Tuesday Treasures – 34 #Brainfluffbookblog


This week on Tuesday Treasures, I am featuring our VERY shaggy, rather dishevelled garden. Now I’m suffering from Long Covid, Himself – who was also badly smitten by the illness – now has to do all the cooking, cleaning and gardening, in addition to taking care of me and holding down a full-time job. Therefore the gardening has been a tad neglected… However, he has been weeding, if not cutting back or mowing – and I think the effect is really rather lovely. Now we just need a run of hot weather to be able to sit out in the sunshine and enjoy it.

The fallen echium is the result of a violent storm we had a couple of weeks ago. In all the time I’ve been growing echiums in the garden, since 2005, it’s the first time one has been blown over, but it’s still alive and flowering, so my instinct is to leave it there until the bees stop coming to it.

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  1. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen echium before- what an impressive plant! Strong willed, too, as it’s knocked down and keeps flowering (there’s a moral in there… :)) All of that green and flowering really is lovely. I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been ill, though. Praying that it blows over quickly.

    • Thank you, Anne. I’ve been ill since March, when we both got Covid, and although I am getting a bit better, it’s very, very slow…

      And you’re right about echiums being strong-willed plants – I saw them in Cornwall and fell in love with them. So I bought two and planted them in the garden – and as long as we have a reasonably mild winter, they tend to come up most years.

  2. It’s a process to get a yard where you want it. It seems like regular tasks are needed and I try to incorporate them into my routine. It’s better now that my back/hip is better. I love it now and we just did sod over the last week for the areas which were totally weeds. Now it needs lots of watering. Your yard has plenty of beauty and will come through.

    I think people aren’t being careful enough about COVID. Vaccinated people can get it just not likely to need hospitalization or to die. But they could have a mild or asymptomatic case and since most have given up masks then are infecting the unvaccinated and children. And what about those under 12 who can’t get vaccinated? We still wear masks. I hope you are feeling much better very soon.

    • You make some very good points, Anne. I’m glad that most of the folks in the town where I shop still wear masks – even on the pavement. And, of course, I also do so…

      As for the garden, as you say, there is an underlying structure – though it has got a bit out of hand! But Himself can only do so much and right now I can’t do anything at all. So I am determined to celebrate the loveliness of the plants giving a summer show:).

    • Thank you Melanie – I’m so very sorry about you having lupus. I know just what a terribly painful illness it is. I’m hoping that so long as I’m sensible and get loads of rest, I will eventually recover. It’s soul sapping and worrying – but I’m very, very grateful that for the huge majority of the time, I’m not in any pain!

  3. Your garden looks fantastic. It’s the sort of beautifully charming look that would be so difficult to recreate if you were to try. It looks gorgeous. Enjoy sitting out there.
    Lynn 😀

    • Thank you, Lynn – what a lovely way of looking at it! I hadn’t thought of it in terms of trying to recreate the look, to be honest! But you are right… Now – we just need the sunshine!!

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