Shepherd’s Delight

It’s almost 10 pm and the sun is setting on another gorgeous July day. The sky is a delicious blend of burnt oranges, pinks and corals: red sky at night, shepherd’s delight. Tomorrow looks promising then. Through the still-open window I can hear the faint and exotic sounds of a bamboo wind chime in a neighbour’s tree, gently animated by a cooling breeze. Muted conversation and laughter is carried on the air from nearby gardens. At the end of a magnificent week of scorching sunshine, today’s slightly lower temperature has been most welcome. We can be such a contrary lot where the weather is concerned, craving to be baked and sweltered, but soon needing respite before yearning for the next heatwave.

The little garden is a joy to behold, bursting at the borders with tecnicoloured blooms. I’ve never seen as many bees as this year, which is what it’s all about for me. It took a long time to get going after an exceptionally cold and rainy May, but the plants have forgiven and forgotten and have made up for lost time.

Here are some of the most vibrant and gorgeous that give me so much pleasure. Apparently, lots of people dislike orange flowers, but they never fail to make me smile. Tigger appreciates them too.

Having had mixed results from new plant varieties I have added this year, it’s been wonderful to see that once again the cosmos, calendula and nasturtiums have done me proud. Seed harvested last year was roughly sown straight into the soil in April and the flowers are thriving, needing very little care. There’s a lesson there, I think.

The light has faded since I started writing this post, and in the darkness the garden has another kind of magic, fairy lights and lanterns picking out the shapes of tiny bats as they flit above, looking for insects or heading back to their roosting places. It’s time for music and wine and thinking up plans for a new day. Have a great weekend!

13 thoughts on “Shepherd’s Delight

  1. Eunice July 23, 2021 / 10:13 pm

    Your flowers are lovely, their colours are very pretty. I love the last photo, Tigger looks really cute 🙂

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  2. gimpywalker July 24, 2021 / 12:22 pm

    I love orange flowers!! They are just so happy!! I went out late last night to turn the sprinkler off and the moon was huge and orange from the forest fire smoke here in Canada. Orange is the color of fall and harvest and happiness!!!

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      • gimpywalker July 24, 2021 / 8:32 pm

        Yes so far the fires are all far away. All we are getting is the smoke 😳😳

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  3. shazza July 27, 2021 / 5:55 am

    Your garden is looking as lovely as ever. I was thinking if there are any orange wild flowers and I don’t think there are many. x

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    • Welcome to the Beautiful North July 27, 2021 / 7:35 am

      Thank you very much. That’s an interesting one. I’ll have to find out about orange wild flowers. I have seen orange flowers by roadsides and out in the countryside but they may have seeded from nearby gardens. There are California poppies but I don’t think they count.

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      • shazza July 27, 2021 / 11:39 am

        I think I know one. Orange Hawkweed aka Fox 🦊 & Cubs, which looks a bit like an orange dandelion. They grow in gardens too though. X


  4. matthewmckinnonsblog August 13, 2021 / 4:28 pm

    Your small garden looks lovely and very welcoming! For me, I find it’s so good to sit quietly in our garden and wonder at the beauty of God’s creation! I have some similar flowers in my garden this year. Now you have inspired me to do a late summer blog, well one of these days 🙂

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