Monday, 31 July 2017

The theme of the last seven months

Clue 1: Keeping the garden free from weeds early in the season
to save time during the busiest month for 2017 – July.


Clue 2: Careful tending of multiple plants in a variety of pot sizes 
and styles so plants are in peak flower for the end of July.


Clue 4: Little spare time for gardenwatching or taking photographs.


Clue 3: Purple and Pinterest hours lost.


Clue 4: Ivory and the weather forecast


Clue 5: Love :-)


Can you guess what has been keeping me from blogging, taking images, recording sightings and visits? I’m guessing you might ;-)

Yes, we have been preparing for a very special occasion – a wedding, our eldest daughter’s. We haven’t quite come down to earth yet since Saturday, but despite the rain that hampered the outside wedding planned it was full of quite beautiful moments that we will all treasure forever.

However, I must give a nod to anyone considering low planting pots to line wedding ceremony aisles and outside paths in wedding venues like our lovely family castle home where peacocks were present. Be prepared to have them losing their flowers as the very curious peacocks are partial to eating them bare!

Hello again, my blogging friends and visitors :-) What has been keeping you busy this summer?


All images above were taken, as with my last wordless post, using my phone on a visit to St Andrews Botanical Gardens on April 13th 2017 for shirls gardenwatch in July 2017.



3 comments:

Lisa Greenbow said...

Oh my gosh Shirley you have been busy. I wondered where you have been. So happy to hear that it was a joyous occasion that kept you busy. I can just imagine trying to keep your garden at peak condition for the wedding. How exhausting. I know it was a success because your garden is beautiful all the time. Congrats to you and your daughter.

Sue Garrett said...

I wondered what had happened to you so now I know. So you and Monty Don have something in common. Glad the big day went well in spite of the peacocks. I hope that they didn't try to sing too. Beautiful they may be but choristers they definitely are not.

Shirley said...

Hello again to you both, thanks for keeping me in your feeds when little activity here. Leaving your comments so soon after publishing was very welcome indeed :-)

Lisa, yes, there have been many distractions away from the PC and garden but it has survived my absence fairly well as I focussed attention on all the young plants in pots for decorating our wedding venue. Yes, it has been an exhausting time that’s for sure. The biggest success in terms of decorating did come directly from my garden borders – flowers and foliage to decorate the ceremony arch! It held sentimental plants too which made it special too. Thank-you for your congrats :-)

Sue, yep, I’ve been deeply buried in wedding preparation from outfits to growing sweet peas up a portable frame to connect to a ceremony arch. Yes, I had sweet pea growing in common with Monty too which I hadn’t realised. The rain finally washed away the outside ceremony dream but a last minute frame indoors pulled it back and was a great success. Now, if I’d know the peacocks could potential provide ‘musical’ entertainment we could have asked them to stand in when the ceilidh band’s car broke down and the AA vehicle that was supposed to be rescuing them did too!