Mayday, mayday

The last couple of weeks have seen a lot (!) of rain and quite a lot of warm sun. This has ignited the burgeoning vegetation into growth, with the result that the garden is a hazy shade of blue from the forget-me-nots and bluebells, punctuated by hotter colours from patches of wall flowers and the tulips in their tubs. The Hostas are putting on a lot of growth, so I moved them onto the shady gravel area, but the hellebore bracts are still quite colourful, so I didn’t have the heart to banish them to their summer retirement home. Don’t know where the huge Euphorbia came from, I didn’t plant it. It now looks more like a Triffid. In the greenhouse, the tomato plants are almost ready for planting out into growbags, and I need to start the process of hardening off the begonias and bizzie lizzies, which will end up in the hanging baskets. The grass badly needs mowing but it hasn’t had time to dry out for the past couple of weeks, I’m hoping for a dry weekend, but as it is a Bank Holiday weekend, I will not be holding my breath.

http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/s/c/bin/slideshow.swf

All pictures taken with my Pentax K10D, 16-45mm lens and a circular polariser.

It is also the time of year that I step my cycling into high gear (pun intended) in preparation for the Wight Diamond Challenge. It has really been a struggle to get some fitness, this year, but in the past week it seems to be coming together, and I managed two rides, one of 47 miles and one of 35 miles, both a mixture on on and off road, and managed to get caught in only one downpour. Both rides were chosen for their hilly nature, the longer ride being around Marlow/Hambledon/Fingest/Munday Dean, and the shorter around Penn/Beaconsfield/Jordans/Seer Green (and no I didn’t bump into Ozzy Osbourne). This year I’m riding the full WDC navigator, so that’ll be seven hours on day one and five hours on day two, to pick up as many control points from around the Island as I can manage. Suicide by Heart Attack, I think it is called.

Anyway, on the ride this afternoon, I passed through miles and miles of bluebell woods, and it reminded me that I need to get my cameras out into the woods. The bluebells in my garden are the more blowsy Spanish Bluebells, and not our native, subtle, Bluebells, with a darker colour and better scent.

~ by @mmonyte on May 1, 2008.

One Response to “Mayday, mayday”

  1. As my friend Diana might say, Dang, Skippy! That’s awesome! (kind of a cross between California beach and Alabaman: let’s call it Southern Surfer Speak).

    Fabulous color in your garden, and those bluebells are darling. I remain hopeful that at least one of the plants in my garden will survive what is promising to be a very hot and dry summer. Wish we could trade some rain with the UK.

    OK, so now I am convinced that your raised bed method is perfection.

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