If I had a flower for every time I thought of you…I could walk through my garden forever.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
My health has not been as good this week, I am not sure why, I’ve learnt to go with the flow over the last year; I don’t like it, but have learnt to go with it. I am trying not to let this latest setback bother me too much although truth be told it frustrates the hell out of me. As a result progress on most things has been slow or at best erratic. The new design has sleeves and is progressing up the yoke. The Menet pattern is so close to being done that I should just publish it but I can never let go until I have read, re-read, walked away for a day or two and then read again. Even then, from past experience I know that you almost always miss something. The good news is that the test knitters are very happy with the pattern and design and have commented on how easy but effective the yoke is to knit. They also like the fit which is something I fretted about a great deal so I am very relieved about that. If I can get things together I am hoping to have it nailed over the weekend.
With an absence of visible knitting progress I thought that we would take a walk through my garden and have a look at the flowers that have been hanging on till the last.
These Antirrhinum, or Bunny Rabbit flowers as we called them when we were children, are great self seeders in my garden. They pop up all over the place quite often in unexpected places but I let them do as they will. Some small seedlings were given to me by a neighbour and some I grew years ago and they have been here doing their best ever since.
The Honeysuckle has been feeding the bees all summer and is still flowering its’ heart out. To appreciate the scent though you need to wander into the garden at dusk when it is at its best.
This poor sweet pea plant is a real fighter. I grew it from seed some ten years ago and since then I have moved it at least three times. Each time it takes a deep breath and re-establishes itself within the season, flowering until the first frosts. This year I had to hand the grass cutting and strimming over to DH and found that he had been strimming it to the ground each week thinking it was a weed! Once I pointed this out to him though it was only a few weeks and this plucky little plant was back as usual holding no grudge whatsoever.
Similarly, this Clematis has had several homes over the years but still manages to pull through. I have no idea how old it is as it was here when we bought the house over ten years ago.
I am hoping that these will manage to ripen before the end of the season but am not holding my breath.
Finally, these spring greens should be in the allotment by now, the ground is dug for them but I just haven’t been able to go. Hopefully they will go in next week in time to establish properly before the winter.
These two suspicious looking characters joined me in the garden today for my walk. I think they were hoping I would stay a while.
Well I think that is about it. I’m off for one of these,
I may just have nailed the chocolate chip cookie thing (and you thought I’d given up – not a chance!). I need to taste a few more before reporting though, just to make sure!