Thursday began grey and overcast and downpours were forecast. I took a big umbrella and went to Coombe Wood expecting to be drenched but it didn't rain while I was there fortunately and I ended up using the umbrella as a walking stick because I was so stiff and slow. I was relieved that the downpours waited till I had finished my walk.
I noticed some white lavender which I haven't seen there before
Some of the more colourful little fluffy flowers are coming out - and the white ones are looking good too
Tiny yellow flowers with raindrops on
The big daisies are past their best but I still find it interesting to see what they do next
We used to have this plant in our garden when my children were young. They used to pull the heads off and use them as missiles
These funny little ragged daisy like flowers are opening more now
The gardener was hard at work among the prairie beds
There he is again
I find it interesting to see how the centre of the flowers change. The dome like structures in the centre of these flowers produce tufts which open from the base of the petals upwards, like a fluffy collar which gradually creeps all the way up to the top of the dome, as the petals curl further downwards
Raindrops on gorgeous orange/yellow flowers
In the background you can see that the gardener had finished in the prairie beds and had moved on to trimming the hedges. He works extremely hard and does a wonderful job there - with very obvious passion for what he is doing
These are the plants I described in a previous post as pink trees. The buds are opening now and look as if shaggy threads are hanging out of them
Honesty seeds - I like the way they change colour and become fragile and papery
From a distance these purple flowers look quite spikey
but looking closer. now that the petals are falling off, the structure of the plant is more visible. It looks as if a stack of fuzzy green ring doughnuts have been threaded on each stem
These might be michaelmas daisies. The look and smell remind me of some we had growing in our garden when I was a child, although these are shorter and are flowering earlier than ours did. I seem to remember that they flowered at the right time to take a bunch to school for harvest festival
The picture below isn't like my usual photos but if you look under the seat in the hut you' can see an empty crisp bag and a chocolate wrapper. Look how close the bin is. I don't understand why people drop rubbish in hte first place but specially so close to a bin! It upsets me when I see people treating the gardens carelessly - I can't imagine what it must be like for the gardener having to clear up after people (yes I did pick them up and put them in the bin).
I like the curly middles and the raindrops on these delicately striped petals
Berries starting to go red
Not long after I got home the rain poured down - and I felt very pleased that I had gone out early.
Thank you very much for joining me