Grumpy Old Man

By Maurice1948

W'otter surprise!

Dry so far today, sunshine on and off. In the morning at this time of year the sun shines on the NE end of the house, so I called the cats out, picked up a good book and sat and read, watching the butterflies zooming about, aiming for the big buddleja on the other side of the drive - painted ladies, peacocks and small tortoiseshells. Apparently a new influx of painted ladies has come in recently from the continent, lepidopterally speaking!

The peace didn't last long - a mower and strimmer started up not far away, then a contractor's van sat up the road with the radio full on, but by then it was getting too hot to sit out anyway so I came in for lunch! I wouldn't like anyone to think I was being a Grumpy Old Man! (You know who you are!)

I had this Hydrangea 'Zorro', one of the newer lacecaps, sitting outside the front door not far from the otter, so I thought it would be fun to put them together! If anyone's thinking of getting a new hydrangea do look at this one with its contrasting purple-black stems and bright blue flowers - tho' pink in alkaline soil.

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