Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Mid June

Self sown poppies.

 Poppies growing up through the shrubs.

 An inherited white climbing rose.  Scent is beautiful.

 Hibiscus Trionum grown from seed.

 A glut of plums!

Tayberries slowing developing.

Monday, 28 May 2018

End of May

We are at the end of May and the elder-flower is looking its best smothered in frothy blossom.  Such pretty and delicate waxy flowers that fall off the tree like confetti.
I ate my first strawberry from the garden yesterday.  The wet, humid weather has certainly hastened their ripening.

I don't know if I can blame the weather on this bizarre looking strawberry, but I bet it will taste perfect despite its uniqueness!

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!