A visit to a friend's garden last week:
"What's in a Name?"
A lot. I love this name. It's kind of kooky, and it's a mini cross between a watermelon and a cucumber, so it's funky.
Interesting and new.
They are just so good at growing things and they work so hard at it. It embarrasses me to say that I enjoying tinkering with a bit of gardening after I have seen what can be done.
Beautiful Garden. And so satisfying to be able to graze while you gaze.
Back in our own garden, the Hubby and I stole a moment to go on a spontaneous apple picking date.
while the kids were busy doing this:
We weren't interrupted and it just felt romantic. I love day dates. Night dates require more effort. Stolen moments when you can get them.
This soppy, gushy mood of mine may have been enhanced by experimenting with our homemade lemonade and adding a splash of vodka to my glass.
Delicious. But I imagine gin would have been even nicer.
(Recipe tweaked a bit from Nigella Lawson's recipe for Pink Lemonade. Super Easy and Yum. https://www.facebook.com/themilkshedstore I made batches using half the amount of water so that it could be used as a cordial and we added sparkling water and/or vodka/gin. Also we just threw the things together without measuring exactly.)
Back to the garden.
The wasps have been overjoyed with these apples and the consumed apples have been falling fast. The compost bin smells of cider. We wanted to save some for ourselves before they had them all. Last year, there were only a couple of apples on this tree. This year is booming!
We weren't sure if they would be cooking or eating apples, so we had to test them.
Perfect eating apples, but I plan a batch of crumble too with some local blackberries. I love free food!
And now moving onto to Nature Watch; The Very Busy Spider has caught a wasp.
The wisteria is finally taking off after a couple of years of not doing much. But I'm having some issues with commitment and I'm not sure if I really want it; and if I do, do I want it in this spot? But whether I'm ok with the decision or not, it looks like my girlfriend is finally moving in. I keep finding her tendrils and business all up in my stuff.
I'm sure we'll get along fine. (trying to convince myself that this was not a rash decision based on wisteria envy of friends. Just because I liked it on other houses, doesn't mean it will work with mine.) I think I'm just worried that she is going to be all frilly and fluffy and it won't be a bachelor pad anymore. No, seriously, it might be too pretty and whimsy for me. But my preferences change all the time so I'll stick with it for now. Until she blooms next spring?
I like how the flowers on the curry plant have dried.
And now we have tightrope walking spiders!
This taught, thin, thread was stretched across the length of the garden; from the washing line to the apple tree.
No spiders in sight though.
Or it's a spider's laser-like alarm system...
Bamboo shadows at dusk
I know I have shown this one before, but I like how the way the new babes grow from under the mama is very much how kids hide under their mum's skirts. (which is one reason I always wear leggings and dresses.) Or suckling puppies. Anyway, I thought it was cute
And I leave you with the thriving Oxalis.
I cannot wait to have a snoop round the gardens tomorrow!