Wednesday 28 April 2010


A celebration of Blossom greeted me as I looked down the garden today. The Cherry tree outside the kitchen window had finally blossomed although we did wonder if it was going to this year as it was so slow to flower. We never pruned it last Autumn which we usually do and so the flowers were even more spectacular than usual. It is a large tree for near the house so does need to be kept in hand.

Don't you just want to bury your face in all those lovely flowers.

Prunus Persica a small but delightful tree.

An espalier eating apple tree left to grow as a tree because the wall is far too low to have trained it along. This was in the garden when we moved here 30 years ago and it has the most delicious apples if we get them before the bees do.

These lovely flowers are on the Cooking apple tree. Again it is meant to be an espalier but I moved it from a north facing low wall to this site and have allowed it to just grow as a tree with lots of pruning.

You can see the size of the Cherry tree and why it needs to be pruned hard. It does make a lovely natural shade to sit under in the Summer though.

Heavenly Blossom.

Like lots of little faces.

I really had to wallow in all it's glory.

Saturday 24 April 2010


Last week my daughter took me on a trip to visit Parham House Garden. I have been there once before in the middle of the Summer and remembered what a lovely garden it was.

It was nice to see it at a different time of year and there was a lot of interesting things to see. Strikingly the many interesting views and vistas and historic details to enjoy as well as many spring plants and a lovely green house.

The little house in the wall has been turned into a children's play house quite delightful.

The greenhouse is such a delight and we bumped into a friend of Rachel's Tom who is the head Gardener. What a wonderful place to garden I was quite envious until I remembered that I haven't even time to keep my small garden in hand.

Such a lovely nursery area with an interesting selection of plants to buy.

The cafe was a real treat with all the old kitchen utensils and the amazing range.
All in all a lovely place to visit and I look forward to a return visit.

Monday 12 April 2010


At last time for the garden again. I have had a busy time and so not been able to garden or blog. Two weeks away from a computer doesn't help either. Now I am home there is so much to catch up with.

At least I returned home in time to enjoy the daffodils in flower.

The trough is doing really well despite the prolonged snow we had this winter.

Delphiniums are doing alright by the front wall, they were grown from seed last year and put in late summer and then some of them had a late flowering. I must have a good weed before they get too big.
One thing about whizzing around the garden with a camera you get to see all the many jobs waiting to be done,

The Bay trees survived the snow and the new rose Sophie's rose was planted in a cardboard box in the centre. This is a useful tip when planting roses in the same place as ones that have been previously growing. I find an A4 box the perfect size.
As ever the ground elder is fighting back and I really do need to try the poison on it this year I meant to last year but where does all the time go?

Despite my absence the tomato plants are busy growing, I was lucky to have Mike then Rebecca on watering duties.
I am back to growing Moneymaker this year again, but also Chelsea Mini and Tumbling Tom.

The Passion flower on the trellis by the back door was a casualty of the snow so I decided to plant a Clematis Montana Mayleen there instead. This was a present from Rebecca and although the space is a bit limited for a Montana it is about the only space in the garden that I could consider planting it.

The primroses, primula and cow slip are fun on the stand which came from Columbia Road Market.

The sinks need a face lift but at least there are some flowers coming. The bird is sitting in front of a disastrous attempt on a hypertufa face having been inspired by Frances of Fairegarden. My attempt leads much to be desired!

The spring garden is looking nice at this time of year, last years sorting out is producing the rewards this year.

I moved the crocus to the front edge of this border and must have another dig through to remove any more bits of ground elder before planting up. The Leucojum are looking particularly nice so I won't disturb them just yet. A good excuse to put that task off.

Some of the Hostas are showing, the primroses are looking nice and again I planted a few crocus around the edge of the pond.

The daffodils in the vegetable area are looking nice. I have had a busy couple of days digging out the old Lavender and replanting with small ones grown from cuttings a couple of years earlier. The grape Hyacinth look particularly nice along the edge but they can take over. I have added Thyme grown from seed last year but struggling a bit and cuttings of pinks which I had growing in shallow pans. They should do well facing the sun especially whilst the Lavender is so small.

Mike has been very busy with the vegetables and all is coming along well including the Raspberries.

I didn't get my corner seat and it may well go elsewhere but these two old school chairs make a nice perch from which to enjoy a different aspect of the garden.

The Delphiniums are doing fine but not much space for the spare plants I grew last year.

This was the bottom bed that has been renewed like the other two and a few Alchemilla Mollis plants have also been added hopefully they should do well if I remember to water them. I like things tumbling towards the path but don't always remember to plant far enough in, with such a narrow path there isn't space to encroach onto it. Years ago I edged it with Thyme and it was lovely but I had planted too near the edge. I had hoped to do something similar but the seeds I sowed last year didn't do as well as I had hoped.

Lots going on in the greenhouse, lettuces and even a couple of rose cuttings fingers crossed though because now is a difficult time when they start to shoot but may not yet have grown proper roots.

Mainly Nerines but a few other things.

A mixture of Lillies the orange ones always do well but my favourites are the Regale Lillies. I find they do better for me in pots as the ground is a bit clay, so wet and cold in the winter.

Sweet Peas and a few Tomato plants which would not fit in the porch. This is a cold greenhouse so there is a possibility that a cold night could damage them.

Pleonies are coming and the box cuttings are ready to pot on as the roots are coming out of the bottom of the pot. Box are probably the easiest things to grow from cuttings, hence all my box hedges.

Even my potting bench is looking cheerful.

The nursery area is rather full but I just deleted the other photo by mistake. When I dig ground elder out of a bed I pot on any plants I rescue, this allows me to see if any have any unwanted weeds in and when I plant up an area I usually have lots of things to choose from.

The Rhubarb is coming along and the daffodils are doing well.

The Primroses and Primulas are looking pretty.

One of the few Camelia flowers

The Hostas are growing but so are the weeds!

Wanda deserves a photo to herself.

Hardenbergia Violecea was a plant I bought some years ago but it often struggles the flowers are delightful, I wish I could take a cutting successfully.