Friday, July 28, 2017

Back to my mother's garden..

I did a post on my mother's garden many years ago. I think she had just turned eighty.  She's now ninety!
 The garden upkeep was becoming  to much.
Well I found her a great hands on gardener , and he managed to keep things from getting out of hand .
Unfortunately he's now buggered off to North Dakota! .  

So , I am once again head gardener ! So much to do , Those islands are full of"Ugly grass" ...ugh .

The Landscapers have not been trimming the edges when they mow the lawn.

My mother likes to strangle the Crocosmia  1

Her obsession is clover in the grass . I'm sure she had the gardener spend all his time picking it out of the lawn.

She is  a master at bare hand snatch and pull  that dead stuff !

This is what I've been working on...digging out all the "ugly grass". Claggy clay soil is not so easy, especially when wet !
My brother won't be pleased...he just pressure washed the patio .

This was my first job !  I should have taken a before photo.
It was full of "ugly grass". So I lifted all the stones out , they're only moulded cement blobs , not to heavy.
 Down went weed fabric this time round , I'm not messing with this again ! Looking at this picture, I need to move a few of those stones around !



Saturday, July 15, 2017

July in Bloom .

We were sitting out last night, when I reminded Philip of todays Bloom day. His first reaction was "You've got shit loads!"
Then as he scanned around ..."Oh you're  F...ked "
I 'd just spend the day pulling and cutting down all the early bloomers, which leaves me short till the Asters and Heleniums     . 

Still there are plenty of blooms . The first of the pint sized Glads.  from 'Old house bulbs' . This must be 'bibi' .



Looks like : Heleniums, Echinacea , Eryngium agavefolium, Bronze fennel, Feather grass  and my mother's Phlox. 

Eryngium "Miss Wilmotts Ghost' with Inula Orientalis and Asclepias tuberosa . Not sure how that combination came about .

      A collapsing Santolina with Allium sphaerocephalon . 

My camera battery ran out , so lastly Echinacea pallida , which I grew from seed a few years ago and has really taken off.




Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The garden this morning..


After the boom, boom of last night. There was peace in the garden early this morning .
I've been lacking big projects this summer.

Then I decided the old Philadelphus should go.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Candy tuft

My free packet of Candy tuft has been my reliable filler for years. Cheerful little mounds of , well only  purple  now.   
They seem perfectly at home in my dry soil .



 

Filling in any available space , but in a not trying to over take the garden.

Next year I might even buy a packet , so I get all the different colors again.


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Blooming June

It's group photo's this rainy Bloom Day:  I hope I don't leave anyone out ! I see …Salvia nemorosa,  Allium purpureum,  Lychnis coronaria , Phlomis fruticosa , Nigella 'cramers plum'  , Oriental poppy' turkish delight'  and Digitalis 'honey trumpet'  way at the back .

Dianthus 'Charles Musgrave, Stachy's citina , Rosa Surrey' , Rosa Chinensis, Erigeron profusion  and Achillea 'paprika


Achillea, Knatia macedonica , Acanthus spinosus  with Pittosporum 'tall and tough' and the last of the Aquilegia .



 A whopping big Hallmium 'Sarah' with a small H. 'mickie' behind , and two nice Verbascum  blooms.

Persicaria  polymorpha just keeps growing 

And lastly …because I found a nice pot for Leptospermum 'nahum ruru'.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Sun, sun and now rain

A good spell of sun and now a week of rain , the garden is looking is  looking  fresh and full  right now.
  

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

I'm seeing purple..

While I've been busy dead heading  Euphorbia , Aquilegia and pulling out For-get me-nots.  The garden has moved on ..the purples are here . Allium atropurpureum  and Lysimachia atropurpurea  

More purple…Sedum 'postmans pride' and Salvia nemorosa .


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Two new blooms and a color echo ...

I moved Heliathemum 'cheriot'  to a nice open hot spot under the Salix  exigua . A happy accidental color echo ….yellow and kind of Salmony blooms on both.
 

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'
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