Sunday Stunners

I took a break from sewing and felting to throw a ball for the dogs and indulge in a bit of outdoor photography for a change as there are some particularly pretty goings on in the garden at the moment.  The photos are mostly in close up so you can’t see the weeds.

Rhododendron growing in a pot on the terrace.

Hundreds and hundreds of tiny yellow roses climbing up the terrace wall.

Capturing this beautiful peony before the rain spoils it.

Snowball Viburnum before it turns white.

White Lilac

Lilac Lilac going mad in the old chicken run

Phlox on Stone

Rhododendron again just because.

I’ve probably never appreciated my garden as much as I do at the moment as well as all the hard work Mr. Tialys has put into it over the years to make it somewhere lovely to be – weeds and all.  We actually ate weeds the other day.  He made a nettle and cleaver omelette served with garlic mustard leaves for lunch.  I was a bit suspicious but he had some too and I’m still here and probably full of nutrients.




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  1. #1 by Wild Daffodil on April 19, 2020 - 08:18

    What beauties!
    Nettle puree in an omelette or fritatta is fun, turns it a bright green, was yours green? I drink cleavers tea a lot at this time of year, good for the kidneys apparently, but hadn’t thought to eat it, I will now. I’m planning some nettle and leek soup today. Yum!

    • #2 by tialys on April 19, 2020 - 10:14

      He didn’t purée the nettles so it turned the sort of green it would have done if he’d used spinach – so flecked with green rather than totally green. He usually makes smoothies that go totally green and I have to close my eyes when drinking them otherwise they wouldn’t appeal. I was dubious when he started cooking with cleavers as they are such a pain in the garden I couldn’t believe they would be useful in the kitchen but, there you go, we live and learn. We both had a disturbing ‘after experience’ with a leek dish recently so we won’t be going there again for a while and, when we do, we’ll make it a lunchtime rather than evening meal 😮

  2. #3 by thecontentedcrafter on April 19, 2020 - 08:48

    You will be full of nutrients! Mr.T is clearly keen on keeping you around for a bit. Handy to have a hubby who cooks – more time for crafting 🙂 Is your garden looking lush already? Those tiny yellow roses are gorgeous as are the peonies. My peonies flower around Christmas time, it’s a slightly cooler climate here of course. And becoming cooler as we appear to be working our way towards a new climate of endless winter …….

    • #4 by tialys on April 19, 2020 - 10:10

      I was right to photograph those peonies yesterday as it rained overnight and so they are looking a bit sorry for themselves today. Those big blooms almost always have a bright green, iridescent beetle inside, getting covered with pollen. They look like little jewelled brooches. I can’t remember what they are called though.

  3. #5 by Kim on April 19, 2020 - 09:14

    Absolutely beautiful!
    I can’t imagine The Management being prepared to eat weeds no matter how nutrcious I said it was. Well done to both of you for making best use of resources.

    • #6 by tialys on April 19, 2020 - 10:08

      Sneak some in and tell him it’s spinach 😁

      • #7 by Kim on April 19, 2020 - 14:47


  4. #8 by nanacathy2 on April 19, 2020 - 09:42

    My goodness what gorgeous blooms. Mr T gardens and cooks, what a star.

  5. #10 by craftycreeky on April 19, 2020 - 10:35

    Beautiful, you’re a few weeks ahead of us I think 🙂 Maybe I need to rename the nettles corner as the vegetable plot 🙂

    • #11 by tialys on April 19, 2020 - 10:45

      Why not? Cheap and plentiful and effort free, unlike most vegetable plots 😊

  6. #12 by DawnGillDesigns on April 19, 2020 - 11:00

    gorgeous. thank you.

  7. #14 by Laurie Graves on April 19, 2020 - 13:27

    Clever Mr. Tialys! You are a month and a half ahead of us as our lilacs don’t come out until the end of May. I bet those yellow roses climbing up the terrace wall are a sight to behold.

    • #15 by tialys on April 20, 2020 - 10:41

      Those tiny roses are beautiful and it’s at least 16 years old as it was here when we moved in.

  8. #16 by Dartmoor Yarns on April 19, 2020 - 13:46

    Nice pics. Sadly I have a garden full of weeds, but a hubby who knows nothing about cooking with them.

    • #17 by tialys on April 20, 2020 - 10:40

      It would take an awful lot of cooking to get rid of all of ours. The daisies and dandelions re-appear just hours after they’ve all been mown down. Mind you, you can eat dandelions……..

      • #18 by Dartmoor Yarns on April 20, 2020 - 11:29

        They do. Hubby has a real hate of dandelions and prizes them out of the lawn the moment they appear, while claiming it’s a waste of time digging up all the other weeds! :-/

  9. #19 by kathyreeves on April 19, 2020 - 16:39

    Lovely to see your blooms while we are having spring snow (enormous, fat , fluffly flakes that melt quickly). We spent yesterday transplanting the cold season veggies into their rows, but no sign of flowers anywhere yet. I do have buds on the daffodil and hyacinth though. 🙂 Mr. T is indeed a keeper, much like mine!

    • #20 by tialys on April 20, 2020 - 10:38

      I don’t mind spring snow. We did have a flurry a week or so ago but it doesn’t do too much damage at this time of year as it doesn’t really settle.

  10. #21 by magpiesue on April 19, 2020 - 17:48

    Those blooms are gorgeous. My peonies are still pushing up their new stems, and I don’t believe anyone around here has any lilacs yet. Nor rhodies, come to think of it. Still a bit too early in this part of the world.

    • #22 by tialys on April 20, 2020 - 10:36

      Yes, I think we’re slightly ahead of the U.K. too but we’re not far from Spain here so the climate is quite different.

  11. #23 by katechiconi on April 19, 2020 - 18:00

    I’d ask if that little yellow rose was a Mermaid, but I suspect you wouldn’t know! Love all your cool climate spring flowers. I can’t believe you’re eating cleavers, aka stickyweed, that stuff used to be the bane of my life as a child. Still, if it’s supposed to be good for you I shall reserve judgement to see if you are still alive in a week or so!

    • #24 by tialys on April 20, 2020 - 09:43

      Iit was here when we bought the house so I dont know but it’s definitely not a Mermaid as the flowers are not singles like a Mermaid’s are. It looks mostly like a Banksiae Lutea rambler but they are thornless and this one isn’t.
      The cleavers are still the bane of my life as they get stuck in the cats’ hair so eating them is a good revenge.

      • #25 by katechiconi on April 20, 2020 - 10:18

        Oh Lord, I now have visions of you plucking the cat straight into the pot! My knowledge of roses is a bit limited, particularly as they’ve never grown well here… There seems to be a huge selection of yellow floribunda climbers.

      • #26 by tialys on April 20, 2020 - 10:33


  12. #27 by Jamie@hookthisweavethat on April 21, 2020 - 00:37

    Rhododendron and Peonies, such lovely colours. I miss them in my current garden.

    • #28 by tialys on April 23, 2020 - 09:48

      My beautiful rhododendron is growing in a pot – maybe you could introduce one in that way.

      • #29 by Jamie@hookthisweavethat on April 23, 2020 - 12:38

        True. I used to have one in a pot but it rooted into the gravel under it, so I left it behind when we moved.

  13. #30 by Beads and Barnacles on April 23, 2020 - 22:59

    The plants look lovely and I am impressed with the number of roses you have already.
    I had dandelions the other day, and have a pot of nettles waiting to be used in something. Mum keeps telling me they go well with bacon…
    I’m sure as soon as I start using the “weeds” as food they will stop growing quite so abundantly…

    • #31 by tialys on April 24, 2020 - 10:17

      Yes, we have dandelions galore but, strangely, he keeps mowing them down rather than picking them and cooking with them. I’m saying nothing.

      • #32 by Beads and Barnacles on April 24, 2020 - 10:48

        Lol. They are rather bitter I will admit. 😂

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