to Amy's, it's all about my garden but somehow mine doesn't feel quite so calm and
ordered. In fact I originally considered titling this post "Five surprising things in my garden"
but managed to find some 'neater' photos in the end to balance out this post.
So here goes.
One: Balls, all 58!!
Two children love sports, especially football, and our garden is always littered with balls.
Every so often I have a round-up. I did this last weekend and managed to fill 2 old dustbins
with 58 balls including table tennis, tennis, golf, soft, hockey, lacrosse and
of course, footballs! We get through so many footballs we buy them in bulk!
"Doubtless I will find more balls once I get on with the weeding"
(she says shyly, see photo 3)
Two: Bedding plants in flowerpots!!
"Bedding plants in flower pots? What's so special about that?" you might ask.
Well, it is quite a few years since I have put flowers in pots, and the reason is because of
photo 1 above. Yes, balls! With so many balls flying around the garden my bedding plants
were frequently dead-headed whether they were ready to be dead-headed or not!
In fact, dead-stalked would probably be a better description. I did point out to daughter
that I'd planted flowers in pots this year and that I was hoping that as she is now 17 she
should be a better shot and could thus avoid my pots! Only time will tell, and my
flowers have the long summer holiday to survive yet when 2 more young people will
be back home from University and playing ball games in the garden.
"Take cover plants!"
Yes, I mention that word quietly.
Life has been pretty busy bringing up children and
working so the garden has been neglected over the last few years. But both sons are now
at University, and daughter passed her driving test a few weeks ago and has suddenly
become very independent, in fact I feel she has grown a whole 12 months in just one day!
So, sadly, we do have more free time and I think I have
probably done more gardening already this year than I have in the last 5!
But this bit of garden at the bottom is one part that I have yet to tackle and I have
decided that I want to start again with it.
However, I did think the bluebells looked pretty against the ornamental grasses
(for 'ornamental grasses' read 'weeds').
Four: More balls, ball games
Daughter is revising for AS-levels and so spends many hours sat at a desk. This is quite
challenging when you are someone who likes being active. Every so often we take her
outside and throw a few balls for her to catch, and as you can see she thoroughly enjoys
this and literally throws herself into the activity!
Five: Matching the bluebells
I have just started knitting my next pair of socks, and I think this might be my
favourite colourway yet: Regia design line Kaffe Fasset "Frost".
This was one that I was so tempted to buy some months ago and
eventually gave into the urge and I am so pleased I did - it was definitely the
right decision. In fact, I'm thinking of purchasing more yarn to knit gloves and a scarf,
not that I am intending to wear them all at the same time.
Please head over to Amy's blog. Thank you to Amy for hosting "Five on Friday"
Wishing you a good weekend - and where has the sun gone??