Saturday, 14 August 2010


Welcome to my garden it has been some time since I last posted.

The fuchsia takes over from the rambling rose Crimson Shower

These Rudbekia were grown from seed this year and I have planted them amongst the Delphiniums which have been cut back, not sure if the Delphiniums will come again this year.

Crocosmia and Phlox an interesting combination.

The Dahlias are adding colour to the front bed.

The hanging baskets have got rather dry in the baking heat we have had this year.

Outside the back door the trellis is doing ok with it's colourful planting soon the clematis will take over from having lost the Passion flower.

I rather like these Morning Glory with their welcome late flowering.

Ville de Lyon Clematis.

This Hydrangea is rather special it is a cutting from a neighbour Christina who died a couple of years ago.It is so nice to have plants that remind you of dear friends.

I grow Galtonia in pots like many other bulbs and they have been spectacular this year.

I put some pots of Rudbekia in this border with the pots of Agapanthus and it has been quite colourful. I am reluctant to plant up too much as I need to finish weeding out ground elder again. Up to a few days ago this was spectacular with Perle D'zur in full flower but I was very slow getting the camera out and have missed many good shows.

This Hydrangea has put on a good show despite the hot dry weather, it has been quite a struggle keeping it watered adequately and a warning not to plant in full sun.

The Hoheria has been amazing and once again I missed photographing it at it's best. It has grown rapidly into a very large shrub and already I have pruned hard back reducing last autumn by about 1/3 so an amazing shrub but needs lots of space.

Viticella Blue Belles took several years to flower, it grows very vigorously and flowers rather later than many of my Viticella.

Vit. Royal Velours an interesting colour and unusually rounded petals.

At last the Box is recovering after a very hard prune this year rather late into the summer.

Cercis Canadensis Forest Pansy is doing well such a lovely shrub but does grow very large eventually.

How could I have missed photographing my Eucryphia when it was at it's best, now after the rain it is not looking so good and just a hint of Vit Soldertage hidden amongst it.

Cleome something I haven't tried growing before but every year I say I won't bother with annuals and then find something else to try. Perhaps next year I will not bother, they are so much hard work especially with watering and the beds are always so full.

Jackmanii grown years ago from a cutting and the original plant is no more.

Another Cleome still reserving judgement.

Seem to have a good crop of apples this year, I am sure the watering has helped.

Vit. Polish Spirit from a cutting.

Courgettes have done well but I keep forgetting to pick them and they end up as baby marrows.

Eat your heart out Ray Evison!
My clematis cuttings are just taking this is the really exciting part of gardening. I haven't taken clematis cuttings for a while except a couple last year which I got so excited about then left the lid off and the snails eat the lot. Reminder to me to put slug pellets out round them.
I think the above was Madam Julia Correvon.

I think the above is Josephine and the one below Polish Spirit and b---er me there is a snail in there and it's pitch dark so I can hardly rush down the garden please be a dead one.
Well it wasn't but it is now. I did creep down the garden with a torch and my dressing gown on and the little b--er had been munching away. So slug pellets tomorrow a must, goodness knows how they climb up there and get under those lids.

So who needs all Ray's sophisticated and scientific paraphernalia it's much more fun hands on.

The rose cuttings are not looking quite so promising but who knows maybe.

I have lots going on in the nursery partly because my daughter is about to move house and so I have been getting things going that she might like to have. If not I think a plant sale may be on the cards.

This seedling is from a seed, a Flamboyant tree Delonix regia It has been such fun germinating unusual seeds.

Onions waiting to be strung although they have been so small this year I suspect lack of water early on because I have watered well during the summer.

The shallots are as big as some of the onions.

Tomatoes are only just beginning to ripen but we should have a good crop.


  1. My word Joanne... what an amazing garden... gardens... please tell me you do not do all of this magic alone. WoW!! You are a gardener extraordinaire! What a joy to visit. I love it all... your veggie garden is so enchanting and prolific. Wonderful post! Thank you so for sharing your world. So many gorgeous plants and plantings. I am sure the hummingbirds and butterflies must be all around you, when you are working in this orderly yet wildly overflowing garden. ;>)

  2. You have a great garden and, obviously, a green thumb!

  3. Wow what a fantastic garden you have, lovely photos. I'm very envious of your vegetable garden in particular!

  4. Simply marvellous ... your garden is such a treat to visit, even if it is a virtual visit!

    Just adore that Crocosmia and Phlox combination ... that is stunning! Your Fuchsia is amazing ... and the boxes look terrific. I rather like both the Cleomes ... you just have so much going on in your garden.

  5. Oh WOW! I just love your flower and veggie filled gardens, your harvest pictures and your seedlings. What a piece of heaven you have right there. You've inspired me to work in my gardens again, but it's been so dang hot and humid that I don't do much outside at all.

    Thanks for the lovely tour, it was very refreshing.


  6. Joanne, that's just amazing. I hope I get to visit you someday across the pond. Okay, I want to say thanks about explaining what a marrow is. I'm reading this book, the French Gardener, and the little girl is carrying around a baby marrow. For the life of me, I didn't know what it was.

    Thanks for posting again on this blog. It's so nice to see your garden in late summer.~~Dee

  7. Hi Joanne,

    I don't know how you find all the time to do so much!
    Wow, I hope one day my garden is so packed full with different things :)

  8. Hi Joanne,
    Your garden is gorgeous and bursting at the seams! No wonder you don't have time to post often.

  9. Hi Joanne,
    What a magnificent garden! I have always wanted a cottage garden, and have several books on the how to's of them (with photos), but none compare to yours.

  10. Beautiful gardens,Joanne! You are a gardener after my own heart. I've tried clemmie cuttings to no avail. Your system seems foolproof.

    Love the 'Forest Pansy.' Mine is new. I found it after eyeballing my friend Carol's for two years. It was on sale at a local nursery. I couldn't say no to such fabulous foliage.

    I know what you mean about annuals. Labor intensive but also beautiful in their own right.

    Beautiful, awe inspiring post, dear friend.

  11. Everything looks so lovely. I am so glad you can garden again.

  12. Joanne, thank you for reminding me about Galtonia, have always wanted to try it in my garden. I will check the catalogues now.
    Your garden is looking amazing, as usual.

  13. What a garden you have there, Joanne! I know you don't have much time to spend in the garden, but believe me - it's outstanding! Yes, it is! I am getting tired of my red phlox, and want to add some white, as yours. Our tomatoes are also very late. We need a warm September for them. Thank you for your comment on my last post. It's time to reduce our lawn too. It's getting overtaken by moss...

  14. Oh my....there is so much beauty and bounty in your garden. I love your fuschia and dahlias especially as they remind me of visiting your beautiful country a few years ago.

    Your shallots are making me think of what to make for dinner using such delicious vegetables.

    PS. Thank you very much for your comment on my latest blog. I hope that people will benefit from the information on Lyme disease.

  15. Now you have really inspired me - I have neglected my garden, but here in Australia we are just coming into Beautiful Spring-time and I have a feeling in my bones that it's time to get out and get dirty!! You have a fabulous garden -Well done!!

  16. Thankyou for sharing your garden. Beautiful.
    I was reassured to see your tomatoes haven't ripened yet. I'm knew to a green house and am waiting desperately for my tomatoes. Hoping I don't have to resort to green tomato chutney like last year!

  17. What a beautiful and inspiring garden, - thank you for sharing it.
    Along with downsizing our house we also downsized the garden and started from scratch again five years ago with a small cottage type garden. I am quite smitten with the vibrant assortment of flowers in your lovely garden.

  18. HI, I came over from Grace's blog. What amazing grounds you have....would you share your secret on taking cuttings of clematis? The crocosmia and phlox david are an eye catching combination, just love it! Don't give up one the cleome, doesn't it reseed for you? I have found that mine doesn't like so much water, it tends to get too leggy that way....

  19. What a gorgeous garden...I especially love the twig/bamboo teepees!

  20. Looking at your photos, I think I'm going to die of envy. I have always wanted a cottage garden.

  21. Hi Joanne, I've missed you and your updates. I hope all is well. Love seeing the photos of your garden. What a difference the climate makes. Mine is doing okay, but could be better. Hot and dry here still.

  22. Wow! You have so much going on in your garden now.I love all your clematis and aren't you smart to get cuttings going.

    Take care,


  23. Beautiful photos, and what a gorgeous garden you have, Joanne. Hope you're well,

  24. Thank you for sharing your beautiful gardens and home with us. How in the world do you manage to take care of all of that and deal with lyme disease? Do you having a CAring Bridge site set up for yourself?

  25. Betty

    I was lucky to find a very good LLMD and with a supportive GP have recovered to nearly 100% although still needing antibiotics the remaining symptoms are gradually going month on month.

    What keeps me from my garden these days is not my health but the time I sepen with my Looking at Lyme Disease blog link top right as well as time with chat line Eurolyme but the recent IOM workshop brings a glimer of hope for the future.

  26. Fantastic arrangements, thanks for sharing them :)

  27. Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden!