We have spent nearly all day making the most of the sunshine and working in the garden. Paul has planted seven shrub roses along Rick’s fence to make it look more attractive – Mayflower (pink), Thomas A Becket (red), Susan Williams Ellis (white) and a red Danse de Feu climber for the shed wall. They are all repeat bloomers so we should have a good show of flowers all summer. Rick has been helping by galloping around the garden and barking at the birds. He is very shaggy at the moment and in dire need of a haircut.
Yesterday I went to art class and worked on my still life. It is a rather mediocre and twee painting. The only good bit was the plastic orange when I could loosen up a bit and allow my paints to run. The classroom environment is rather controlled and doesn’t encourage wild creativity.
|a very scruffy Rick|
The picture behind Rick is really beautiful, I would not be able to paint like that, and I would like to.ReplyDelete
Thank you Yael, that is sweet of you to say so.Delete
You are a very good artist.ReplyDelete
Only once in a while!Delete
I can only imagine the art class. So much depends upon the teacher - not least on their ability to relax I think. But glad to hear you are persevering.ReplyDelete
As to Rick - that is exactly how Tess looked - then she got wet through during a rain storm a couple of weeks ago and she smelt so awful that I rang and made an appointment for her to be cut. This happened last Wednesday and luckily the weather has been so good that I don't think she noticed the lack of hair. I like it best about a month after it has been cut when it has just begun to grow a bit.
I really need to trim Rick's legs, they pick up everything in the garden.Delete
Nice to hear you have been making good use of the February sunshine. I have heard that the Susan Williams Ellis rose is especially beautiful when in bloom.ReplyDelete
It has a nice scent too.Delete
It might not be exactly your cup of tea (do the British use that expression?) but I hope you get some enjoyment and knowledge from your art class. The roses sound beautiful - I look forward to seeing photos of them in bloom. Only one of our dogs gets a haircut. We let his hair grow long over the winter to keep him warm when we go outside, and then give him a short cut in the spring. He always looks like a puppy again with the short hair.ReplyDelete
Yes, not really my cup of tea! If we have a hot summer I might consider getting Rick a short cut but he wouldn't be Rick if he wasn't a scruff.Delete
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For what it is worth, I think that the scruffy look suits Rick so well.ReplyDelete
He wouldn't be Rick if he was sleek and polished.Delete
Just recalled the name of the rambler we had climbing up the barn at the farm, it was Alexander Girault and it gave us such pleasure year after yearReplyDelete
I love rambling roses. We had a lovely red scented one climbing our barn in France, it used to bloom all summer.Delete
Sing a long...
"I beg your pardon
Paul never promised you
A rose garden...!"
Along with the sunshineDelete
There's gotta be a little rain some time…
Oh how lovely to be able to work in the garden in February!! I've only been able to work in the utility room starting seeds....that's as much gardening as I'll be able to do for quite some time.ReplyDelete
I have a utility room full of seed trays and chitting potatoes right now!Delete