Saturday, 7 January 2023
Friday, 24 June 2022
The Regale lilies are doing remarkably well and still no red lily beetle thanks to garlic spray.
Red Clematis Rebecca with Prince Charles above in blue.
Lovely pink Blush Rambler with a Sanders white in next doors apple tree.
So the reason for the 'Lost gardens of Merrow' is self evident we are really struggling this year to keep in control but despite the weeds there's still lots of flowers and plants to enjoy.
Friday, 3 June 2022
Just a few snaps of the garden during May. I am belated at posting a blog post but lots of gardening is being done mostly by Mike. I am slightly side tracked with my spinning and weaving projects. See my other blog https://orangecottagescrafts.blogspot.com/
So many weeds ground elder and bindweed predominantly, but the plant height detracts from the weeds and gives pleasure.
The box is surviving the Box caterpillar using regular spraying of Topbuxus. I grew all the box plants from cuttings many years ago so I was devastated to see the damage from box caterpillar a couple of years ago.
The catmint Six Hills Giant works so very well in the Box boxes with the roses.
The vegetable beds are flourishing thanks to Mike's diligence.
I always feel sad when I see these empty seats they need our six grandchildren to visit but visits have not been quite so often for a variety of reasons. The wooden and iron seats, benches and table were given to us by a kind neighbour and Mike refurbished them all.
I love Hosta and earlier this year I put all my pots on copper pipes because slugs and snails will not crawl over copper. I have to be careful other plants don't bridge the gaps.
But I also discovered that garlic spray also stops slug and snail damage.
Quite by chance I realised the garlic spray was drifting onto the lilies and clearly preventing the red lily beetle invading them. Now I spray deliberately along with other plants such as dahlia and hanging baskets. I haven't seen any signs of the lily beetle this year.
Meg was determined to get in at least one photo.
So far so good the Hosta in this little bed is sprayed regularly with garlic spray and I have only seen two slugs on my regular nightly vigils.
Thursday, 23 December 2021
So here are some photos to give winter cheer.
Thankfully I was well enough to plant the Dahlias out and although we lost some of the large flowering ones in the late very cold spring in the cold greenhouse, most survived.
We really struggled with our hanging baskets, all the plants we bought on line were awful, most died but thankfully our daughter Rebecca managed to buy a second lot from the garden centre in Chessington. I particularly like to use Surfinia Petunias because they flower so well.
Mike takes particular care of the hanging baskets and tidying the front garden - I think he just enjoys the excuse to chat with the neighbours.
This is the first year I have grown these large begonia from tubers bought on line. They performed very well so fingers crossed they survive storage for next year.
This lovely bench was given to us by our next door neighbours as the wood was rotten. Mike bought new wood and restored it. It makes a useful seating place especially with family visits outside, due to health concerns. This was the first of several restorations.
In the bottom left of the photo you will see a small section of edging tiles which we were given from our daughter Rachel's garden. They are lovely and Mike painstakingly put them in around the sides of the front garden.
A birds eye view of the front bed with the white Phlox making a good display. Many years ago they were pink as can be seen in blog posts years ago. Very strange how they have reverted to white.
These lovely Galtonia Candicans I have grown in pots for a few years but decided to bring the pots into the front garden, they were much admired by passers by.
I got Mike to bring the evergreen Agapanthus, which are large flowering varieties to place in the front bed. They add another dimension to the riot of colour.
Clematis Vitacella Etoile Violette still doing well. I have lost most of the other clematis from the front garden down to just three these days.
I tried some Hollyhocks from seed I collected from a local garden, although affected by rust they were lovely flowers.
I often forget to post photos of the Agapanthus, which look lovely surrounding the grass in the back garden. Thanks to a kind neighbour giving us a table another bench and chair and Mike's restoration we have a lovely seating area for when family come to visit.
This lovely evergreen Eucryphia is always worth celebrating.
Cuttings from Hydranga always look nice in pots when they start to flower often in their first or second year.