Things I love most of all about being in my summer garden : the water features (a water race and a large irrigation pond). And the clean, running water which fills both. Clean enough to drink, and swim in (when summer gardening gets too hot).
Monday 14th December
This morning I've been standing in the water race weeding the banks and trimming Phormium leaves. The water is cool, clear, and refreshing for the gardening feet. Have been working down near Duck Lawn, where I planted some clumps of Japanese Irises last winter. Already I've seen one flowering bright yellow. They'll be much happier here in full sun.
New Spot for Irises
The Gunnera leaves are getting bigger every week, and the spinky stems make travel down the water race rather interesting. Ouch!
Fishing Gnomes by the Pond
The pond is gorgeous in summer. The gnomes enjoy their fishing, the dogs swim in it to fetch their sticks, and yesterday Non-Gardening Partner had to dive in under the water to fix something on the pipe intake. He immersed himself really slowly, shivering, while I mercilessly took photographs.
Man in Pond
The dogs took no notice of him - I expected them to want to investigate. No - unless it's a flying stick or a zooming tennis ball (or a duckling), it's simply not interesting enough. The pond water is a bit cold for me - I haven't been in there yet for a swim.
Schubert and Hindemith
Now I plan to do some piano practice (am sloshing through some Schubert for sight-reading, and trying to create beauty with Hindemith's piano sonatas). Then, when the sun's a little less fierce, I'll go back outside.
Winnie and the Gnomes