Sunday, June 18, 2017

June 17th, 2017

An afternoon stroll in the garden

to welcome

the Blue Delphinium

and the promise made by these lovely plump lily buds...

A furtive raid on the potato-growing bag

yielded half a dozen small spuds

which I enjoyed for dinner

with butter and a wee bit of mint.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Garden, the Rain and the Wind

Great lashings of rain these past two nights and the roses at the gate in full bloom, bending their pretty pink skirts down to the ground as midnight showers approach.  

Well, not showers.  They have been really heavy rains, although I don't hear them, sheltered as I am in my small house with two others close by on each side.

Yesterday Frank (who had to take the yard-clipping barrels out to the roadside through a tunnel of cabbage roses and purple clematis)
found a sturdy yellow hose and tied the roses back to the fence.

So today they are erect, but droopingly damp, if you know what I mean.

I am thrilled to have some
foxgloves growing in
the garden...

This seems to be the year
for them.

There is a pot by the back door
with a magnificent  mauve
foxgloves growing in it,
putting out new branches
every day.

 A small bee -
 a lovely pastel shade, 
was hovering over the digitalis 
and each time I tried to get a picture 
it burrowed a little deeper into those lovely speckled blooms.

The clematis was not too much
affected by the rain and wind
as I had secured it to the
scrolls on the iron arbor
that frames the entrance
to the garden,
and besides that clematis has a little
more stamina than roses.

It started to rain again when I was out taking pictures
so I hurried in, only stopping
long enough to take in the scent
of the little new
Philadelphia Orange I thought to rescue from
the old garden, but when I went up there yesterday
I was on cloud nine to see that
the large Philadelphia Orange had survived

and the roses over the gateway Charles made
are a massive pink bloom.

All the dead roses gone
and the garden looking as if someone
loved it.

So pleased and thankful!!!

Monday, June 5, 2017

In the garden - again

June the 5th, 2017
In the Garden again

I lose myself daily in the garden.  Walk to the gate, accompanying my daughter as she leaves after morning coffee, and most days I don't make it  back into the house for an hour or two.

So why, I thought to myself, do I not resurrect my Garden Diary, and in it put my progress with the weeds and my delight in the magic and daily surprises I find here!!

So I did....

and here is my first entry, after three years....

Bruce and I came out for early coffee this morning and listened to all the twittering going on as the small birds go about their business.  In the background was the flutter of a flock of Clarke's Nutcrackers and the ping as they drop new crop/old crop (?) of walnuts from the neighbour's tremendously large walnut trees on to the tin roof of her shed.  Ping, ping.....

Coffee done, and a little meditation finished, my eye is caught by a small patch of wild violets where that little patch should not be, and I bent to remove it.....wrong move, - once I am in that position my eyes rove along the bed and I am gone for a Burton (not in the usual RAF sense, just missing from the breakfast table!)

The wild violet seems to have taken the place of the Chinese Railway which strewed Lanterns along the root-railway they used to construct, and now when I see one I rather cherish it,  not having too many Chinese Lanterns around for drying any more.

However, the wild violet is so prolific it makes the garden look like an overgrown jungle.  Not all the wild violet's fault, - I am inclined to want everything I have ever had garden-wise tucked in here, and there, and there and there, ad infinitum.......

The jewels of the garden are in the parts, not the whole,
although that is pleasing too if you happen
to be walking down the lane and come
across a little oasis of green grass and flowers.

Today the cabbage roses are in full bloom...

The single white peony is still glorious,
but the iris, and the early peonies, are beginning to tire, and fade

Too many nights out dancing, - 
they are shaggy and faltering
but their memory lingers on...

It seems that the scarlet poppies have been caught by the night winds too.

but they make a lovely picture as they sway in the morning breeze.

It was after ten when I finally came in for breakfast,
but now it is after noon
and time that I had a small snack.

What will tomorrow bring??
Watch for the delphiniums that are beginning to open....
and the lilies, whose buds become more and more pregnant
(is that possible?)

Friday, May 2, 2014

Another Spring....

A very long winter, but when spring finally arrived, late and breathless. she warmed the ground and pressed buttons and here, by the 2nd of May, the lilacs are almost in full bloom, - the daffodils have faded and in their place the tulips dazzle the eye in the sunshine.  The oriental peonies, all lacy and green around each burgeoning bud, promise a lovely display.

The apricot blossoms, just past mid April

The Lenten roses, keeping time with late Easter

Beautiful budding trees and roses

The first sign of bloom on the Bleeding Heart (the Liberal Plant to Conservative sons)

Love the blue of the Periwinkle

and the pinky apricot of the Quince blossom

Lovely Anemones in the garden and all along outside the freshly painted fence

Forget me nots - as if I could

I can hardly believe the rate of growth the peonies are experiencing.

Each morning they seem to have grown another foot, although I know that
is an exaggeration.

The new peonies (newly moved from the Hill Garden) are settling in nicely
not growing at the same rate but nicely budded.

And the Iris - no picture
but I am hoping for a glorious display.

Looking for more soil to fill containers with alyssum, lobelia, geranium,petunia
and oh, lots more.

Along the fence I planted castor beans, sweet peas and morning glories
and now I must find some scarlet runners.

A great gardening adventure, tho' I find my knees are springless these days
and I have to rest a lot, - but it fills the time with some joy and anticipation.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Garden, midsumer

August 4th, 2013

 A late lily - double perfection

The phlox made a lovely showing on the Altar, along with some yellow daisies

The Barn Flower chose to worship against the bright blue sky.  It is doing well for its first year planting.

In amongst the raspberries the Rudabeckia stakes its claim.

I have cleared the side bed of all the greedy violets that do not flower, but gobble up
each and every available space - it looks much neater now.

Finally, some beautifully scented potted nicotiana - fragrant in the evening, - and below, a nice spot to sit and enjoy the coolness that comes with the setting sun.

The Rose of Sharon proves once again that there is nothing like a good pruning
to produce gorgeous blooms

and at the gate, a cheery yellow greeting

A hot July, - a hot, hot July, - but the first of August
has brought a little respite
and I look for the second flush of roses, and must remark
on the early persistence of the new Wisteria Vine that already
has a strangle hold on the back fence.


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The first part of July in the Garden

July 16th, 2013

June was cool and showery - July, so far, has been fairly warm, hovering most afternoons around 30 degrees centigrade. so it's early morning for me as far as maintenance goes.  And for the last week I have been able to hear the morning song of the birds.  It is quiet in the back garden and a lovely place to have the first cup of coffee, and then to fill the cup with raspberries for breakfast.  The pale berries have been a good size, and bearing well.  The red berries are later, - smaller, but sweet.

All the June flowers have faded and gone - the roses, the delphinium, the foxgloves.  I am hoping the foxglove will reseed so I can truly say I have been successful at growing them.  I have cut back the delphinium so they will hopefully bloom again in the fall, and of course expect an August flush of roses. 

All is now yellows and oranges as we approach mid summer, - the rudabeckia, the day lilies, the barnflowers, and eventually the sun flowers, although none are yet in bloom .

At the beginning of the month the lilies were gorgeous.  The ones I brought from the garden on the hill were not as large as usual, but very prolific.


The red and the pinks and the yellows that were in the garden when we moved here were lovely, but rather overgrown by the roses and the quince bush, both of which will have to be severely pruned.

Of course the star of the show was the exotic Spider Lily which I planted in pots with a dahlia and some alistras, which is yet to bloom.



The back garden is really very inviting and quite quiet and enclosed.  Of course the whole property is very enclosed and private, but there is always the side fence to lean on and talk to neighbours.

  The Bergamot does not make the same brilliant show as it did on the hill, but that is because there are not as many of them.  In time they will dominate the top half of the raised bed, and hopefully attract more hummingbirds to feed.
 The Shasta daisies have been quite untidy, leaning into the sunflowers and the wisteria vine against the fence, but they have been very large and saucy with their
yellow button centres. 
At the front the Rose of Sharon is responding nicely to the good pruning Frank gave it.

and here is my crop of potatoes!!



and one last picture, - the nicotiana in small pots, ready to scent the spot where I sit.
Waiting for the Sunflowers and the Barn flower to come into its own!