Jun. 11th, 2011

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I've been working on making the garden smell lovely, and this morning, after some decent rain last night (8mm according to my rain gauge) it mostly does. The front garden smells of rosemary with hints of lavender and also of lemon (from the monterey cypress). The back, as you enter it from the side passageway or back door, smells mainly of honeysuckle, with aromatic undertones from the herbs. Most of these - sage, lavender, mint, oregano, thyme - are lovely.

However, one corner of the garden is dominated by the pungent scent of a curry plant. It has pretty silver foliage and small yellow flowers and is attractive visually, but the smell isn't to my taste. If anyone wants it do let me know - it's 60cm wide and 30cm tall, slightly woody but with plenty of fresh growth in the centre if you wanted to cut it back hard, and it doesn't need watering or feeding. It's currently in a pot (although I'm afraid I want to keep this) so should be easily transplanted. You can see the plant in question in the last photo of this set, taken by [livejournal.com profile] zandev today. We seem to have lots of pink flowers at the moment.

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Jun. 11th, 2011 02:15 pm
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While drinking a cup of tea, I've just been watching a field mouse, just like the one in this picture, foraging through a pile of pine cones at the bottom of the garden. I thought they were meant to be nocturnal? I give this one a very short life expectancy unless it learns a bit more caution. (I don't have a problem with them living at the bottom of the garden; they have a nest down the side of the shed and normally seem to head off into the graveyard to forage, and show no interest in heading towards the house).

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