It was a glorious summer day today, I spent most of the day outside and even wore my shorts! I picked some wild flowers from the hedgerow around the farm before they wilted in the heat, they are so pretty I thought I'd share them with you.
I am very fortunate to work close to a beautiful parkland area and rockery garden. It is actually part of a former psychiatric hospital which is now used in different ways since the introduction of care in the community. I sat on a bench and ate my lunch in the sunshine looking at all the stunning trees and shrubs. The garden is definitely at it's best in the spring and early summer.
There are many Rhoddedendron bushes in the gardens, this yellow flowering one was looking really good, some of them have started to deteriorate already.
One of my favourite things about this garden are the two Magnolia trees, particularly this one with the pink cup shaped flowers, they are so beautiful, they really bring a smile to my face.
Another favourite is the 'Handkerchief Tree' Davidia involucrata (dove tree, handkerchief tree, pocket handkerchief tree, ghost tree). I don't think I've ever seen this tree in such excellent condition, the white bracts blow in the breeze like handkerchiefs.
I'm not sure what this tree is, but it also has lovely blossoms and was completely covered in them.
I really enjoyed being out in the sunshine during my lunch break, it just makes you feel so much better. I hope it will last till the weekend.
are very green now in my view, you can see that our neighbour has taken
the first crop of silage off the field behind the shed.
planted up my tubs on Saturday, you would have thought this was late
due to the weather, but I always leave it until the last weekend in May
as we often have late frosts or strong winds which really set the plants
back. Fingers crossed they will not have to suffer any bad weather, at
least until they are established. You can also see that the table has
appeared on the patio, we were able to eat out on the Bank Holiday
weekend, not quite warm enough this past weekend for sitting outside.
is a bit of a closer look at what is going on in the field in the
distance. Our neighbours are having some draining work done. My
grandson enjoyed watching the digger.