This morning before the sun has really cleared the sky of the fine haze shortly after six, , I brought the vase I put the blooms into last night, into the conservatory to have sufficient light to take a picture. All these blooms come from just one stem of Rose Grace. The two bushes were cut following the fist surge of blooms only a couple of weeks ago, but before the other stems had finished, the plant sent up a new strong stem. There is was, s standing out above the other pruned branches. With secateurs in hand from some other job, it took only a second to cut the stem out and convert the bush to a more harmonious shape. The prunnings went into the vase with some stems of Persicaria Red Dragon, which keep being used. They are full of roots in the water, and were waiting to get potted up. The Persicaria Red Dragon was a gift from the Cathy. I just keep on propagating it, and it gets passed on to any visitors who like it!
Cathy is the wonderful constant creator of IAVOM, who week in and week out, produces and herds us together. Her post for this week is 'Dotty'.... Cathy is a great one for adding props, so this week my brass lizard shows just how hot it has been. The arrangement is back on the mantelpiece where it is cooler and should survive a few days.
It has been very hot, and my rain dances have been letting the garden down....even when other areas of the country have received deluges, and the weather map shows rain over this area, still nothing...Parts of the garden need watering, and it seems to take all my spare time to water pots and favourite plants I don't wish to loose. The internet went down, and after visits from BT and a new router, we are thankfully reconnected.
I picked this book up quite by chance in the library. I had to go to Town and just needed a cool down, so headed to the library with its air conditioning, and all I felt like doing was having a sit down. My eyes roamed the shelves for something, and maybe it was the botanic theme of the cover and the short introductions, but having brought this home, I have enjoyed both the style and the story. Now I need to find another novel.....