light pink carpet rose
dark pink carpet rose
an unnamed beauty
(climber 'New Dawn' died back to the ground over winter so will be flowering later than usual)
and in the backyard bird garden, Candy Oh 'Vivid Red'
The walkway continues along the south side of the house where there is no turf grass.
'Happy Returns' is dotted along the slope by the house.
Evening primrose in the backyard.
A garden club plant sale purchase which appears to be a form of euphorbia but I cannot find a name for it. Any suggestions?
Blogging sister Vee suggested I should mention what I do with my peony petals. Many years ago I wrapped some ribbon around the handle of this small wicker basket and added a bow and rosebud. Each year I collect a few handfuls of spent petals and toss them in to dry out. On the left is last year's faded and dusty collection and on the right, a fresh addition. They don't keep their fragrance for very long so I will add a couple of drops of a scented oil now and then. Homemade pot pourri.
I went strawberry picking earlier in the week, came home and baked a Queen Victoria sponge cake. A sliver with my afternoon tea is all I need as there's lots of whipped cream and calories involved.
Steep with the ceramic lid on, then lift the whole thing out and put the teapot lid back. It's a fine mesh that keeps rooibos leaves and their powder contained. I'll show the iced tea infuser pitcher I purchased as well another time. (anyone who doesn't have a David's Tea nearby, they have a mail order service)
My newest fairy garden. I've been thinking about how to use the miniature tea room house and decided to put it in a saucer. The bottom is lined with sahara (dry medium for flower arranging) so I could stick the rose and iris garden in. The terra cotta pot has a face moulded on the front and the shepherd's hook has a silver teapot hanging from it. Such fun creating these!
Next week I'm going to write a fairy garden 101 post as a few bloggers have expressed an interest in creating their own.
Happy Gardening, Take Time for Tea!