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Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Garden Pleasures

Il faut cultiver notre jardin. VOLTAIRE

We've seen whirligig beetles, pond skaters, water boatmen and other bugs in our newly-refurbished pond — plus the first frog yesterday evening — so it seems to be in good health. A water lily leaf shot up from the bottom in just a week. It still looks a bit sparse, but it's early days yet... 


Roses are some of my favourite garden flowers, especially climbing roses...




I've been spending a lot of time in the garden recently — as an escape from stress, I think. Gardening is such a relaxing and pleasurable activity. (Now, I wouldn't have said that when I was younger!)

8 comments:

pilgrimpace said...

Just take care when you are climbing roses ;)
Seriously, though, it's lovely to see your pictures. I'm waiting for the overwhelming scent of the Himilayan Musk which has smothered one of our apple trees. It - like everything else - is very late this year.

Andy

The Weaver of Grass said...

I love climbers too - especially ramblers Robert (you seem to fit into both categories). I have Alexander Girault rambling over the calf house. He only flowers once a season but what a show he puts on. I have Albertine, possibly my favourite rose, in the front garden. Sadly she is very prone to blackspot and mildew. When I asked an 'expert' for advice on how to get rid of the blackspot he said dig the rose up and buy another variety. I can't bear to do that so am tackling it head on this year.

Dominic Rivron said...

You can never be sure WHAT you're going to find popping up in a pond...

(see Facebook)

am said...

Just as I was looking at your pond, a bell rang!

http://www.fungie.info/bell/#

The bell reminds me to step away from the computer every 30 minutes and take a break. I was looking for a stretch reminder program for Macs, and realized I could set this mindfulness bell up instead.

Although I don't have a garden except for plants on my porch, I definitely need to find activities where I truly give myself a break.

Thank you for sharing your pond and roses. And the first frog.

Ruth said...

Very beautiful! I just love the design of your pond. I think it already looks fantastic.

I like am's idea.

Laura said...

A beautiful garden! We also have a pond and I recently added some goldfish. I highly recommend watching fish as a stress reliever.

The Solitary Walker said...

Thanks, everyone, for your lovely comments. I do enjoy reading them.

Dominic – I think Nessie may have laid eggs! Or does she live birth? I get confused.

The Solitary Walker said...

Laura — we had fish in a previous pond, and a heron ate them all! Decided against fish in this one, as we don't want to obscure and uglify with heron-proof netting...