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!

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Clematis come into their own

At present the garden would be totally dull without clematis.   The medium height deep purple-blue Bonanaza is covering an obelisk, Hagley Hybrid, a paler pink than usual as I think the sun has bleached it somewhat, is coping very well with a shady arch, Etoille Violette's neat purple blooms are prolifically scrambling up the nut tree, Princess Diana is resisting the ants in the soil around its potted roots and making great progress up the Judas tree with a constant stream of reddish pink tulip-shaped flowers and the soft blue flowers of Prince Charles - just commended an RHS award of garden merit - another plant which is is also doing valiantly in a pot behind some of the larger roses.   But I still can't believe what a stalwart herbaceous C. Arabella is!   From the moment it begins to flower it just keeps going - helped with a little tlc of watering, cutting back dead flowers and the occasional feed.   Here it is with some seed heads of Allium Purple Sensation which have done particularly well this year.

Last night we had a wonderful fall of rain.   That will have brought down the last pink petals of Kiftsgate so no excuse now but to give it a good trim (half a day's work!) and see if we have a bit of repeat flowering in the autumn.

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