Wednesday, 29 April 2009
Tuesday, 28 April 2009
It is one of the most meaningful awards in blog world because it honors someone who is incredibly inspirational in her intelligent and witty writing. And by doing so, this award celebrates women's smart, strong and inspirational spirit! It honors women who spread joy and love like an Acorn......a small package growing into a tall and sturdy oak tree which gives more acorns.............. I am so honored to receive this award from my dear bloggy friend
Cherry at Cherry's in the garden.
Part of my aim with my blog is to raise awareness of Lyme Disease caused by a tick bite which can lead to many devastating symptoms, but can be avoided with a few weeks of antibiotics taken at the time of the bite. How many of us gardeners are aware of this? Certainly I was not.
For information please look at the links on the right of my blog. After 6 years of painful debilitating arthritis and now nearly 100% recovered I make no apologise for alluding to it now and then in my posts and by doing so hopefully help to prevent someone else going through such an illness that can so easily be cured if caught early.
As some of you may well have gathered IT is not my best skill so I had to have a nights sleep and a clear brain to figure out how to copy and paste into my blog to pass on the Renee Award.
There has also been much consideration to decide who to pass it on too. So, so many lovely blogs I am following thank you and it is not just women who are doing such interesting blogs.
So my choice of 5 will be
Pauline Roses at Wedgewood House and Gardens
Cindy Rosehaven Cottage
Catherine A Gardener in progress
Anna Green Tapestry
Maureen Allotment Heaven
I hope you all enjoy your awards and find five more deserving people each to pass on the award to.
Thank you Cherry I am honoured.
Sunday, 26 April 2009
Mike trains it along the gutters which makes a good framework and stops it getting under the tiles.
Such a pity computers can't transmit perfume.
Below the Wisteria is a Banksiae Banksiae rose grown from a cutting taken from the one on the back of the house see following photos.
This gives some indication as to how prolific Banksiae Banksiae is. But it is delightful foliage which keeps a little during the winter. It is also on a SSW facing wall which gets incredibly hot in Summer and too much so for many roses.
The roses of Banksiae Banksiae are really delightful. Sadly with all the pruning we do not get as many as I'd like perhaps I need to find a better way of pruning to produce more flowers.
Just a small job today was tying the Jasmin and Prince Charles Clematis onto the new arch I was struck by the intense blue of the sky contrasting with the Jasmin foliage.
Saturday, 25 April 2009
I had to show the lovely Cow Parsley it is so ethereal to walk through the woods at this time of year, although my photography does not do it justice.
The Cow Parsley is not as tall as some years, I suspect due to a rather dry spell we have had these last few weeks.
Friday, 24 April 2009
Wednesday, 22 April 2009
Monday, 20 April 2009
For a change from bending down I decided to walk round the garden, of course you can't go far without finding another major challenge and this was the Bindweed. I always find the sight of it so depressing and although I have already pulled out lots there were arms full left to deal with and that was less than half of what I need to do. About 20 years ago I noticed and admired my first Columbine flowering in a peach tree that has long since died and a Viburnum Burkwoodii at the bottom of the garden in the opposite corner, little did I know what a menace they would become. Well they haven't quite met yet but the whole of one side has now got Bindweed along the whole length of the wall so not something that can be pulled out by the roots so as the head gardener at Lamorna in St Mawes Cornwall, does, I pull out what I can when I can and try to keep it out of the clematis which is a real battle.
I won't bore you with a photo of Bindweed but thought I'd show a far more interesting climber that is showing it's potential already.
Wednesday, 15 April 2009
vegetable growing so I thought I'd
post some photos
taken a few days ago.
Oninons and RasperriesFinally new strawberry plants.
Monday, 13 April 2009
There are plenty shoots on my Gleditsia trees.
The Delphinium are coming along nicely, some from previous years plus some new plants grown from seed last year.
The astilbees are doing ok mixed in with low growing asparagus fern.
The Choisya lost some branches I think during the snow, but there are flower buds and I am sure it will pick up.
Similarly I decided to cluster the other pots of Bay and Box together either side of the garage door.
The little twig in the foreground is a Ginka Tree. I did manage to germinate one from seed but then killed it by letting it get too damp, so eventually treated myself to a seedling from Hampton Court Flower Show a couple of years ago. It is exciting to see the new growth again.
The Hostas are coming along well after all the rain and now sun.
These are Ailsa Craig tomato plants
Tomato plants now in the cold greenhouse, I hope we don't get a hard frost.
The sweet peas and perennial peas have been relegated to the cold frame stand and the old strawberry plants moved to the cold frames with a few other odds and ends.
Mike has been busy making me arches. The poles he cuts from where he works and then he bends them round a forma of pegs in the grass.
This is the one at the bottom of the garden nearly finished. I am waiting for the go ahead to plant my sweet peas to grow up it.
Yes the arches are rather rustic but then that suits our style of gardening.