This beautiful Iris emerged all of a sudden the other day just when i thought all the bulbs had finished. Its a lovely late Spring treat and looks even better with the raindrops on it.
It seems the whole country has taken to their gardens as a way of passing the time during this lockdown and to get back to nature which has such healing properties.
We’ve been enjoying the hard work to turn our space into a real garden for the first time.
Im loving the tulips even though only 1/3rd of all planted bulbs actually grew! massive disappointment!
We’ve got veggies in the ground along with tomato plants. Ive got sweet pepper seeds slowly germinating which i hope to grow on in my mini greenhouse whenever it arrives (many weeks ahead sadly)
I’ve ordered some Primula and Hollyhock seeds too although everything right now is so slow to arrive because of the incredible demand on everything online with shops closed.
So happy with the tulips that did emerge though, will be ordering loads more in July from good reputable growers and using the best compost in pots to ensure success.
I bought this postcard from my reliable seller and friend over at OldPostcards4sale Do check them out, they have a wonderful variety of cards and a service thats second to none.
I bought it mainly because it was advertised as a card that changed colour when you held it up to the light! It really works too. Its very faint but you can see the blue of the water and the red roof top.
My clever hubby has scanned it for me on the negative setting of our scanner so you can see what it looks like. Isnt it clever stuff?
The card is posted to a
Sister M. Regis, 22 Montgomerie Crescent, Saltcoats, Ayrshire
Its sent by Madge who has written this very mysterious message.
Hoping you are enjoying yourself. Delia never told I was not in Rothesay. My scheme worked wonderfully well. Nobody knows.
Don’t allow “somebody” to appear too important in her new sphere.
Love & best wishes
Now what does that all mean? Is it just a joke do you think or is it a real message and what were they planning?
In the 1901 Scotland census, 22 Montgomerie Crescent seems to have been a normal home with a regular family. This was posted on November 13th 1905. I have read that the Franciscan sisters used this house as their Summer home because it was warmer than the building they used the rest of the year but, I have no idea when they first began using it. Articles only seem to mention the building from the Second World War onwards.
If anybody lives near there or knows anything about it please leave me a comment or email me (link in sidebar)
With the world as it is right now I’ve been finding peace, tranquility and a cure for boredom in gardening.
Our garden has never been up to much. Neither of us had the interest to make anything of it before now apart from our wonderful wildlife pond and some spring bulbs I planted last September, also due to a need to help me through a medical crisis of sorts at the time.
Clearly in times of stress, worry and uncertainty I go out the garden and tackle something.
I planted over 30 tulip bulbs but sadly i’ve had less than half come up. The ground is not brilliant, we have a very heavy clay soil with so many stones. It most probably needed a bit more tlc than we gave it before planting them but Hey Ho at least we got some and look how gorgeous they are too
Colour changing tulips are proof there is real magic in the world, how clever was someone to breed a flower that changes colour?
I think the one above is my favourite so far.
How have I lived all this time without these gorgeous flowers in my life. I cant stop photographing them so I can have the pleasure of looking at them long after they have died off for this year. I now want to learn all I can about tulips and the multitude of different breeds, colours and designs.
I am in danger of becoming a tulip bore!
We’ve uncovered a border which was languishing beneath a plastic sheet for years. It was where we had our vegetable cage. We’ve spent days digging it over (oh my aching back and my aching knees come to that)
Can someone please tell me how one small plot of land can have so many stones in it! What even are stones? where do they come from? I dont like them, we are not friends. Stones be gone!
I’ve managed to order some plants from my local Garden Centre to go in there. A mix of shrubs and perennials which im hoping will compliment each other and give us a proper looking garden again. They are due to arrive Monday and i cant wait!
Welcome if you’ve come to this page from my Twitter link. I share one of my vintage postcards everyday there.
I’ve decided to blog about this though as I have more to say than a Twitter post can handle.
This is one of my special postcards in my collection as my Grandad Harry left home in 1901, walked to Woolwich and joined the army. He was unhappy at home as his mother had died in 1899 and his father remarried. His stepmum doesnt seem to have been liked by many of his siblings sadly.
This postcard showing the Garrison church and parade ground was posted in 1903 and is an early card with undivided back dating before 1902. I love the idea that this is what Harry would have seen when he arrived there. I like to think that he would have paraded around the grounds here and maybe attended church services, who knows.
He was stationed there before being posted to Kempston Barracks in Bedfordshire where he appeared on the 1901 census. He fortunately survived WW1 and lived to the age of 74.
The message is short and sweet, saying just ‘Thanks for the letter, All well at home.
No idea of sender but recipient was a Mrs Roberts of 65 Burton Road, Brigton. I think this is a mis spelling and could be Brighton as neither Google nor Ancestry recognise Brigton.
Can anyone help though with some letters on the front beneath the date on the left.
They look to me like C.O.Y.M
I know COY means Company normally but not sure of the M?
Any ideas welcomed, thanks