It’s been a while…

since it was last damp and dull on a Sunday.  There’s been welcome rain overnight and through today.  Not so good has been the wind gusting to over 30 mph at times.


At home on the window sill I’m growing this gazania Talent Shades Yellow, which I started off from seed earlier in the year.  I’m hoping that it will be in flower in time for the horticultural society show being held in four weeks time.




A few weeks ago I got a welcome surprise in the post when I received this traditional gardening mug and coaster.  It was kindly sent to me by Karen who has a tiny balcony garden on her 17th floor flat.  Her enclosed note said…I saw this and thought that it suited you to a tea!

After today there’s no further rain forecast to at least next weekend,  and from Thursday onwards the temperature is rising again to the high 20’s C/low 80’s F.


Have a good week!


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18 Responses to It’s been a while…

  1. Liz says:

    Your “suit to a tea” mug from Karen is just what the doctor ordered! I’ve been reading about the heat wave in Britain and seeing pictures of London parks with the grass parched yellow. With air conditioning a rarity and fans selling out in shops, the rain is welcome, but I know you and everyone else is looking forward to a return to “normal” or usual summer temps.

    • Flighty says:

      Liz it sure is. There’s certainly been some interesting pictures. I agree with what you say but it looks like hotter summers are now normal here. xx

  2. menhir1 says:

    You are much loved Mr F; cups and to a tea as well! 😉
    I grew some Gazanias last year, though not from seed. I really liked them, they were bright and cheerful.
    We have winds gusting up to gale force at times…quite a challenge to be out in. Temperatures have dropped to about 15C this afternoon. We’ve had more rain too. I am pleased your ground is benefitting from the rainfall you have had.

    Take care xx

    • Flighty says:

      Menhir that’s kind of you to say. I grow one last year from a plant. Me too.
      I don’t it it windy as it invariably causes plant damage. It was the same here yesterday.
      It was welcome but we need plenty more to make a real difference.
      Thanks, and you. xx

  3. Jo says:

    What a lovely gift, sure to put a smile on your face. We have similar weather conditions, though it’s still rather warm.

  4. Jade says:

    Good luck with your gazania!
    You have such a nice and thoughtful friend as to give you that pleasant gift surprise! It is amazing to hear she can garden on such a high floor balcony. I stay on a third floor apartment and find it difficult to do so. The strong wind either blew the soils into my apartment or damaged my plants until I gave up.
    Glad to know you had had some rain finally.
    Thanks and same to you!

  5. Everything is better with a cup of tea xx

  6. Caro says:

    What a lovely thoughtful gift and a nice surprise for you. I was very pleased to have a few days of damp weather as the veg garden was in a sorry state. I had to put all my balcony tomatoes and peppers onto the floor during the windy weather or they would all have broken. Thankfully quick action seems to have worked! Hope you’re enjoying this cooler weather.

    • Flighty says:

      Caro I agree, on both counts. Me too. Some of my tomatoes toppled over in the wind and had to be re-staked. Thanks, I am and feel much better. xx

  7. Carrie Gault says:

    oh it arrived with you then, it was brutal here at the weekend! We had flooding in some parts due to the ground being just so terribly rock hard that the water ran off it! I love that you’re friend sent you such a lovely mug, but where are the biscuits, hahaha xxx

  8. nikkipolani says:

    Yes, that mug and coaster looks quite ready for you to enjoy when the rain finally comes. Good luck with that gazania!

  9. snowbird says:

    Good to hear you got rain, here’s to us all getting more. I do hope your gazania flowers in time! What a lovely gift to receive through the post, surprises are always

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