Artist Trading Cards
It rained most of last night and this morning and finally stopped about tea time. We are awash! I did get out and take some photos though - I thought it was about time. Just before that, I'll show you my ABC/ATC for the letter 'O' that I have just done, it is 'O' for 'Ornament'.
It's a Christmas tree ornament, of which I have many! This is going to Marianne in The Netherlands. I have just received her 'M', which is for Maneki Neko, a cat of some sort but it is very beautiful, as are all Marianne's ACTs.
The colours are much brighter than my photo shows.
The Deenery Garden
As usual there are rather a lot. You may have to make more than one visit! What a cheek I have:
A white cornflower. Rachel (Leatherdyke UK) loves these, and lupins - coming up.
Dahlias in the front garden
This is the second flowering for this pretty pink and white fuchsia.
Jim sowed these annual delphiniums from seed. More below:
The one above is such a delicate blue.
As is this one from the Arboretum bed.
The geraniums are still flowering well.
This pretty yellow begonia is struggling underneath some tomatoes.
As is this one, but I just love the shape of this - before it opens.
The white lily flowered today, here are the stamen.
The white lily with more buds coming.
Isn't the bud a wonderful shape?
The gladioli are still flowering well
This one is a sort of lime greeny yellow and has frilly edges to the petals.
More wonderful cactus dahlia and orange ones below:
Lovely tall pink phlox in the front garden.
This is the same bed, to the left of the phlox. It's a bit dark at the bottom but you can see yellow achilla, crimson cosmos and purple liatris. If you look carefully you can see Jim and some of Buster!
BlackJack decided to get into the act! Here he is among the African marigolds and gazania.
Fabulous dianthus at the bottom of the Fairy Hill.
The path at the back of the Sleeping Shed was a river today!
The pink hydrangea head with a little green spider. It's probably waiting to catch that fly on the right of it.
At the bottom of the Fairy Hill, this stream appeared today. It's usually just a ditch.
You can see the phlox I pictured before behind the yellow lupin.
The Grotto bed is thriving. This is a montage of it. The fern on the left is doing incredibly well.
Another montage, this time of the montbretia, which we have in abundance all over our acreage.
I love this pretty buddleia which is by our gate. There is also a huge bush in the orchard.
There aren't many roses in flower at the moment, but here's one bud that's survived the deluges.
Plus this rather delicate pinkish white one.
The Arboretum bed is looking amazing, really full. Here are a few photos of it:
Another lupin, I love the colour of this against the black sambucus.
The purple one also makes a good contrast.
A long shot from the house side.
One of the perennial delphiniums which Jim grew from seed this year. They shouldn't flower until next year but nobody told them that.
A pretty pale pink and white dahlia.
This one has been stunning.
As has this, with the little white tips to the petals.
Sambucus 'Black Lace' with a pink cosmos flower behind it.
A joiner I did of the arboretum bed. It's a bit washed out I'm afraid. If you click on it it's much clearer.
On the other side of the Arboretum is an acer and fuchsia bed. These have flowered non-stop.
Here is the fuchsia/acer bed. It's also the bird feeding station at the moment until our back garden is sorted after the build. Ha ha! The grass is too long but it's so wet we can't mow it.
Well, that's the lot for today. I know, there were rather a lot.
I hope everyone's had a good weekend, and better weather than we've had.