Sunday, 26 May 2019

Buzzing Days at Freshwinds

The sunny garden was buzzing yesterday and not just with insects.
I don`t think I`ve ever seen so many people enjoying the surroundings except for open days and fairy days.
There were children running round dressed as fairies, wizards and even Harry Potter, adults sitting under the orchard trees, pond watching and the rabbits and tortoises had their 
fair share of admirers. 
Tim was busy doing sheep shearing demonstrations 
in the barn.
Oh there was lots going on.
The pond was teeming with wildlife, newts, pondskaters and electric blue damsel flies.
A group of about five children sat round on the logs just quietly watching the activity.
Since Anne cleared the space they have all had more room to move about.
Believe it or not.
It was very heartening to hear how much the children knew and listen to their observations.
(In between I got some odd pieces of dahlia in.)
I had to retrieve the ladybirds as their spots were fading.
I used a spirit marker .... pretty useless.
Now they have been replenished using black paint.
There are still 5 hidden round the garden which I  couldn`t find.
The irises are magnificent. One visitor and I discussed
the best way to grow them.
In full sun with rhizomes exposed to a baking from the sun.

The roses are just beginning to bloom.
In the polytunnel the tomatoes are well away and cucumbers are starting to form.


Steve put in borlotti beans.

The clary is in full blossom and will go on and on.
I love it.

And many insects enjoying the warmth of the sun.

A lovely day to start the bank holiday weekend.



  1. Love the pink and white flower, is it a poppy?
    And your cucumbers! We haven't sowed ours yet!!

  2. Yes it's a poppy and self-seeded. You would only ever need one packet.