I love gardens but would not say I am a good or even a keen gardener. A lot of what I plant doesn't seem to stay alive for long and rarely comes up the following year. Imagine my delight when these Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) self seeded themselves by my front door! I loved this plant when I was a child ( sorry if it seems I am always reminiscing...it isn't really the case!) It was so exciting to be able to pinch them at their base and see the little mouth open! Quite how these beauties have managed to grow so well from a crack in the paving is beyond me, but I am happy for them to be there.
I found one stem had been trampled on the other day, and despite the stem looking forlorn and beyond repair, the flower was still going strong after a few days. I decided it deserved some TLC and brought it into the house for some fresh water and a quiet spot in the kitchen where it would be safe from big feet crushing it! It adds a touch of colour to the place.
I don't know if you can see the jam jar well enough, but it has the most dear little toadstools painted on it. I treated myself to it a few weeks ago. It is actually a pencil sharpener....a cunning little craftsperson has recycled a mini jam jar into one by screwing a pencil sharpener to the lid and cutting out a couple of holes for the pencils to go in. I doubt I will ever use it as such, I just bought it because it was so sweet and I love toadstools (is this a throw back to the Brownies???!)
It cost just £1 in a shop called "Tiger." Its a really interesting shop, not terribly big, but full of unusual and irresistible items!
I wouldn't consider myself to be a huge eco warrior, but I don't like waste and wherever I can will do my bit for the environment. I am always frustrated, with how much water I have to let run down the plughole, when waiting for the washing up bowl to fill with hot water. In the winter I just have to accept it, but in the summer I don't like to let it all go to waste, when I know I will need to run the tap at some point to water the pot plants or garden. Today I filled an empty 6 pint milk carton with water before the water was hot.....imagine how much that adds up to over the course of a year! This bottle of water went to good use thankfully...watering some seedlings I am trying to bring on. This was a Christmas present for the teens...who really don't have any interest in gardening sadly, so I thought I ought to have a go at the very least, but I am not expecting to be able to live off any of what actually grows!
It promises purple carrots, stripey tomatoes, yellow courgettes, red brussel sprouts and multi coloured shard. Let's not hold our breath on this one!
Today is a gloriously sunny day, just right if you have nothing to do! Whilst many of us can enjoy the summer weather, for some, like my teens, it brings on the misery of hay fever. My son went off to school this morning ok, but by 10am I had a call from the medical room asking me to come and collect him. He had sneezed almost non stop, had a headache and was feeling a bit giddy. So my day took an unexpected turn and I had to abandon the Mother and Toddlers for an hour whilst I went to collect him. Thursday afternoons are usually spent with my recycled neighbour, doing a bit of cleaning, then having a cuppa and keeping him company for an hour. Today however, I explained I wouldn't be able to stop for so long due to my son being home ill. I did the usual bits and pieces, had a quick chat then came home. A few minutes later the door bell rang...it was my neighbour, he had struggled along the pavement with a couple of ice creams for my son and I...what a kind and thoughtful chap he is! We both enjoyed our unexpected treat.