Friday, 17 February 2017

A VIEW FROM THE WINDOW


A view from the window of the welcome sight of crocus. It is hard to imagine that this area will be so full of plants and flowers in a few months time.




For me the gardening year has now begun. I started with some jobs that were not completed last year such as the last of the rose pruning. I have made a good start on pruning the group 3 clematis, although I have more to do, hopefully within the next couple of days.

Margery Fish in one of her books probably We Made a Garden says clematis group 3 should be pruned on Valentine's day. 14th February. It is interesting to see how the flowering compares when the pruning is staggered slightly over a few weeks especially with clematis such as Vitichelli Polish Spirit, I have  3  due to the success in taking cuttings.

Another job today was planting seeds of Tomatoes - Moneymaker and Gardeners Delight, Peppers and sweet peas which I start off in trays on a bedroom window sill until they germinate and then move to the lean to which is frost free.

The green house and cold frames are watered and everything looks ok despite the very cold winter weather we have been having. Although the two Jacaranda trees in pots in the greenhouse which I grew from seed several years ago probably haven't survived and were rather too big to protect in a frost free place.

I noticed the delphiniums are beginning to grow so I need to weed the bed cover with plastic covers and spread slug pellets before the new shoots are eaten by the slugs and snails.

I stupidly hurt my back before starting to garden today so I hope it soon passes and I am able to get on with some serious gardening in the next day or two.

I am delighted that Mike is now well enough to do his usual jobs in the garden but as we both get older it is becoming quite a task to keep up with this garden even though the rewards are clearly enjoyed.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR.



The above was taken at Newlands Corner in February on one of my walks with Meg, how lucky we are to have such lovely countryside to enjoy.

I decided it was probably one of the most seasonal photos I have to hand, as I mostly spend this season busy indoors and yes I still have some outdoor jobs to do, such as pruning the remainder of my roses, but another few days wait won't do any harm.

This year has been a mixed year with ups and downs with health but certainly ups to end the year thank goodness.

The family has expanded now with four Grandchildren to spend time with and enjoy.

I would like to wish all my friends a Happy Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

AUGUST CLEMATIS


A corner of the garden glimpsed from just outside the back door.


Clematis Viticella Royal Velours


Clematis Viticella Alba Luxurians


Clematis Viticella Blue Belles


Viticella Polish Spirit


Clematis Viticella Joanne ( grown from my seedling)


Clematis Viticella Filijay ( grown by my seedling)


Clematis Perle d'azur


Clematis Viticella Vernosa Violocea


Clematis John Huxtable





Clematis Niobe ( not the best photo but special because I thought I'd lost this clematis)



Hoheria left, Eucryphia centre, Viticella Sodertalje peeping through and Clematis Perle d'azur


Eucryphia Nymensis


Hoheira


A closer look of Hoheria with I think clematis Viticella Carmencita peeping through.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

EARLY MORNING


Early morning mists in the woods inviting but today I will leave the dog walking to Mike.


A birds eye view of the garden with Clematis Julia Correvon on the rose on the fence.


A bit lacking in colour but soon all will change with the Crocosmia and Phlox about to burst into flower and the dahlias also starting to flower.


Another inviting view of the woods.

Some time ago I took a video to capture the bird song you can listen to it on this post -
 http://joanne-orangecottages.blogspot.co.uk/2010/06/rose-extravaganza.html 

and another I took of the bird song in the woods
http://joanne-orangecottages.blogspot.co.uk/2010/06/birdsong-in-wild-woods.html

Monday, 18 July 2016

MY JULY GARDEN


A look down the garden path. Do you get the impression I enjoy blues in the garden? For many years I have grown lavender to spill from the Box boxes towards the path but last year I decided I wanted to go further and bought two Nepata six hills giant ( catmint). 


This photo shows the Nepata off better. I split the original two plants and made six, as you do. The top two boxes have Nepata spilling out under the rose's tripods doing exactly as I wanted. The bottom box is not doing so well but probably because it is rather shaded by the Gleditsia trees. This year I treated myself to two more plants which have been spit into several small plants plus several cutting, some have been planted out, others I am waiting until they bulk up before having to compete in the garden.


To the left of the path a photo to prove this is actually my vegetable garden. Unlike other gardeners I grow roses and flowers in my vegetable garden, as opposed to popping a few vegetables in my flower garden. It is my favourite section of the garden, just as well as it is probably the most time consuming.



From where I was standing to take the previous photos is this arch. I am thrilled to say that although  Meg the dog chewed the stems of this beautiful clematis Rebecca - to the ground, it has grown again.


I am so thrilled that here is another photo. One of my many pots of Agapanthus just beginning to flower.


The roots are well protected with wire and plants and pots. Hebe Nicola's blush, quite delightful from a cutting a neighbour gave me. I now have many such bushes, hebes are always easy to take cuttings. The white is a cutting from another neighbours white Hydrangea.


Two hydrangea plants slightly different than each other one is good for drying as it keeps a lovely autumn colour. More pots of Agapanthus.


Unnamed rose  which always flowers so well and was in the garden when we arrived over thirty years ago. The other one was chopped back hard last year and is thriving so I hope to do the same with this one in the autumn fingers crossed it thrives.


This is Eucryphia Lucida 'pink cloud an absolute delight and planted where it is it can be seen from indoors and also as I pass to go down the garden. It also allows a closer look to enjoy the flowers.


Hydrangea and Agapanthus


More Hydrangea plus Agapanthus but a very sickly cherry tree  supporting clematis Madam Bouchard.


Hebe Nicola's Blush on the left and Hebe Mrs Margery Fisher on the right. This I bought thirty years ago from Margery Fish garden and have taken many cuttings over the years. The last time I visited the garden I was told they no longer had this hebe. East Lambrook Manor garden is always a joy to visit http://www.eastlambrook.com/pages/site.php?pgid=1


A new seat in a shady corner provides a great view of this part of the garden. Most of this area has been changed to shrubs and trees which we started doing when I was sick and unable to mange gardening. I continued gardening this way even after getting much better because the area is so riddled with ground elder it is a struggle for herbaceous plants to compete.
I have discovered that by using vertical shapes and boundaries to adorn with roses and clematis also helps to avoid the pernicious ground elder but sadly not the pernicious bind weed that I pull out like spaghetti by the armful.


Clematis Perle D'Azure a very vigorous climber which uses the rose Vielchenbleu to climb through.


A closer look at Eucryphia Lucida Pink Cloud.



Introducing Clematis Joanne. This is a seedling from a cutting of a cutting of Polish Spirit  so a Vitichella. What else would I have named it? I have two more yet to flower so quite excited to see what they will look like.

Monday, 27 June 2016

REVELING IN ROSES



The Mayor of Casterbridge


Rosa Mundi


Jayne Austin



Charles Rennie Mackintosh


Crocus Rose


Hermosa


Rosa Gallica Officinalis


Cecile Brunner



Cecile Brunner


Red Flower Carpet


Name unknown


Name unknown



Sophie's Rose


New Dawn


Aviateur Bleriot


Goldfinch


Saunders White


Saunders White


Blush Rambler


Rambling Rector


Rambling Rector


Rambling Rector


Veilchenblau

Francine Austin


The Garland



Possibly Flower Carpet gone mad.



White Flower Carpet


Noble Antony


Cottage Rose

Most of my roses came from David Austin roses although some are from cuttings.