A little late this year‚Ķ but still gorgeous

Hibiscus ūüĆļ

Lovely flowers, remind me of the Mediterranean, delighted to be able to grow them at home.

#hibiscus #gardens #flowers #beauty


Weed Killer

It’s that time again when we Friday Fictioneers are sharpening our wits and our pencils, trying to come up with a suitable story to satisfy our dynamic leader, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (she who must be obeyed). ¬†Great photo this week courtesy of Roger Bultot.

I may miss the ‘Call for Submissions’ next week as we are taking a family holiday in Majorca. I’ll miss you and will do my best to catch up. Take care of yourselves x

 22 AugustGenre: Fiction

Word Count: 100

Weed Killer

‚ÄėCan‚Äôt we have something other than weeds?‚Äô

‚ÄėI like weeds, they‚Äôre different‚Äô

‚ÄėI‚Äôd like some flowers Charlie‚Äô

‚ÄėWeeds are easy to grow; flowers aren‚Äôt macho‚Äô

‚ÄėAnd weeds are?‚Äô

‚ÄėI trim them, keep them in check‚Äô‚Ķ

Sally went indoors.  They’d had the same argument for months, Charlie wouldn’t listen and she’d had enough.

She picked up the phone, it really was the only way to stop him.  And besides, neighbours had started complaining about the sickly smell emanating from the shed whenever he and Joe were in there, having a smoke.

She only wanted a few flowers.

Not much to ask.


More stories to delight you here –

Phoneography Challenge – Macro

I usually only ever take quick snaps with my iPhone and so wondered how a macro type close up would look.¬†The first¬†shot is¬†of a baby fern frond¬†I came across¬†at the back of the garden, just starting to unfold. The¬†next is one of the flowers on the orchid on top of¬†the bookcase – I’ve always been fascinated by the way the centre of an orchid looks to me like a fierce predator. Hope you like them.

Fern frond

Orchid monster


You can see other photos in this Phoneography Challenge by clicking here

Phoneography Challenge – Nature

Here are my iPhotos, taken with my iPhone5  Рmy contribution to the Phoneography Challenge 2013

This week the theme is NATURE

We have¬†a grapevine growing in the garden¬†– a challenge in itself for a garden in South Wales. Following the lengthy spell of hot sun during the last four weeks, I was delighted to find that we have some grapes at last…some in plain view…


and some in hiding…

Grapes in hiding

we also have apples…

First fruits

All the photos were taken this evening, after the rain had stopped…

After the rain

You can see other entries for this week here  it is well worth stopping by.

Green – Travel Theme

I¬†love following¬†Ailsa’s travels and¬†viewing her wonderful photographs and this week her theme is “Green”.¬† (Read more here¬†)

My selection¬†is from close to home –¬†my garden.¬†It will never feature in Home and Garden; ¬†it is a tennis court, soccer pitch, fairyland, petanque pitch, campsite and, if¬†I get the chance, a relaxing spot to unwind with a glass of wine or a cup of coffee and a favourite¬†book!

I just love the different shades of green that you can see, depending on the weather and time of day. These were mostly taken in late autumn last year, but the little snowdrops braved the frost and snow of a couple of weeks ago. Hope you like them ūüôā

I’ve waited two years for this………..

I love peonies.

I ordered a Peony Tree from a very reputable grower and planted it with great care almost two years ago. I watched as it grew and produced lots of lovely green leaves that danced in the summer breeze and withstood Autumn gales; waiting for the beautiful pink blooms to appear.

I waited and waited.¬†I asked a professional gardener friend what I was doing wrong, “Don’t worry” he said, ” be patient and the flowers will come”.

I waited a little longer and finally, last week I¬†looked out of the window and could see something pink where days before there had only been green and here¬†it is, my first peony……..