Everyone in the UK seems to be having a proper happy summer and here in Llansadwrn the sun is shining brightly all day and every day! So what’s there to complain about…well…watering! The cracks in the ground are getting larger by the minute and plants are curling up and giving up! Plants have been frizzled and frazzled and burnt… so out with the hose pipe and watering can and try to revive as many as possible before the garden looks completely bare. How though does one know how much water is left?! We have a bore hole that provides our water so no checking the depth of water available ….rationing began today …just in case!
The Botanic Garden of Wales is well known for its wonderful plants, birds of prey and butterflies but very year around midsummer it becomes the venue for the Symphonic Tywi, West Wales’s best-loved symphony orchestra under the baton of its founder, Michael Cottam. Sitting inside the Glasshouse surrounded by all the plants and listening to some popular classic music, this year music celebrating ‘The Sound of the Sea’ is a delight. The orchestra is accompanied by the singing of the many birds who live inside the glasshouse! Taking with us a light snack and a tipple to drink a very enjoyable evening was had by all!
The Yellow Book National Garden Scheme is an amazing collection of gardens…mostly private gardens that are open to the public on some summer days. Visiting the NGS Lon Farm in Talley last week with the Llangadog Gardening Club was a great pleasure. Arriving at the farm after a drive round Talley lakes and up to the top of a hill the panoramic views were fantastic. The garden was bathed in sunshine and looked lovely but the owner had suffered the same as the rest of us …the sun had dried up their streams , pond water levels way down and plants needing lots of watering!
I love this flying dragonfly and the bee hives turned out to be compost bins…what a clever idea!
There were pretty views all around. The pond was filled with many large fish, who jumped to eat all the food that was thrown in for them…they were huge!
I like a garden with lots of sitting places!
A clever use was made of the two derelict buildings as they had been beautifully planted up and artefacts added to give even more interest.
One of the ‘rooms’ in the buildings was the duck house and outside their lovely pond. It was so hot we all wanted to paddle with them!
Walking around the garden one discovered many unusual items.
Of course no visit to a garden would be complete without a coffee and cake…this was no exception a delicious tea was spread out for all to enjoy.
Funny how things turn out but my next outing was to Talley…again. This time with ladies from the Country Women’s Group. Talley is just over the hill from where I live, just a drive of a few miles on single track roads . The village has many pretty cottages, some large houses, two lovely lakes, an historic church and an ancient abbey.
It also has the prettiest and smallest church hall, where we were served tasty refreshments!
Back home life is busy with the farmer mowing the field for silage,
The flowers that are surviving with all the watering are I’ve discovered …mostly red/pink!! I planted them so it must obviously be a favourite colour!
I’ve noticed that succulents are becoming popular again…every time I visit a nursery I see them all in their little pots wanting to be bought…by me! They don’t need too much water either!
Mice have eaten my strawberries in the veg plot but they haven’t found these …yet!
The farmer had to bring the sheep back on our Pond Field as they needed water to drink. It’s been lovely watching the lambs chasing around and having fun….but there’s always one that gets into trouble!
Enjoy the sunshine but keep watering!