Bloom

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I’m joining in with this weeks photo challenge at weeklyprompts.com which is Bloom. It’s been a wonderful week for me, especially with the weather as it’s been just lovely.

It’s Been Hot

I know some people find the hot weather too much to bear and also with some illnesses, it doesn’t help. Personally, I love it. There’s something about blue skies, sunshine and warmth that makes me want to jump out of bed in the morning and hug the world. Usually, the extreme heat doesn’t last too long, perhaps a few days. Then it’s back to grey, rainy days and cooler temperatures which don’t make me want to jump out of bed in the morning!

A Rockery In The Garden

I’ve been making a rockery in the garden. It came about because I had quite a few large stones leftover from a fireplace project and didn’t know what to do with them. My gardening knowledge isn’t brilliant. In fact, if I wrote a book on the subject, the number of pages could be counted on the fingers of a boxing glove. So where to start?

A Pile Of Old Stones

There’s only so much you can do with a few lumps of stone. My first port of call was to search Youtube to see if there were any instructions on how to build a rockery. It’s like having a giant DIY manual to hand is Youtube. So far this year I’ve found out how to build a picket fence, a gate with a ‘z’ frame, replace a faulty light switch and now a rockery. All for free.

Good Fortune

Mr Gardener on Youtube showed me how to lay the stones in a proper manner and then suggested filling the middle with old bricks before covering with upside-down pieces of turf. Oh dear. Where am I going to find old bricks and the turf? Enter our neighbour across the road. As fortune had it, he was taking up part of his lawn to make a parking spot for his car. Bingo, we had the turf and old bricks he had as rubble. He was happy, we were happy and I almost have a new rockery.

Hey

All that had to be done now was to fill the remaining space with a few bags of topsoil, top off with pretty little stones and find some plants. Without changing the subject, there’s an old ‘Blues’ song I’ve loved ever since I was about 14. It’s called ‘Hey Hey‘ by Big Bill Broonzy and was played by Eric Clapton on his Unplugged album. The first ideal plant I came across was called ‘Hey Hey’. I said to wifey, “Hey, hey, I just have to have this plant!” She told me to stop calling her ‘Hey’.

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22 Comments
  • SueW
    July 27, 2019

    A very amusing post Trev. I’m delighted you linked to the challenge and I can’t wait to see the finished rockery!

    We had one day of unbearable heat it reached 40 degrees in Sophie’s garden. It was too much for me, but strangely the the heat during the night that everyone else complained about hasn’t bothered me. I have enjoyed the remainder of the hot days, and until this morning the rain has saved itself until the evenings. Perfect weather for the gardens. 🙂

    • admin
      July 27, 2019

      Thank you, Sue. I was writing the blog when I saw your prompt and thought the subject would fit well with it. We didn’t quite make the high 30’s here, but it was hot. Just remember to drink plenty of water. Thank you again for your kind words, Sue.

  • Excellent. Made me smile and also slightly shamed me. We have a garden which if you turn your back for a second transforms into an Amazonian Weed Forest. Must check our Mr Gardener.

    • admin
      July 27, 2019

      Thank you. YouTube is full of great ideas and tutorials for the garden. It’s worth having a look. Good luck with your endeavours

  • librepaley
    July 27, 2019

    The garden looks great. The heat I can take, but even now it’s dropped, still so humid.

    • admin
      July 27, 2019

      Thank you, librepaley. It seems back to normal today, grey, rain and temperatures around 19C here.

  • luisa zambrotta
    July 27, 2019

    Great pic

    • admin
      July 27, 2019

      Thank you, Luisa, I appreciate your kind words.

  • Invisibly Me
    July 27, 2019

    I’m in the ‘yay for hot weather’ club, too. I almost cried this morning when it had already gone back to chilly, grey & rainy, in typical British style! Well done on the rockery, and good timing with your neighbour donating the turf & bricks. Will we get to see photos of the finished creation once it’s done? I’m so nosy! 😉
    Caz x

    • admin
      July 27, 2019

      Thank you, Caz. I will try and get some photos of the rockery when it’s finished. 😃

  • Hope
    July 27, 2019

    BRAVO! Beautiful rockery! YouTube is the greatest.

    • admin
      July 27, 2019

      Thank you, Hope and yes, YouTube is a wonderful thing these days.

  • Tish Farrell
    July 27, 2019

    Where would we be without the technical college of YouTube – everything from how prepare an artichoke to building a steam engine.

    • admin
      July 27, 2019

      Thank you, Tish. Indeed, it is a mine of useful information

  • Anonymous
    July 27, 2019

    Looks beautiful!

    • admin
      July 27, 2019

      Thank you. Anonymous.

  • luisa zambrotta
    July 31, 2019

    <3

    • admin
      July 31, 2019

      Thank you, Luisa.

  • smzang
    August 7, 2019

    Love it!!

    • admin
      August 7, 2019

      Thank you, Sarah.

  • Dave Kingsbury
    August 16, 2019

    You can find out how to do anything on the internet. Perhaps I should rephrase that … anyhow, my son managed to change a headlight bulb on his car with YouTube help … he had to remove the front bumper. Ridiculous.

    • Trev Jones
      August 16, 2019

      Yes, it’s amazing just how much you can learn from youtube, Dave. I find it such an amazing useful tool.




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