I've been toiling outdoors for the past few days, trimming the ragged edges of the lawn, dead heading the spent flowers and pulling weeds. It's a fine way to get some exercise, bending, stretching and reaching.
I have taken to wearing my Lululemon Yoga gear as it seems to afford the most freedom. Lululemon make a great hairband which I recently picked up at the local store. It's a wide band of cloth lined with some slip proof strips which keep my bob out of my eyes...something which used to annoy me no end.
Climbing Royal Sunset in glorious apricot
below the frothy subtle yellow petals of Jude the Obscure
and in fuchsia The McCartney rose.
They look so pretty atop the Stickley lingerie chest.
One of my favourite vessels for flowers
is this Finnish icy crystal vase circa 1970's.
Did you know that roses last longer if their stems are cut under water?
Use your sharpest knife or secateurs for a clean cut.
Lee Valley sell a great tool to sharpen secateurs...
it has an angled guide which makes it easy.
I sleep soundly and deeper when I have been out in the garden most of the day.
It was a scorcher on Saturday and I had to pop a shirt on so my shoulders would not burn.
The heat was so intense that we were able to sit outside before dinner with not a hint of a breeze from the ocean.
In our area so close to the sea that is unusual.
We can count on one hand days and nights that are hot and still.
My thoughts wandered to a little island north
and hoped that the weather would be perfect for mater's family
on the occasion of their son's wedding.
Hope that your week is off to a great start...