Last Saturday, I had a gorgeous day in the Surrey Countryside, with my Cousins Rob and Hannah and my Aunt and Uncle. For Aunt Selwa I brought the blousiest bunch of Green/Pink Hydrangea and Peonies (favourites, favourites, favourites) – Hydrangea seem to be having a resurgence, thankfully, previously considered to be the domain of the grandma-garden, the beautiful, multi-headed shrub is getting a LOT of love in the Lily-Household at the moment.
Aunt Selwa cooked delicious Palestinian gourmet, and we ate in the shade of a pear tree, before treating ourselves to a small nap on a blanket on the lawn.
T’was idyllic – it is decided the only way to properly enjoy the sunshine is from under a pear tree.
This Saturday was Hampton Court Flower Show day, avec ma maman, I got the train an hour early, because I am an idiot, it was boiling hot (which meant at least we didn’t need a wee)… we saw some marvellous things – these table decorations, totally up my street, all bunting and porcelain and oddments of metal boxes containing bundles of garden-flowers:
The roses were looking a little sad for themselves on the penultimate day of the show…and there wasn’t a single Amnesia Rose.
Here’s some of my favourite stuff…
I liked the raggeldy taggledy ones the best, like they just happened to have grown there.
Maybe it’s the product of the *never-ending winter of 2009 – 2010*, but the summer this year seems extra big and bright and blousey.
Summer obsessions in the Clarke-Emery household include, though are not limited to:
1) bee keeping – specifically in pastel coloured hives (the pastel coloured bit is more Emery than Clarke)
2) creating a giant fondant fancy – like this one:
3) Medicines Sans Frontiers – if they need a a builder (probably) and a project manager (maybe)
4) Organic Farming Holidays in France