Word a Week: vibrant


Click on the image to enlarge. This photo was taken blind (because the sun was shining on my camera screen), and on a happy snapper Kodak Easyshare. So I cannot take much credit for any of this. But isn’t it good to see so many bees, and especially after hearing of all the pesticidal threats to their existence. So a big cheer for the bees. We cannot live without them. Love the way you can see the fluttering wings.

My writer’s mind, much like  my garden, is often chaotic and full of weedy overgrowth. And so this morning, as a ready excuse not to tackle the former, I decided to go into the other weedy place in pursuit of something for the ‘A Word a Week’ challenge. I also thought I would try to overlook the fact that Sue, who set the challenge is very annoyingly enjoying tropical wonders in Malaysia while manfully coping with WFDS – wi-fi deficiency syndrome.

Apart from which, this is just the other excuse I’ve been looking for to show off some of the rampant vegetation in my small but multi-level flowerbeds. So welcome to my garden on the Edge of Silurian Shores.


Wild stock and Welsh Poppy. These came from my batty Aunt Miriam’s Devon garden. She is no longer with us, but doubtless is dead-heading and pruning and stealing cuttings somewhere in the big garden in the sky.


Verbascum, columbine, Patty’s Plum poppies


This white foxglove has grown itself in the path along with the pink and white columbine. I love plants that do their own gardening.


Pasque flowers going to seed at sunset – much like the photographer.


Variegated Lemon Balm not only smells delicious when you brush by it, but it makes a wonderful soothing tea if you are feeling stressed. Also good in Pimms and shredded finely on strawberries. Or in salads and tabbouleh.


Japanese Crab Apple in bloom a few weeks ago. Already there are thousands of tiny apples forming. You can see  what they look like in autumn here. Wonderful for crab apple jelly, and of course emergency winter rations for the black birds.




The garden coming into the kitchen, though a certain amount of vigilance and exclusion must be deployed. Having suffered an invasion of leopard slugs on my counter tops and in the spaghetti, I definitely draw the line at all forms of molluscs coming in too.


Townsend Meadow behind the garden and looking towards Wenlock Edge. For geology lovers this  upthrust limestone ridge was once the bed of the tropical Silurian Sea i.e. c.400,000 million years ago. At that time this piece of ground was lying somewhere off East Africa.


And because one look isn’t enough, another view of an oriental poppy, freshly opened, but not quite pressed.

Finally, a Bee Movie. And for all those who follow Frizz on Flickr Comments, please note the sound effects. Don’t they remind you of something?

‘B’ Movie

17 thoughts on “Bee-line

  1. Love the poppies…thought they may have been Flanders poppies. Makes me think of my grandfather in WW 1. Love the colour in your garden. We have to make do with hardier coastal type plants where we are now as quite hot and windy.

    1. Thanks for looking. The poppies are oriental ones, chunkier and taller than the Flanders poppies. And yes, I can imagine coastal gardening is a whole new art, though striking in its own way.

  2. LOL on WFDS Tish. Definitely going to incorporate that into my vocabulary! Your garden is glorious. Especially love your first shot, minicam or not! It’s all about the eyeM

    1. Thanks so much Tina. Your comment on the photo, I take as a BIG compliment after enjoying all your fine work. Am about to suffer WFDS next week. Not sure how I’ll cope!

  3. Such a lovely garden, in a great location. Particularly like the idea that Wenlock Edge once lay somewhere off East Africa, I’ll enjoy it even more next time I go there 🙂

  4. I know, I am very late to the party, but just dropped in on this post of yours and your lovely cottage garden! Oh, how I miss a garden. Love the Welsh poppy, I must grow those when I get the chance. I think I would have liked your batty Aunt Miriam 🙂

    1. She was a good old stick, so I’m sure you would. And Welsh poppies, they are just so busy growing themselves everywhere. Shows such a spirit of generosity 🙂

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