I was wrong.
Everything was overgrown, gone over and a little bit messy.
Why had I taken the time to weed before leaving?
Still, it's nice to feel needed I suppose.
My father in law had tended to the watering so my succulents, grasses and Bamboos were very happy and healthy and most likely dreading the return of their forgetful and neglectful mother.
Collecting seeds from the Nigella and the Poppies is such a satisfying pleasure. I was carefully not to get any in my eye this time.
The apples have been good this year. A bit early perhaps, but tasty so no complaining here.
Curly Boy collecting apples from the mini Katy Apple tree.
Everybody's Good at Cooking Something...
Over the last year or so, I have made an effort to hold myself back in the garden with elaborate plans and planting. I've reduced the number of plants that I have in pots (sometimes killing them off by mistake) and not planting/buying anything fussy or new.
Apart from a few seasonal perk-me-pot and basket flowers, I am trying to keep it simple.
Acknowledging and accepting that I simply don't have/make the time to dedicate towards high maintenance gardening.
It takes enough time to cut the grass, trim the hedges, weed, etc.
Perhaps in a few years time, I will find/make more time for more adventurous gardening, but in the meantime I will just make sure that I enjoy the efforts or hard work that others have put into gardening.
Although it was a very rainy day, we enjoyed a day out to Nuffield Place and appreciated their gardens and home.