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Monday, August 19, 2013

August haze

Overcast and at times a fine mist falling today, and loving this as I find it calming looking out of the window.     I would much rather be outdoors of course ,but spending time tidying up today is needed.

I did take some pictures of flowers that bloomed for the first time like my dahlias  I planted from seed  the last week in June.   First time I planted  from seed.  A surprise when they bloom to see the color and type of flower I will have since the packet was of a mixed variety.
Lavender my favorite color is blooming in an urn.

This one just opened today and is dark red with bright yellow center.   I guess I need to find out what the true names of the different ones are.
This one is in a small hanging basket at the entrance to the driveway,  I will not bother it now as it to will bloom soon.  
crepe myrtle in front yard still blooming away
geraniums getting a little leggy
I scattered the seeds of the white zinnias and they are growing like weeds.
daisy like
I like the color of this one
The plants hanging on the fence are looking better because of the cooler weather
A couple of finches and a bluebird (wish I had my camera ready at the time) were tearing at the sunflower this morning
I will be reading this book in the afternoon with some coffee or tea
I ordered this book a few months ago
A facsimile reproduction of her diary for the year 1906
Published 1977
I like this edition as it looks aged by it's yellowed pages and have dark edges
Edith Holden wrote and  illustrated this book while living in a small village of Olton in Warwickshire England
All of her words are written by her hand along with her favorite poems,
 paintings of birds , flowers ,  butterflies etc. are on every page
A pleasure it is  to  read her thoughts  of her surroundings of home and travels through England and Scotland.
The following pictures I posted are a few of her  drawings and words for the month of August
her beautiful painting of poppies , harebell and mayweed
 she mentions on facing page that the rain has been continuous in Scotland , although in England it has been one of the sunniest months on record.
 thrush feeding on berries of the Rowan or Mountain Ash
poem on facing page
 Tragically Edith dies at the age of 49 of drowning in the Thames  while gathering buds from the chestnut trees
I am sharing with     Amaze Me Monday  & make it pretty monday


  1. I so enjoyed my walk through your lovely garden and blog Betsy!

  2. Hi Betsy, I have enjoyed your photos of flowers very much and also enjoyed your review on Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady. I bought this book many years ago and still take it off the shelf to look at it.

  3. I think my copy of Country Diary has probably yellowed with age. I was in high school when I bought that book, and just treasured it for years, dreaming about the gardens that I would have.

  4. Your garden is so very pretty. Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features today at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and grab a feature button for your blog. Here is the link to this week's party. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


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