|The variety is Jane Phillips|
|Iris en masse|
|Petunias putting on a good show|
|Plenty of cucumbers and squashes|
I must give strawberries another push. Nice potted plants - already in fruit! And, almost ready to plant out, squashes (including the colourful Turk's Turban), courgettes and cucumbers (several varieties). Beat inflation, cut the cost of living - Grow Your Own!
|The reception after the funeral was held at St Michael's Manor|
I delivered papers here when I was lad in St Albans
Exactly a week after writing the piece I received a phone call from a cousin. My uncle had, in fact died - just about the time of writing. Uncle Nick had just edged into his ninety-ninth year. I had the privilege of attending his funeral which re-ignited questions in my mind about the epic of the Free Polish Army. How it was that well over 100,000 Polish servicemen made it to these shores. Bear in mind that in 1939 Poland was completely overrun by the Germans from the west and the Russians from the east - a result of the evil Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact by which the country was doubly subjugated
|Polish detainees released from a Soviet gulag|
to serve in Anders Army (courtesy Wiki)
Under the Polish General Anders they were to make it to Italy where the Free Polish Army fought with great distinction and enormous sacrifice at the battle of Monte Cassino
Looked at from beginning to end - deportation to the gulags, the great trek to Persia, the fighting in Italy, the eventual arrival in Britain - we have a series of episode that involved great suffering on the part of ordinary people swept up in the tragedy of war. Whole families were forcibly extradited at the beginning - even whole villages. Many died before they got to the work camps - and, in the camps of course - not the mention the deprivations of the journey south upon release
|The costly assault on Monte Cassino (courtesy Wiki)|
Excuse me writing at length but, surely it is true, history has lessons to teach us. As you think about the present events in Ukraine - and the help being given by Poland - will you understand why old Codger is so motivated to help
There will be more on that particualr topic next time - for now ...
Best wishes from Garden Codger (and a few photos to follow)
|Introducing Mrs Bradshaw - a lovely lady!|
|This is a Nepalise Clematis |
- you get more than flowers
|The first flush of roses|
|A late surprise - suddenly appeared in a pot of Spring bulbs|
Forgot they were there!