Let’s hear it for Hostas

While wandering round the garden recently photographing all the flowers for various posts, I couldn’t help but notice all the hostas that were doing so well and I thought it such a shame that I was the only person to appreciate them. I have so much shade in the garden so when planting up each shady bed I have automatically reached for hostas, ferns, astilbes and heucheras as the low level planting.

Hosta Great Expectations with a yellow heuchera which picks up the yellow in the hosta. Campanula has seeded itself there and is joining in. This area is a mass of snowdrops in February.

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10 for June.

Where has June gone to, it is rushing by faster than ever before, I just can’t keep up with everything! There is so much flowering at the moment, it is difficult to choose what to show you, roses have already had a post all to themselves and I am trying to avoid any blooms that were shown in my last post on the 15th, so here is my offering for June 23rd hosted by Chloris.

I have poppies sprouting everywhere on the rockery where shrubs have been cleared away, dug over and compost added. Just ordinary purple ones, but never mind, they look lovely and I am really enjoying them.

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GBBD for June 2020.

Wandering round my garden yesterday showed that lots of plants have appreciated all the rain that we have been having recently and so have all the weeds, they are sprouting everywhere! Thank goodness my water butts are full again, I was getting a bit worried when we had non stop hot sunshine and a lot of recently purchased plants needed watering. One in particular that needed watering was a white peony.

Paeony Duchesse de Nemours, lovely flower and a delicious perfume.

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A mixed bag for June.

I have quite a few photos that don’t fit into my usual headings, so they have made up a mixed bag for me.

How could I forget Mdme Alfred Carrierre when doing my post about roses, she was the first one in flower, brfore all the others!

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Roses, everywhere you look.

One minute I’m surrounded by rhododendrons and azaleas, enjoying the perfume of the azaleas, the next I’m drowning in the scent of all my roses! I’ve never known the roses to be so early, one or two maybe, but they all seemed to be flowering before the end of May this year. So much colour all at once is quite amazing, I have the rhododendrons brightening up the shady side of the garden and the roses on the sunny side, going into overdrive.

Most of my roses are from David Austin and have been chosen for their perfume. This is Gertrude Gekyll.

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One man came to mow…..

One man came to mow……..came to mow my lawn. When he got here I told him that he only had half of it to cut this time. Wind back to last week, when Derek, my new gardener, phoned to say that he couldn’t come as he had hurt his foot by accidentally stepping in a rabbit hole while he was out doing his hours exercising.

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It’s May and it’s Rhodo time!

The stars of the garden at the moment are the rhododendrons and azaleas. In full flower, they are so bright and colourful, some with huge blowsy flowers that demand attention. Others are more refined, the deciduous azaleas also quite often come with a delicious perfume which wafts round the garden. There is so much flowering at the moment, but the rhododendrons and azaleas make sure you can’t ignore them.

I make no excuse for starting my post with the same photo as my last post, this is my favourite rhodo at the moment. This is always the first rhododendron to flower for me. It was already here when we came 30 yrs ago and is still doing well. The buds start out very pink, it then becomes two tone white and pink and ends up cream.

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May 2020 GBBD

What a wonderful month May is, flowers are bursting forth left, right and centre, old friends are coming back and it is lovely to see them all again, well I can’t see my real friends and family can I?! The rhododendrons and azaleas are amazing, flowering beautifully, so they will get a separate post later, they make the garden so colourful at the moment, enough to cheer anyone up in these strange times, but there is only me to appreciate them…sad!

This is always my first rhodo to flower, no name I’m afraid, this was here before I was.

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Clipping the Chinese Ginger Jar.

When I looked up the garden recently, I could see the box topiary ginger jar at the top end of the border round the dead oak, and it was looking decidedly scruffy, time for a hair cut!

I just remembered in time that I ought to take some photos.

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Project 2020

This is a project that has been in the making for such a long time, simply because I kept putting it off, so I decided to bite the bullet and get on with it this year, now that I am having to spend so much time at home. The rockery bed is at the side and back of the house and is a roughly north facing slope with the high side facing south and east.There were small trees and shrubs that I had planted over the years but they had all grown far bigger than I had thought they would and were causing a lot of shade ( which I already had plenty of in other areas!) so it was time for a clear out.

This shows the rockery from the back lawn, you can see all the empty spaces waiting to be filled. The border wraps round the alpine scree which is where the variegated yucca is and the back of the Bar-b-que which doesn’t get much use any more., maybe I could use it to display some pots?

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