Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Yesterday I

 Yesterday I had a breakfast scrub.......
 I visited a charity shop and bought some books ready for our Autumn break.
 I had my husbands Grandfather's painting framed.    It is 102 years old and has great sentimental value.
 I looked at Autumn colours..........
 and bought a new scarf :)
 Yesterday my little old dog and I had a four mile walk.   She came home to a bone.
I picked apples and baked them in the oven.
I love Autumn................

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Today I.............

 Today I thought of summer plantings........
 I watched a robin take a bath.
 I visited an elderly couple in the next village and bought some organic produce.
 I studied the flowers..........
 and smelt their sweet perfume.
Abelia Grandiflora was my Mothers favourite shrub.
Today I missed her voice...........

Friday, 9 September 2016

Biggest, isn't always best

 Cyclamen Hederifolium pushes up its pale pink flowers as a reminder of the changing seasons.
 Delicate upturned flowers among a carpet of woodland debris.
 They flower for several weeks and are a refreshing change from the perennial border.
An exquisite plant that never ceases to make me smile.
I always forget they are quietly waiting.    Waiting for the right moment.     That magical time when summer is giving way to Autumn.

Have a lovely weekend........

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Summer days drifting away.............

 The school summer break is over.
 Time to think about unfinished books.
 September my favourite month.   Summer pleasures slowly fading.
 Golden days.
 Subtle alterations and
 misty mornings.

 Autumn never lets me down,
 it is always beautiful,
 gentle, slow,
 and calm, perhaps with a wild wind here and there.
Magical, melancholy days.............

Friday, 26 August 2016

Summer dreaming.........

 I am a dreamer, there is no doubt.     I mostly dream about the garden.
 I see images in my mind and try to create them.
 Most times I fail but this  year my dreams have come true.
 By growing Echinacea and Cosmos in pots the rabbits have left them alone.
 The bonus is they are covered in bees.
For me, this paints the  perfect picture.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

The jungle garden..........

 The jungle garden was never really planned, it just happened.    It is now a favourite place for the Grandchildren.    It is quiet and secluded and full of birds.
 It is 31 degrees today and humid.    I love to sit in the shade surrounded by the greenery, and watch the birds.
 I have three favourite plants in this area.    Trachycarpus Fortunei is first on my list.    I planted this around twelve years ago.    It will take low temperatures but likes a nice warm wrap in winter.
Poppi and I usually cover the lower trunk with fleece, this seems to work.    If you look to the right of the image you will see a smaller version.   This has been planted in the last two years, so has a way to go, before it reaches the height of its neighbour :)
 Second on my list, Fatsia Japonica........beautiful architectural plant that flowers in Autumn.    Much loved by late flying insects.....berries appear in the Winter.
And finally Fargesia Nitida, the fountain bamboo.     A beautiful clump forming plant, with purplish stems, that turn yellow/green with age.   Some gardeners are scared to plant bamboo.   I have never had a problem with them.    I am selective when purchasing a new specimen and to this point they are still where they should be  :)    Not taking up new homes in the garden.

Hope you are all coping with the hot weather....find somewhere shady to sit and have a nice cup of tea, which is exactly what I am going to do now.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

How does your garden grow?

 Camera in hand I walk the garden.    Would you care to join me?   Lets talk flowers :)
 I am not a lover of Gladiolus but have to say I am smitten with this.    I cannot tell you the name, a mixed bag of bulbs without a label.
 I can tell you the name of this one though, for it is without doubt, a firm favourite.    Abysinnian Gladiolus or one of its common names the fragrant gladiolus.    It has the most beautiful scent that cannot fail to please.
 Unknown rose....given to me by my Father.......very special to me.
 Shrub rose Rhapsody in Blue, a gift from my Mother.
Flowers in shades of mauve, violet and purple that gradually fade to slate blue.    It has a sweet spicy scent.....delicious.
 I love this plant........Hydrangea paniculata Vanille-Fraise.
I love the pyramid shape flower panicles, they start white,
 turning shades of pink as they age.    When October arrives they will take on rich pink tones.    
 A random planting that worked out well...........
 Persicaria pink elephant.    Love the name, bees love the flowers.    We need to help the bees :)
 Sedum Autumn Joy and Herbstfrende.     I wonderful late flowering plant for butterflies and bees.
They often get a bad press for flopping.    I find planted in full sun and never watered they keep upright, neat and tidy.
I would not be without them and have one flower bed full of them.      In Autumn they are covered in honey bees, butterflies and  numerous other insects.    They are worth their weight in gold for this insect loving gardener.......

Hope you enjoyed the short tour.    Will take a look around the jungle garden next time.    Until then, have a lovely week.