Friday, 7 August 2009

Rain rain go away, come again another day.

I remember that rhyme from when I was little and how true it is at the moment. We live on the highest bit of Huntingdonshire (250ft above sea level, so not that high!) and with the rain we have been having that might be crucial! The farmers are having a terrible time we can hear the grain driers running at night and the tractors and combines are running all night when it's not raining.

The good news is that the roof repairs we did last week held, the bad news is we have another leak in the main roof around the chimney.

Despite the weather the flowers are still blooming in the garden. The Dahlia's are coming into their own at the moment. It's strange the have been out of fashion for a while, too big and flouncy, mind you this is not unusual Gertrude Jekyll wrote in 'Colour in the Flower Garden (1908)

"It is a matter of great regret that the best kind of Dahlias for garden effect have lost favour with nurserymen"

This did mean that I managed to pick up some tubers extremely cheaply from a local market this spring and I am now reaping the benefits as you can see from the photo's.