I usefully spent time detangling these agate windchimes whilst drinking my mid morning cup of tea today. Instead of tinkling gently with every puff of wind even the slightest movement of air sounded like someone washing glasses after a very large party, and washing them carelessly at that – all this exacerbated when the Gofer was attacking the plum trees, sending branches crashing down below and interrupting the natural movement of the chimes. I moved them for their own safety and now they seek a new home as the little twig they were suspended from has been shredded, along with its neighbours.
Whilst they were absent by design, my Peter Nyssen bulb order has gone AWOL – even though I knew orders can be sent out as late as November I managed to get my order in relatively early this year, at the beginning of August, so I finally decided to email and check on its progress. It was dispatched, it seems, around 5 weeks ago and could be tracked to the courier’s depot but no further…… Either they are mouldering away somewhere (but think of those colchicums!) or someone has been busy planting them in their own garden. Peter Nyssen will send a replacement order as soon as they can, but some items were out of stock and although that’s one way of reducing the size of the order it is still a shame. On the upside, though, it’s less bulbs for me to plant!
Off the straight and narrow are my haphazard rows of seedlings in the greenhouse in the bed vacated by some of the tomatoes, the first time I have sown anything directly into the soil here – salad leaves and rocket, with one of the multitudinous packets of unused carrot seeds sown just out of the picture but not yet germinating. The others were up and raring to go in literally in just a few days, and join the aquilegia seedlings (and still ripening peppers) in justifying regular visits to the bottom of the garden where the greenhouse is. While rambling down there I can also take in the colour in the left hand hot border, where this thunbergia still thrills me with the depth and vibrancy of its particular shade of orange and I have finally managed to grab a photo of a belated flower on Hemerocallis ‘Mini Stella’ before it disappears. And OK, there are dahlias too, but are they worth waiting for? I am not sure.