...is a funny world. At least it is when you live in Holland and it is a typical Dutch summer. *grins* We stayed up at Cranberry Cottage this weekend. It was wonderful to sleep in the cool little house in the woods. By cool, I don't mean slang for neat or hip but literally cool. The woods keep it much cooler there than here in the virtually treeless suburbs of the city. But we are having a typical Dutch July with rain on and off. So those off moments were spent weeding our drive at the cottage, trimming a few things and cutting the grass. You just run out after a rain shower and work until the next one. Can't you just see us running in and out? But we don't mind as the garden needs the rain after a hot and dry May and June. I find it very comforting to know that normal weather has returned to the country.
We don't have much success growing roses in our city garden. I do have my Edith Holden rose but we have a climbing rose that has not given us a single bloom this year. So we were very pleased to arrive at Cranberry Cottage only to find our rose bushes doing so well. The reason we were thrilled is that we purchased these very cheap bushes from the grocery store Aldi and had half expected them, along with the rhododendrons we bought at the same time, not to really grow. They have all surprised us by doing extremely well!
Another gardening miracle are these lilies. They were brought from our city garden for a last ditch effort before throwing them away. They refused to bloom the last year in the city garden and the first 3 summers at the cottage. This year, I was looking at some plants I am going to replace and was astonished to see these lilies were in bloom. Sorry about the lighting as these photos were taken in the evening so I had to use a flash.
But wait...if you enlarge the first photo, you will see something slimy crawling on the flowers! Yuk! The lilies were covered in big, fat, ugly slugs. How did they even get up there??? They look so heavy compared to the slender stem holding the flowers. Now I am an experimental garden. I just try things out and if they don't work, I try something else. But I have no idea why these are being invaded by slugs? Any of you experienced gardeners out there know about slugs loving lilies? Not the leaves but the flowers? We do not use any kind of poisons and up to now, Jos simply puts on garden gloves and takes the slugs back to the woods. Not very efficient considering we are not at the cottage every day.
It all leaves me with just one burning question on my mind today...
Where is Alan Titchmarsh when you need him?????