Monthly Archives: Jun 2020

Beautiful Sunday.

After the previous nights storms had cleared and the ice had melted. The sun shined brightly once again.

Saturday evenings hail storm.

Sadly it had done some damage in the garden. The lettuce have been destroyed, the Begonia leaves shredded in places but on the bright side the grass is growing rapidly in front of our eyes and once again turning a lush green.

Matt and I had planned a gentle geocaching walk for Sunday and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. We met in New Ash green and with Suzy we set off on our three mile wander. It’s the most I’ve managed to walk for quite a while as I have somehow injured my lower back a few months ago, but I’m now receiving treatment as the lockdown rules are slowly lifting. Some of the sights on route were beautiful. New blooms and lush green meadows.

Suzy made friends with a grazing horse.

Matt and I had chatted about the elderflower cordial on route. We discovered a beautiful elderflower tree in the woods so with the handy carrier bag we foraged so that Matt could make his own batch of elderflower cordial.

18 caches later and a mini tree climb, Matt not myself! It was time to head home. I didn’t realise how much I’d missed walking and caching so hopefully now I can slowly build the distance back up.

Before I had set out this morning and had done my usual check of the garden and I am so pleased to share with you that today the first lily flower that Rich bought for valentines as bulbs, has opened. A little in the morning but when I returned from the walk the most gorgeous vanilla coloured trumpet like flower was in full bloom. Stunning. It’s breaks my heart though that Rich isn’t here to see them but he is in my thoughts constantly and helped by the little things like this. He was so thoughtful to purchase bulbs rather than a bunch of flowers to give us joy in months to come. The joy is much needed at this moment.

First thing in the morning.

Also in the greenhouse the first of the cucamelons is flowering with it’s tiny fruit waiting to burst into action. Very exciting and I can’t wait to try these.

I love how the cucumbers in the greenhouse have these fascinating tendrils to hold on to their stick.

As the elderflower cordial was such a success I’d decided to make a batch of rhubarb cordial. I picked a large amount and softened them. They are now being left over night to extract all the juice ready for the next stage tomorrow.

So there we have a relaxing Sunday. One happy, sleepy Suzy from her stroll and I enjoyed some sewing time in the garden listening to the gentle sounds of the water feature.

Sunflower special edition, update 5…..

So there has been tears of laughter and yelps of joy this week. So much has happened. We have had glorious sunshine, high winds, even hail. Have all the sunflowers flourished? Has anyone been cheating? Let’s find out.

Auntie Jeanie – Its been a windy time in Bexley this week but I’ve been assured it’s the weather, not auntie Jeanie😉 Sally has been ok, she keeps requesting to moved to a different area of the garden as she is worried she will topple over. However despite a little leaf issue she is looking good. Looks like a bud is forming too.

Sally sunflower.

Nanny Bev – Over in Gravesend, despite the high winds and sunshine Gerald is being a little less awkward this week. He asked nicely for a longer support as he was shouting that he had outgrown his and bad weather was on the horizon. Not sure how he could see the horizon as he is not that tall yet!

Craig and Sam – Down by the seaside things are looking a little odd. It’s all to play for between the two as Craig who was the strongest contender, seems like his sunflower is covered in some sort of alien cocoon. Has Sam imported Poole spiders to explore the back garden? At least Brian is still AWOL and Sams flower is putting out some nice petals. But will it be enough?

Jan and Lisa – Now you may want to take a seat for this one and reach for the tissues. But are they for tears of joy or sorrow??

Jans flower is looking great, catching up nicely. Strong leaves and gained in height this week.

Jans sunflower on the left.

Lisa’s flower started off really well this week so well, Lisa went out to brave the world to purchase a new bigger pot. Whilst she was out the wind built up and tragedy stuck! The sunflower was blown over. Not just blown over but beheaded in the action. Yep the wire support cut clean through the stem and chopped it’s head off!! 🤭Lisa is mortified as you may imagine, coming home to this….

No Lisa sunflower. 😢

I will forward the details of the sunflower councillors later in case anyone has been affected by this tragedy. 🌻🌻🌻

Jo and Ben – Sun, rain, wind and hail in Dartford this week. Not just a little hail either. Massive blobs of ice pelting from the sky threatening to damage anything in their path. Jo even considered protecting SUNY with an umbrella but it was thundering at the same time so not the best idea. All we could do was watch through the window and hope for the best as the storm continued. 20 minutes later the sun broke through the clouds once again. On approaching SUNY and the sunny eight Jo noticed that the lettuce had been destroyed, the begonias had turned holy. Opps no that should be holey not holy. I know it’s Sunday but plants don’t have a religion as far as I know. There stood tall and proud still was SUNY and the sunny eight. A little war wounded but they had survived. The best news by far though is not only is SUNY regularly peeping over the fence, but he is now in bloom. Vibrant yellow petals are revealing a pin cushion black centre. He continues to unfold as we speak. Well done SUNY for surviving the storm. The sunny eight are also all standing taller and some buds are forming. It’s looking good in Dartford. X

SUNY the magnificent.
The sunny eight.

So what will happen over the next week? Will Sam’s flower burst into bud? Will Lisa sabotage Jan’s flower in revenge? Tune in next week to find out. 🌻🌻🌻🌻