red, white and blue

Are you in a jubilant mood this weekend?

The UK is in the throes of being jubilant, you see a certain Maj is celebrating her reign on the throne. Events are being held all over the UK – pageants, tea parties, church bells rung, lighting beacons, bunting hung. You name it. We also have the luxury of a four-day weekend to help us celebrate.

Except it’s grey and overcast and is raining. And I’mΒ sitting on the proverbial garden fence, you see I consider myself agnostic when it comes to royalty – neither an outright Republican nor a flag waving Royalist.

So I’ll just get on with my life here on the south coast. Besides they didn’t consult me on the dates –Β the last jubilee was on my birthday; a party in the garden, butterfly cakes with the icing melting it was so hot, party frocks and games. So this time around and not being ten I’ll be on my knees planting a zillion bean plants whilst planning what to do with my extra piece of allotment land. Yes Promenade Plantings is empire building πŸ™‚

Jubilant gardening my friends!


  • Lucky you to have scored an extra plot!
    I always enjoy the planning part because in that moment anything is possible.
    Good luck with it!

    • Thank you Sue, it’s only 2 rod, so teeny but is a real boost as I was starting to wonder where the heck all my squash were going to go! And yes to plotting and planning πŸ˜‰

  • Hi Claire, I was feeling pretty ambivalent up until last week when I finally but the bullet and decided to buy some bunting. It’s a shame it’s been so dreary this weekend when last weekend was blazing. Ho hum, that’s life in the uk. At least the rain’s good for the garden!

    • I hope you had a great time and the rain held off. It did clear up a bit yesterday and today is looking promising, so back on my knees and planting!

  • Love the nigella! Thanks for reminding me, I need some for my garden…wonder if the rabbits would leave it alone? I grew it back in Oklahoma when I was a Young Mom, and my girls loved playing with the seedpods….
    Have fun with your new bit of earth! I vote for tons of annual herbs… πŸ™‚

    • Hmmm rabbits and nigella – no idea! It self seeds around here, and can try and do a take-over bid if you don’t keep it in check, but it’s a lovely early flower here.
      I tend to keep the herbs in the garden so I can snip a few leaves as and when I want them, but a whole area as a herb bed, wouldn’t that be a thing of beauty!

      • That’s what I plonk down when I can’t think of anything else…or to hold a place in a new bed. There’s always room for another dill, coriander, basil…

        • There’s certainly no more room in the garden at the moment – all I can see are trays and trays of seedlings! The 2nd plot already has some plonkees in the shape of climbing beans that I’d forgotten about πŸ™‚

  • How beautiful. The flower is unfamiliar to me. So it’s interesting shape.
    Red, white(yellow) and blue are color of traffic light. πŸ˜€

    • I don’t know about the different colours for traffic lights, this is what I like about blogging – the small details in our lives are shared πŸ™‚

  • We are hearing lots about the Jubilee celebration across the pond. I like all things celebratory when it comes to Royalty…as we just don’t have any over here…I spent a summer in England and was very fascinated by all the hoopla and history surrounding Buckingham Palace. Either way it is your history so enjoy!

    • I’m sure as a visitor it must be fascinating to see the workings and the history, and yes the castles and palaces too. I guess in Europe we can get a bit over-familiar with it all as it is around us every day. I used to work in London and walk across Tower Bridge every day (I had a great view from my office) and yes somedays with my head down, trying not to get wet and in a rush I would forget where I was!

  • I always love it when someone starts my day with a chuckle….thanks. I haven’t even had the TV on for a couple of weeks so am completely uninformed about the Jubilee and most everything else!

    • I like it sometimes when I don’t have a clue what is happening, it’s nice to shut off for a while. And pleased I made you chuckle, a great way to start the day! Hope you have a super week

  • This red, white and blue display is the kind I like. Might as well build a garden empire since you like that sort of thing. Does your new allotment come with a safe place for your tools?

    • Sadly the new space isn’t any better or safer in terms of locking my tools away. It’s a large plot that is going to be split into two, I’m taking the half without a shed as I figure the new person will need one and I already have a shed on my plot – I think two would just be greedy!

  • Oh lordy, empire bulding. We’ll soon have to call you ”your majesty”:-)
    But waaahaay….well done on getting an extra bit for the plot!
    We all now wait with baited breath to see what’s going to go in it.

    • hi Giovanna, I have no idea what the proper way to say it is, but thank you πŸ™‚ And yes the weather was totally British – very fitting!!

  • Your nigella is stunning!!
    And yes, I was jubilant yesterday!! I watched the Queen, on their royal barge,(I was glued to CNN., seriously!)….my goodness, that poor elderly couple getting soaked like that!!!! If they don’t get pneumonia, i’ll be shocked!

    • I will make a confession – we don’t have a TV so I haven’t seen it! πŸ™‚
      But I must go and look online as a friend was involved in the boat pageant so I should try and look out for him!!
      I’m sure they had their thermals on, and maybe a hip flask was at the ready – I know that would have been my tactics πŸ˜‰

  • Your Love in the mist is flowering already! This is a flower I love and I always give a packet of the seeds to my wedding couples! πŸ™‚

  • “Empire building”? Just how large is that piece of allotment that you acquired? I can’t wait to see what you do with it, Claire. In the meantime, your red, white, and blue display is perfect!

    • Thank you Inger, I have to admit I’ve missed most of it as we don’t have a TV, but everywhere I look I see bunting – which is cheering to see πŸ™‚

  • Oh how great that you’re expanding! So we can expect even more great photos and recipes, I’m sure. I have the Diamond Jubilee fever over here, Claire, and I think whatever one thinks about the royal family, 60 years at anything is worth noting. So I think you spanned the bridge of your ambivalence very well with your red, white and blue daisies. And in fact, with those colors you’d also fit in very well in the United States. Hmmmm. πŸ™‚ Debra

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