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!

Monday, 8 July 2013

Late May bug and other visitors

A very early breakfast in the garden
With the hot weather I have been having to water select areas but the soft fruit is loving it.   Have already picked about 5 lbs of redcurrants and hardly made any visible impression on my one wonderful bush.   The roses are still fabulous with Kiftsgate in full bloom, framing the garden and buzzing with bees.   This year the clematis Arabella adjacent to rosa Pat Austin is also finally doing what I had planned and hoped for and mixing its blooms beautifully with the copper/apricot rose.
Clematis Arabella and rosa Pat Austin - a favorite colour combination
I was somewhat shocked to find a large beetle sandwiched between my pillows - right underneath my head - this morning.   It turned out to be (rather late) May bug or cockchafer beetle and it was still alive!   Arrgghhh. 
A hasty shot of the May bug that slept under my pillar and survived!
I am still doing battle with the squirrel, who seems to be able to gnaw through wire to get the peanut feeder open - so I am leaving it empty for a week.   But the great density of plants along the peripheries of the garden at the moment does seem to be proving quiet a good deterrent for cats.  This one was meowing rather pathetically at me from the other side of the prolifically-flowering rosa Vielchenblau the other morning.
Cat behind shed roof covered with rosa Vielchenblau

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