26 August – Summer Garden Glimpses – Wonderful Wednesday – #FaunaParkTales

Another week, another post, and I’m not sure whether there is anything much I want to write about this week.  Perhaps I could write about our awful weather and the complete skip of summer we’ve experienced here in parts of Lancashire. You most likely feel my dark mood too, and dark it has been! Every time I looked outside, there were ominous, dark storm clouds rolling in from the sea.

On the other hand, if I were one of my many flowering bulbs or shrubs, I might well have said, “Welcome to another WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY! We made it, despite the extreme weather, rain and blustery winds!”

Therefore, in celebration of all the spring and summer flowers who always try their best, this post is dedicated to the hundreds of summer blooms and bulbs whose sight bring so much joy to many hearts. Here are a few from my garden.

Thank you so much for popping in. I hope you enjoyed all our spring and summer glimpses. Please feel free to comment and/or follow this blog. Enjoy the rest of the week, and don’t forget to be safe when going out.

Ms Fiza Pathan
5.0 out of 5 stars A short story which evokes joy, peace & soothing calmness.
Reviewed in the United States on March 13, 2020
‘Saving The Evergreens’ is a short story about the little beings living in a garden & how they try saving a favorite tree from destruction. The story is penned in a lyrical manner which while reading sounds like a song which is commendable as it suits the tone of the short story. I loved the beautiful paintings in the book, they are really well done & add to the overall positive effect of the short story. I loved the conversations between the butterfly, the bumblebee, Smallun, etc., which made this story a very novel read. The plot & concept is creative. The scenes flow together & make sense. The characters are described very well in good detail. The formatting of the book is good. The overall effect after reading the short story is one of joy, peace & soothing calmness. Therefore on the basis of appearance, formatting, plot, concept, development, genre, descriptions & grammar, ‘Saving The Evergreens’ gets 5 stars from me. I hope to read more of Maretha Botha’s work in the near future.


    • Yes, Robbie, this season I’ve been taking strain as the rain has been relentless, leaving us with Spring going straight into Autumn. I am amazed at the resilience of the plants though, but I lost quite a number of smaller perennials which I planted straight into the ground. Should have put them into pots first, I think. I remember the cold and dryness of August in the Highveld. I used to water plants early in the morning, often carrying buckets of “grey” water all over the place. Not sure that I’d still be able to do it though, but at least it was dry! Thank you for your kind thoughts. Much appreciated. I hope you have a pleasant rest of the week, and don’t forget to stay safe and vigilant. 🙂


  1. You described the worlds, or at least our country’s, mood, Maretha. Beautiful flowers and they can survive anything thrown at them, which offers so much hope.

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    • I agree, D.L. There is so much negativity in the world at the moment, and I think this lockdown has made everything just a bit worse, not being able to move about freely. Reading the news is more often a good-mood killer than a good past-time as the world becomes a gloomier place, but I find being in the garden, even when the weather is not ideal, helps to lift my mood. Flowers always seem to have a glow about them. I’ve especially noticed it on the roses and gladioli this year. Perhaps it is just the fertilizer that was exceptional, but whatever the case, I believe that God gave us a beautiful earth with a garden to look after which helps us humans to contemplate our spirituality, be positive about our future and have hope that things will improve. I cannot imagine that He would let all this badness completely take over all the good that is in His creation. Thank you for popping in. I always love to read your comments. 🙂 Best wishes for the rest of the week, be vigilant and stay safe!

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