Thursday, 29 September 2011
Mists, Fruitfulness and Glittering Jewels.
Today the garden basks not in sunshine but soft, silencing mist and as I walk I can hear only the dank sounds of dripping trees, the moisture falling from over-burdened leaves to plip-plop gently onto the sodden beds below. The apples on the Cornish Gillyflower are almost ready and I twist one to see if it will fall; not quite there yet and so I pick one of the rosy windfalls from beneath tree by the writing room to munch on my way.
All around are jewels; chains and ropes of glistening diamonds which, even in this misty light, shine and twinkle, catching my eye as they drape from every available branch like some jeweller pedalling his wares.
The hedges also glisten but with bramble berries of such a deep rich hue that I cannot resist picking them despite knowing it takes forever to remove the stain of purple juice from my hands. Not ideal when I will be working on fine cream linen in just a short while.
I hear a scuttling, scurrying behind and turn to catch Flossie lumbering towards me in her lopsided manner. Yet again she has decided to fly the coop - quite literally - and join me in a morning perusal. She is a sweetie and I pick her up for a quick cuddle before popping her back into the pen with her pals.
Yesterday the garden was finally bathed in golden sun, the heat making it sizzle after so much rain, but typically I was out of action, laid low by the horrible bug doing the rounds of our neighbourhood. I spent the afternoon in my bed watching listlessly as the sun lit up the bright skies. Most annoying but today I feel fine other than a pathetic need to lie down after every task. If only the sun would return...
Seed heads are sticky and full, almost on that point of ripeness that will see them burst and drop ready to start the cycle again. This is the curiously intricate seed head of the Crocosmia Lucifer.
and glistening jewels. It must be autumn.
Oh, the mist has lifted and the sun is back - hurrah! x
P.S. Next time I have a post about a wonderful blog giveaway I won!