Friday, 24 June 2016


Don't you just love Delphiniums these days I grow them in a small border and they perform very well although vie for space with a Saunders White Rambler  and several Clematis with a large cooking apple tree to the right of the photo, a beautiful Gleditsia to the left of the photo and variegated Box along the front of the border.
In early spring I weed and dress the bed with grit and slug pellets.

I was encouraged to grow Delphiniums years ago when I had an allotment next to someone who grew them for show. He had half an allotment of Delphiniums. In June it was like being in heaven and i can't think of Delphiniums without being reminded of him his allotment and the thought of Dreaming Spires.
I posted about them last year when the weather conditions were more favourable and they hadn't been so battered with rain as they have been this year, on this post

Tuesday, 21 June 2016


Cornus Kousa Chinensis gives a wonderful display and because these are bracts they last so much longer than flowers.

             Rosa Officinalis left foreground, Rambling Rector on the fence left bottom.

                                                                                    Left Francine Austin, Cornelia, Cecile Brunner, Cornelia and Francine Austin. The first three are grown from cuttings and strike very easily. The pink in the left foreground is Cottage rose which I have also managed to take cuttings from.

Looking across the garden with the woods in the background.

Looking diagonally up the garden with Crocus rose left foreground Sweet Juliet above that which grows so sturdily we use the tripods to support it. Bottom right is a sneak peak of Falstaff. With Parsnips, carrots and broad beans.

Another glimpse at a slightly different angle with Francis E Lester Rambler in the left background.

Rambling Rector with Clematis Pink Fantasy.

 Goldfinch rose in the hedge above Marie Boisselot left and Josephine clematis.

Veilchenblau rambler with two flowers on my  Carpenteria California and mock orange to the right of that.

Veilchenblau with clematis Perle d'azur clematis scrambling through it.

Another view of  Rambler Goldfinch.

I decided to post these photos at this size because enlarging them seems to loose the detail or definition with the small blooms.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016


Just some of the plants I couldn't remember the names of as I walked around the garden.

Eucryphia Lucida to the right of the first steps a photo of it in flower is on 

Eucryphia Nymansensis Nymansay


Apologies for the light aircraft  but no apology for the bird song.

Cecile Brunner rose not as I described it as Mademoiselle  Cecile Brunner 

The dwarf Box - Buxus sempervirens Suffruticosa  were all grown from cuttings from two plants over a period of three years. The other side of the garden were grown from the ordinary hedgeing box before I realised the difference also over about three years. Of 500 cuttings taken the first year of each variety of box plants I lost about three of each variety during the winter.

Mayor of Casterbridge  pink rose on a tripod next to the Sweet Juliet rose and between Sweet Juliet and Noble Anthony. 

Blush rambler grows in the pear tree.

Wadas Primrose is the clematis that grows up one Gleditsia tree.

Aviateur Bleriot is the  yellow rambler rose growing over the arch.

My garden is always in a state of flux, it is a working garden and never up to show piece standards, but gardening is for fun and probably reflects my personality. The video is amateur to say the least my daughter calls it Vlogging perhaps I should improve with practice.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016



The President

                       The President clematis growing in Banksiae Banksiae Rose on the back of the house.

                                                                                                   Clematis Marie Boisselot

                                                                                                         Clematis Marie Boisselot

                                                  Clematis Marie Boisselot

                                                                                                             Clematis Josephine

                                                                                                 Clematis Josephine

                                                                                                               Marie Boisselot and Josephine

                                                                                      Clematis Nelly Moser

Clematis Nelly Moser

A rather bedraggled Belle of Woking clematis

Rose Aviateur Bleriot 

                                                                                                                           Rose Aviateur Bleriot

Clematis Pink Fancy a more vibrant colour than Nelly Moser

                                                                                                                      Clematis Pink Fancy

Clematis Pink Fancy

                                                                        Roses in my vegetable garden

Beautiful Gleditsia trees 

Roses Cottage rose, Cornelia, Cecile Bruner and another Cornelia.

Cottage rose



                                                                                             Cecile Bruner

                                                                                                    A dry border

Strawberries, Climbing Green beans and runner beans, peas, onions and leeks.

                                                                                         Broad beans and Cornelia rose.

Rose sweet Juliet

     Crocus rose plus geranium and the dreaded ground elder popping up again after all my hard work.

                                                                                                          Crocus rose.