Don't worry there hasn't been a leap back in time to the Spring...the Hyacinths I'm talking about are the Summer Hyacinth (Galtonia candicans)...........
It was once called Hyacinthus candicans and can grow to 120cm tall. A bonus is that they are fragrant.These flowers come from South Africa, and need a warm sunny position (I know my garden's very shady but there lies the challenge). They are tender and so I keep mine in pots and tuck them in the shed for winter protection.
There's been an addition to the household...I've now got a GUARD DOG...well a woman on her own needs some protection doesn't she! The great thing is he doesn't need taking for walks and never does his "business" in the garden. He also cost nothing to feed!I won him last Friday at the school's Summer Fayre. I have a bit of a reputation of being quite lucky on soft toy Tombola Stalls. Well despite being away from the School Fayre scene for a couple of years I'm pleased to say my reputation still holds. BOTH of the tickets I picked won a toy....the other was a small teddy which I gave to Nicole, but this fierce dog I had to keep for myself! Burglars Beware!!!!!
While we (Manda, Chris, Nicole and I) were at the Fayre Chris had a go at the BEAT THE GOALIE ......................he beat him 2 out of 3 times so that's not bad. and one of the children (J) asked if Miss (Manda) would take a turn at being the Aunt Sally so he could throw wet sponges at her.....she was a good sport but got absolutely soaked.......I'm sure she'll get her own back on J at some point!
There's a lot of building work going on near the school; the builders have been into the school and spoken about the dangers of playing on building sites. The children have all done warning posters and they have been displayed on the site.It's been a beautiful sunny and really hot day today...a far cry from the dark, rainy days of the last few weeks. We are definitely in for a storm though as in the last few minutes the clouds have rolled in and the sky has gone black; a distinct rumble of thunder can be heard in the distance. Oh well...at least the day was dry and I've managed to catch up with the dead heading in the garden and trimmed back the ivy so the bin men have a nice full "green waste" bin to take tomorrow. ...and taken a few more "new flower" photos.
Oh the dark clouds have blown over; I guess we've missed the storm...time for one more walk around the garden before dinner......BYEEEEEEEE