The Changing Seasons – May 2020

This challenge is hosted by Su from Zimmerbitch. You can find out how to participate at the end of this post!

I will be honest. This post almost never happened. My mood has continued to be in various shades of black. I returned to work a week ago and it went fine and did improve my mood but left me very tired by friday and the sleeplessness I reported last month is still with me. The behaviour of people and governments are confirming that my lifelong misanthropy is justified.

Geum at Abi & Tom’s Garden Plants.

The nursery where my wife works has remained closed for May despite most garden centres opening. Primarily this was for peace of mind as it is also the family home. It has, however, looked spectacular with the stock on the benches and no pesky customers making gaps! They open again, strictly by appointment, from today – June 1st.

I was allowed to visit and work for a day prior to my return to my usual workplace. It meant I could see Molly for the first time since March.

Everyone should be more Molls.

Last month I showed the heap of firewood created during lockdown. Well this month I had the job of rescuing this planter by removing the rotten planks and shortening the height of the whole thing.


It has been moved round the front to temporarily house most of Madame’s collection of Hostas.

On Instagram I posted about discovering a feature in my new camera that will allow one to record only the selected colour and leave everything else on black & white. This pair of pics of Moltkia x intermedia did not make that post,

Cacti approach their flowering peak in May.

Sometimes they attract visitors.

If you would like to join in, here are the challenge guidelines:

The Changing Seasons Version One (photographic):

  • Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery that you feel represent your month
  • Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so that others can find them

The Changing Seasons Version Two (you choose the format):

  • Each month, post a photo, recipe, painting, drawing, video, whatever that you feel says something about your month
  • Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so others can find them.

If you do a ping-back to Su’s original post, she can update hers with links to all of yours.


  1. Aww – Molly!! 😍 I missed her too! And you’re absolutely right – everyone should be more Molls. 😄
    So glad you did this post after all, I so enjoy all your plants and flowers! And you got a lot done too! Hope this week at work will be better than the last and that you get some decent sleep under the week too. Take care and stay safe and healthy! ❤

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      1. Maybe she should start a life coach IG herself! 😉 I’d love watching her in her sleep and bet it has a restorative and relaxing effect on the viewer. 😀 Big hug right back to you! ❤

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  2. I am glad you posted Darren — partly for the selfish reason that I really enjoy seeing your photos and the glimpses of your garden.

    I totally understand the difficulty though. I seriously considered asking someone else to take over hosting, at least for the month, because I had no photos to share or stories to tell, and the thought of having to write something was making me very anxious.

    I suspect that only the combination of control freak and Presbyterian work ethic (plus taking that one shot of the boats) got me moving on it.

    I hope that the in month ahead you begin to feel better (or at least sleep better), and that the things which bring you joy are abundant.

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    1. Thank you Su. I hope June is a better month for you too. I don’t seem to have done much in May either, which made it tough to write anything. And I could not take a photo at work because someone wrote in the safety protocol that we are not allowed personal items in the labs at the moment, including phones. Oh. It was me…..

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      1. one of the things I’m going to bring back from the north is a hyacinth bulb that rarely blooms in mom’s yard. I’m pretty sure I know where it is, but it will do much better here in the PNW.


  3. Well your photos are spectacular so I’m glad you gave us an update! Sorry about the sleeps. I’m sure you’ve tried everything so I won’t offer any unsolicited advice like putting a pillow over your head or wearing bunny slippers to evoke childhood dreaminess.

    Sending hugs your way! xo

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    1. Thank you! Bad night again last night. I am getting more zombified by the day! Very rare this happens – normally I am so tired after work that I zonk straight out. But it was hot and humid last night so am hoping tonight is better now we have had some rain 🙂

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    1. Thank you Tracy.
      Molly was suffering last week and early this week because of the heat. On the day the photo was taken she eventually left that bed and found a damp cool patch of gravel to lie on. My wife hoses her down occasionally too when she is working there. Thankfully the weather turned in tuesday and it is much cooler now😊.
      Well I did have an ambition to illustrate every species in the genus Massonia. I have done two of around a dozen species. I started on a third last weekend.
      I have always wanted to do fantasy/scifi art and love HR Giger’s work. But I don’t have that kind of imagination.

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      1. I had to look up Massonia and HR Giger. They’re both pretty out there. I think you could do it, Darren. Start small. Maybe take some of the unusual plants and morph them with human form. Like everything, it is 90% hard work and practice and 10% creativity. Just a thought. Plus, I loved your smooching chillies so I know you have heaps of imagination.
        Not that I can talk. My half-finished mosaic drawing has been languishing for a month.

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        1. Thank you Tracy – and you have given me an idea! Hope you get back to your mosaic soon. I have three paryly done projects in a drawer now – I keep losing interest part way through, which is not like me.

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