Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Dull, dull, dull.


The garden is as dull as dishwater, the flower beds save for a couple of clumps of battered phlox are flowerless; the hydrangeas have not flowered, not sure why. It needs a good tidy but I lack the motivation because I can now only envisage it dying back, there is no promise of things to come before winter (even the michaelmas daisies are nought but a few sprigs this year.)

The one blast of colour we do have, is a plant pot of ladybird poppies, but its one small pot in an ocean of green.

Poppy 1

when we went away, they were straggly little runts of seedlings, I’d left them in the barn for too long, but whilst we were away, they took care of themselves and put on a bit of a show; I love poppies, but up until this year I’ve had little success growing them (I always thought that they would grow ‘anywhere,’ but not for me) it seems the bees like them too.

Poppy Bee


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

5 thoughts on “Dull, dull, dull.

  1. Im rubbish with flower growing but was quite good with vegetables but have no time to devote to gardening nowadays and like you lack motivation.
    Especially now the nights are turning it will be a major job for me to even get motivated to cut the grass.
    Still amazes me how many people buy Hanging baskets though. One problem is like tomatoes they require lots of watering and you start to resent them, ever looking at them because all you do is water the damm things.

  2. Maybe uphill a different variety of poppy is needed??

  3. It’s dull and overcast here in London again for the fifth day running. It’s little wonder that many gardens are looking as they are given the weather that we’ve had during the spring and summer.
    As laid back runner says try a different, or selection, of poppy varieties.
    Anything that attracts bees is welcome

  4. Sorry to hear you’re weather has been “the pits”, for want of a better description! Your poppy photo, however, is anything but dull ~ just gorgeous. Good for you to focus on that bright spot!

  5. Gorgeous photos as usual and so colourful. My garden also looks boring – the only things doing really well are weeds and like you say, is it worth the effort when it’ll be dying back soon? Oh well, maybe next year we’ll have a proper summer.

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