When we used to open our garden for the National Garden Scheme, it was always in June that we opened it, as all the borders were putting on a display of flowers. Some areas peak at different times, like the woodland, but even so there is something flowering there. For this month’s EOMV I will go for a wander round the garden, photographing mainly long views, to show as much of the borders as possible. I will start by the drive in the front with the Bee and Butterfly border starting down by the gate.
The agapanthus and three buddlias are nearly out, so soon there will be lots of blue, pink and purple added to the other flowers.
Looking the other way, back towards the gateway, the Anthemis in the foreground started flowering at the end of April and will carry on all summer until the frosts, as long as I keep up with the deadheading.
Looking diagonally through the rose garden to the border in the distance by the field next door.
The Rose garden is between the house and the garage, faces south and gets sunshine all day long, when it shines! The perfume lingers here from all the David Austin roses, especially in the morning and evening, I think it evaporates in the heat of the sun at mid-day.
Leaving the rose garden and moving to the border by the field which I overhauled a couple of years ago. This is planned mainly as a late summer border, but there are a few flowers each month from shrubs, bulbs and perennials, building up, I hope, for a climax round about August/September time!
The other end of the field border is where the pergola starts which goes through to the fruit and veg, but I think that can be a post all by itself one day.
Carrying on round to the right, round the edge to the circular lawn, is the pond area which is now looking a bit overgrown and left to the wildlife. Everything has grown so much in this area with all the rain last winter, plants are now twice the size as usual.
Moving further round is a familiar sight, the Bog garden with all its candelabra primulas. I have taken so many photographs of these primulas and am delighted at how this area is improving.
This is the view from the balcony outside our bedroom, looking through to the circular lawn where the bog garden is hidden by the Amelanchier on the right. The pergola through to the veggies is at the top centre where there are some roses flowering opposite the Chinese Ginger Jar topiary which forms the end of the bed around the dead oak.
Back downstairs now, at the top of the steps just outside the back door, facing the border that goes round into the back garden.
By now we are round in the back garden with the border that wraps itself round the alpine scree (the old pond). This area gets better and better each year as I learn more about the soil in this area.
A bit further on and looking a bit blue is the area just beyond the conservatory. This campanula certainly spreads itself around and about half gets pulled out each year, but still it comes! I have to admit, while it is flowering away like this, I do like it, but as soon as these flowers are over, out will come some of it. It will keep flowering on and off right until the winter and even through the winter if it isn’t frosty.
From the same spot but looking across the grass to the archway to the woodland. The rambling rose on the archway is Rosa Snow Goose and carries on flowering on and off all summer.
Once again it is confession time, as you can see the woodland still looks the same as last month, I still haven’t planted the extra foxgloves,primulas and astilbes that have been sitting waiting for a couple of months! We did try, honestly, when it was so hot about 2 weeks ago, but the ground was so hard, the big tree roots having sucked up every available drop of moisture. We decided to leave it until the rain came, which it did in no uncertain manner, so now I can plant them, in between watching Wimbledon!
The large Horse Chestnut at the end has been attacked again by the Horse Chestnut moth which lays its eggs in between the two layers of the leaf. I have been reading about Bluetits and Great tits pecking open the leaf where they are and eating the grub inside, there aren’t any holes yet, but hopefully my birds will find them and stop the cycle.
What is it that draws the eye in this and the first woodland photo? For me it is the pink astilbe on the right which is waiting to be planted. I feel this looks wrong, so will plant it in the ditch which we cross to get in here. I think most of what I want to plant have white or pale flowers which I feel will look better in the dark woodland.
Double feverfew has seeded itself in the woodland, it shouldn’t really be there but can stay for now.
I have lots of Geranium Kashmir White, so could try a bit of it in the woodland and see if it still wants to flower in there.
I also have lots of Saxifrage stolonifera so bits could be dug up and moved to the woodland. I already have this in shady places in the garden, so I know it will be happy there.
That concludes our wander round the garden, there is still lots of weeding to do, they have all sprouted up again with all the rain we have had over the last 4 or 5 days and with deadheading too, there is always something to keep me busy. If I do as much as I can in the morning, then I can watch Wimbledon with a clear conscience!
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