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" The Garden and the Planets "

Date & start time: Tuesday  30th June 2015, evening .

Location of pictures : The red phone box, Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk ( NY 143 211 )

Places visited : Round and about.

Walk details :   Very easy ... no distance.

Highest point : I'll let you chose !

Weather : Clear skies, nice sunset, very warm evening with a very warm breeze.


While I was building the greenhouse a few years back

lots of you passed nice comments our direction about the garden and the plants.

Tonight I decided to take the camera out again and capture the garden for you, as of the last day of June 2015.

Evening sun on the log at the top of the garden.

Ann's old boots have new flowers and the oregano plant has grown tall, such that the view of the foxgloves is almost hidden.

The evening light illuminating those foxgloves
Elsewhere in the garden there are more substantial specimens.

My smallish raised bed is full . . . with many of the plants which have been started in the greenhouse earlier in the year.

After a harsh winter prune, the soft fruit has developed nicely.

Blackcurrants, raspberries and loganberries are all setting fruit . . . but I'm sure they are slower than normal this year.

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I'm not a great expert with roses

but these anniversary blooms are looking lovely.



I have a feeling they are a little more hybrid than before

and that they were a little more 'formal' in shape a few years back.



Still I think the wild look suits the garden.



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The blooms deserve a second photo.

Our Loweswater Puffins are ageing (as we are).

I think they are suffering the classic 'Dorian Grey' symptom . . . as we feel younger, they are looking older.

The other one is hiding amongst the creepers.

He has a shorter beak . . . courtesy of Bethan many years ago.

Time for some renovations in the near future.

Our outside TV . . . avid watching when the birds are around.
The plants on the raised bed outside the sitting room are spreading.

I will need to divide up the plants at the end of the season and open the bed out a bit more.

Our local red squirrel visits occasionally . . . sadly less frequently . . . but he/she is around nevertheless.

This picture has been added this morning (Thurs 2nd)

Flag Irises are in bloom, the delicate markings aimed at the insects . . . not me.

A new wildlife corner has some meadow-flower seeds added earlier in the year.

Now I can't tell what is flower and what is weed . . . still a cut of the grass and few minutes work should sort it out.

The cold Spring didn't do my runner beans any good . . . they are still playing catch-up with the season.

Likewise this courgette plant.

It started out in the greenhouse but now outside, at last it has started to sprout shoots and flower buds.

Four spare spinach plants are trying to fill the pot alongside it.

More courgettes out in the sunshine.
Welsh Cucumber - like the English - but give to me by a Welsh friend.

Inside the tomato plants are gradually being re-potted into larger containers.

More line the top shelf but they'll be hitting the glass soon so time to drop them down a level.

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Behind the tomatoes and salad leaves

my grape vine is sprouting nicely.


This year I have three bunches of grapes developing,

an improvement on last year's one.


I'll have to think how to protect them

as last year they were eaten, possibly by mice,

before they came to maturity.


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The evening is progressing and twilight descends.
A full moon rises over the trees.

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Tonight is another minor "celestial conjunction".


The planets of Jupiter and Venus are within

a third of one degree of each other tonight.


The Evening Star is joined by a very distant neighbour.

They look close but they are millions of miles apart.


Some astronomers say this conjunction could account for

the "Star of Bethlehem" mentioned in the Bible.


Click here for an information link about their 'meeting'

or here for an animated picture.

[backspace to return to this spot]

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Later on, with darker skies, photography of the moon was clearer.

Hope you enjoyed our local views.  The view of the planet close together will still be visible for a few nights by the way.

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It is with sadness that we have to report the passing of Jo's dog Jodie tonight.

Jodie was a beautiful, gentle dog and had a wonderful life, cared for till the end by Jo.

She lived to the ripe old age of nearly 15, which for a Lurcher was pretty good.

We've shared the fells many times over recent years

and we'll miss her not being with Jo any more.

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Technical note: Today's pictures taken with my Canon 1100D Digital SLR.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

This site best viewed with . . . photos to look back on in time to come.

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Previous walk - 22nd June 2015 - Whoap and Lank Rigg with Jill & Nigel

A previous look around - 25th March 2012 Loweswater Sky at Night