Early Summer


Goodness! Is it really over a month since I last wrote here?

Today the sun is shining! It is a wonderful day; the sun is hot, there is a fresh breeze and I have put the garden parasol up to keep us from burning!

As we returned from our short morning walk, I took a photograph (above) of the new front border. These flowers remind me of the coast, which we have not visited in months! The pandemic has kept us close to home, but now that restrictions have eased we must travel to the coast again. I promise to take some photos.

All morning I have tried to complete a summer verse and have arrived at the following lines:

(early summer)

Thrift —

Rose-pink clusters,

A reminder of the coast.

These flowers are common on the coast and already I’m planning a walk. Can’t wait!

See you again soon!


44 thoughts on “Early Summer

    1. Tomorrow is supposed to be a good day so we’re heading off to the Ards peninsula. With the Bank Holiday over there won’t be crowds. It will be our first outing in such a long time. The picnic is ready, just need to pack the sun cream 😎

    1. Thanks, Edo, for planting my hokku in the garden! Just to make you envious we’re not long home from a day out by the coast so I’ll have some photos for my Flickr account soon! Yes, it would be great if you could get to the coast but I imagine it would be a heck of a drive! πŸš—

  1. What beautiful flowers and border! Going to the coast sounds like a wonderful idea! I look forward to seeing your photos. Enjoy Spring – Summer. We are enjoying a wonderful fire tonight.

    1. Well, Morag, it’s really not long ago that I turned the heating system off! However, the last few days have been glorious and today we took a picnic and headed to Mount Stewart on the Ards Penninsula. About a 75 minute drive. We love it there. If we could move house again we’d live on the Penninsula surrounded by the Irish Sea on one side and Strangford Lough on the other side. I’d be tempted to take up sailing β›΅

      1. Ooh wow, that sounds so refreshing and peaceful. My daughter seems to enjoy taking drives and picnics to the coast of Scotland. Sailing sounds very appealing.

  2. Lovely poem and photo ! I love thrift too, but only grow the white kind. It is actually one of the first plants I bought, and it’s a good year for it. I hope you will be able to go to the coast again soon (and safely). πŸ™‚

    1. Hello Frog, thank you for your encouraging comments. Thrift always reminds me of the coast. Yes, we managed a coastal visit (see my next post) πŸ’πŸ’πŸ™

  3. Lovely planting Ashley. I see Ed has already transplanted some to his garden. Lovely verse which does remind me of summer holidays as a child at Swanage in Dorset. Lots of Thrift there on the thin chalky soil.

    1. Thank you, Barbara, whilst both my wife and I love gardening it is my wife who has the “green fingers” πŸ’πŸ’πŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈ

    1. Thank you for visiting my blog. The pink colour in my garden is quite strong but usually, when I see these on the coast it is more “washed out”. πŸ™

  4. Beatiful flowers and verse, Ashley! It’s so lovely being inspired by nature and the seasons, isn’t it? Enjoy your summer! 🌷

    1. Thank you, Joanna! It is a new border from when we made the entrance to our drive wider and decided to keep it simple! Keep well! πŸ’πŸ’–πŸ’πŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈ

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