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, 27 April 2015

A riot of tulips

No - I can't remember what they all are. But that makes it more exciting in a way....

The out of focus blue in the background comes from English bluebells which seem to thrive and self-seed in my garden, even though it's not in the least chalky. More tulip pictures to follow....

Friday, 24 April 2015

Jimmy and Ronaldo tulips in the sunshine

In all their glory....
Another lovely batch of bulbs from J Parkers!

Monday, 20 April 2015

How the new grass is doing

All looking remarkable neat for me - and a bit bare without some of my Diana Roles ceramics - but here is the progress of the new grass after its first trim on Saturday (just over 2 weeks from laying). I am pleased with the way the new trellis is screening the greenhouse too!

Dicentra formosa Aurora

I gave a healthy root-division of this plant to a friend the other day and then completely forgot what it is called - muddling it up with a corydalis. It is (of course) dicentra formosa Aurora - and seems to be doing particularly well in part shade, hence why I wanted to split it up! It seems a much tougher little plant than its larger showier Bleeding Heart relatives.

The lathryus vernus is doing really well this year and it is exciting to see the first Zurel tulip, here highlighted against the bought combination of Jimmy and Renaldo (the closest I will ever get to welcoming football into my garden!)

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Spring is yellow

My new grass has been thriving in the well-timed rain and sun and the garden looks extraordinarily tidy - for now.... This week the first tulips are opening bringing to a close the almost-exclusive reign of spring yellows.

Of all flower colours my least favourite is yellow - the most repugnant combination I think I've ever seen is yellow and pink in the form of laburnam and clematis montana (unhappily a perennial combination I therefore drive past every year!) but since the yellows seem to dominate in early spring I can forgive them - the heady scent of mahonia, the delicate and unexpectedly shade-loving epimedium and the tough little hardy primrose which just keeps on multiplying in my garden are all special in their own right and I just have to forgive the forsythia for its cheerfulness.

But I also love Primula vulgaris subsp. sibthorpii the magenta/purple version of the wild primrose with which it seems to cross well producing some unexpectedly pretty seedlings.

Things will be speeding up from now on - including the number of balls arriving in the garden threatening my lovely Diana Roles ceramics without which - during the recent upheavals - the garden has been looking decidedly ordinary. I wonder if I am legally permitted to adopt a no-returns policy!

Friday, 3 April 2015

A clean sweep and a new lawn

Having made the difficult decision of having the hazel and Judas trees removed (which all took much longer than anticipated due to the problem of not being able to get a stump-grinder down the narrow side passage by the house!) it seemed like a good time to look seriously at the grass. Doing so brought the recognition that something a bit more than scarifying and reseeding was needed so I acknowledged defeat and called in some professional help. Here is the result laid yesterday - wow!

For once I am pleased to see rain on Good Friday!
In spite of its smart appearance my new bird box doesn't seem to be of interest to any of the blue tits but there is a lot of frantic black bird activity near the house. It looks like they are building a nest in the dense forsythia, bay and entwined clematis and Kiftsgate rose branches very near the French windows. Thrilling but a recipe for a lot of ducking out of the way by me and anxious blackbirds! I also really must now succeed in deterring all these wretched cats!