I love my iPad and I like WordPress but I find the whole blog posting experience can be very difficult when they are combined -one of the reasons I am such an irregular blogger. I started using them in combination when I began to use pictures taken on Apple devices to illustrate posts. It’s quicker and easier to transfer images from them to the WordPress media library and needs no cables to download digital photographs from the camera to the PC first. It’s the incorporation of images afterwards that is challenging. And the infuriating predictive text. Combine that with eyes too sore to spend ages looking at a screen ( or to read for long, or sew or paint or garden for many minutes come to that ) and blogging becomes a task too far.
But I have been blogging for years now and intend to persist despite the ridiculous faff it can be . Thanks to everyone who has had blog conversations with me over the years- this post is for you.
Yesterday felt like a true autumn day- cool, damp, showery but blessed with spells of brilliant sunshine. In short bursts I managed to plant tulips, a wish left over from last year when we realised how few were in the garden. The OH has been spreading last years leaf mould to add body to the soil under evergreen trees and creating me planting pockets for the bulbs. I’m not supposed to dig or do anything very strenuous at the moment, so I’m very grateful for his strong arms.
We moved pots under cover as a frost was forecast and the ivy leaf geraniums are too good to lose now. I started with one last year, over wintered it and took cuttings this spring and now have half a dozen. If they come through the winter I will repeat the process. The variety is Caliente.
The cutting garden is now mostly cleared and has been pressed into service as a grass nursery for the winter. I still need to lift and store some of the dahlias and will mulch the big old stagers with more of the leaf mould.
The south border is still looking good with yet more roses in bloom – that’s the White of Claire Austin in the grid picture, and the salvia, achillea and verbena continuing to flower. On one of the posts there is a late burst of glory from Clematis sieboldii, a real favourite, and the leaf colour of one of the neighbours Tulip trees is adding to the picture.
Looking back over the hedge from the meadow and into the garden there is a blue spruce looking pretty handsome behind the beech in the morning sunlight. When we develop the meadow area some of the hedge will come out but sections will remain to filter the west wind.