Enjoying my garden and an offer from Peony


I write, sitting in my back garden reflecting on a week’s break from life at The Q.

The warm overhead sun flirts with the pine trees, the light tanzanite blue of our ceanothus (Californian lilac) seems to glow in the shade and competes with my neighbour’s overhanging wisteria for the loudest “oohs and ahhhs”, the melodic trickle of water from Bernini fountains add an idyllic relaxing atmosphere. The loud exotic call of a song thrush, high in the tree canopy mingles with the busy chatter of blue and great tits. Toby and Ellie hidden away in the bushes away from the afternoon sun. Of course I’m not saying it’s perfect, with the ever present sounds of modern transport in their varying degrees, but to me it’s lovely and it’s what I’ve called home for over 20 years!


As you can see, we spent plenty of time in the garden enjoying the sun whilst protected by the brilliant Ultrasun. I have no trouble relaxing but Mrs F is a bit of a fidget, particularly when there’s something that needs doing. Cutting the grass and “Flower Powering” all the plants and flowers, for example. I also tried out the Wet & Forget sample, as mentioned in a previous blog. The results are astonishing, particularly on wood! I sprayed a small section of gravel board once and you can see the results! No scrubbing it literally is as it says on the bottle! You can see where I slightly over sprayed the target area. I am going to use it on our wooden garden furniture next.

wet and forget

If you love flowers but don’t want the bother of watering and feeding, I’ll be launching a new Peony Today’s Special Value with the lovely Peony co-founder, Julie Bates, on Wednesday evening into Thursday. Comprising two sets of peony and wisteria in a bottle vase, complete with a limited edition gift bag – so realistic my neighbour will think I’ve taken cuttings from over the fence! They’re available in both pink and white, have a look below at the white option – so beautiful!

Peony TSV 2

During my week off, we also managed a couple of days down at my Mum’s on the coast in West Sussex. The weather wasn’t too great, but it’s always relaxing down by the sea and lovely to spend some time with Mum who is planning a landmark birthday party for later this summer.

I of course went out and about with my camera and captured this basking slow worm. They are actually legless lizards, rather than snakes. They are totally harmless, but they do have a habit of ‘relieving’ themselves on you if you attempt to pick them up – so I just clicked away instead.

Slow Worm

Until next time stay well-watered and algae-free,

Dale x

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