Head First Into The Penstemons..


I fell off the terrace wall.

It was destined to happen one day and yesterday was the day. A slate edge tile came loose, my foot followed and the rest is.. well, predictable. Penstemon ‘Snowstorm’ came off worst, it’s now missing a stem or two. Still, every cloud, triumph out of adversity etc. etc., what better opportunity to join Cathy in her excellent meme In A Vase On Monday. Follow the link to see examples far more worthy than mine.

With the garden under development, blooms are a precious commodity that I don’t often pick. So how infuriating to dive bomb the penstemon in particular.  Having moved it in Spring it’s still sulking and not flowering particularly well. I had a split second to work out where to target my feet and did at least manage to locate bare earth. The trouble was, it meant landing badly. My top half fell forward and one flailing arm ended deep within the centre of an astrantia, so sprays of ‘Roma’ are in the vase too.

The Pennisetum ‘Karley Rose’ and Berberis escaped the carnage, sprigs are added for artistic purposes only.




In other news:


Something is stealing the redcurrants. It’s a race now to get them all in before they disappear forever down an uninvited mouth or beak. And it’s not only the fruit. The pinks that only last week I moved around on the terraces have all been nobbled. You’ll remember I blamed that wretched squirrel, but now I’ve seen a mouse feasting on the flowers too. Could it be that mice are attracted to newly disturbed soil? Every new bulb I plant is gobbled. But the ones that have been established here for a while, like those dreaded Spanish bluebells? Not even a nibble.


 As far as the squirrels are concerned, revenge has been sweet. I’ve got some iPad footage of them on the twirler and had a brief look at a tutorial for video editing on the mac. Seems simple enough (?) and maybe even rather fun..


Blogger has taken to eating my first comment of each day. Why? The second attempt always works. If you receive a duplicate comment from me that is the reason.


I do so wish I had the sort of hair that I could just wash and leave. No, it’s a constant battle and now I’ve completely lost the plot. It was the scissors, lying tantalisingly close. I thought if I cut a little bit at a time then perhaps I could avoid a disaster. A couple of locks here and there, see how it works out? Well, it’s much like shortening one leg on a chair. Suddenly the rest is wrong. Another snip here, a bit more there.. and so it goes on. Mike only noticed because he happened to empty the bathroom bin. But a hair appointment is imminent. What is my hairdresser going to say?


There is a new hole in the brassica cage. But this time I can’t pin the blame on an animal. Not exactly. What did it was someone getting too close with the strimmer. He spent the rest of the afternoon attaching a patch with needle and thread. Aesthetically pleasing it isn’t, but it will keep the cabbage whites at bay. The very next day I found a large metal nut on the path, which had the look of something ‘we’ would be moaning about losing in a day or two’s time. It turned out to have come from that very same strimmer. Perhaps I should have secreted it away somewhere, just for safe keeping you understand.


And finally. With everything else that’s been going on I’ve missed my blog anniversary. Two years it was, on the 29th June. Good grief, how time flies!


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  1. frayed at the edge July 7, 2014 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    Poor you – although it sounds as if your pride suffered more than your person in the fall! Perhaps you could tell the haidresser that you got glue on your hair and had to cut it off?! The lady in the queue behind me in Sainsbury’s this morning remarked on the lovely smell from my bunch of flowers – I didn’t tell her the scent was from some tealights underneath them in the trolley!!

    • Jessica July 7, 2014 at 7:58 pm - Reply

      It will have to be either glue or a terrible accident with the secateurs.

  2. frayed at the edge July 7, 2014 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    ps – forgot to say – happy anniversary – here’s to many more delightful posts!!

    • Jessica July 7, 2014 at 7:58 pm - Reply

      Thanks Anne x

  3. Christina July 7, 2014 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    Thank goodness you didn’t hurt yourself, it could have been really nasty. The resulting vase is lovely so as you say “every cloud……”

    • Jessica July 7, 2014 at 8:01 pm - Reply

      At least it was a soft landing. Falling off the bottom terrace would be further and on to concrete. That would hurt!

  4. Sharon July 7, 2014 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    I hope only your pride was bruised – and yes, if you are as sure footed as me – it probably was inevitable. But on the bright side – lovely bouquet.

    • Jessica July 7, 2014 at 8:05 pm - Reply

      It will happen again for sure. Plants growing over the edge are very pretty but make access difficult. Oh for the day when I’ve covered all the soil and no longer have to weed!

  5. Cathy Thompson July 7, 2014 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    Such a pretty vase – I particularly love the astrantia (I think you said it was ‘Roma’?) – hope you aren’t too bruised after the fall and happy blogging anniversary. I’ll look forward to the ‘twirling’ squirrels!

    • Jessica July 7, 2014 at 8:09 pm - Reply

      Yes, it’s Roma. One of my favourites. I was less worried about breaking some of these as the blooms are starting to go to seed. I was about to chop them back for the second flush. I just hope the leaves grow back too and fill the big hole I’ve made in it!

  6. Chloris July 7, 2014 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    I hope you didn’ t hurt yourself.
    I love your arrangement. Lovely colours together.
    Maybe you can use the bits of your Penstemon as cutting; it is really easy from cuttings.
    Happy blogging Anniversary!

    • Jessica July 7, 2014 at 8:15 pm - Reply

      Thanks Chloris. It was the flowering stems that broke off (unfortunately), but I really should think about propagating these plants. I hope when they re-establish they’ll be the mainstay of the summer borders.

  7. Jacqueline July 7, 2014 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    Oooooo Jessica …… that sounded nasty ….. but at least you got a vase of flowers out of it !!!!! Hope you didn’t hurt yourself too much.
    ….. and, happy blog anniversary to you. Here’s to many more.
    Have a great week and try to keep your feet planted firmly on the ground!! XXXX

    • Jessica July 7, 2014 at 8:17 pm - Reply

      I will definitely be grounded if the weather carries on like this. It’s been pouring down.. all day! Thanks Jackie.

  8. Kris P July 7, 2014 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    I love the bandaid package accent in the photo. The arrangement is perfect, down to the vase. I hope you’ve recovered from your fall and that you discover – and thwart – the varmint stealing your currants. (I lost all my grapes this year to raccoons and birds so I can certainly sympathize.) And happy blog-versary!

    • Jessica July 7, 2014 at 8:40 pm - Reply

      Hi Kris, thank you and welcome to rusty duck.
      We don’t have raccoons but enough squirrels and mice to make up for them. Growing anything edible in the garden, and getting your fair share, can be a challenge sometimes. Your garden is absolutely stunning, very jealous!

  9. Em July 7, 2014 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    Blogger has been doing that for over a week and it still hasn’t been sorted. Grrrr.

    How are you physically after the fall? Unavoidable aches of the over forties??? Thank goodness you weren’t in a front street garden for all to see. I once crashed to the pavement in London whilst trimming my hedge. Very embarrassing. X

    • Jessica July 7, 2014 at 8:43 pm - Reply

      I might be a bit stiff.. I knew the trees would be of benefit one day, at least no-one was watching. Just as well they couldn’t hear either as there was some cussing.

  10. Denise July 7, 2014 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    Happy Blogiversary!! And I really think you should wear a parachute when you are gardening. Either that or a fat duvet…or thin mattress. Idea – you could always tell your hairdresser that your interesting hair do is a direct result of your gardening escapades… X

    • Jessica July 7, 2014 at 8:47 pm - Reply

      Thank you dear heart. I carry a fat duvet au naturelle.. being well upholstered in the crucial areas.
      It’s dreadful what those secateurs can do though isn’t it.

  11. paxton3 July 7, 2014 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness. Poor you. But also a teeny giggle too (sorry). I have to wash my hair every day, because it is so ridiculously fine and flyaway. I often cut my fringe badly, and the hairdresser always tuts me. I left for Belfast on Friday with many almost ripe Blueberries. Today there are none. Sparrows are the culprits. Little buggers.
    Leanne xx

    • Jessica July 7, 2014 at 8:51 pm - Reply

      Sparrows or blackbirds? Or even squirrels.. it was those little buggers that got all of mine last year. After they’d finished off the redcurrants that is. They came back every day to check for ripeness and only took the ones that had just reached their prime.

  12. Doesn’t hair around plants deter some pest? Hope you landed gracefully, even though the plants came off worst. Maybe the future video will include not only squirrels but humans flying through the air.

    • Jessica July 7, 2014 at 8:55 pm - Reply

      Not whilst I have sole possession of the iPad it won’t..

  13. Countryside Tales July 7, 2014 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    Bon anniversaire! I hope you are alright after your tumble?

    • Jessica July 7, 2014 at 8:58 pm - Reply

      Merci. Bruises are healing quicker these days. I must be adapting.

  14. Sue July 7, 2014 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    Happy Blogoversary, (that’s how my spellcheck is telling me to spell it so I will, although it looks wrong!!).

    What is it with you and Lovely Hubby doing reverse Humpty Dumpty impressions, I hope you are okay after your fall. I guess at least you got a bunch of flowers out of yours, he just got a good telling off 🙂

    This gardening on a hill malarkey is not good is it!!

    • Jessica July 7, 2014 at 8:59 pm - Reply

      Thanks Sue. I call it Extreme Gardening!

  15. Cathy July 7, 2014 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    It’s all very well pretending you lost your footing, etc etc – but I know how you were feeling about your penstemons after your recent comments on my blog… 😉 Seriously, of course I hope you survive to tell the tale for a good while longer than the happy two year’s blogging you have already given us. Happy Anniversary! I ALWAYS have to resend my comments on Blogspot blogs – I have learned to Ctrl C before I click send! Back to the vase – isn’t it lovely?! And this is what it’s all about – looking for things that will complement each other, which your astrantia, pennisetum and berberis undoubtedly do. Astrantia has proved a great addition to my vases over a long period so keep an eye open ready for next week – it’s been lovely to have you join the meme today 😉

    • Jessica July 7, 2014 at 9:03 pm - Reply

      I was pleased with the pennisetum, the colour goes well and the contrasting texture. It doesn’t look like the penstemon will hold out for long, it was a bit crushed after all, but I’m tempted to go and find something else white to keep the vase going for longer.

  16. Linda July 7, 2014 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    Love the flowers and the vase. Is it from The Botanic Garden series of china? Sorry about the slip and fall. Take care Jessica.

    • Jessica July 7, 2014 at 9:05 pm - Reply

      I think it is from that series, yes. I love its simple form for small arrangements and the colours go with this one perfectly. Thanks Linda.

  17. pbmgarden July 7, 2014 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    Who knows where the next inspiration will come from? Your arrangement is really balanced in color and form and works very well. Hope you’re ok after this mishap. susie

    • Jessica July 7, 2014 at 9:26 pm - Reply

      Hi Susie and welcome to rusty duck.
      Having seen some of your own arrangements now I am flattered by the compliment. Thank you. I guess if we garden we have to take a few knocks, the different levels provide a real challenge here, but some great design opportunities too.

  18. Rosie July 7, 2014 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    Belated ‘bloggyversary’ wishes – hope you were ok after your slip amongst the penstemons at least you were able to save some of them for the little posy:)

    • Jessica July 7, 2014 at 9:32 pm - Reply

      Thanks Rosie. I’m fine thanks, just a bit stiff from landing rather awkwardly. Think we may need to secure those stones, don’t want to be squashing any more plants!

  19. 1gus1Janice July 7, 2014 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    Oh dear! Hope you didn’t need too many plasters and I’m sure the plants will benefit from their unexpected ‘pruning’. Ours are pruned by passing dogs (seven at present as we are looking after daughter’s three while they roast in the sun somewhere unfeasibly, even mercilessly, hot – rather them than me!!) Do take care, Jessica – falling isn’t funny at any age unless you’re a stuntwoman.
    Had to smile at the haircut, though – done it myself and lived to regret it.

    • Jessica July 7, 2014 at 9:58 pm - Reply

      Hi Janice, hope you’re well. Seven? You are mad! It’s a thought though, perhaps the unscheduled pruning will stimulate the penstemons into much needed growth.
      Hair also grows.. eventually!

  20. deb July 7, 2014 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    happy belated blog~versary to you!
    lovely arrangement & vase.

    • Jessica July 7, 2014 at 9:59 pm - Reply

      Thanks Deb

  21. snowbird July 7, 2014 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    Good heavens….glad you are ok! I hate taking a tumble, I always fall clumsily, I even took a tumble down the stairs last week, fortunately on my butt!
    Your arrangement is pretty. Congrats on two years….I remember last year, how time is flying by.xxx

    • Jessica July 7, 2014 at 10:06 pm - Reply

      This year is going past so quickly I just can’t believe it. Half the year gone already.. how did that happen? Thanks Snowbird x

  22. Natalie July 7, 2014 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    Happy blogg-iversary, and I’m glad you didn’t break any bones falling off the wall. The bouquet is really pretty. Love the colours.

    • Jessica July 7, 2014 at 10:09 pm - Reply

      Soft landing thankfully! The colours have me thinking that I should have more soft purple and white in the garden, they do look good together. Isn’t it odd how these things come about.

  23. Elizabeth W July 7, 2014 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    Hello there, I hope you aren’t feeling to bruised and bloodied after your tumble. The resultant vase is, however, very pretty … I particularly like the soft grasses together with the Astrantia, lovely! Thanks for sharing.

    • Jessica July 7, 2014 at 10:25 pm - Reply

      Hi Elizabeth, thanks and welcome to rusty duck.
      I think this must be my favourite grass, I just love the colours in it. Plus it is hardy and doesn’t seed everywhere like some. Having now seen it in a vase I will be needing more of it!

  24. hoehoegrow July 7, 2014 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    Happy anniversary ! Apparently the average life of a blog is only 4 months, so yours is positively ancient!!
    Bad luck on your penstemon dive … could have been worse, could have been a rose bush !!

    • Jessica July 7, 2014 at 10:31 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jane. There are days when I feel positively ancient too. Good point on the rose bush though, I probably missed one by a couple of feet..

  25. Virginia July 8, 2014 at 12:30 am - Reply

    Ouch! I hope you’re not too stiff tomorrow! As to hair cutting – I did the same a few days ago and now the bottom veers away to one side and I don’t dare cut any more off. I’m going to be in deep trouble with my hairdresser too. There is a bumper sticker over here that says “What hairdressers do only hairdressers can do”… too true!!

    • Jessica July 8, 2014 at 9:38 am - Reply

      My hair grows so quickly, that’s the trouble, and I don’t want to be going every week.
      The last time I did this I was told that I’d managed to get it “well textured”… is that polite for ‘a complete and utter mess’?

  26. Christina July 8, 2014 at 1:38 am - Reply

    Hi Jessica, hope you didn’t hurt yourself too much by falling down the terrace wall. I made it once unintended into our pool in December, that wasn’t much fun either. Anyway your bouquet looks quite lovely and artistic, I just would hope that you find an easier way to pick one next time ;-)! Congratulations to your second blog anniversary! I guess after two years you are truly hocked! Wishing you a nice week!

    • Jessica July 8, 2014 at 9:41 am - Reply

      Thanks Christina. No, a dip in the pool in December I wouldn’t like much either! In fact given my fear of water in general I think a berberis hedge would be preferable.

  27. nataliescarberry July 8, 2014 at 3:51 am - Reply

    Bless your heart. I hope you weren’t hurt to badly in the fall. The penstemmon will make a come back I’m sure. Blessings, Natalie 🙂

    • Jessica July 8, 2014 at 9:45 am - Reply

      I have been standing on top of the very same wall just this morning (avoiding the loose slate) surveying the damage to the penstemon and astrantia. Hopefully with a bit more cosmetic pruning they will make it. Thanks Natalie.

  28. CJ July 8, 2014 at 6:35 am - Reply

    Congratulations on two years of blogging, I do so love visiting here, and I’m learning to identify lots more plants because of your lovely blog. Sorry you fell off of the wall, that’s exactly the kind of thing I do all the time. Hope you’re not too badly battered. I have a family of young blackbirds eating my fruit – the last few tayberries, raspberries and blueberries. To add insult to injury they leave purple poop all over the patio. Strimmers are quite addictive I think. I bought one for the allotment a little while back, and there’s no stopping me now. CJ xx

    • Jessica July 8, 2014 at 9:49 am - Reply

      Thanks CJ. I always feel like I’m walking a tightrope along the middle wall, it was going to happen some day. Ooh, the purple poop, I know it well. Something pooped on the car last week, possibly a seagull, it even took the paint off.

  29. Cathy July 8, 2014 at 8:00 am - Reply

    I had a similar tumble in my rockery recently, but only a sprig of box got hurt (along with my knee, ankle, wrist….) 😉 So glad you had some nice flowers to rescue after attending to your injuries! And please take care – I know how quickly these accidents can happen and if a rose or perhaps a berberis were in the way the results could be quite different. (I mean the injuries, not the vase!). Congratulations on two years as well!

    • Jessica July 8, 2014 at 10:43 am - Reply

      Hi Cathy, thanks and welcome to rusty duck.
      The roses are all newly planted here and not really established yet, so the only way one would end up in a vase is if I landed upon it! Hopefully next year it will be different as I love having roses in the house.

  30. Sue@GLAllotments July 8, 2014 at 9:45 am - Reply

    We had to cage our redcurrants much to the blackbirds disgust as they love them. They chunter at me when I am inside picking!

    • Jessica July 8, 2014 at 10:48 am - Reply

      Ours are in a cage too but the blackbirds have pecked three holes into the roof netting! Our predecessor hung a wind chime from the roof, inspired really as we can always tell when they are in there. They do get very disgusted when they are evicted.

  31. Amy at love made my home July 8, 2014 at 10:17 am - Reply

    Happy belated blogaversary!!!! I look forward to many more to come. Sorry to hear about you flinging yourself around on the terrace, good to know that you are OK though and that not too much damage was done. If you can work out a way to get squirrels to dig up bluebell bulbs and transport them far far away let me know as I could use some help getting rid of the bluebells!! xx

    • Jessica July 8, 2014 at 10:52 am - Reply

      Thanks Amy.
      I would welcome the squirrels with open arms (there’s saying something) if they took a shine to the Spanish bluebells. Only those though, the native English bluebells I’m very happy to have around.

  32. Pauline July 8, 2014 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    I’m so glad you are ok after your fall from the terraces, that must have been quite frightening at the time. I’m also glad that your plants didn’t suffer too much damage!

    • Jessica July 8, 2014 at 10:18 pm - Reply

      Thanks Pauline. Luckily I fell from the middle level into the bottom bed, soft landing. I was more concerned about the damage to the plants. Falling from the bottom bed, a greater distance and on to concrete would be the one to avoid!

  33. CherryPie July 8, 2014 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    Luckily you didn’t break any bones!!!

    Happy Blogiversary 🙂

    • Jessica July 8, 2014 at 11:21 pm - Reply

      Not yet…! Thanks Cherie.

  34. Helene July 9, 2014 at 3:09 am - Reply

    Hi Jessica, hope you are OK by now after your fall – is your hair sorted too
    ? 🙂 I have cut my own hair the last 25 years, and been to a hairdresser less times than I have fingers on one hand those years. My hair is hopeless and I don’t get hairdressers to listen and understand how to cut it so I resort to doing it myself. Fortunately part of the problem is frizzy curls, which is rather forgiving when it comes to how straight it needs to be cut 🙂
    I hope your penstemon is recovering well too, I love white penstemons but they usually like more sun than I have available in my garden.

    • Jessica July 9, 2014 at 10:28 pm - Reply

      Oh, my trouble exactly.. I’ve not met a hairdresser yet who has understood what I want. But the problem has got worse since we moved to Devon. It must be the soft water, all my hair will do these days is flat and floppy. So I need it short and layered and that is difficult to do yourself.

  35. elaine July 9, 2014 at 7:24 am - Reply

    You are the only person I know who has to garden with a safety net Jessica – are you generally accident prone? I have grown a lot of Penstemon from seed this year but they won’t be ready to plant till next. They don’t very often survive the winter in my garden so I will be taking cuttings of those I already have just in case. It is fatal to go near your own hair with scissors I know from experience – as a child I got hold of the scissors and decided to cut my fringe – it ended up an half an inch of stubble – disaster – mother wasn’t too pleased.

    • Jessica July 9, 2014 at 10:40 pm - Reply

      So far I’ve been lucky.. it’s Mike who tends to be accident prone. But a safety net might be a good idea.
      Hair cutting is another minefield. Why is it these days fringes have to be in your eyes? It’s just not practical for a gardener is it?

  36. Anny July 9, 2014 at 8:36 am - Reply

    I always suspected gardening was a dangerous sport and now you’ve confirmed it! Hope you’re not too bruised, only your dignity!

    I chop my own fringe off regularly, but never touch the rest, then a couple of months ago one of my daughters who’d watched the TV programme about an amateur hairdresser competition offered to cut the bottom for me – and she did it brilliantly. I’ve never been the sort of customer to make a hairdresser rich, but now I can have it done for free.

    • Jessica July 9, 2014 at 10:44 pm - Reply

      Oh that sounds perfect. My hairdresser just despairs of me. I go from long to short and back again in a desperate attempt to find something that will work. Now it’s short once again (of necessity) I think it will stay that way.

  37. sustainablemum July 9, 2014 at 9:58 am - Reply

    I wonder if gardening could be classed as a dangerous activity the potential for accidents must be high, health and safety would have a field day…..my berries are safely within a fruit cage but are not ripe enough for picking just yet! Hope you and you beautiful plant are on the road to recovery.

    • Jessica July 9, 2014 at 10:48 pm - Reply

      My berries are in a fruit cage too, but the blackbirds peck holes in the roof and the mice and squirrels burrow in from underneath!

  38. wherefivevalleysmeet July 9, 2014 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    Congratulations on two years of blogging Jessica – do hope that you are feeling OK following your tumble, and that the hairstyle has been improved. It is such a temptation to trim the locks, but so difficult to do yourself. My DiL does it all the time successfully, but not me. I have been experiencing exactly the same problem with blogger and comments. On one comment I actually went to all of the trouble of researching an answer for someone, and it never appear – ‘drat’ blogger sometimes.

    • Jessica July 9, 2014 at 10:57 pm - Reply

      Thanks Rosemary. Just a bit stiff, but we went to Trebah today so the stiffness from the fall has now been replaced with the stiffness from walking up and down that valley. It was lovely though. I keep forgetting to copy the first comment of the day before submitting, if it’s a long one it’s a real pain to have to do it all again.

  39. Linda July 10, 2014 at 12:05 am - Reply

    Great story Jessica!
    I cut my own hair all the time….hahaha!
    Happy Anniversary….you are one of my very favorite places to visit♥️
    Hope you didn’t hurt yourself…
    Linda :o)

    • Jessica July 10, 2014 at 11:35 am - Reply

      Your hair always looks professionally cut Linda, if I could do that hairdressers would be history!

  40. islandthreads July 10, 2014 at 8:28 am - Reply

    happy belated blogaversary Jessica, I’m glad neither you or your precious plants were injured too badly with the fall, you made me sort of smile as you seemed more worried about harming the plants than yourself, good luck with the red currants, I lost over half my gooseberries last year so this year I have netted the only bush that is producing a good crop, there is plenty else in my garden for the wildlife to eat, hair, hmm, I’ve done the ‘cut it myself’ routine too, good luck, Frances

    • Jessica July 10, 2014 at 11:40 am - Reply

      With so many competing demands for time I’ve rather let the fruit cage go this year, so I suppose it’s my fault. Creatures have got in under the radar. As long as they leave me some for the odd pudding.. Next year, next year… 🙁

  41. Caro July 10, 2014 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Lovely catch up post, Jessica – and sorry to hear about your tumble. I did it last year trying to leap nimbly past some raised beds and onto the low wall that surrounds the veg patch island. Centre of gravity was way off and I fell backwards into a bed of onions, flailing arms as I went. I’ve now acknowledged that nimble in my head does not equate to nimble in my body, not any more!
    Having hair is a nuisance isn’t it? Mine is okay until it suddenly tips over into bedraggled; long, I can tie it back; short is easier to manage. Oh, what to do! Luckily I’m so short of time that the decision will have to wait for another day! PS love the vase. Thought your berberis was a cotinus sprig to start with. Lovely colours.

    • Jessica July 10, 2014 at 10:07 pm - Reply

      I think my centre of gravity problem would be eased by the consumption of fewer Crunchie Blast ice creams, but that’s just me!
      It’s a whopper berberis.. six footer!

  42. Willow July 10, 2014 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    Happy 2 year bloggaversay ~ time does fly doesn’t it.
    I watch the Spring chickens out on the farm and wish I were still one these days.
    I am glad the tumble wasn’t too too bad ~ remember when we were kids and a good tumble down a hill would make us laugh.
    Thank you so much for your kind words this post and last , my blog friends really mean a lot to me.

    • Jessica July 11, 2014 at 9:06 am - Reply

      I was a bit of a tom boy as a child and often got into scrapes, nothing changes there I guess.
      I hope the summer picks up for you Willow, take care x

  43. Simone July 11, 2014 at 9:55 am - Reply

    So much going on! I hope you are ok after your fall and at least you have a bunch of flowers to show for it! It’s the first time I have grown cauliflowers this year and I have seen an abundance of cabbage white butterflies so now I have holey cauli’s! Happy blog anniversary! x

    • Jessica July 11, 2014 at 6:17 pm - Reply

      Thanks Simone. Yes, the cabbage whites are having a stonking year and that’s bad news for brassicas. The cage may protect mine from the butterflies but it doesn’t seem to stop the slugs finding their way in.. 🙁

  44. Paul July 13, 2014 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    Well theres never a dull moment in the land of the rusty duck. iPad is notorious for gobbling my comment I leave on posts that never seem to materialize on friends blogs. Do hope you are recovery quickly after going head first into the border. The penstemon is a beauty. Happy anniversary!

    • Jessica July 14, 2014 at 11:35 am - Reply

      Thanks Paul. I’m glad it’s not just me who has problems with iPad. I’ve found it incredibly frustrating, not to mention some real clangers courtesy of predictive text!! But the portability of the whole thing, especially being able to use it while travelling, makes me persevere.

  45. woolythymes May 15, 2015 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    a belated happy anniversary!!!! I’ve learned so much here….has it really only been two years? It seems like you’ve been educating me much much longer!!!! (I could also use some photography classes….care to help out there, too???)

    • Jessica May 16, 2015 at 8:02 pm - Reply

      It’s coming up for three years Steph! I can’t quite believe it but there you go.

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