Turn, Turn, Turn

30 Aug


As the month and my time in the UK draws to an end, the summer is fading before my eyes. The daytime arrives noticably later and the night earlier, the berries on the bushes and trees swell and redden while the leaves, although not yet turning, no longer seem so lush and green.

There are exceptions: The amputated camellia that for so long has struggled to survive amongst the weeds, this summer has spread with glossy, plump leaves; the flowering currant, released from its pot, continues to put out joyful new growth and the small roots of geranium dug up and transplanted in the spring have flourished beyond recognition. The other young shrubs from the market have all established themselves, promising well for the future.

On the downside the snails are thriving in the wet weather, munching their way through the top leaves of the miniature laburnum (I think that’s what it is, anyway), stripping it down to bare stalks. I pluck them off the underside of the branches each morning but don’t quite have the heart to kill them. They just get deposited on the patio in the hope the birds find them. They’re probably the same ones I gather up the next day.



This plant (bush? tree?) has only started flowering recently, its first blossom opening the day one of our elderly cats died suddenly but apparently peacefully. This year has been filled with joyous new beginnings and sorrowful endings. And so the world turns.


To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted.

Book of Ecclesiastes, traditionally ascribed to King Solomon.


6 Responses to “Turn, Turn, Turn”

  1. Roger August 30, 2014 at 10:51 pm #


    (and hollyhocks to you too sir!)

    • lamputts August 31, 2014 at 7:40 am #

      Brilliant! I had no idea what they were. I hadn’t realised they grew so tall. I think this must have been self-seeded from a neighbour’s garden somewhere. It’s flowered for two or three years now which I’ve just read that they can sometimes do. Love it. Thanks Roger.

  2. sandra September 2, 2014 at 9:43 pm #

    chickens will sort the slugs and snails out

    • lamputts September 3, 2014 at 6:11 am #

      Don’t think they’ll be a problem in the desert. Love the idea of chickens, though!

  3. Liz September 7, 2014 at 10:48 pm #


    • lamputts September 8, 2014 at 4:59 pm #

      Such a variety of colours and flower shapes, but the long stamen makes me think you are right, Liz

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