June view 2009

June view 2009
View of rose and herb garden, June 2009

Small Garden Story

Over some 15 + years, I have been photographing the evolution of my small (85 x 15 foot) garden and it seems a waste not to put these records into some sort of context. Beginning here in April 2010 this Blog is intended to both act as a diary and to share past and present successes (and some failures), pleasures and disappointments with fellow garden-lovers. In due course, I intend to fill in some of the background and early days but that will have to wait until the winter months!

Saturday, 29 June 2013

First raspberries, Kiftsgate roses and crafty squirrel

This week the redcurrants have begun to ripen and I picked my first raspberry.   All the soft fruit is very late maturing but there is going to be masses of it, even strawberries which I have almost totally ignored except for buying some fresh straw to put under them.   According to the RHS The Garden this month (p.72 interesting feature on Hybrid Berries), loganberries are extremely high in vitamin C and are supposed to make THE best jam - we shall have to try that out this year.

Another first are some gorgeous dainty Kiftgate blooms which seem to have particularly fluffy yellow centres.
There is so much going on in the garden just now I barely know where to start.   The rain and warm (but not hot!) weather is proving to be fantastic for growth.   But this morning it was easy.   After disturbing a pair of long-tailed tits on the sunflower seed bird-feeder I noticed the peanut bird-feeder had been sabotaged by the pesky squirrel yet again, so I have tied it up thoroughly with some wire.   Let's see what it can do about that!

Here are a couple of images of favourites from this week.
Rosa Pat Austen drooping but smelling gorgeous
Allium Christophii and rosa Prince Charles -

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