Monday 6 June 2011

The natural selection approach to gardening

There is a reason why this blog features pictures of our back garden only rarely.

Gail claims that it is not that she is lazy, oh no, not at all. Rather that, when she has free time and the weather is nice, she prefers to take me out for a nice long walk in the country. And that when the weather is, as is so often the case in these parts, not nice, then who wants to be out in the garden anyway?

Heaven knows I try to encourage her by helping with the digging, but all to no avail. 

Well anyway, this week, by some amazing fluke, the 'survival of the fittest' approach to horticulture resulted in several different flowers, some even quite vibrant, being in bloom at the same time. AND WE HAD TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF BRIGHT WARM SUNSHINE.

And at my insistence, this unique event was recorded on camera. Please do spare a moment to savour this tour of our garden; new plant species will have had time to evolve by the next chance I get to show you round...


  1. Two days of warm sunshine . Consecutively ? Well done Bertie for explaining Darwinianism so concisely .

  2. That's hilarious Bertie. I love the poppies!

  3. Beautiful garden. We have a native garden....anything that states 'grows best with neglect' goes in!

    We think Gail has the right idea!

    XXXOOO Daisy, kendra & Bella

  4. That's beautiful! Thinkin natural selection works pretty well in your yard Bertie! :D

    Waggin at ya,

  5. OHHHHH how lovely!! I hope you send one or two pics to Fenris fur the FLOWER SHOW!!! I think those redorange thingys are called...
    Puppys... butt that may not be the right spelling. hehehe
    You know like the ones in Flander's Field.

  6. Thanks to you Bertie, we learn something new every day. You are hilarious
    Benny & Lily

  7. Your back garden sounds like my cuppa! Little work, lots of flowers.


  8. Nice that you get to reap the rewards of not a lot of work! I especially like the Bertie shaped ornamentation.
    ~lickies, Ludo

  9. Bertie those poppys are lovely hope gail is putting a photo of them into the flower show ;)
    What were you trying to say in that photo with your mouth open, hope you weren't catching flys or is that flies!!!
    Have a good week in the sun
    See Yea George xxx

  10. Dam it, its Poppies not poppys, see what I mean!!! or is it?

  11. A very pretty garden Bertie. Do try and encourage Gail to plant some more you can always help to water them in.

    Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie

  12. Bertie, your garden is lovely. Your poppies are HUGE!!

  13. You look so happy in your garden!

    Nubbin wiggles,

  14. I thinks that your garden is just lovely Bertie! Your Mom really did a nice job too!

    You look quite handsome and happy!

    woos, Tessa

  15. hey Bertie,

    What a beautiful garden! So bright and colorful and full of such pretty flowers! And you look very handsome in your garden. My human, K, loves your stone wall. Very cool!

    I am so furry happy you had two full days of sunshine. Is that what you are trying to catch with your mouth? :-> Too cute! Great photo!


  16. Love the garden Bertie!! Very pretty!! andd pics of you make it even more beautiful!!


  17. Your garden is absolutely lovely. You were far too modest with your comment on my blog about only dandelions flourishing.

    I love the poppies. They are one of my favourite flowers.

    Love and licks, Winnie

  18. wow, we don't even get a garden at our place. I could really go for an afternoon sitting among all those smells and all that beautifulness.

    Your one lucky guy.


  19. You have a terrific back garden! Green grass, many flowers, a gorgeous stone wall. We have dirt, weeds, holes courtsey of Abby, and a rusty chain link fence. Did we mention the weeds? Now, ours is a true Darwinian yard.

    On the other hand, we have LOTS of consecutive days of sunshine. Of course, they go with 100F temps, so it turns out "nothing in life is free" is actually true.

    Jed & Abby

  20. How pretty! You should feature this section of the garden too!


  21. Wow! Loving the garden. Our garden in Edinburgh is nowhere near as far along as that... It doesn't help that Horatio keeps digging up the onions. If he touches my single alium gigantum he's for the high jump!

  22. Moma is oo'ing and aw'ing (and saying that an iron wirey one would look quite good in that garden. Rusty or not!)

    Jake and Fergs