Or – Pattern of the DAY. I have spent hours this year winding my convolvulus up canes and snatching off the luminous white flowers to avert seed splatter. To admit the truth, through gritted teeth, the battle has been lost. And then I went to London to call on a friend and found my nightmare…
It is that time of the year when trees become ever more attention grabbing. This is the hoary trunk of Morus alba, the white mulberry.
painted ceiling, monastry on island of Lake Tana, Ethiopia
Tiles from Rustem Pasha, a mosque in Istanbul
Banksy eat your heart out. Seen all over Arezzo
Craggy Cornish wall.
Chestnut trunk covered with lichen beards in Tuscan wood.
We did end up buying a carpet on the recent Syrian trip. Or it might be a rug or a kelim. I know that quantity of knots per square inch are the acid test. Any way here it is, a lovely object from Tabriz in Iran. The man on the right is the carpet seller….
Hebe rakaiensis is sturdy and a stalwart evergreen small shrub that can behave in the box ball manner. Standing in for a less harsh form of topiary, the fresh green leaves grabbed my attention yesterday. It’s a good shrub for the small garden but needs to be kept pruned so that it doesn’t go leggy….