Pond Life And Other Goings On In The Garden.

I promise you that I have actually created some quite nice things from fabric recently and will definitely be posting about them but – I have had a bad back. Ouch!  I don’t know why but I know it’s been hurting for about a week now with a particularly nasty few days where I actually ‘took to my bed’ as a friend of mine with a dramatic turn of phrase might say.

So – I can’t spend too much time in front of my laptop at the moment – or in any one position to be honest – so, for now, I will show you some photos that I took whilst taking a gentle walk around the garden today as a counterpoint to laying flat on my back and, if feeling adventurous, doing reverse curls.  It will be quicker than typing words – although there will be a few.

There’s never a dull moment in the garden and a lot of them centre around the pond – more of that when I can sit and type long enough to tell you the stories.

Let’s get the pond porn out of the way first, then we can move on.

These, I believe, are some sort of damselflies laying their eggs on the surface of my pond weed.

After they’d indulged in a bit of this.

Ooer Missus.

I tried, in vain to photograph a rather fat looking dragonfly-type creature but this is as good as it got.

I believe it’s a Broad Bodied Chaser – a type of dragonfly.  I think that’s correct as he was trying to get jiggy with it – mid-air mind you – with a similar but golden brown creature who I believe is the female of this species.

Drawing a discreet veil over the pond performances and turning to the flora in and around the pond I give you this lovely water lily.

Cotton Grass – looking exactly as if somebody’s thrown some cotton wool to the ground

Another marginal – not sure what it’s called though.

It looks as if we’ve fitted a white rug beneath this wire bench but it’s actually Snow in- Summer.

An overview of where it all goes on.

Away from the pond, there are some other favourites.

This huge poppy is an early starter but look at all those others waiting to emerge.

We’ve inherited many and variously coloured Aquilegia but this one is my favourite.

A close up of a sea pink.

A carpet of yellow stars – a type of Sedum.

Which together make for a colourful rockery in a quiet corner.

Now we’re back in England I can have Foxgloves again.

The vegetable growing hasn’t been neglected.  This row of assorted Kale is a forewarning that Mr. T. will be making me greeny brown smoothies again that I (reluctantly) drink as if they are medicine.

Spotted a few stems of Quaking Grass in a post by Sandra (Wild Daffoldil) the other day and was fascinated by the many names it goes by.  My favourite is ‘Wag Wanton’. It shimmers beautifully in a breeze and the little pods look like mini scarabs.

A bit blurry but, true to their name(s), they were quaking, wantonly.

Talking of funny names – this beautiful viola would also be called a ‘Johhny Jump- Up’ or at least in Maine, U.S.A. where Laurie of Notes from the Hinterland blogs.

Some blooms just have to be taken inside to enjoy.

Well, not such a short post after all but it took me about 3 days to complete so, back to my ‘day bed’ for a bit of flattening out, followed by a few knee hugs and a couple of sets of reverse curls.

I have a chiropractor’s appointment on Monday.

(They are apparently busier than usual due to the depressing and daunting task of getting a doctor’s appointment these days.)

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  1. #1 by claire93 on June 9, 2021 - 11:43

    I’m not a gardener, but it must be quite exciting seeing the transformation in your new garden as seasons change! I do like a pond (we had one in the previous home) and all the insect life that attracts!
    Hope the chiropractor can sort you out and limber you up a bit!

  2. #2 by Wild Daffodil on June 9, 2021 - 13:30

    There is plenty of hanky-panky going on in your garden and I love the idea of the Wag Wantons flirting around with the Johnny Jump-Ups.
    I’m off to look up what reverse curls are and see if I can do some, as my back is complaining a bit today, although I am at least upright.
    Take care.

    • #3 by tialys on June 15, 2021 - 08:59

      How have the reverse curls been going?

  3. #4 by Laurie Graves on June 9, 2021 - 13:33

    Oh, gosh! Hope the back feels better soon and that the trip to the chiropractor sets things to right. Lovely, lovely pictures of the pond. So full of flickering, fluttering, beautiful life. Thanks for the mention. Enjoy those johnny-jump-ups!

    • #5 by tialys on June 15, 2021 - 08:58

      All our yellow coloured pansies/violas have had their petals eaten off 😣 The consensus of opinion on Google is sparrows.

  4. #7 by kathyreeves on June 9, 2021 - 14:17

    The garden is coming alive in a big way! It must be so much fun to see what’s there. Your kale is huge already…do you make kale chips? A friend shared with me last year and I made a bunch and kept it in a gallon pail. They made a nice crispy snack and probably taste better than a smoothie!

    • #8 by tialys on June 15, 2021 - 08:56

      Thanks for the idea Kathy – kale chips will definitely be tested out.

      • #9 by kathyreeves on June 18, 2021 - 22:51

        You can flavor them all different ways with seasonings too, I hear!

  5. #10 by CurlsnSkirls on June 9, 2021 - 16:18

    Sorry to hear about your back prob, Lynn, and hope it gets sorted very soon. (Hope it’s not your mattress!) Looks like Mr. T has done some mighty nice things to your garden, and the plant life are all making whoopee to celebrate. Hope you feel better real soon. 💕

    • #11 by tialys on June 15, 2021 - 08:55

      Thanks Del – I’m definitely on the mend.

  6. #13 by Carol in Texas on June 9, 2021 - 17:47

    Bless your heart….I suffer a bad back too and it is no fun. Lying on my stomach helps mine to try to encourage the natural curve of the lower back. I hope the chiropractor helps you. Lovely flowers…..columbine, state flower of Colorado! And the lovely Bachelor Buttons. Foxglove is a dream that we do not get to see here in Texas. Best wishes for your back.

    • #14 by tialys on June 15, 2021 - 08:54

      Thanks Carol, I saw the chiro yesterday – a lovely, gentle lady – well, gentle for a chiropractor – and she diagnosed a muscle problem and gave me acupuncture as well as some other manual pressings and a going over with a clicking instrument.

  7. #15 by nanacathy2 on June 9, 2021 - 22:47

    Oh my goodness what gorgeous plants you have in your garden. So sorry about your back, the perils of getting older. Hope it gets better soon. I have been spotting loads of damselflies this week too, I wonder if its a Good year for them? I have tried taking pictures, not sure I have x rated ones though!

    • #16 by tialys on June 15, 2021 - 08:52

      I’m still waiting to see an actual dragonfly – one of the big, shimmery ones – those Broad Bodied Chasers might be a type of dragonfly but they just don’t match up in the beauty stakes.

  8. #17 by Evie Jones on June 10, 2021 - 08:50

    Fingers crossed the chiropractor sorts the back out. A bad back is a vile thing.
    The garden is looking good. No wonder all the inhabitants are happy and in lurve!

    • #18 by tialys on June 15, 2021 - 08:48

      Saw the chiro yesterday and I ache a bit today but in different places. The main problem seems to be a muscle in my back and she gave me acupuncture – the first time I’ve ever had it so that was an experience.

      • #19 by Evie Jones on June 28, 2021 - 08:10

        Hope by now you’re feeling better 🤞🏻

  9. #20 by DawnGillDesigns on June 10, 2021 - 08:56

    how wonderful to have so many may/damsel/dragonflies in your garden. I’m a bit envious. (we are between ponds at the moment)

    • #21 by tialys on June 15, 2021 - 08:46

      ‘between ponds’ 🤣

      • #22 by DawnGillDesigns on June 15, 2021 - 11:06

        Always between something, chez Gilly 😉

  10. #23 by sew2pro on June 12, 2021 - 22:21

    Lovely photos! How come you couldn’t have foxgloves in France? Is it just too hot? I’ve got my first ones this year (planted last year but flowering now) and would love more so want to know what best to do.
    Hope your back is back to normal soon.

    • #24 by tialys on June 15, 2021 - 08:46

      Foxgloves do exist in France but, where we were, right down near the border with Spain, it was too hot and dry in our South facing garden and I don’t remember seeing any wild ones down there either. You should be fine with yours – England has just the right climate.

  11. #25 by cedar51 on June 14, 2021 - 09:14

    Love the pond and it’s wanton creatures, along with a smidgen of your “coming into bloom flowers” – the Garden/Gentleman has been busy with your vegetables and I guess other parts of your patch

    • #26 by tialys on June 15, 2021 - 08:43

      ‘Wanton creatures’ – every pond should have them.

  12. #27 by Born To Organize on June 15, 2021 - 18:53

    Oh Lynn. My heart goes out to you. Having suffered from debilitating neck and back pain, I understand how it can be all-consuming. It’s hard to sleep which adds to the mix, and it can feel like it will go on forever. I loved all the photos, and I’m happy to see your usual good humour still shines through. Your pond pics are stunning, even the blurry ones. I can’t wait to learn more about your new place which seems absolutely fabulous to me. xo

    • #28 by tialys on June 16, 2021 - 11:19

      The chiropractor was duly seen on Monday and actually gave me acupuncture – never had it before. The problem could be a muscle rather than a spinal problem although she did say there’s some work to do there too. If all is well, I’ll see her again in four weeks’ time for a bit more pummelling.

      • #29 by Born To Organize on July 9, 2021 - 05:16

        I’ve had acupuncture in the past and really like it. I hope you got good results.

      • #30 by tialys on July 9, 2021 - 10:32

        I just have a bit of very low level ‘aching’ now and again if I sew for too long or something – a vast improvement but, in all honesty, I can’t decide what to put that down to. I have another appointment with the Chiropractor in a couple of weeks time and I will go and be ‘seen to’ and keep up regular maintenance appointments as well as my Pilates sessions (she was very impressed with my muscle tone and flexibility apparently 😇) so that should help insure against future incidents.

      • #31 by Born To Organize on July 9, 2021 - 17:00

        I’ve been attending Pilates classes twice a week for ten years. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done for my back. I’m happy to hear you’re a Pilates fan as well.

        And, not for nothing, but do you have a good sewing chair? That alone can make such a difference.

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