Monday, 16 May 2016

Whispers of a dry summer...

May arrived in a hurry with a weekend of high temperatures bringing on trees and shrubs in a flurry of soft greens, the woods full of bluebells and the garden full of birdsong.

The winter finished off the old pergola, with the wood supports rotten through and the low brick wall behind it split and in need of repair. The small patio it covered is still fine and with the wall repair underway, the top of which will return to providing a garden seat with a view to the woods, the open patio is a good place for the BBQ. The two climbing roses were saved but the honeysuckle was far too woody and without flower to bother.


The winter jasmine in the front garden had also become too overgrown and had crowded out the passion flower and the Virginia creeper had rotted out in the terrible weather last year. So a complete change with a new climbing rose, hostas from dividing up some pot-bound ones and a snowball vibernum (Vibernum opulus 'Roseum') from a local Medway plant fair.

The patio pots have all been weeded and mulched for the summer, I hear whispers of a dry summer, fingers crossed after last year's washout. New plants this year also include, angelica Archangelica from Invicta Herbs and lupins, campanula and wallflowers.




hop and geranium

rose and valerian ready to flower


 A squirrel finds a way to get ahead of the competition for food.
No wonder the campanula is struggling...

grape vine

wallflowers now

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Movie Review ~ Marvel's Captain Amercia: Civil War

Marvel's Captain America: Civil War 12A (2D)

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Writers: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely

After several international incidents involving the Avengers cause too much collateral damage, a set of governmental checks and controls are to be placed on all enhanced humans. The proposed agreement splits the group with Tony Stark (Iron Man) heading up those Avengers who acquiesce and Steve Rogers (Captain America) leading those who won't.
It starts a civil war between the two teams meanwhile allowing a new enemy to emerge; one who has the Hydra secret to unlocking the Winter Soldier in Captain America's oldest friend, Bucky Barnes and the means to unleash a new terror on the world. New and old Marvel characters clash head on in this 146 minute action fight-fest as Captain America struggles with his moral compass in an increasingly hostile world, leaving him no option but to choose between friendship or duty.

Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Frank Grillo, William Hurt and Daniel Brühl are a stellar cast in this super-sized installment of the Marvel Avengers.

Five out five for some fearsome fun.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Spring is...

A camera shy bird in the buddleja...

Self seeding bluebells from the woods...

Hop vine starting to run...

First signs of peony buds...

New seedlings emerging (Sequoiadendron gigantea/California Giant Redwood)...

Soft greens and spring sunshine...

Saying goodbye to bare branches on the willow...

Spotting more wildlife in the garden like this hungry wood mouse.