Mandi went back on Wednesday and it's taken until now for me to feel anywhere near enough to join the masses - I get so weary after a visit, but at the same time I just love having her here, it's just that it's different from the routine that I am used to. Still if it was a choice between my old routine and Mandi - no contest - she'd win every time.

So inbetween the showers that we've had, I've been out to inspect the garden - well the bit that I can inspect. Yesterday we had the odd spell of sunny weather and so the lounge windows were opened, to let the fresh air in.......


Boo loved it because it means she can wander in and out to the garden as and when she feels like it - if I don't go out, she doesn't wander very far from the window....


She loves her box - it's full of tissue paper - well it was once, but she's been busy shredding it and pulling it out......


I bought a new Easter cactus and it's sitting on my kitchen window sill, and it's flowering so quickly - lovely.....


This pot is full of new seeds which I sowed a few weeks ago and it should be a wonderful display as long as the slugs don't get at them .............


I bought some lavender a couple of weeks ago and re-potted it. I waited for it to get over the shock of being shoved into a new pot, and it's now flowering beautifully..... just waiting to see if it's going to start smelling too........




I also bought some begonias last week and they've been re-potted and have come through the trauma well. I particularly love the peachy one and there are plenty of buds just ready to bloom.....



Now these pansies keep coming up year after year. They are very resilient and put up with being thinned out each winter. Such pretty faces on them too......


I've got lots of lilies just starting to bud up and I believe these are the bright orange ones - my favourite is the white one but I don't know if it's going to flower this year. [note to self - write on the pot the colour of the plant]...


The cornflower is so pretty and in this stage - it looks like a thistle.........



This hollyhock seems to have found its way into my garden and it is again very resilient by pushing its way through the other plants.............


Pippin loves sitting on the log store to watch the hens on the other side of the wall. This is as close as he dares to get, cos they're nearly as big as him and can be quite frightening if they attack.........



Last but not least - the Lycesteria Formosa has come up trumps again. It's grown into a large bush now - I didn't get around to chopping it back, but this winter I really must get it done. Soon it'll be a lovely bush of these gorgeous dark wine coloured flowers........

Hope your day has been a good one.