Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee,
Whether summer clothe the general earth
With greeness, or the redbreast sit and sing
Betwixt the tufts of snow on the bare branch
Of mossy apple-tree, while the nigh thatch
Smokes in the sun-thaw; whether the eave-drops fall
Heard only in the trances of the blast,
Or if the secret ministry of frost
Shall hang them up in silent icicles,
Quietly shining to the quiet Moon.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007


Just a very quick post mostly to show off my little grandson. Neil, Cesca and Gabriel stopped by unexpectedly on Sunday afternoon and Granny was wearing her gardening clothes, no make-up and had her hair scraped up in a very untidy ponytail! Gabriel said he didn't mind so we had our photo taken regardless:)

More Gabriel, less Granny!

One of my gorgeous red oriental poppies - all sadly over now, they last such a short time but are so fabulous while they are here.

An aquilegia or columbine which has come from a self sown seedling. The bees have done their work well - it is virtually black. Maybe I have the first ever black columbine and my fortune will be made:):)


meggie said...

Beautiful baby boy, with proud Gran.
I have never seen a black 'granny bonnet' before. (This is what we call aquilegias)

Janet said...

He just gets cuter each time I see a photo! You definitely have reason to be a proud granny.

Love the poppie! I've never seen or heard of a black columbine. We had lots of columbine when we lived in Colorado but they were blue/lavender or pinkish, I think.

Sheila said...

Gabriel is beautiful, he's coming along well isn't he?
I had a black aquilegia Rowan, last year was it's second year.
I had completely forgotten until seeing this one of yours, as there is no sign of it this summer.
It didn't seem to self seed like the other colours.

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Rowan, what an adorable Gabriel! Isn't that the best, little grandchildren love you with or without make~up!

Your poppies and Aquilegia are gorgeous, too.

Ragged Roses said...

Gabriel is gorgeous - you must be very proud! Love the aquilegia. Our poppies are still blooming, we've got our first pink ones opening today. It is a shame they are so short lived isn't it? Have a good day in the garden.
Kim x

Patty said...

what a sweet handsom wee lad ! Grandbabies are such fun

Miss Robyn said...

those are the best photos - the ones taken of the real us !
I have been looking at your previous posts and I am just amazed at your photos - Joe & I are planning to visit the UK in a year or two and I cannot wait. there seems to be alot that I will have to see :)
ps- I have a little giftaway on my blog for winter solstice x0

Lynda (Granny K) said...

Gabriel is beautiful, no wonder you are looking so happy!
I love the blackish aquilegas. I'm afraid they aren't something new though.

PAT said...

Gabriel is a sweet baby!! Love the photo of him and his Granny!

I've never seen this color Columbine. Would love to have it in our garden. It's beautiful

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Marilyn in NM said...

What a beautiful baby boy Gabriel is. And what a beautiful Granny he has. And what talent you have to make things grow.

peppylady (Dora) said...

great looking looking grandchildren.

rel said...

"Gabriel, You are adorable! thanks for getting Granny to pose in her garden duds and pony- tail...I think she is quite becoming, do you agree?" Of course you do.
I like it when you post your flowers, because it gives me a glimpse of what to expect in 2 weeks. The columbine is incredibly beautiful. Ours are red of course, but I think the black is much more attractive.

Jenny said...

I love poppies and columbines! The summers here are to warm for poppies (to my knowledge anyway), but I think they're just beautiful. I have a couple different kinds of columbines in my part shade garden, but none of them are black- what a lovely and unusual flower.

And it goes without saying (but I will anyway, because you can never hear it enough) that your grandson is adorable! :o)

smilnsigh said...

Awwww, precious. And Granny is looking just fine, also.

Mmmm, poppies. My husband said that ours are near ready to pop open. We have pink ones, which I loved for so long. And he couldn't get them to grow here. But! He finally succeeded and I love it.


kate said...

You look like a happy grandmum holding your adorable grandson! What a sweetie he is... soon he will be wandering in the garden with you...

Your columbines are such a cool colour... I love them. I have never seen such a dark colour of them. Mine keep turning different colours so I never know what will show up!

Oh and the poppy... I have one that is about to bloom. Since I didn't plant it, I have no idea of its colour!

Have a fun-filled gardening weekend! kate ox

sandy said...

Well what a cute baby.. Grandsons are wonderful, aren't they?? I have two and love them so much. He is a cutie!!!

sandy said...

by the way, that black columbine is amazing.. I've never seen that.

La Tea Dah said...

Beautiful grand-baby and a lovely grandma! As always, I am enjoying your blog and all the lovely pictures of places that you post.

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