourful as any flower.
Keeping our six-year-old amused has proved trying at times, but he is never happier than out in the garden and yesterday he and I created our own mini Jurassic Park amongst the ferns.
Take care, stay safe and keep on gardening!