Monday, 12 June 2017

THE JOYS OF GARDENING


I love this time of the year. A view across my vegetable garden or is it Rose and flower garden, you choose.


So delighted with my catmint. Nepata six hills giant, it works so well in the box with the roses and so much less work than the annual cosmos, lupins and other plants I tried over the years. Also brilliant at supressing weeds.




New Dawn


Francis E Lester


Viticella Venosa Violacea


White Flower Carpet struggling a bit.


Giant Scabious -Cephalaria gigantea


Blush Rambler a delightful rose often flowers later than my other ramblers.


Yes it is a vegetable bed.


And a rose bed


Mayor of Casterbridge rose and as you see I always fail to prepare the scene by chopping out spent flowers - if only there was more time.


Sweet Juliet grown on tripods due to their height.


Rosa Mundi a spur from my Dad's garden.


Cornelia


Cottage rose one of my first David Austin roses which was moved three times before I found somewhere it was happy - I have successfully taken cuttings which are shared with my daughters.


Another love Delphiniums best grown together for ease of care.


Another glimpse of Blush Rambler - any volunteers to pull out Bindweed gratefully accepted.


Mayor of Casterbridge again


Rosa Gallica again a spur from my Dad's garden


Veilchenblau such an unusual colour flower quite a curiosity piece for visitors.



Comtesse du Bouchard


Regala Lillies


Arum lillies


Comtesse du Bouchard

A final glimpse before going indoors. Hope you enjoyed my garden.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

EARLY JUNE IN THE GARDEN


I have been trying to sort out settings because previous photos when enlarged lost clarity so this post is on original size and very much better definition. The down side being that to see all the photo on the landscape ones then you need to click on the image.


Just to remind you this is the vegetable area in my rose garden.


















Experiments taking cuttings.


These seem to have taken fingers crossed for success.


Someone on a garden Facebook group Friendly Gardeners was saying that willow shoots in water helped cuttings to root so I tried a number. Of course most of above roots are willow.


But here is a root from the Coronilla glauca 'Citrina'  I don't have a photo of mine in flower but click on the name for a link to Thompson and Morgan.Interesting that it was the newer growth not the hard wood that rooted. I must take some more cuttings.


This lovely archway is in my neighbour's garden. It is so nice to have neighbours who share your love of gardening and it is such a delightful garden.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

DELPHINIUM DELIGHT BEGINS


I couldn't resist taking these photos as the Delphiniums are starting to flower.


All grown from a seed packet a few years ago. 


All delightful in their own way.


Ooops! despite a quick pruning of the dreaded bindweed clearly some remained.


Dreaming spires, so apt.


More dreaming spires in the evening sun.


The easiest way to grow Delphiniums is to grow in their own bed with a gritty top soil to help prevent slugs and snails eating the tender shoots. The box edging is ready for a trimming shortly. The rose behind is Sanders White full of buds but a bit later than some of my other ramblers to flower.