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, 5 July 2014

Pruning in the rain

Another warm but rainy Saturday after the hottest days of the week (while I was shooting Christmas food!) but not so wet as to prevent a good pruning session - nothing is quite so satisfying, especially when it reveals hidden treasures struggling for light. Contrary to general advice I am having to cut back R Kiftsgate as it looks so untidy and it's thorny stems dangling about quite a hazard. The hop leaves peppered with snail holes are also best tidied making space to see the budding clematis better. Clematis Etoile Violette and Diana are both really late this year which I consider a bonus in keeping the flowering season going before the dahlias come into their own. My new Cl. Sunny Sky is performing really well, brightening up a dark spot - still in it's pot! The pretty little flowers of Cl. Betty Corning are looking a bit fragile but it seems to be establishing itself quite well. In spite of neglect there are a couple of huge flower heads budding on the agapanthus - lovely to photograph on my fabulous 100mm macro lens.