Late Summer Colour

It’s been such a difficult time. For everyone. So it wasn’t a huge surprise to me when I saw that it’s been well over a year since I wrote on here, or even looked at it.

Summer’s gone, but there’s still some colour left, and I want to record it.

Our garden has always been a spring garden with loads of colour. Late summer has been more of a problem though. So I made an effort this year to plant some Busy Lizzies and some begonias. I don’t know enough about flowers to know exactly what varieties I have here. Perhaps someone will be able to tell me from the photographs?

I actually didn’t mean to buy the big frilly ones with the large leaves. I thought they were a smaller variety when I sent for them. I’d always associated them with that type of regimented planting you see in municipal gardens. But these are gorgeous, extravagant blowzy beauties. Opulent red, fiery vermilion, rippled peach, bubblegum pink, lemon bonbon yellow and wedding white. I love them, and my only regret is not realising what they were – and planting them too close together.

The smaller variety of begonia, along with some petunias and pelargoniums, were rescued: bought for next to nothing from a supermarket where they had nearly dried out. They have repaid me handsomely, although half the petunias were eaten by slugs.

Progress

A few weeks ago I had an empty pot sink. A few plants were added. All documented on these pages…

I’ve filled in a few of the gaps now. It’s not art. Its not garden design. But it has been fun, and I hope it will develop into something quite eye-catching over the summer.

Meet the new arrivals:

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In other areas, I’ve still got tulips, and there are lots of hazy forget-me-nots!

Blank Slate Part 2

It’s a start!

I rescued a phlox and bought another one. There’s some saxifrage in there as well as a plant I don’t know the name of. And also a tiny aquilegia to replace one I lost!

I’m trying to decide whether to put a small clump of chives back in there, as it doesn’t look too happy where it is now.

It doesn’t look much at the moment, and the pictures look a little washed-out, but I’m excited about it.

Moodier shots may follow!

Blank Slate

The featured picture is a little violet I found growing in the garden. Just for some colour!

The first two pictures below show the ‘blank slate’ of the title: an old sink which used to be a herb garden of sorts, but then got terribly messy and overgrown. I’ve emptied it out and washed it, then tilted it slightly to improve the drainage. It’s now ready for some new residents. The wire is there to protect it from cats!

I haven’t decided what to plant yet. Any ideas?

The final picture is a new hydrangea, bought today, which will be planted out in due course.

Progress

The first tulips are out. More are on the way. At last, there is some progress in the garden.

Most exciting of all, two of the Himalayan blue poppies I bought last year have returned. I’m really looking forward to seeing them bloom. Fingers crossed!

Returning blue poppy (meconopsis)

What colour will these tulips be?

Miniature World

Moss growing in a plant pot. The most ordinary thing in the world, you might think. You might even want get rid of it, to make the pot look tidier.

Please don’t! Not before you’ve had a careful look at it anyway.

Moss green. Green moss. With the sun shining on it. It’s beautiful, calming, cool and soothing.

If you look very closely at it, you could almost imagine yourself in a primeval forest.

Change your focus…

A miniature world right there in your garden!

Rose Resurgent

Back (way back) in 2014, I planted a rose. It was the subject of my very first blog post. You can read more about it in Archives, if you so wish!

This is what it looked like then:

It took a long time, but eventually it started to produce flowers:

It grew and grew. After all, it is a climber.

Disaster struck last autumn when a gale tore it from the wall:

When calmer weather returned, I cut back the branches, which were far too long and heavy for the wire netting that had previously supported them.

Now back in place, the rose has been pruned quite hard. I checked what Monty Don had to say about it first, of course!

Now, let’s wait and see….