I was awoken last night by Storm Hannah which brought rain and high winds. After the sunny weather of last weekend, this change in temperature mid week followed by a storm, was a bit of a shock! The garden looks battered this morning as the high winds continue. Luckily, we haven’t suffered any real damage apart from apple blossom all over the garden. It looks like a sprinkling of blossom confetti!
Back to work
This week was back to work for me after a fabulous Easter break. The beautiful weather of last week has recharged my batteries and enabled me to get so much gardening done. I feel like I’m on top of jobs again although I know that this school term will demand so much time and energy. This weekend, I plan to get my strawberry plants in the new raised bed near the raspberries. I decided it was too shaded for a cut flower bed so we decided strawberries could grow here. I’ve also bought some more Lambs Ears (stachys Byzantine) to surround my roses in Rose Garden. I bought five small Lambs Ears plants last Autumn and they look really good so I’ve decided more will look great. We shall see!
Now to my Six this Saturday. If you would like to join in with this meme please rock over to The Propagator Blog to find out more.
I’m lucky to have two lilacs in my garden. One is a huge plant that has lovely white flowers in it. It’s needs a hard prune actually so any tips would be great. The other is pink. The smell is incredible.
I have three Rhododendrons that I planted 3 years ago and they are looking really happy and healthy in a dappled shady spot. I added more ericaceous soil and a bark mulch in February. I also fed them last week as the buds were appearing.
3. Tree Peony
The first summer we lived in the Old House the tree peony didn’t flower as the previous owners must have pruned it back at the wrong time. It’s a beautiful plant and one that I’m very fond of. This year I was worried as our renovations have meant that we have needed to dig foundations very close to it. However, it is flowering and the new growth looks healthy. Interestingly, it’s flowering about three weeks earlier than usual.
I have a love/hate relationship with the bluebells in my garden. I have loads of them….and I mean loads. BUT they are the Spanish variety and they spread like weeds, mainly from my neighbours I think. Last year, I took quite a few out but they are back in force. My head says get rid of them but my heart says, pick them. So I pick them and enjoy them inside the Old House instead! If you are not sure why I would hate them, it is because they are interbreeding with the English variety. This means that we are loosing the English Bluebell to these thugs!
This is the border that died right back last summer in the very hot weather we had. I added loads and I mean loads, of new compost and manure in the Autumn and again in the early Spring. I expecially love that this border has exploded with self seeders! This week, the forget-me-nots are just coming into their own and look stunning! The foxgloves and Astrantia and growing well so will flower next in here. Note the patch of Spanish bluebells in there! Ahhhh.
I went to RHS Wisley last week and although there was lots to see, I need to go back in the summer before I can share all the wonderful things in a blog post. I did love these pots full of tulips with their fabulous colours though! Just look at the intensity of that orange with the black …lovely!
There are my six for another week. I’m looking forward to reading all your lovely posts!
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A blog about the renovation of our old house and it’s garden in the English countryside. I also blog about interiors, general gardening tips and visits to glorious gardens.