Odd things you find growing in the garden.

Irish weather is always a hot topic (excuse the pun) but when one day you wake up to a dark sky and thundering cold wind. The next day it is beaming sunshine and heat. It is no wonder Irish people are so besotted with the weather.

However I am discovering that there is another hot topic in our house – strange things that pop up in the garden.

See for yourself. I look forward to the many varied comments that will follow the pictures below.

I was weeding and discovered this gorgeous plant, weed??

Then this odd looking object.  I wonder who or what planted it?

 

Summer is over but Bob has found…a new love

Yes, Summer is definitely over, no more raspberries or blackcurrants to pick. The blackberries are rare to find these days but don’t worry he (Bob)  has moved on to bigger and greater things…

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Apples!

I am hoping gravity takes over and one (a small one) hits him on the head because they are very nice apples and we would like to have a taste of one or two.

 

Hot Days, Cool Dogs & Flowers

It was hidden from sight for seven months but at last we have some “terrible hot weather” as we call it because Summer is here, again, however briefly. Truth is most Irish people wilt at anything above 21 degrees.

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But Bob has his own solution, which consists of sitting (no surprise there), in the shade.

Though I suspect he is simply waiting on those raspberries to ripen.IMG_0065

 

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While Ellie as always is searching

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intently.

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Not noticing the beauty popping up around her.

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Summer Fruits

This year my garden is one long continuous battle, for a variety of reasons.

I spend a lot of time pulling weeds,or devising ways to fend off attacks from slugs and snails. These, I believed to be the worst offenders in the garden. This stupid belief was shattered as I went with a bowl to see what strawberries, raspberries and blackcurrants I could collect.

Take a look at this:

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And what was worse he went from  raspberry plant towp-image-1127710723jpg.jpg

 

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to strawberry, to blackcurrant!

So my greatest garden pest is a dog named Bob!

How do we know the weather is changing?

The answer in this house is simple. Take a look at these pictures,

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Bob hunkers down for a boring day of watching me clean the house,

 

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Ellie, gathers every sock she can find, and then hides them creating her own version of: “Go Find”

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Even the  sunflowers start to turn away, as though attempting to hide from the impending rain. (Also note, gate painting had to stop, though the painter was not sorry about this change of plans).

Garden Delights

All of my hard work is starting to pay off, as the garden is becoming more colorful with each brief burst of sunshine another plant wakens.

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Oops sorry, she was doing her best to get in every shot, so…..

I put her in, Bob, well he was, sleeping. He will catch up with you next time.

Bob’s Diary 23rd August

She said, “Will you do me a favour?”

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I said, “Do I have to move?”

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She said, “No. Stay there. It’s perfect.”  —- So I did!

One minute later..

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I thought, fair enough, easy job. But I forgot Ellie is obsessed.

A few minutes later,

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And I’m thinking – There has to be a sign over my head  saying:

Idiot.

Bob’s Diary

August 13th

I was looking out for helicopters, while Ellie snoozed
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And I spotted the most amazing stuff,

it was like a whacky race,

running away

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I decided not to join in as they were racing for an

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