Monday, May 15, 2017

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day... May

I should call this May Bloom post …For-get-me-not and friends . They seem to be in most photos as are the Aquilegia .

I started out with just one , This could be it 'Winky Blue and White ' 

This is one of my favorite that have self seeded this year . 

I think I must have brought  this Aquilegia  one from my mother's garden , here with a plump red  Paeony

Last year I dug out most of the pale ones, and kept the dark blue and purple .

A little native.

 Two natives : Delphinium trollifolium and Red Columbine



Centaurea montana came with the house.

Weigela is full of blooms this year !

P.'Turkish delight ' is just beginning to get going.
Lunaria annua 'Rosemary Verey' 

Eythronium 'Kondo and Epimedium lishihchenii

Lamium orvala  and Beesia deltophylla


Astrantia major and Euphorbia blackbird 

Euphorbia polychroma


A big whopping clump of Euphorbia oblongata , one of many clumps.

Astrantia major 'abbey road'


A think this is one of the Pacific coast Iris I got from Alison at last years plant swap.


Persicaria bistorta with  Geranium phaeum 'Samobor'

The Ghost Ferm makes a nice backdrop for this new Aquilegia …from Alison at this years  plant swap.

Another one from Alison !

Geranium phaeum 'darkest of all'



Armeria 'rubrifolia'


These must be my most exciting blooms ! Sinocalycanthus 'Hartiage wine'
Thank you Carol for hosting May Dreams Gardens

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Monday, May 8, 2017

Follow the path...

The dogs seem happy with the new path ! Once again, I went out and pulled up all the  steps . I did such a  sloppy job last year, thinking I'd go back and level and space them out . I never did !
This time I made a nice even clearing , I  carefully laid them out . Then I got Philip out with spirit level in hand …he is so much better at this point .

This had me searching for photos of the path when it was steps and ground cover, which all died one nasty winter. So, it was back to the drawing board . I've never been able to get anything growing around the steps since .  So out it all came, and I've been reworking them over and over again.
And the planting has all changed , the path has narrowed quite a lot . Wild strawberries seem to taking over the edging . I hope this  is it …. .

Saturday, April 22, 2017

A few jobs ...

After this winter the tiny bonsai needed repotting . I made a new one with a sad clump of Molinia grass I dug out of the garden . It was mostly dead anyway , so a few healthy sprigs make a sweet bonsai and  much healthier with all the dead bits pulled off.

I found all the soil in my larger pots had sunk down too low , so I  have been repotting .
And all the Sempervivums looked awful , so I pulled those out replaced the small pups .


Last year I unloaded a truck full of river pebbles. A little texture change from the gravel that makes up most of the garden. With all the snow and rain this year,  most of it got squashed into the soil , in a not very attractive  way . 
So, I've what  been picking through the soil and weeds to get at the pebbles .  And why not trim off the dead lower Yucca leaves  , Which in some cases doesn't leave much of a plant . Now that's a  way to spend a sunny afternoon.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Out in the garden..

Fine dry weather finds us out in the garden at last. I've been digging  perennials up. dividing them , moving them , trying not to damage them too much . Some of them are awfully  deep rooted , and I'm exhausted ….

I found more circler pavers buried under gravel. So, I've been trying to rework this …again.

Not treading on things is the difficult bit.  I've already squashed  a few just emerging Sedums  .

So far I've dug up clumps of : Iris, Knophofia, Crocosmia and a few…I don't now what you are , but I'll divide you anyway. 

Erythronium 'Kondo' 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day for March !

I was sat looking out the window the other day. When I could just see this tiny pink something.  I had to get my binoculars  out because it was pouring down with rain. I'd forgotten about Tulip  humbles violacea  , and much earlier than my other Tulips.

Cyclamen coum in one of my  handmade Goodwill pots .

And lastly a new bloom …Primula vulgarism 'double white'
Thank you Carol  at May Dreams Gardens 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Back in business...

The muck is piling up ! Now that we have had a few dry periods, in what has been so far this month...  cold, wet and grey.  I had planned to systematically work  through the tidying up of the garden .  I've been so deprived of out door time this winter , I've just been rampaging in every direction .

Every spare container is stuffed … that's perennials this time of year. I really need to fill in more with evergreens  !



Nearly done with the front , except the annual weeds are moving in ….