We are early risers and one of the first things my husband and I do is to take our breakfast tea and either sit in the covered yard or wander around the garden. At this time of the year there's always something new; plants flowering, fruit and vegetables in different stages of maturity.
As well as growing seeds he has collected or he has been given, my husband sticks cuttings in pots. If I've been given a bouquet of flowers, especially carnations or even roses, he takes cuttings and they seem to flourish.
This carnation growing under the fig tree was a cutting from a gift of flowers. There's also a creamy white one, but the flowers have died down now.
The roses that Mr. P, the live-in gardener, has grown in pots from similar cuttings are doing well. This one I shall never know the name of since it was originally in a bouquet.
The first poppy that we think is 'Patty's Plum' has flowered. Our daughter gave us some seeds and as she's coming to stay she will be pleased to see it. They've been sown sparingly, firstly in pots before planting out, as it's easy to be overwhelmed by self setting seedlings later on.
A miscellany of images here: Gino finds a cool and shady place to sleep during the day. Beans and other vegetables in planters and pots, herbs, garlic bulbs and a new vine in a pot are all part of our garden scene. In the kitchen I found a butterfly resting on a fridge magnet with an image of a glass of wine and some grapes! Happily it flew away out into the covered yard and then off into the garden.