Saturday, 3 July 2010

Flowers mostly - July

Today, I have done a tour of the garden, only altering the order of the pictures so that you could compare the view of the arbour with May's

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 .
Penelope arrived early in my time here, and she still pleases me. After losing a large, taller piece last year, she is flowering well.

One of my many pleasures as I walk round the garden, or when I need a rest from working, is to sit in the arbour, listen to and watch the birds and enjoy this view.

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!

So here, at the end of the walk, I turn back to look at the arbour. You can see the same picture at the beginning of the pevious blog - things have grown a bit!


Preseli Mags said...

What a lovely tour of your beautiful garden. The variegated cornus is gorgeous and I'm very envious of your slug-free hostas (I no longer grow them). Lovely roses too.

Cait O'Connor said...

Such a beautiful garden Withy, I always enjoy my visits. Lovely stone house too.

Posie Rosie said...

Withy what a wonderful garden, I could almost smell the roses!

Shirley said...

What a lovely view from the arbour! I'd find it difficult to leave!

Withy Brook said...

Mags, I am sooo lucky to be able to grow good Hostas.
I love the house too, Cait.
Sad that we have to imagine the scent of the roses Posie
I do find it difficult to leave, Shirley

Rob-bear said...

That's an amazing garden, Withy. I wish I could do something a tenth that good. Sigh.

arosebyanyothername said...

Enjoyed the ramble around your garden, Withy. So tidy! I am wondering how my hostas are faring under the care of my tenants. They are all in tubs so will have required plenty of watering lately. Yours look splendid. Does the red rose have a perfume. I used to grow 'Danse de Feu' up the wall of a previous house and it was a strong, dark red with a lovely scent. I miss it.

Westerwitch/Headmistress said...

Wow - just WOW . . .

Tattie Weasle said...

I have a penchant for hostas and yours did look so lovely. Down here we've had the best show of roses ever only hoping I can do a repeat performance next year!
As usual your photos were lovely or should I say your garden is!

Pam said...

Your garden is lovely Withy. Such a beautiful place and a credit to you.