I've awarded myself this lovely Busy Bee Badge, by Debbie Colby. My very dear friend Jayne came down for the day, and on our travels around various open studios in Kenilworth, also popped into Sew Arty to get Jayne some crochet hooks. Its green, its got a lovely bee on it, hand made, so I just could not walk by and not get this.
Yesterday I made a whole lot of delicious apricot jam with Kernels, which I have written about on my other blog....
During the evenings when it has been a little cooler, I've been tidying up in the garden, and weeding the stones. Germinations of the Carex Comans Bronze Form needs to be kept in check. A bonus is that from that level, I can see all the bumble bees on the new and old thymes, which make them worthwhile growing.
Last week, I was in a particular rush on the Wednesday of the Kenilworth Horticural Club Meeting, and very nearly decided not to go. Meeting up with Knitting Friends in the morning, then a visit to my Uncle and Aunt to take honey to them, then back to cook, and then out early to stage entries....But my conscience pricked. I 'volunteered' for the Committee, after I stepped down from being Chairman of Kenilworth in Bloom, and felt that the rest of the committee would complain that I was not supporting the club! So very early as I went for my usual tiptoe down the garden, I cut a few blooms, and put them in a bucket of water. They were not as good as I would have liked, and almost all the roses were resting. Its been a strange growing season, flowers coming earlier than usual then all the heavy rain...but it is the same for other gardeners. Here is the outcome, with the shield for best in show for the white pinks! No the judges do not know the name of the entrants...and then only judge when the room is empty! I had popped in, then gone to do the shopping with the car on the way back, then quick dinner, then back to the club.
I was really pleased to receive the well rooted plantlets of Phuopsis Stylosa which were potted up immediately, before I took the flowers to the show!
Looking particularly good at the moment is this Silver Jade succulent which has spent the last couple of months baking on the patio...I have five magnificent stems in flower.
and Super Excelsa on the pergola by the shed. This is now blooming after the other roses have finished their first flushes
Also in full flower is a big clump of alstromeria, growing in quite the wrong place, but which yields plenty of cutting material. It was given to me about six years ago by a fellow Kenilworth in Bloom Committee Member, and which was unnamed. Its large enough to need splitting and replanting in a better place, so that is now on my list of jobs to do, when the time is right.
I was cutting out the seed heads on the Iris Sibrica and think they make a nice addition to this bunch, but already hints of autumn are creeping into my bouquets.