"The serene philosophy of the pink rose is steadying...........

............. Its fragrant, delicate petals open fully and are ready to fall, without regret or disillusion, after only a day in the sun.  It is so every summer.  One can almost hear their pink, fragrant murmur as they settle down upon the grass: 'Summer, summer, it will always be summer." -  Rachel Peden 

Rosa shrub 'Sarah Van Fleet'

This past week has been mainly ploughing on with tidying the shade stock beds, more propagating, dodging a lot of rain, getting soaked and lots of potting, but the stock beds are filling back up again. As always by the end of July customer numbers drop off slightly and it gets a bit quieter. This isn't helped by the cafe and farm shop still being kept closed by the farm, another stress, as if running business isn't difficult enough, the impact of those being closed is quite obvious! David is much busier with his own business and work is picking up for him which is a relief.

This week's flowers from Hubby

In the nursery gardens, there are more late summer yellows, oranges and reds beginning to appear. The stream garden, wildflower meadow and herb garden are looking fab at the moment, so much colour and growth and very many happy insects!

Primula florindae and Geranium 'Kashmir Purple'

Ligularia 'The Rocket'

Rosa 'Betty Sherriff'

Sanguisorba 'Pink Tanna'

I'm very happy with the metal plant stakes I ordered from Plant Supports (UK) Ltd. I've used seven of them in the pink border to help keep all the Sanguisorba tenuifolia 'Pink Elephant' upright and the rest are dotted around other borders. Quick and easy ordering and delivery. I'll definitely be ordering more, as well as being practical they are robust and solid too.

Another new addition this weekend. An arch to support the two Laburnum trees to make a laburnum arch between the Cornucopia Garden and what will be the winter garden.

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow. Getting lost in the practical doing of gardening with its scents and sounds, allows us to disconnect from the chaos around and tune in to nature, the soil and the basics of life. The rhythm of the seasons and the gardening year are a constant that can keep us grounded and focused when all around is chaos and stress.
I know a lot of my customers have re-connected with their gardens during lock down. It's given them a focus or something to do with the kids, outdoor learning, what could be better? Their gardens have been their sanctuary when the world feels like its falling apart. Gardening is good for our physical health and our mental health. I hope everyone who got back into gardening or discovered gardening for the first time during lock down keeps it up, the benefits are massive.
So many of our customers have appreciated being able to visit the nursery and enjoy a walk around the gardens in peace after lock down. We're never over crowded, no queues, a beautiful outdoor space in the country surrounded by bird song and the buzzing of bees 

Ligularia and Sanguisorba in the big entrance border

On Monday we finally were able to have dinner with good friends. One of the best way to spend a rainy afternoon and evening is with good friends, good food and a bottle of wine or two so good to catch up with Andrew and Linda at last.

On Tuesday it was a busy day catching up at home and a walk along the river and through the woods. The wildflowers and grasses are in full growth and its hard going for a short arse like Bracken. Lovely dappled light through the trees in the wood.

I've started to listen to some new podcasts in the car and while I'm working, when there are no customers. I want to expanding my thinking, ways of looking at the world and subjects I'd never really considered before. It's led me to new books to read, some quite profound realisations about life, my life and why I am the way I am.

Glennon Doyle

“There is no such thing as a black sheep. They are just the ones in the house growing up who absorbed everything around them differently. They are the sensitive ones and they are a gift. 

“Yes! They are sensitive people responding to a broken world.”

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