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Kriss MacDonald  A wild & slow life in a hidden valley surrounded by woods in West Sussex, England. #botanicaldreamers


Some calmness after some madness.

UDATE in STORIES - spotted the first fawn just now in area next to our garden which I call the wildlife ' playpen' which I mentioned in yesterday's post.
Be careful what you wish for was my lesson last night. I wished for rain for the garden. Well my husband and I had to dig a trench in the torrential rain last night to divert water streaming down a path which was turning the seating area outside my garden studio into an outdoor pool!

'Bee'hind the scenes...often when I'm creating a flatlay or just back from a walk with wild flowers I keep them fresh in bottles. As I always have the door open on my garden office studio the bumblebees like to visit as well.
In my stories - One of the special things about where I live is the wildlife. Every day does have been grazing in a small meadow next to our fence which I call the 'playpen' as hopefully like every summer thee will soon be baby fawns here too. Soon there should be swallow fledglings singing on the phone line outside our bedroom windows while meanwhile my twins watched a thrush fledgling for days in one of our shrubs.

A mid summer's dream - a rainbow of flowers in my garden.

When petals lick up every drop of water you give them in a British heatwave...

Did I mention there are roses in my garden ? Whereas I'm constantly trying to learn and name wild flowers, I don't have a clue about rose names. All I can say is most of the dozen varieties in my garden are climbers and one of them is an Eden Rose.
Another hot day - it's my twins sports day at school so no escape from the heat for me.

Sunshine, ice cream, cherries and roses on the menu today. What's on your menu ?

I have a wooden Sussex trug but I need a basket too to collect my garden flowers. "The hardest - working Thing in use, A gossip's tongue An ale - house mug, A copper coin A postman's shoes, A rumour - and A Sussex Trug." An Ode to a Sussex Trug - on a leaflet at the 1851 exhibition where Queen Victoria noticed and ordered Sussex trugs for royal gardening.

From Left to Right: Love-in-a-mist (x5), Butter and Eggs (x2), Fox-and-cubs (x2), Cup of gold (x1)

I adore the common names for flowers - and find my twins remember the fun ones. Here are the Latin names and some more common names for these in same order.. Nigella damascene 'Miss Jekyll' (the blue ones) - ragged lady, devil in the bush
Lotus corniculatus - Bird's Foot trefoil, Eggs and Bacon, Granny's Toenails (!!!!), Hens and Chickens
Pilosella aurantiaca - Orange hawkweed, Devil's Paintbrush
Eschschoizia californica - California poppy, California sunlight

I need to sort out and cut some of my roses today. Now this is the sort of rose problem I like. And the sun is shining so a perfect excuse to spend some time in the garden even if I should really be at my desk all day. After all isnt it good to stop and smell the roses...

Flowers from my garden with a touch of wild.
Crossing fingers and toes that it doesn't rain today as need to do lots of gardening x

And flowers are bees and butterflies best friends!

Strawberries and cream - a perfect match with ranunculus from my garden - and to share with friends and family. My twins only left me two.

I'm always calling my twins 'Sweet Peas' so was delighted to receive a dreamy bouquet of English Sweet Peas from @therealflowerco . Just wish my wild twins could be as calm. Perfect match too with the roses from my garden.
Happy Friday xx

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