I've never planted Flanders poppies before, I'm so glad I did this year, they're gorgeous.
This is one of the babies of my old lavender, which seeded itself all over the place (I've got about 6 babies from it). It obviously likes this spot, some of the flower spikes are over 6cms long and the bees love it.
The McCartney Rose. It does this every year...as much as I love it, I wish it would just pace itself a bit better and flower over a longer period. These will probably all be gone in a week or so. The apricot next to it flowered, then leafed, and now has baby apricots, all in the space of about 2 weeks...or less!
My poor confused almond. The poor thing is probably wondering how the heck that year went round so quick (it decided to flower in autumn, the weather was so warm).
Nasturtiums taking over as always. The tree in the left foreground is a Crepe Myrtle. Hubby and I have a running joke we laugh ourselves silly over every year. For the first 3 or so years we had this tree, spring would arrive, everything around it would be budding and blooming, and it would continue looking very, very dead...right up until November or later, then it would suddenly grow leaves, and flower. And each year, I'd sigh and say "I think we're going to have to pull that Myrtle out, it hasn't survived," convinced that this year it really WAS dead, and he would disagree and say it was fine. And then Hubby started getting in early..."Hmmm, Chris," he'd say, snickering, "I really think we're going to have to pull that Myrtle out." So now, we see who gets in first to say it, then both snicker like 6 years olds! Daft, I know!
I think these are pansies. See, I told you I know nothing about gardening. They were pretty and cheap, so I bought some!
Look! Over there, to the left...a tiny wood violet. Again, I don't know what kind, it may be the native violet...but it's very tough, I can tell you that. It will die off and you think "oh well, there goes the violet" and then in autumn, tiny green shoots will reappear.
The McCartney taking over Hubby's studio.
Nasturtiums and Lobelias together. Beautiful, intense colours.
As for inspiration, this week I've been revelling in the world of Brian Froud, having bought several books that I've been wanting for ages. I was introduced to Brian, and Alan Lee's book Faeries by my art teacher at school when I was about 13. It had a profound effect on me. One of the inspirational milestones in my life actually.
And the last two weeks I have also found much inspiration in these places on the winding web path:
Sometimes a Wild God
(Tom Hirons writes a poem to make you want to run barefoot through the woods and find the wild heart you've lost somewhere)
On wooing the poem. A beginner's guide.
(Tom tells us the secret...in magical prose)
Jackie Morris writes a long post with the most wonderful links (visit them ALL!)
(and if you haven't found Jackie's blog before, you're in for a treat!)
This is just one of them!
(Isn't this marvelous?! What an amazing revival of craftmanship.)
And lastly, this is just sublime!
(Make sure you read to the end to see them all. And again thank you to Jackie Morris for the link.)
The deputy head at my girls' school asked me if I was interested in running an 'art club' at the school next term. I must be getting braver, I said yes without even stopping to think. So, a group of six or seven 9-13 year olds. Hmmm, I'll have to think of a cool project we can work on over a few weeks! I'm nervous and excited, I've never done anything like this before!