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22 Hours in A Country Garden

Subtract eight hours for restful sleep & you're left with 14 glorious hours to see, hear, touch, smell, taste & simply absorb all kinds of beauty & goodness.

IMG_4563 IMG_4677IMG_4526IMG_4617   IMG_4589 Calendula officinalis 'Flashback' - yellow Calendula officinalis 'Flashback' - apricot

Images (top to bottom):
1. View north from the balcony: neighbouring farm, mountains, sky -- heaven.
2. The tenant in the balcony birdhouse. 
3. A butterfly thermometer -- earlier in the day the dial was past 90 (degrees F). 
4. Antique 'Cupani's Original' Sweet Peas.  5. First harvest of sugar snap peas.
6. Yellow 'Flashback' Calendula. 7. Apricot 'Flashback' Calendula.

It's now midweek, I'm back at work, & already planning the next visit to my favourite bed & breakfast, which I'm determined to stretch to at least 44 hours  -- there's a long weekend coming up soon.

Do you have a country garden or do you visit one regularly? Please share your stories & links to images in the comments.

Reader Comments (5)

Sounds like a lovely weekend. I especially like the little bird house!

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterArwen from Hoglet K

The view is heaven on a stick. Then some.

I don't have a country garden I visit. Yet. There are plans afoot here for an escape in the near future, where we can grow our own on a much larger, but quieter scale.

Must have been sheer bliss. I feel the same way when I return from my parents garden in Sydney. It's a delight. Happy summer!

July 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucy

HI Arwen. The little bird visits every morning. He literally sings for his breakfast as my mom puts a few breadcrumbs on the balcony railing. He's getting used to her-- she can almost hand-feed him.

Oh Lucy, what you could do with this setting, your amazing eye & one of your wonderful cameras. I hope you find yourself in a country garden soon.

July 23, 2009 | Registered CommenterElaine

Oooh, the apricot flashback calendula flower is stunning. I've never heard of that variety. I'll have to keep an eye out.

Hi Fern. All these 'Flashback' Calendula are from a package of Renee's Garden Seeds. The apricot are my favourite, too. I'm sure you could design a stunning balcony display with them. Thanks so much for posting the Calendula Salve-ation post: http://lifeonthebalcony.com/calendula-herbal-salve-ation-recipe/#comments.
I'll be trying this next season. (Sadly all the flowers dried and shriveled in our extreme heat wave last week.)

August 4, 2009 | Registered CommenterElaine

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