Thursday, 14 June 2007

Our Little Corner Of Paradise In Mid-June

24 comments:

RUTH said...

Thank you so much for the tour of your garden...exactly what I would aspire to if I had more space. Enjoy your paradise as I enjoy mine.

A wildlife gardener said...

Welcome, Ruth. This is the time when the nectar borders and the ponds bring colour, contrasting with the gentler tones of the spring bulbs, and the wildlife comes to our garden. I wanted to share some of it with all my blogging friends.

Bimbimbie said...

... heavenly - your cats are doing just what I'd want to do, what a gorgeous spot to nap and stretch whilst enjoying the birdsong and breathe in the garden - is there a large clump of catnip near the marmalade cat? didn't make any movement as you wandered by *!*

A wildlife gardener said...

Hello again, bimbimbie! Jaffa, was snoozing on the woolly carpet thyme, thymus pseudolanuginosus. It's beautifully soft and highly scented. On balmy summer evenings he sometimes prefers to sleep outside, lying on this thyme...

martin said...

Fantastic WLG.....you must have a lot of cups to make tea for that choir............ did they follow you around ?. he he

Yolanda Elizabet said...

Sigh, that movie was far too short! :-) Thanks it was lovely to see your garden in action.

Your kittycats look blissfully happy in your little corner of paradise.

A wildlife gardener said...

Hello, Martin! Thanks for re-visiting. The three minute video was my nth attempt at capturing a soupcon of what's out in bloom just now at Barleycorn. It took several hours to upload it as well. Inevitably in the process it comes out grainy on the web, whereas my own clip is as clear as a crystal. But I hope it gives something of the flavour. The choir are 'borrowed' from New College Oxford!

Welcome, Yolanda. Lovely to see you again. I would like to make a longer video, maybe six minutes long.

Only Jaffa and Monster were there. I'll need to book appointments with Taz, Titch and Cookie for next time!

Ziggywigs said...

Lovely garden...such a riot of colour. The pond is superb too. Loved the cats sleeping soundly in the garden....they seemed quite content.

A wildlife gardener said...

A warm welcome to you, ziggywigs...thank you for your encouraging comments. The cats are always contented, in a state of permanent happiness, I feel.

shirl said...

Hi again, Wildlife Gardener

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit round your garden – the videos always give so more than the photos ever can. It is nice to see the movement of the plants with a breeze too.

Funnily enough, I too have had the video camera out. I feel your pain, the attempts, the finished film, the long upload, the time waiting on processing and then the results not reflecting truly the original. However, it still captures the essence of a walk round your garden very well indeed – so it was definitely all worth it! Your garden is looking so well at the moment – you must be delighted with it.

shirl said...

Hi again, Wildlife Gardener

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit round your garden – the videos always give so more than the photos ever can. It is nice to see the movement of the plants with a breeze too.

Funnily enough, I too have had the video camera out. I feel your pain, the attempts, the finished film, the long upload, the time waiting on processing and then the results not reflecting truly the original. However, it still captures the essence of a walk round your garden very well indeed – so it was definitely all worth it! Your garden is looking so well at the moment – you must be delighted with it.

A wildlife gardener said...

Hello again, shirl, you are very welcome, as always. I like the idea of the video for a change, because I take so many photos that if I was to post them all, everyone would be yawning! Thank you for your valuable comments, which I really appreciate.

Britt-Arnhild said...

What a great tour. I love all the colours and the charming sense of wilderness.

A wildlife gardener said...

Thank you very kindly, britt-arnhild. It is very much a wild garden with lots of campion, foxgloves, poppies, corncockle, cornflower and ox-eye daisies.

Sally said...

I'm so glad you learned how to put these lovely videos on your blog! Thanks for sharing W.G.

Oh - and what are those strange yellow flowered spikes at the end of the video?

Wendz said...

You are indeed blessed to live in the midst of such splendour.

Thank you for sharing it - it's been wonderful looking and listening.

A wildlife gardener said...

Hello, sally, and a warm welcome to you. Glad you liked the little video. The yellow flowered spikes are asphodels.

Welcome, wendz. Thanks for revisiting my blog. It's often rainy and cold in Scotland in the summer, so I'm so glad to look out onto the garden because it lifts the spirits and feeds the soul!

Blackswamp_Girl said...

WOW, Wildlife gardener! Lupines and poppies and artfully "placed" kitty cats... looks like you're one heck of a good garden designer in your own right! :)

Since you're a self-professed wildlife gardener, may I assume that those tall, thick-leaf plants in the first part of the video are milkweeds? I love the foliage on them.

(And I'm drooling over that little pagoda-esque piece by your lovely pond, too.)

A wildlife gardener said...

Welcome, blackswamp_girl. Lovely to hear from you again. Thank you for those lovely compliments. You are very gracious.

The tall plants are teasels, which were sown a few years ago on our side of the stone-dyke wall which borders our garden and the adjacent farmer's field...but the ever-present wind blows the seed around and this year they have grown in our rockery/scree bed! I don't have the heart to 'weed' them out, as I love their shape and form. They are a stong architectural form in the garden, and, more importantly, their seeds feed the goldfinches in late summer/early autumn, which is why I continue to grow them.

The pagoda was a present given to us on our silver wedding anniversary by my beloved sister. Unfortunately, a few years ago the top of the pagoda, along with a beautiful wrought-iron cat ornament, which stood beside it, was taken from our garden :( ...I only hope the person who took them enjoys them as much as we did. Meantime, I console myself with the five real pussies who choose to live with us :)

Sheila said...

I'm not sure how I missed this earlier. I'm so glad to have found it now..!
In my next life I want to be a cat in your garden..

A wildlife gardener said...

I think I'd like that too, Sheila!

Thalia said...

Lovely, absolutely lovely! It was such fun to be visiting your garden albeit on a virtual tour. :-)

Sandy said...

Gosh that was great...and the cats sleeping...great touch!!! more more ...sandy

Nan - said...

What a treat! I loved "walking" around your garden. It was right out of magazine, especially with the kitties lolling about. I found you via a comment you left on Cornflower's blog. I shall be back to visit.