Sunday, 22 June 2014

A Garden update and other things

Friday was Matt's last GCSE.  I can't tell you how good it feels for this household.  Although he still has some school sporting commitments, and will be picking up AS holiday work next week, the heavy burden of continual exams is over for another year.

The downside of Friday night was that another local school fifth form also finished for the year.  After their prom, they had a party / camp night in the field next to my house.  I know it's only once a year, but 2 hours sleep is not good for me!  The music went on until 3.30am, and then the birds were awake just after 4.  I did manage to sleep again until 5.30, but that was about it.  It was an early night for me last night.

Yesterday was the leavers service, prize giving and sports day at Matts school.  Due to lack of sleep, and needing to get on with "stuff" I opted out of the first bit of the day, having dropped Matt to school for 9am so he could sing, and play in the Jazz band.

I went back to join everyone for the BBQ and sports at lunchtime.  Matt ran the 1500m - which was tough in such heat, but he came 3rd.  Not bad for a rugby player.  He's not built for long distance running!

It is quite a social event - you will be glad to know that we did leave our Pimms to go and watch our sons race!

Today, I have some time to myself.  I am currently sitting in the garden, having finished the weekend chores, and before I need to leave to go and visit my mum.  Cup of tea by my side.  The boys have gone to play golf.  I hope to get back after a walk with mum, with enough time to do some crochet in the garden.  I like nothing more than sitting outside with my crochet, listening to the sounds of the birds, and breathing in the scents of the garden.  It's a perfect time of the year.

After some work yesterday evening, the garden is looking much neater.  I might even be winning the battle with some of the weeds!

 Alium heads

Grasses in the sun

 Some sort of scabious - it's a huge plant
 Delicate astrantia

 Summer snow clematis - the plant is literally covered in these little flowers.  It's making a stunning display as it climbs the tree.

Got to love roses at the moment.  A shame you can't smell them too! 

And the lillies

And pinks

This rose seems to start yellow and then fade to pink!

Hollyhock buds waiting to open

Possibly my favourite rose

Here is what is in flower at the moment.  It all still seems quite early.  August is never very colourful in my garden, but I fear it may be worse than usual as even the fuchsias are almost in flower.  Oh well - you can't beat nature.

Wishing you a happy Sunday.



  1. Your flowers are looking beautiful, Sara. Everything is in bloom now. Good for Matt, I'm so glad he's done for the summer. I can imagine how relieved you all must be. I hope he has an enjoyable summer break. I also hope you're caught up on sleep by now. :)

  2. I hope that you had a good weekend and got some sleep eventually!! Your roses are stunning Sara!!!!! Really really beautiful, you do have such a lovely garden!!! I hope that the exams all went really well for Matt and that he gets good results. Roll on summer holidays hey! xx

  3. Your roses are looking spectacular. Your close up flower shots are always wonderful. I'm glad you can all relax a little now Matt's GCSEs are over. Have a great weekend. x

  4. Such beautiful photo's Sara - your garden must look wonderful !
    Enjoy your weekend, Kate x

  5. Everything is flowering early isn't it. And fruiting early too. There is even an apple tree with all but ripe fruit just down the lane by the school.

    Here I am catching up with everyone after my break from knitsofacto, and you all seem to be off on summer breaks of your own. And in such lovely weather. Hope you're having a great summer Sara.