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30/06/2022

Pond Dipping

This time of the year gardening sort of completely takes over - you push push push leading up to this point with sowing seeds, weeding, potting up and pricking out gradually getting more and more frantic.

Then suddenly the garden explodes and the roses are in full bloom and filling the air with their sultry perfume, the foxgloves are racing each other as they reach for the sky with bumblebees busily foraging their every bloom. The daisies with their ever cheerful faces follow the sun, fill the borders and sprawl across the path.

For a few short but very delicious weeks the garden is ripe and voluptuous with indulgent flowers and intoxicating scents and I am happy. (well almost - there is that oxymoron of ... do I humour the daisies which are lying across the path looking gorgeous and enticing or do I constrict their happy laissez-faire attitude and corset them up with supports??) 

Definitely the former!

And the title? Pond Dipping? Well whilst working in a private garden today I accidently stepped off the edge of a natural pond and lost my left leg in the water.... I dripped and shed duck weed for another 40 minutes before I finished.  There was still water in my boot once I'd got home! There was only Moss to laugh at me and she was too busy sunbathing to even notice. Such a supportive sidekick......


However, I don't think I would have it any other way. Life is for living, for the here and now, for the flowers and their fragrance.

Hope your Thursday was a lovely as mine - but you don't have to pond dip (unless you REALLY REALLY want too!)

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  1. I don't want another pond dip, but mine was better than the neighbor's young cat who stepped on thin ice.

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    1. Hi Anonymous - poor cat hahah! We had a cat who thought she could walk on the neighbour's pond and was horrified (and very wet) when she discovered that she could not!🐈‍⬛

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  2. I try to avoid that sort of pond dipping, lucky you only got a wet leg :-)

    You are right, the garden is a voluptuous floozy at present wondering whether to go completely feral if I dare turn my back on her.

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    1. My garden is teetering on feraldom but I am watching closely - I love that on the edge beautifully wild look just before she dips into chaos 😁

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  3. And there's me saying that Wet Leg was a highlight of Glastonbury!
    Lovely photos of your magnificent beast roaming around the Summer blooms. I'm glad I'm not the only one with the dilemma of staking stuff or letting it flop over the pathways.xxx

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    1. Chuckle - I certainly didn't yodel as loudly as in 'Ur Mum'! with my wet leg - it was more a sigh of 'it had to happen!' and my beasties often disappear in the garden behind all those flowers 🐾🐾

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  4. Sorry to hear about your sog foot and the lack of sympathy from Moss. The flowers look amazing. I can never resist daisies in any form.

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    1. Foot's recovered, Moss still not bothered (haha) but garden keeps me smiling :) Daisies are my favourite flower too

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  5. The garden there is looking like a beautiful cottage garden, bursting with wildness. :) I think coronation meadows will still be looking good, even better than when I visited. It's the time of year when new wildflowers appear everyday. X

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    1. Thank you :) think I'll try and round up the family (they will be descending on us this weekend) and get us up to the Coronation Meadows!

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  6. Your garden is beautiful. It seems to have been extra busy outside this year. I hope you've also had time to enjoy the sunshine :)

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    1. thank you :) I am outdoors most days so I have had time in the sunshine (and rain!) 🌦️🌞

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  7. What a lovely garden and as long as you weren't hurt, a little pond dipping if it was warm is OK. Are they shasta daisy sprawling on your path? Mine is huge and has had "1" lonely flower for winter...what? Not sure why, but it looked quite cute in the cold depths of our winter. Thanks for sharing photos of the pets & garden, take care & hugs.

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    1. thank you :)
      The daisies are Oxeye daisies and can grow to a metre in height - or length as they lie across the floor!

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  8. Vix's comment above made me laugh ref Wet Leg. Hope you're recovered. The garden is quite beautiful, gardening is never a chore, just a shame the rewards are so short lived in our climate.

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    1. it tickled me too! I am fine, the only reminder of my 'pond dip' is a washed sock on the line and a damp boot trying to dry!

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  9. June is the month the garden explodes with growth (and so many weeds) and I have to stay inside looking at it because of the pollen and its affect on my asthma. It was bad this year too because of the dull weather leading up to the mini heatwave when the grasses went into pollen overdrive. Ah well, July is here now and so I shall be able to get out and reclaim soon.

    Sorry about your bootie - we have a deep pond here and had someone walk right into it at 1 a.m. when staying in the summerhouse beside it . . . I couldn't stop giggling!

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    1. Oh no your poor visitor! The pollen has been rather virulent this year - I don't suffer much but this year I certainly could feel it in my eyes and throat πŸ™„

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  10. The garden needs to burst forth I think. Too much tying up and constricting just isn't for me. I prefer to be able to get lost amongst the blossoms, and the grandchildren have been having a lot of fun amongst the shrubs, finding 'secret' places and popping out from behind a shed! x

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    1. I am with you with allowing the bursting forth! Just makes it a bit of an obstacle course trying to walk along the path hahah! We keep losing the dog in the daisies :)

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  11. Hang on a minute...that was pond dipping and not skinny dipping...I did read correctly?! x

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    1. ha ha ha definitely the former as I was completed togged up with boots and secateurs !!

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  12. Now there's a new meaning to Pond Dipping!! Good job it was a warm day. Your garden is looking gorgeous. My favourite flower is a daisy too, any daisy will do.🦴🧑x

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    1. chuckle - I was glad it was a warm day too

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  13. I'm sorry you got a wet leg but your description of 'dripping and shedding duck weed for another 40 minutes' made me giggle. At least you didn't hurt yourself, that's the main thing.

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  14. Pond dipping sounds so much better than feel into the water, lol. Your garden is gorgeous. I'm in a no color period right now...boring. Everything is green, but nothing is currently blooming. Except, one flower bed on the side of the house which I can only see if I walk over there has started with some pink cone flowers. The lilies should be starting in a few weeks and they provide color up and down all 3 fence rows.

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    1. My garden has been through that 'green phase' for a number of years, it did take a lot of thinking about (grumbling and muttering) and digging and moving and finally this last couple of years it has come right 🌞

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  15. I have to be honest and admit to smiling/chuckling since I read this post a few days ago..... all part of life's rich tapesty..... Love your daisies. I should have some here but they are no where in sight. I'll try to remember to wander up there so see if they are hiding. x

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    1. Glad I made you chuckle - then my job is done haha!

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  16. I tend to let the daisies be, I'm very much a "Let it grow" gardener.

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  17. I have been known on occasion to forget which client's house I'm cleaning and turn the shower on by mistake.....one nasty cold shock. I move pretty quickly when that happens! Arilx

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