Saturday, 31 March 2012
Monday, 24 October 2011
Monday, 13 September 2010
First we have this years picture of the lilies from which my avatar came.
A couple of years ago I scattered some poppy seed from a friend in the lily bed. This year these lovely double red offspring appeared in the cleared bed by the arbour
The herbaceous border looks thoroughly over grown and lacking in colour.
The bed with the lilies, seen from a different direction. The Smoke bush is really misty this year - it has not flowered like this before.
Lastly we have the current view from the arbour, where I sit when ever I can find an excuse and often when I can't
Monday, 6 September 2010
Friday, 6 August 2010
This corner border is not that old but the shrubs are a good size now. I am still developing the back and you will see a picture of any progress in the Autumn/Winter.
Potentillas grow like weeds and self-seed in Northumberland. At this time of the year they seem to take over as they grow fast. I will be cutting them back in the autumn.
One of the many Hostas, with very few slug holes. Is this due to so many birds? Or the hedgehogs? Or both?
This particular rose has taken off this year and has been marvellous. It is past its best now, though. Isfahan was amazing in late June, with its lovely scent, but there are only very few flowers left now
The herbaceous borders are fairly colourful just now
The Astilbe is showing no sign of drought as I watered it earlier, and we have had plenty of rain lately
Saturday, 3 July 2010
The variegated cornus lights up a dark corner. It looks a little odd here - the sun has produced a very white colour.The reason I went out with my camera was the Kolkwitzia, which is more solidly covered than it has ever been. Unfortunately, the Seneccio has suffered somewhat in the middle - I think there must have been damage from the weight of the snow that is only now becoming obvious.
Did someone mention slugs? I think that the hedgehogs and the birds must be keeping them under control. No copper is used at all and only organic slug pellets in the kitchen garden. This is one of a large number of Hostas in the garden and they are all clear, so far.
Here is Isfahan, looking as good as it is likely to. It goes a bit scrappy later. I wish I could add scent to the blog.
The Primular is doing very well this year by the pond, though I seem to have lost the rest of them.
I planted the 'ball' hedgeling to mark the end of the shrub bed, above steps leading down to the door onto the Village Green. At last they are joining up and beginning to make a mark .
The Pyracantha, that fell flat on its face a few years ago, has never had so much blossom. I look forward to the mass of orange berries that should come in the autumn.
There used to be a columnier conifer planted in front of the down-comer and the rose. I only managed to get it removed when there was a leak and it needed to dry out! The rose is very ancient, but it survived and this year, what there is of it is flowering bravely.
The roses the other side of the door are old too and nearly had their come-uppence a few years ago. I decided to try cutting them back almost to the ground and now look at them!