Thursday, 28 May 2020

The Walled Garden

illustration done by one of our granddaughters for Christmas a few years ago.
Since lockdown commenced on the 24/3, we have received hardly any rain in this corner of the country. We've had hours of lovely sunshine and blue skies, both of which have been greatly enjoyed by the garden and ourselves. 

The walled garden is currently a random riot of flowers and herbs, along with several pots filled with lettuces, tomato plants, and runner beans.
The perfume of the Thyme flowers attracts many bumble bees, who are joined from time to time by the occasional butterfly flitting around. 
It's an area where we like to sit during these warm May evenings and watch the sun sink beyond the horizon.

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  1. I hope you get some rain soon. The sunny days are lovely but rain is a necessity.

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    1. Our lawn is beginning to look like coconut matting.

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  2. The garden's looking great. Must be tough for those who live in cities and have no gardens; my 87 year old uncle lives in a two-roomed flat in London and hasn't been outside for weeks.

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    1. Being out in the country and with a garden is such a blessing at the moment I really do feel for those like your uncle who are stuck in a town or city and without any outdoor space.

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  3. I would like it to softly rain at night and resume the sunshine at dawn, but wouldn't we all?

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  4. Your granddaughter's art is impressive and the garden is quite incredible. I can almost hear the bees buzzing. What a great benefit to have an oasis like this during Covid-19.

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    1. I agree that all of us who have a garden are very fortunate.

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  5. Hello Rosemary, I'm glad that you are enjoying good weather and an idyllic existence in the garden. Here, we have been having heavy rains every day, leaving me trapped indoors. At least I have been enjoying my books--lately a British assortment of Gerald Durrell, William Congreve, and essayist E.V. Lucas.
    --Jim

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    1. Hello - we are getting the sort of weather during the spring and summer that remind me of my childhood.
      Gerald Durrell is a longtime favourite of mine too.

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  6. Your granddaughter's illustration is beautiful :) Your walled garden looks so cool and tranquil. It's been too hot here and our grass is quite dead now. The plants are struggling and the water butts are almost empty; our few veggies are getting the water we have. We need rain as much as sunshine. Take care. Best, Jane x

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    1. It does seem crazy to be wanting rain, but we do. Hope all is well with you Jane.

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  7. Oh wow, I have walled garden envy. I would love a space like that to spend some time in.

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    1. Many people imagine that a walled garden requires a huge amount of land, but it is possible to make a very pleasing area to enjoy in somewhere reasonably small.

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  8. I like the water feature with the little mermaid. Tranquility.

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    1. The mermaid has been with us for about 20 years. Originally she had water pouring out of her shell and into the pond, but unfortunately that feature broke, and we have never got around to having it mended.

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  9. Dear Rosemary,
    I love it all, your Granddaughter's painting and your garden.
    Are you growing regular sized tomatoes in your pots? We are enjoying wonderfully warm weather. I can now finally plant my tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers.
    Been spending a little time with the "New Blogger" I actually like it. The most difficult problem was how to begin a New Post. They put a big orange circle at the bottom on the lower right. You click on that and from then on it's smooth sailing.

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    1. Dear Gina - we are growing tomatoes for us to have with our salads, but have planted several different varieties.
      I have heard several people mention that they have given new blogger a try, so, thank you I will give it a go.

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  10. I entered your garden, decided I would never leave. Hope you don't mind.

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  11. Dearest Rosemary,
    The lock-down began here on March 15 but businesses are opening up more and more.
    You live in a PARADISE-like garden setting! ENJOY.
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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    1. Dear Mariette - the same is happening here, but I am concerned that opening up too much is quite dangerous until something more positive is available to us all for protection. I fear that a vaccine may be not on the cards in the immediate future.

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  12. Love your garden and your granddaughter's beautiful picture! Has she carried on with her art?

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    1. She did this illustration for me when she was still a school pupil. Yes, she is now studying at Edinburgh University, a place that she absolutely loves.

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  13. That's a really good illustration. Very professional design. It's been the best April and May I can remember here- typical we are stuck to the local area.

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    1. Up until two or three weeks ago everything looked lush, but now our lawn has started to resemble a coconut mat.

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  14. Your garden looks glorious. The illustration is beautiful, your granddaughter is very talented.

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    1. This spring and early summer has been so lovely - can you imagine just how awful lockdown would have been had we had rain and cold miserable weather!

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  15. Lovely garden, those tomato plants are standing tall and growing well Rosemary.
    You could certainly do with some rain then..hope there is some soon.

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    1. The first tomato flowers have opened, so some tomatoes will be on their way reasonably soon.

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  16. There is so much 'soul' and love in your garden , I can feel it :-))) Beautiful and very well done illustration !

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  18. So beautiful, Rosemary, your walled garden is! And I see with glee that your box is utterly fine! When I look at the last photograph I almost can smell the thyme in front (by the way: I think you know these lovely garden-crime-detective series "Rosemary & Thyme"? Love them.

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    1. We still have some patches on the box Britta, but they always regenerate themselves again the followingd spring - I can't really make out what is wrong with them but they certainly don't seem to have blight which tends to kill the plants completely.
      The bees love that thyme they are buzzing around on it all day long.
      I must confess that I have never watched Rosemary & Thyme which perhaps I really should with a name like mine!!!

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  19. Dear Rosemary - The mermaid looks playing hide and seek in the lush green of the walled garden. Your granddaughter is so talented to have painted such a beautiful illustration. Often being outdoors, in the garden or on a walk, I didn’t feel confined during the state of emergency, and I suppose the same with you.

    Yoko

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    1. Dear Yoko - the mermaid get more and more hidden each year that passes even though we trim down the irises every autumn.
      Good to be out of doors, I agree, and it has been so hot here that outdoors is the best place to be.

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