Over the last few months whilst I've been recuperating Mr. P. has been getting on with his gardening and vegetable/fruit growing. The Summer flowering plants give a good display every year and fill our flower beds in our small plot of land around the house, front and back. From experience new plants that we buy, apart from roses, are now grown in pots otherwise they seem to get eaten by pests. I've had to dig up many new plants in the past and transfer them to pots. Most of the Summer flowers have gone over now so the garden looks different from the first lot of photos below. Some of the lavender has been cut, but there's still more flower heads to be harvested. Mr. P. brought a bunch indoors and I had to think where to put them. Usually I cut the stems fairly short and put them in large paper bags to completely dry out until I can make some lavender bags. A large floor vase in our entrance hall was the most suitable place I could find until then. (It's cracked so I store large umbrellas in it. It's one I inherited and I don't really like it, but I thought I would research it and found out that it's retro Scheurich pottery). Now the lavender fills the entrance hall with a lovely fragrance.
We haven't sat out in the garden these past couple of months as much as I thought we would as there have been mosquitoes about even though we don't have any stagnant water to attract them. Mr. P. had to work on his raised beds of vegetables and got bitten a lot despite using a repellent. No. 2 daughter gave us a small table that she didn't need herself. Mr. P. gave it a new coat of varnish and it's now suitable for use in the garden. No 1. daughter arranged for a small solar powered water feature to be sent to us. Thankfully we've had sunny days when it's been working, the water flowing and making a relaxing sound.
I've been able to get out for short periods of time to do something enjoyable and relaxing, although there have been many outpatient hospital appointments as well as the times actually in hospital. There are less appointments at the moment. I'm still waiting to be assessed for radiotherapy and in the meantime I shall be having more scans for different reasons. No. 1 daughter came to stay for a week or two, but has gone back home now as the school where she works started the new term today. After the two health incidents when I was rushed to hospital I've rather lost confidence in going out on my own, but it has been good to go out with the family instead. One of the trips was to the local garden centre where I bought a rose for our daughter to take back to her home in Berkshire. It's called 'Thinking of You'.
We also went to Cannon Hall Estate and Museum in the Barnsley area - not too far up the M1 motorway from us - where we enjoyed being in the parkland and walled garden and where there were some interesting exhibitions of wonderful Moorcroft and De Morgan ceramics and a display of retro dresses made by a local seamstress and displayed in the beautifully furnished rooms full of period pieces and to Worsbrough Reservoir, also near Barnsley, where there's a restored working flour mill - more about these trips another time, but here are some photos in the meantime.
|Morning Glory "Grandpa Ott"|
|The Walled Garden, Cannon Hall|
The strawberries from the garden are now just a distant memory, but we've enjoyed the first of the two melons that were successfully grown in the covered yard and now we're gathering the figs. The different varieties of tomatoes have done fairly well over the last few months - not great quantities, but enough to eat fresh, make tomato sauce for pasta dishes and bottle some. Mr. P. still thinks the San Marzano Romano plum tomatoes are the best variety for him to grow, but this year he also grew a bush variety- Heartbreaker - from the Sutton Seeds pack he was given last Christmas which produced lots of small tomatoes early on that were good for salads and also he's been pleased with the crop from the variety, Gardener's Delight.
|Heartbreaker - end of June|
|the early stage of the musk melon|
Finally, this is the garden today - rather cloudy so the photos are not the best. However, the sunflowers are a cheery sight, especially the one growing up into the fig tree.