With fine warm weather at the start of the week, we have enjoyed having lunch and morning coffee in the garden. All around us the insects are buzzing, New this week has been a Humming Bird Hawkmoth which must have overwintered, and on Thursday Mr S had to rescue one from the conservatory, at the same time as an Ashy Mining Bee, which is very distinctive with its black and white furry stripe on the thorax and black shiny abdomen. At last a little rain on Friday, and this morning plants appear to have grown overnight.
(1) Painting the bench and table....
A job I ought to have done for some time. I even began to wonder whether the bench was beyond redemption. We have paint in stock, so under the current conditions: reduce the number of journeys and that includes the person who comes to deliver things, shut down recycling centre or the opportunity to offer this to maybe someone with a lotti, I decided a refurbishment was in order.
I put this down to my exercise for the day, on account of the numerous squats, bends, lifting etc.
With help, from Mr S, in that he had to go looking in his beautifully ordered storage for all the components: sand paper, scaper, luckily in store a full tin of paint, dust sheet, tin opener, protective gloves, paint brush. I set to work and just went at it methodically. Sanding and preparing one day, and on Thursday two coats, finished in time for the glorious rain on Friday.
I first painted the old bench blue as a bit of a pick me up in 2008, This must be its fourth coat of paint. The bench is now over 20 years old! The table is cherished as it was made for me by my friend Steve, from old pallets.
This is our shaded lunch time spot now with a smart table and bench.
(2) Lurking under the bench all winter has been a fuchsia.
Usually it get far more protection. Mr S was wondering whether it was in the 'ready to be despatched' section. It must have started flowering unseen about January. A re pot, trim and good feed in order I think to bring it back in due course to a reasonable standard.
(3) Iris in flower
|Miniature Iris Knick Knack|
|Mystery Dutch Iris|
(4) Gradually picking up leaves brought down by gales earlier in the week. It was either too hot and evenings were spent watering, or I had benches to paint or whatever....maybe next week. Evergreen oak leaves take long to breakdown and tend to blot out the light from small plants, seedlings etc, but made excellent hedgehog bedding. For now I am laying them along the edge of the stone wall.
(5) Rather than picking up leaves, I have been stepping across to inhale the wonderful scent of the apple blossom on Apple D'Arcy Spice.
|Apple D'Arcy Spice in flower|
|Dicentra cucullaria detail|
Lamprocapnos spectabilis ‘Alba’