Just beautiful, Bjd. Your hard work in the new garden is certainly paying off, and with such gorgeous specimens, too. I adore that iris. What is the flower in the penultimate picture -- some kind of daffodil on steroids?
On the radio on Saturday mornings, there is a programme where gardening advice is given by Alain Baraton, the head gardener of the domain of Versailles. As snooty and sophisticated as the gardens of Versailles might be considered, he has a very down-to-earth manner and always seems to have excellent advice about spots on leaves, trees that will not bear fruit, sickly shrubs that must be sacrificed and obviously pruning and planting times. However, last Saturday, he talked about the problem of Versailles itself. While the gardens are doing just fine, he has to make tough decisions about the seasonal plantings -- the flower beds and other such things. Versailles is going to be closed for quite a bit of time, so should they fill the flower beds that people might never see? Should they continue to weed the unwalked walkways? A lot of the gardening money comes from Versailles entry fees, and that money is going to be missing this year.
His decision is to keep the gardening on its normal schedule and hope for the best, because it is more difficult and expensive to "bring a garden back" than to keep it going in perfect shape. I wonder what other closed public gardens and domains are doing.
I was thinking just yesterday that all the plant nurseries have ordered lots of plants, bushes, flowers, etc because it's planting season here. And they are all closed, although I imagine some employees are there to take care of things, water, etc.
My girlfriend is a manager at a wonderful local garden shop. Tomorrow will be the last day they are open to the public until who knows when. They have been doing free deliveries and on-line ordering since this began.
Thank you, dear Tod! I believe all of the hosting sites will just direct you to choose a picture from your computer to upload, so if the pictures are now on your computer, you should be good to go. If you haven't picked out a new photo-hosting site yet, Basics in Image Bank should give you some guidance.
Bixa you're so patient. Before lockdown my son came over and showed me how to export photos from iPhone to computer. Now unless I could slow him down and write the process on my A4 worked there is no way I would remember. But, I am going to ask him to whatsApp the process step by step. So lets see if that works...