Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Lily of the Valley

The Lily of the Valley has been doing well in my garden for over 20 years.  It was already here when we moved in and each year multiplies along the North East facing narrow border outside the garage.

It seems to thrive on neglect as I have never touched it other than to pick some stems to display indoors in vases.

It would probably do even better if I divided up some of the clumps and distributed them around the garden in shady spots.  It is at its peak during May and its scent wafts around the garden and is enhanced by the warmth of the sun. 

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Hello Garden 2018

It feels so good to be out in the garden again after a protracted winter.  I am so behind with seed sowing and planting but it's good to see that some plants just thrive without my intervention.  The strawberry plants above being a good example.

I planted three strawberry plants back in April 2014.  The variety was called sweetheart and they came from the Clockhouse Nursery in Enfield.  You can see the original planting by clicking here and scrolling down to the bottom of the post.

Four years on I have a thriving strawberry patch  (shown above).  I don't feed, water or use any form of pest control on them.  Just imagine how abundant they would be if I did!  I don't mind the slugs and snails or even the birds taking a few as long as they leave me with something.  I am unsure if the mother plants remain but each year I let the runners sprawl across the earth and set down roots.

Pollinated flowers are already showing signs of fruit.  I hope that my garden supplies a plentiful harvest or a least enough to adorn my morning bowl of granola.

Friday, 2 September 2016

September Garden 2016

The garden this year has been more about cutting back and tidying up rather than growing new things.  I did buy some mini chrysanthemums and rudbeckia and grow a few herbs in pots just to cheer the place up and add some colour.  I have relocated the compost bins and will endeavour to turn them regularly.

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Shrubs are all Right

The shrubs are looking particularly well in the garden this April 2016.  The perennial strawberry bed is doing OK too with buds starting to form.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Alpine Update

The alpines have come on a treat since I first planted them up in April.  See here for a before shot. I can't believe how far they have spread in such a short time!

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Out With the Reds

I grew this red Penstemon from a single cutting at Capel Manor College 2 years ago.  A success story in propagation but a failure in pleasure!  I was given the cutting by the course tutor and had no idea what the flowers would eventually look like.  The truth is - I loathe red flowers!  I like deep rich and plummy reds but have a distinct dislike of scarlet reds.  They have their place in certain types of garden but not in mine!

 It took just one swoop of the garden fork to dislodge and uproot this plant.

 I gave the flower bed a quick trim around the edges and forked it over.

Plants that remain are sorrel, cat mint, a small green leaved Heuchera and a lemon balm. I took out an invasive ginger mint that had spread itself about.

The two new replacements are a Heuchera 'Midnight Bayou' which can be seen in the centre and an Agastache 'Kudos Silver Blue' that can just be seen to the right of it.  I am so happy to be shot of the jarring red of the Penstemon and hope to add plants with white flowers to fill in the bare earth.

Saturday, 13 June 2015


Stunning example of an aquilegia in my garden. I really love this two tone drama.