Six word Saturday

Iona and James ready to Djembe.

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It’s elemental

One of the most memorable destinations I’ve visited is India, a country of contrasts, it’s both backward and progressive. wealthy and poor, rainy and has monsoon and drought.

These little dwellings were in the Thar desert, Rajasthan.The earth was parched and only big old trees had any greenery. I can’t imagine how enough food was produced for people and livestock, but somehow they scrape an existence.

The air was filled with the sound of the helicopter flypass over  over Britannia Royal naval College, when my son passed out at the end of his officer training. It was a very proud mummy day, because he’d jumped from Chief Petty Officer to Sub-lieutenant.

I’ve chosen earth and air for Amy’s elemental Lens artist challenge this week, but you can choose fire, wood or water as well.

 

A work in progress

This year the front garden is getting some serious attention at last. For many reasons, its been neglected in recent years, and the longer something gets left, the harder it is to make a start isn’t it? It’s south facing, and slopes to a four foot wall above the path, so quite difficult to work in because its elevated.

This area leading to the front gate has a John Downie crab apple tree, lovely in blossom and with an abundance of pretty fruit. But the roots spread far and wide, so planting nearby is difficult. I’ve  cleared a lot of campanula, forget me not, marigolds and cerinthe, from here, all of which are sprouting again of course. I think I acquired the rhubarb some years ago and randomly planted there because I couldn’t think of anywhere else. It’s never produced very well though.

I’ve planted salvias, French lavender, Gaura, Scabious and  Osteospermum so far. The Japonica is self seeded from one that was dug up a few years ago.

Here’s my long suffering geranium, a favourite brought from my last garden, that’s being invaded by Wood Geum, a pest that I’m digging up everywhere.

A couple of exotics that are staying for now, unlike this one that took two days to dig up.

A couple of spaces waiting for some new plants,

This euphorbia is too big but I don’t know how to get it out without poisoning myself 🙂

and the lavender will dazzle in a few weeks time when the flowers spill over the wall.

House leeks and hardy geraniums are such generous plants, they haven’t minded being ignored.

Leading up to the front door is the space in front of the arch where I’ve taken out the monster. There’s a brand new clematis, but I’ll photograph it when it’s grown a little.

Meanwhile peep the other way. I know it looks untidy, but it’s getting there.

By the end of this summer I hope to have found some nice plants, so that next year it will look really nice. If my back can cope and if the Spanish bluebells don’t take revenge and multiply! So that’s what I’m up to, instead of blogging and visiting you my friends.