Holly Willyboobyhock continues her run of glory. My father-in-law, a keeper of multiple Holly Willyboobyhocks in Denmark, warned us that her flowers would be impressive, short lived and quickly replaced by other blooms up and down the stems. He was right. No sooner had we got used to the first flower head and reduced our gasping in wonder schedule from eight times a day to just six, then it had fallen, perfectly and entirely ejected from it's seat on the stem. This thing of wonder and gardening firsts landed bottoms up on the slabs, exposing an amazing Lego-like backside which looks as though it could be neatly plugged back on to another plant and brought back to life in a jiffy. If Ikea made a plant I suspect the Hollyhock in a range of interchangeable colours and sizes would be it. Apparently the next stage is the prolific self-seeding of Holly W which I am told may see me channelling a frequent dream of Keith Lemon and fighting my way through a jungle of Willboobyhocks this time next year. I can only hope so, such has been the intrigue of this brilliant plant in 2013.
In other news, my father-in-law tidied the hedge again ready for Autumn. Cannot tell you how lovely it is to have had a very rare help in and around the house with jobs that need done - it has taken so much weight off our shoulders and let us take a lovely, smiling breath out.
The outdoor table and chairs have also been given a good sanding and about 5 coats of boiled linseed oil - this job has been waiting to be done for about 7 years and I really stressed myself out trying to get it done before son went into hospital at the end of July. In my defence I will say that this summer has been the only summer in about the same amount of time that's been dry enough consistently to even think about getting the oil and doing the sanding outdoors. Once again I respectfully bow to the sunshine here, for it has been bloody fabulous. Funny how some jobs start to take on big, significant meanings, as milestones go, I just couldn't seem to let go of the idea that these chairs MUST be done before next year. Credit to husband for doing a huge share of the work too, it's lovely to see them looking back in usable shape and also lovely to not get a handful of splinters every time I move them about.
I leave you this week with a bit of greenery (and bluery) of the indoors variety - a lovely vase of flowers from my cousin & her family who were here at the weekend for
Once again linking up this post with the lovely Mammasaurus and 'How Does Your Garden Grow?'.