Saturday, 19 June 2021

Saturday Garden Update

It poured down yesterday but M, despite being soaked, carried on and worked her way through my list. She is absolutely brilliant.

The impatiens, petunias, dwarf sunflowers, and sweet peas have been planted and that will probably be it for summer annuals for this year ... but I will be visiting the garden centre to buy other things so who knows what will happen!

We discussed the next stage of the planting to work out how to achieve some autumn and winter colour and interest. There are already plants in pots that address this - euonymus, leucothoe zedlibgaultheria procumbens, and the autumn flowering camelia (once it's grown up!) - but have decided to add two climbers to fill in the gaps on the fencing. I've chosen a cotoneaster and a red jasmine as both will provide interest for the majority of the year and have berries in the winter for the birds. 

As part of the discussion about autumn colour we also reviewed the centre bed and the changes that we both think are needed. I like the knautia but think they will look better in the far bed against the garage wall so will be moved once they have finished flowering. The honey garlic is going; they are not as colourful as I was expecting and I just don't like them enough for them to stay, so M is having them and in return will give me some more sedum from her garden. This leaves the alliums, gladioli and nandini in this bed and the gaps will be filled with the shorter versions of verbena, salvia, wallflower, foxglove and something else I've forgotten the name of. There will also be spring bulbs in pots ... coloured pots! 😀

At the moment this bed also has an obelisk for the sweet peas (if they ever get their act together and grow!) but for next year they will be pot grown instead. 

We had a long chat about the existing white rose. It's not looking too healthy so M has suggested that, at the end of this season, she prunes it right back and moves it to the front of the house and I choose another one to replace it in the back garden. I queried the problems with planting a rose in the same spot where a rose has been grown before but, it got quite technical here, there are ways round it and it's worth a try so that's what we're going to do. I don't know that I want the white rose at the front of the house so will decide about that later on - my nephew may be interested as they have hardly any plants in their new garden.

I think that's about it for now. There is still the ground cover to address but M wants to get the structure plants in place before worrying about that.

6 comments:

  1. Your garden is looking lovely and what a treasure M is. We've had no rain here for days and seems it poured down in most other parts of the UK but not here, how very strange but I'm not complaining.

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    1. Thanks Eileen. M is brilliant and I was so lucky to find her. Not only is she a hard worker, she is very knowledgeable and is creative in her thinking ... and thankfully, cheaper than most other gardeners locally.

      We have rain for most of next week so it may head your way before the week is out.

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  2. You've got a really beautiful garden :)

    Yesterday was very wet here too. I went for a walk with my friend in the evening and while we were coming back it started raining heavily. Despite having our umbrellas, we arrived home completely soaked...

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    1. Thanks Irune.

      Getting soaked like that isn't much fun but at least you were on your way home by then! I'm impressed you were prepared with umbrellas - I always forget to take mine with me. Hope you have a lovely weekend x

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  3. Your garden is looking lovely! Your M is a very good gardener, too, and I'm glad you have her helping you with the garden. I think, after we have our tea party at Lady Ella's, we should plan to have a tea party in your garden! I'll bring the tea (my favorite extra strength Ceylon tea) and some zucchini bread/cake. :) I'd love to host a party at my place, too, but, I don't know if you ladies will enjoy the weather - it's 85F right now and we are supposed to reach 89F later in the afternoon.

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    1. Thanks Bless and, yes, I'm so lucky to have found M. You're all welcome to have afternoon tea in my garden - look forward to seeing all of you. I don't mind waiting for your cooler temperatures ... something to look forward to.

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