Back to blogging via the garden

With World Cup orders really tailing off now and the prospect of selling large quantities of St. George flags after next week looking unlikely, I will try to find things to blog about, post New Labour. I haven’t really had the time yet to determine just how Blue Labour the Tories are.

For now, here is a bit of my garden at 10 o’clock this morning. The photo really doesn’t do it justice as the strong purples and lilacs of the foxgloves and other flowers haven’t come out well, but the poppies are the real eye-catcher in this area (there are more this side of the camera). To get political for a moment, I can’t help being reminded of the senseless waste of lives in the “British” Government’s wars of aggression and corporate empire: the beauty of God and nature versus the corrupted spirit of man.

I just want to point out that the garden was already laid out when I moved here in 2008. I am most definitely not in possession of green fingers, but I know I am very fortunate to be able to look out on a beautiful garden lovingly created by a previous owner.

I’m sure Labour would have got around to increasing my council tax for the nice view. Why should the fact that it is private property matter? Smoking is banned in private clubs, pubs and everywhere else. Private homes run as B&B’s are told who they must allow onto their property.

I have a lovely garden which someone else planned and I pay for its upkeep. Clearly, I ought to be punished for being able to enjoy something this nice…

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10 Responses to Back to blogging via the garden

  1. JuliaM says:

    Give the ConDems time, and you probably will be!

    But yes, it’s indeed a beautiful sight.

  2. Stewart Cowan says:

    I dread to think what they’ll do, Julia. Maybe I should have the garden concreted over just in case, then throw an old sofa and a couple of mattresses out there just to be sure I don’t get a council tax increase.

    Sadly, I can take absolutely no credit for the garden. I intended to grow a few tomatoes in the greenhouse this year and yet again didn’t get round to it.

  3. English Viking says:

    I didn’t realise you had sunshine in Scotland, it looks great.

  4. Stewart Cowan says:

    We have palm trees here in the SW, English.

  5. Leg-iron says:

    The sky has been slate grey from horizon to horizon here for weeks. There aren’t even any cloud features visible sometimes and I have plants dying of the cold. Two days to midsummer and I’m still wearing pullovers!

    Forget the greenhouse. I’m going to build a transparent plastic bubble over the entire garden.

    I wondered why you’d gone quiet. It didn’t occur to me that you’d be busy with World Cup flag sales.

    I just hope you’re not stocking vuvuzelas…

  6. Lovely garden!

    (I really love gardens by the way. I’ll not be paying anyone to upkeep mine – basically because I don’t just love gardens, I also love gardening. It’s a lot more therapeutic than blogging. If we get some good weather, my blogging should be very light this summer!)

  7. Stewart Cowan says:

    Hi Leg-iron,

    I have to say that we have had some glorious weather in the past week or two. Have you considered moving further south?

    For once I had to put business ahead of pleasure and forget about blogging. Yours was about the only one I still read, but didn’t have time to comment on.

    No, I don’t stock those things. But if I’d known about them beforehand…

  8. Stewart Cowan says:


    I don’t mind vegetable gardening, but everywhere are flowers, shrubs and trees, so I cannot find the enthusiasm to go out weeding. I employed a young lad from church to keep things tidy, but he’s just left town, so I have a friend doing it now. It doesn’t cost me that much and I can be better employed working overtime at my day job which probably more than covers the cost of having a (very) part-time gardener.

    I imagine gardening can be very therapeutic, though.

  9. Subrosa says:

    Lovely garden Stewart and such a shame you don’t like weeding. ;) I’m told it’s therapeutic although for the past 30 years I’ve yet to feel any benefit other than a bad back and these days some difficulty getting up off my knees. Could do with a little help but gardening helpers around here are like gold dust.

    As for LegIron, he doesn’t have far to come to get beautiful weather. Less than an hour down the road we’ve had 25 degrees again today. Too hot for gardening until after 4pm.

  10. Stewart Cowan says:

    I’m not too disappointed that I don’t like weeding, SR. ;-) It was no good here for gardening yesterday either on account of it raining all day. It looks like it could go either way today. I’m stuck in the office all day anyway, so it can snow if it wants!

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