Flowers in July

lobelia and other annuals

There has been some sunshine this week. Enough for me to nip out into the garden and take a few pictures anyway.

Hot pink roses

I haven’t included any long shots, my camera was on the wrong white balance setting and they all came out a bit orangey/acid.

Hot pink rose

So whilst some of these closer shots are still quite vibrant, I think they just about get away with it.

honeysuckle

I’ll have to get on a chair to get some pics of the in flower honeysuckle. I didn’t this time.

Climbing rose with not much to climb.

This hot pink rose isn’t growing in the pot, it’s just hugging the flowers that are. It grows behind but has nothing much to grab on to. It’s in its third home. I’ve had to move it because I initially planted it in a stupid place, where it slumped on the ground. It looked kind of depressed. Now, it’s more contained but still makes an attempt to reach out for friends.

borage

Trigger warning, nasty story in next paragraph. Scroll past to avoid.

borage and bee

I’ve got more borage than is necessary. I didn’t rip it out, like I was supposed to. It gives me gardener’s guilt. I tell you what else gives one gardener’s guilt: mowing down big, fat juicy frogs. Seriously, I am traumatised. Yesterday, I was merrily chopping the grass to a more acceptable level when, judder judder thump. A frog was flung  a couple of feet from the whizzing blades, flung carelessly to his death. I may have hollered loudly, I may have also run inside the house and waited until Husband came home to sort it out.

blue salvia

Isn’t salvia nice?! So blue! That’s better.

ox eye daisy ox eye daisy in a pot

I think it’s a good year for bugs. There are little black bugs I’ve never seen before. They’re particularly noticeable on the big stinky daisies.

pink sweetpea

I was disappointed to find them hiding in amongst the sweetpeas too. I’d brought in a lovely bunch to put in a pretty vase. Somebody came in behind me and promptly chucked them back outside. They were riddled.

summer garden sweet marcy sweetpeas

So, we’re mostly admiring the flowers from a distance. I think Marcy is just looking for the bugs.

snap dragons

Someone has eaten the top off the snapdragon. More bugs!

Nasturtiums

I’ve got caterpillars writhing all over my brassicas but they’re not touching the nasturtiums. I thought those cabbage white butterflies loved nasturtiums.

Ugh, bugs!

How to Successfully Create a Blog Post Full of Random Things.

stuff

The title is a lie. I have no idea. I’m just going to share photographs that have no business being in a blog post of their own.

plastic elk

I don’t know where I’d been but I arrived in the hallway a few days ago to find a load of plastic animals everywhere. They looked kind of good, so I took pictures.

lining up

I bought them from a charity shop last Saturday, all bundled up in a plastic bag . They were placed all the way to the top of the stairs.

plastic animals on the stairsEvery now and then, one would clatter down to the bottom, having been batted about by a predatory feline.

block colour crochet ripple

In a break from making lots of small things for next weekend’s school summer fete, I’ve been making yet another crochet blanket. A crochet ripple blanket, to be precise. I wasn’t sure I was going to like it as I’ve not experimented with block colours before. I can’t remember why I chose the colours I did. I think it’s a mix of trying to be cheerfully bright and trying to use what stash is still hiding in the cupboard under the stairs.

felt butterflies and stuff

Speaking of school fete stuff… I’ve been making butterflies. I’m not sure how these will turn out once they’ve been stitched together. I don’t think they’ll be terrible but again, I’m veering away from my comfort zone.

pussy times three

I got a positive response over on Instagram from one kitty I made, so I decided to make a few more.

helpful boy

I’ve had help too. He needs more training.

inside panasonic

And I think I’ve mentioned a couple of times before about a “spider” who became trapped inside my little camera. This is the sort of thing that Husband seems to think is unacceptable. Whilst it was annoying that a smudgy, leggy looking blob kept interfering with my snap shots, I had sort of become accustomed to the idea of an eight legged friend living on the lens.

fixy fix

One YouTube video later and the screw drivers were out. I don’t think I know anyone else who would take the time to attempt such operations.

inside a camera

And yeah, it wasn’t a spider at all. I am gutted. A friend had even advised I name him. He became known as Roger. I shall mourn him. Roger the miniscule speck of dust. 🙁