Well, the comments consensus for the identity of the triffid was either a pumpkin or a watermelon. But I looked at it this morning and there are a few small fruits on it.
I think this looks like a courgette after all! This is more or less actual size so it has some growing to do yet… if the slugs don’t take a fancy to it first.
Here’s another one:
Most years we have a potato plant growing from our compost bins, and this year is no exception. Last year I actually harvested some potatoes from it. Now, if I tried sowing this purposely, they would be all small and mangy and the slugs would get them. So how come they do so much better when they happen by accident?
Here is the potato plant:
This year, however, the compost has gone one better. We have an unknown plant, a triffid, in the other compost bin! (Well, hmm, actually it’s not a triffid, I suspect it’s either a cucumber or a courgette plant, but a triffid sounds more exciting!).
Here it is, nestling in the bin:
I suppose it says a lot for the lack of heat in the bins! Which is why, whenever I spread the compost on the garden, we get a bumper crop of weeds coming up too – rosebay willow herb in particular. Here is the triffid in close up:
And yesterday I went out, and lo and behold, there was a flower! A most beautiful flower! Can anyone tell me if this is a courgette or a cucumber or something even more exciting?!
I’ve not done much this week; had to hare off to Anselm’s school on Monday because he had been hit in the eye by a cricket ball. He now has a nice shiner! Doesn’t hurt him but it looks very impressive. Yesterday I caught up with all my emails which had piled up for a week or so and needed a reply. And today, Anselm and Barnabas had a day off school because it was a teacher training day so we headed down town to buy new shoes and a violin for Barnabas. So here are a few flower photos from my garden to brighten up today’s page.
I can never remember the name of this flower. It is a shrub which can grown very high, especially when it isn’t pruned for a few years!
I love the smell of honeysuckle.
I think this is feverfew. It appeared out of nowhere in my garden. I didn’t plant it, but it now resides in my herb garden.
I went to Hereford for the day today – will post some photos tomorrow as they are still in the camera which involves an extra step in the blogging process! In the meantime, here are some photos of flowers in my garden which I took on Saturday.
Blue and Purple:
Red and Purple:
White and Purple:
It’s too hot to blog today really but I must, I must!! And Zachary is practising his violin in the background and the other two are fighting so I wish I could just run away and hide with my fingers over my ears but I will press on in the interests of technology… or something!
Gill of An Elegant Sufficiency posted a gorgeous picture she took on holiday in Italy of a tiny fern growing in a wall
Here are the other two pieces I painted following the Personal Symbols lesson 5:
This is the collage piece which I overpainted with white zigzags.
Here’s the finished article. I outlined the zigzags in black and painted doodles inside them with silver paint. I then outlined some of them with the same 3d paint as I used on the other piece. I also highlighted some of the shapes in the background with it. I think I like it this way up best – what do you think?
Here is a detail.
Here is the other piece as it was when I posted the picture a week or so ago.
Here it is with coloured teardrops instead of white.
Teardrops outlined in black.
After this I again did doodles in the teardrops with the silver paint and dots in the background but I decided that I didn’t like the background colour, so I overpainted it with very dilute yellow fabric paint. Interestingly, it hasn’t affected the colours of the teardrops much, which is just as well because they probably would have ended up brown!
Here is the result of that little experiment. I like it much better. The colour is deeper than shown here, too.
Here is a detail of the above fabric.
I’ve been watching Springwatch on BBC2 this past week and it is fascinating (if you’re not in the UK you can watch it on the website). The Beeb are filming lots of animal babies, birds, otters – and all sorts of other things – as they grow over the weeks. They have all sorts of live cameras and birdbox cams etc.
Barnabas made a birdbox at cubs a couple of years ago, and because he was Sixer, he was allowed to take his Six’s home. Last year a bird must have nested in it (I think it must have been bluetits as it has such a small entrance) and a few weeks ago it fell down so I could investigate the nest.
Here it is:
Only insect life in there now, unfortunately, but there’s a broken egg which some baby tit presumably hatched out of.
I took it out because apparently you’re supposed to remove the nest and give it a good clean after use (according to the local RSPB). It buzzes so I don’t know what sort of insect is living there now. Hmmm….
Here are the woad seeds on my woad plant. So although only that one has survived, I’ve got the hope of more plants next year!
Here’s a close up. They’re very photogenic!
Here is a close up of that fabric I painted last week.
And here is another bit.