Thursday, September 28, 2006

I tried to

photograph this table (in the library at Kilmartin), but it has a high sheen and reflects too much. I'm going to try again this weekend.
its large and quite beautiful, I think I may have posted about it before.
I may be in the library for some time. . . .

I am going on my fifth permaculture course this weekend, looking forward to the drive in my newly 'fixed' old banger. fingers crossed!!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006


she thinks there's something in the tree, I couldn't see it.

Monday, September 25, 2006

time passes, hedges grow

the corner in 2003
today, 2006
the long border in 2004
today, 2006

Saturday, September 23, 2006

bees again

this nice dark aster is attracting a lot of bees, I have a paler one as well and I think the two colours were cuttings from the same plant?
bee on a dark red sedum
bee on a sedum I think is called Strawberries and Cream
this is Cerinthe minor aurantica 'Bouquet Gold', grown from seed.
a corn cob! not sure it will mature now, the weather is turning cold and this plant is already at a 45ยบ angle due to winds.

the car has returned from the garage, its had two electrical 'thingmys' replaced and they said they 'hoped' this would solve it, I hope so too! I tried to pay for it with my new visa card which embarrasingly wouldn't work, luckily I had my bank card with me too so I paid for it with that, not sure if the bank account will stand up to that kind of abuse. The visa card people have no explanation as to why it didn't work and they want me to go and try it again to see, does this mean I have to keep shopping? I think I am too traumatised by todays expenditure to venture near any shops!!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006


in the greenhouse , out of the cold and wet to finish turning orange. or will they do this out of the light too?
very nice shelving given to me by Julia from the kayak club, thankyou!!

Monday, September 18, 2006

I like bees

these three dahlia's each have a bee on them. I must make a note to plant these next year, their late flowering has really filled in a gap for the bees, the sedums are just starting to come out too.
the biggest bee, on the bottom flower, I think I can see myself relected in its eye.

Friday, September 15, 2006

you can take a dog to water

and you just can't get it back out
enticed away with a stick. good dog.

Glesga Broon Dug

investigating the greenhouse this morning, its difficult to take her picture she's too busy.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

flowers and a dog.



up late tonight as I have just been to collect a friends dog to have to stay for the weekend. the cats are not pleased but Cara is a nice wee thing and is running away from them so they are quite pleased with themselves for being so fierce, poor dog!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

for Derrick

so you have great eye sight
as you can see my door is always open.

photograph taken in 2003, no hedges, hardly anything in the garden!

tidying up

these were origionally meant to be like windmills, going round in the wind on their little stakes, but the stakes broke so they have have become colourful decorations to hang.
bare earth begins to appear as things finish their season and are cleared away. I made stew with the last of the sugar snap peas from this spot, the last of the broad beans from behind the little fence, turnips, string beans, onions , leeks, potatoes, courgettes, a hot pepper and some tomatoes. it might be the last 'totally from the garden' meal of the year.
and I need to find a ladybird to help clear up the greenfly on the last of the sweet peas.

Monday, September 11, 2006

digging out stones

there were two bushes in front of the green bin,
which I have moved to this island bed.
and planted two goosberry bushes in that space, one red and one green. they have spent the summer in pots as I meant to do this last year and didn't get around to it.

I call this digging out stones' as the island bed produced a whole wheelbarrow full and this little bit even more. I emptied the green bin and used the compost in both beds.

Tansy is now in a major huff as this is where she used to hide to watch the birds feeding on the nuts hanging from the washing line pole.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

pumpkins and corn

just opened dahlia, patterns in nature.
the pumpkins are turning orange , the leaves have all died back but the stalks leading to them are sitll green and strong. the nastursiums are growing all through that patch now.
tall sweet corn with beans growing up them. unfortunatley no cobs though.

Friday, September 08, 2006


this viola is less than an inch across, the natursiums are still flowering
this fuchsia came from a bit of root from a plant that was a cutting from my Nana's garden in Lowfell, Newcastle.
I haven't managed to get a picture of them doing it but this is the hole that bees make in the fuscia to get the nectar out. my finger in the bottom right hand corner there, holding the flower still against the breeze.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

different view

this is a photograph of the vegetable garden from a neighbors upstairs window, across the road. just on the left is the shed and on the right is the greenhouse. it looks a lot smaller from up there! I have another neighbor to ask if I can take one of the other part of the garden, there is still 'construction ' going on so it may not be a great photo, the path is ready to get its stones now but I have to wait to see how much the car will cost to fix before spending any money. I have started some new beds, origionally I thought I would put some fruit bushes there but its too windy and I will move some of the shrubs from beside where you see the green compost bin, and put the fruiting stuff in there.
red tinge on the dahlia, they are totally covered in bees this morning.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Saturday, September 02, 2006


I love the tinge of red on this one