What's with the weather? Where is the Summer or at least a couple of warm days in a row so that we can know that it's safe to hang out a line of washing without having to keep one eye on the window all the time.
This morning I was sat at the computer with my second cup of coffee of the day, it was needed to warm my hands after walking the dogs round the paddock, cleaning out the henhouse and watering the polytunnel. The dogs all decided it was the sort of day when a proper sleep was called for and within minutes of me sitting down the snoring began.
It does make it feel cosy in the office with snoozing pooches for company.
Outside it's all looking pretty lush. The Lavender is growing well in the new flower bed near the road, this is the large transplanted bush, all the smaller ones are flowering too ... just in a more restrained way. The bees love it although try as I might I couldn't get one in shot for the photo.
In the old bed in front of the house the Hydrangea is coming into flower and is at that just opening stage before going all 'blowsy'.
And the bright pink Rose (I have no idea what sort it is) is flowering again. Just as it did all last Summer, all through the Autumn and all through the Winter ... and then with just a two week rest in Spring it started again. I just can't seem to get it pruned and I'll be damned if I'm going to cut off such lovely flowers just to prune it when the book says I should.
Picture from October
So the weather isn't just confusing us, it has the plants all haywire too. The Dog Rose that I pictured flowering in the paddock back in October is now flowering again, and is a mass of pretty pink flowers ... this time though around the time that they should be there.