Aljonushka, a favourite plant

Ten year ago when I left my last house, one of the plants that I dug up to take with me was quite an unusual clematis. It had taken me quite a while to find, but now it’s easily sourced.

It was created in the botanic gardens in the Crimea, hence it’s a tough little beauty. Every year I ignore it and back it comes to flower for several weeks each summer.

When I found this clematis, she was known as Ajonushka, now she seems to have several versions, Alyonushka, Alionushka and Aljenushka. Whatever you choose to call her, if you see her in your garden centre, she’s worth every penny!

The 3 Day Quote Challenge

Jo’s 3 day quote challenge was the first I came across and I thought oooh I want to do that one. So I begged her to pick me (in fact my bottom lip was out because she didn’t pick me first 🙂

Now I wouldn’t mind some help getting rid of these today,

but, the chances of that are zilch, so Instead I’ll remember the great Audrey Hepburn’s words.

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it’s at the end of your arm, as you get older, remember you have another hand: The first is to help yourself, the second is to help others

What do I like about these words? Well it’s a reminder that I’m pretty resilient, and to be kind to those who are less so.

The rules of the challenge are simple,

Thank the person who chose you, cheers darling

Post a quote for three consecutive days

Say why you like your quotes

Invite three blogging friends to join in

I’m inviting Issy who’s full of wisdom and creativity herself

Amy whose photography talent I admire

and Margi an infrequent blogger, who I’d really like to see blog more often and a friend of nearly ten years

Join in if you have time and inclination 🙂 Margi don’t panic it isn’t a photo challenge!

Spring plants in the rain

I walked down my road from work today , with my neighbour Katie and she admired the euphorbia draping itself over my garden wall. I thanked her because it had self seeded from hers! We decided it was at it’s best, even better than her mother plant and that I should take a photo.

So as I’d got the camera out, I decided to see what else was happening.

I must say it’s nice to get home in daylight and next week will be even better. The weather’s been squally again, bright sunshine, then short, sharp showers and some very heavy rain and wind. I think the plants enjoyed the freshness.