flowers against landscape

Crazy Pink Gladioli In a Vase on Monday

I’m really not sure why I grow ‘Glads’, as my Grandpa used to call them. I selected the subtlest of the available colours – 2 different softish pinks, and planted them around orange trees in a raised bed on the sunny side of the water tank. They have gone wild, shooting up in all directions, more every year, covering up the young orange trees and the runner beans behind them. I’m sure it’s the mixture of 3 manures (llama, chicken, and sheep) that made them go so mad – they are relatively normal where I’ve transplanted some to the other side of the water tank.

gladiola in garden with mountain papaya

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In a Kettle on Monday

The kettle belonged to C’s parents, originally used for boiling water on a wood stove, but stored in a cupboard over the last few years. When C found it, the lid fell off and almost broke his toe – it takes 2 hands to carry it when full of water. I’m looking forward to having it boiling ready for a cup of tea on the wood cook stove next winter.

flowers in old cast iron kettle

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just joey rose with statice and hydrangeas

In a Vase on Monday – Just Joey and Bridal Bouquet

Just Joey is just such a lovely and unusual rose, and although it’s not turning into a big bush, it’s in a tough place beside the driveway, continually battling off the attentions of a purple penstemon on one side and a rosemary on the other. Not to mention the weeds and grasses.
On the other side of the driveway is Bridal Bouquet, one of our first hydrangeas, and one that was bought from a nursery rather than from a cutting, so I know what it’s called.

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