The Old House garden round-up: Flopsy Flowers and caterpillars!

So far, August has been very wet and cold in Wiltshire. Today was the first day for a while that we could enjoy the garden as it was lovely and sunny. I decided to quickly take some photographs of the garden so that it looked gorgeous in the sun however this was what we have enjoyed since Saturday!

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Rain, rain and more rain!
Of Course, this really took it’s toll on the garden; especially the flowers. It also made everything grow like crazy!

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The tower of beans fell down in the wind but there is still lots of beans to harvest!
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The pumpkins are developing well.
My pumpkins, although developing large fruits, have also got mildew on their leaves and I’m worried that it will spread so I have removed the infected leaves and have my fingers crossed! It’s due to all the rain and humid conditions. The tomatoes, beetroot and peppers all seem to be happy as they are now producing fruits.

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Cabbage White caterpillars
Now vegetable lovers will shake their heads at me but I actually planted these cauliflowers hoping to attract butterflies! I’m not too keen on cauliflower but I do love butterflies so am pleased that the cabbage white has laid her eggs on them! There are also some on my nasturtiums too but they have self seeded from last year and again, I planted them for caterpillar food!

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Caterpillars on the nasturtiums
This seems to be a theme in the old house garden as we also have sawfly larvae on a small patch of roses….

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Sawfly larvae on my roses
Although incredibly annoying, sawfly larvae are great food for ladybirds and I have seen many ladybird larvae eating the sawfly larvae so they can stay. I garden organically so I could take these little pest off by hand but I’m hoping the damage will be limited by encouraging natural predators.

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The Rhubarb is now monstrous!
The rhubarb we planted last Spring is now enormous so we are hoping to harvest from it next year.

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The apple tree is groaning with apples this year.
Now for the rest of the garden…

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The meadow continues to be in full flower.
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Zinnia
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I love these Love-in-a-mist (Nigella) flowers. I found them as seed pods by the side of the road and planted them as seed straight into this area.
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Tiger enjoying the garden. The grass has grown really long in places and is full of tiny frogs!
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The cottage border is still in full bloom but the flowers are all flopsy from all the rain!
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The Japanese Anemone are coming into full bloom. I love these as they are so pretty!
I replanted this plant stand last week, adding Dahlia and Hydrangea. I think it looks stunning and I’m really pleased with it.

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My plant stand by the back door.
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Dahlias
Lastly, here is a photo of my dear little Dottie dog taken with my new camera. I’m really pleased with it. Happy August everyone……in the next round-up there will be some changes to the Old House Garden. x

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Dottie dog
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The Old House Garden Round up. 14th July 2017. It’s all about sunshine!

It’s been 2 weeks since my last round up and I’m going to take a 2 week blogging break so this will be my last post for a while.

The garden is in it’s prime at the moment. My Mother in Law is here to stay and I’m so pleased she has brought the sunshine with her!

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Crocosmia is flowering now.
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There is lots of Crocosmia so I’m going to divide these in the Autumn
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I’m loving some of the combinations of colours
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The Lupins have died back but this border is still glorious!
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Butterflies have been abundant. This Gatekeeper looks happy!
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Lots of bees
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Cabbage White butterflies have laid their eggs all over my cauliflower but I don’t mind!
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The pumpkin is going bonkers; it obviously loves this spot!
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The broadbeans are reaching towards the sky!
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Lots of flowers on the pumpkins

The peas have failed. They are covered in spiders and caterpillars and the peppers haven’t done so well. Still trial and error in the Old House Garden. We have lots of tomatoes and cucumbers though.

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Phlox. They are so beautiful.
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We have 3 different coloured Phlox.
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I love some of the accidental colours mixes!
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Cornflowers; such a vivid blue.
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Roses are blooming.
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Loads of Japanese Anemone are now appearing in drifts near the house.
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I love that the Cosmos just keep flowering!

The meadow area has really taken off! I’m so pleased with this area as I just sprinkled lots of seeds in May hoping to cover this sad little area!

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Meadow colour!
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The insects are loving this area!
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Tilly also loves the insects in this area!!
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Poppies….lovely.

Another round up done! I shall leave you with my pets.

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Dottie and “pig”
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Tiger

Happy summer everyone and see you in August for #MyGloriousGardens Linky party!

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The Old House Garden Round up: 27th June 2017. It’s all about colour!

It’s been a few weeks since I posted about The Old House Garden. It goes so quickly! There have been lots of subtle changes in regards to growth of the plants we have and some larger changes too! We have enjoyed boiling hot and dry weather here in Wiltshire with rain coming in tomorrow. I have been using the water in the Water Butt to keep the garden looking gorgeous but we are in need of the rain that is forecast as the soil is so dry.

The Cottage border has changed quite a bit in 2 weeks with the lupins dying back and other plants taking over.

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The Cottage border
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The Cosmos are flowering madly in this warm weather.

Some of the plants that I planted last year (and forgot about!) are flowering now and look stunning together.

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Salvia, Phlox, Cosmos, Astrantia, Astilbe in pinks and purples.
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Phlox
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Astilbe
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Salvia
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Lillies
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Red Achillea
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Pale Achillea loved by insects
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This beautiful rose popped up in the back of the border too!

The roses around the archway are flowering now.

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I can’t wait to see this all overflowing with roses in a few years time! This is after 14 months.

The roses around the arch are Felicite Perpetue and Albertine. I also have Compassion and Blush Noisette planted behind, against the trellis.

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Blush Noisette

I read in John’s blog here

about a rose called Blue Moon which  I am very interested in getting next year. There are so many lovely roses though aren’t there?

The vegetables have been much happier in all this sunshine!

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The beans have gone bonkers!
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The pumpkin seems happy.
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Finally, some growth from the cucumbers!

We extended this border and added some new trellis behind it. I used to call this the Blue border until pink foxgloves appeared! I’m happy to let things self seed though.

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The “not only blue” border

This also happened this week…

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The dry stone wall fell down.

We had a lovely Empress Tree here but it needed to come out because it was rotten and in danger of coming down. In taking it out, it disturbed the Ivy which was growing in the wall and a hole appeared. We decided to take out the ivy so that we could repair this section.

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The pond has lots of holes in the liner.

The pond was looking very low, even in this weather and we have discovered there are lots of holes in the liner! It’s obviously degrading and older than we had first thought. I’m quite upset as I had worked hard on this area but it looks as if we need to relay the liner! We shall wait until the Autumn to allow the amphibians that live here to come out of the pond but it’s very sad. We have decided to dig a new pond slightly further to the right to move it out from under so many trees. It’s going to be quite a job as we want to save as many of the plants and wildlife as possible.

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I scattered meadow seeds here in April and you can see all the growth!

I am hoping to attract more bees and butterflies with these meadow type flowers. We shall see.

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Is this a Harebell?
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Beautiful colours
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Lots of wildflowers have appeared.

Each night, I go and have a stroll in my garden and think how lucky I am to live here! In the warm weather at dusk, I have seen so much wildlife. Bats swoop down around the pond eating various insects, there are tiny frogs in the borders, I found a slow-worm living in my compost bin and this little newt was amongst my vegetables. I love it!

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A newt

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A Celebration of Flowers

I love taking close-up photographs of all the flowers that are growing in the old house garden. Here are some of the best shots. You can click on the photo to see what’s the flower is called. There is one that I’m unsure of!

 

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The Old House Garden Round Up: Dottie, Tilly & Tiger make an appearance. 14th June 2017.

The pets have been enjoying the garden this week. The weather has been varied but in no way as wet as last week!

Tiger has discovered the Nepeta (Cat Nip) and loves it almost as much as the bees. Dottie is just bonkers as ever!

Dottie loves to play with her towel that I lay on the patio for her to sunbathe on!

The garden has really grown after all the rain but of course with rain comes slugs and snails. I have tried beer traps, picking them off at dusk and putting down egg shells but they have still got to some of my vegetables which is frustrating! I wrote a post about dealing with slugs and snails organically here but fear I am failing somewhat!

Here are the vegetables.

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The beans and peas are doing well. The rhubarb is only in its second year so I won’t harvest from it until next year. I have put Marigolds around my pumpkin in a hope of confusing those pesky slugs!
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This bed is looking sad; I would have expected more growth really. You can see my beer trap. I’m going to add more.
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Another beer trap is full this morning!
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The vegetables in the Greenhouse are doing much better. I have found at least 2 slow worms living in here (giving me a fright!) but I think they are eating any snails or slugs that manage to get in.
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The Beetroot is looking healthy
With all the rain and wind of last week, my Lupins are looking a little flopsy but are still stunning in the cottage border.

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Flopsy Lupins!
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The Cottage Border
At the weekend we added some annuals such as Cosmos in this border to fill in any gaps. I think I would like to add some more as I love their pop of colour in here.

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The clematis is still flowering on the archway and now the rose is too. This rose is a climber called New Dawn.
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The yellow, red and orange border
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We have added some annuals such as Zinnia in here and planted some yellow lupins.
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This is the new area that we cant decide what to do with so we scattered some wildflowers seeds here for this year and they are now beginning to grow rapidly. The new roses are also blooming too. We have David Austin’s Compassion.
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This is my next project! Although it’s only overgrown. I want to see what grows here in full first.
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The Verbena are getting very tall!
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The old house garden: a weekly round up. 31st May 2017

Ive been so busy that I haven’t written the weekly round up of the old house garden! May is such a busy month in the english garden and the old house garden is no exception! It has grown so much since my last post that I am sure you will really see the difference.
Anyway, here are the photos!

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I only planted this border last year and it is looking at it’s best at the moment!
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The lupins are looking superb!
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The lupins (I have to pick off the snails and slugs every night!)
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Lupins close up
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A close up of Clematis Vyvyan Pennell
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Clematis Vyvyan Pennell climbing over the arch.
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Red oriental Poppy
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The rain has damaged my white oriental poppies but they still look lovely!
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Astrantia Major Pink
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Astrantia Minor with Forget-me-nots (and the odd wild strawberry which the hedgehog loves so I allow!)
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Purple Iris (this was a surprise!)
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My blue poppies are still going although now looking paler in colour.
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The bees are loving the Scabious!
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Dahlia
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The irises around the pond are flowering now.
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The pond area is looking a little battered from all the rain.
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Yellow rose
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I haven’t planted much in the new border but these plants were transported last year and seem to be doing well! They are all yellow, orange and red.
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I repotted the Bay Tree as it was totally pot bound and it’s so much happier!
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The fruit trees are beginning to grow
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Tomatoes are in their grow bags in the Greenhouse.
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The peas and beans are doing really well. I have planted out 2 pumpkins too.
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The other vegetables are growing well but some have been attacked by slugs and snails.
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Primrose came to stay. She is my mum’s dog and is very cute! Here she is with my rather bedraggled looking Peonies!
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We had a cinema night with friends! It was so much fun!

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I have an old tin bath that I found in the old house garden when we moved in.

During the spring it was filled with some gorgeous tulips that I had planted in the Autumn.

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Tulips planted in an old tin bath

The tulips have now died back so I have taken those out and put them in the greenhouse to dry out. I haven’t cut off any of the green leaves that are still attached as this will allow the bulb to gain any remaining nutrients in order to flower next year.

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The unplanted old tin bath

I went to B&Q and they had 20% off all plants at the moment so I bought lots of bedding plants to fill the bath. I bought:

  • Petunias -the upright double-flowered ones in purple.
  • Trailing Fuchsias in white, purple and pink.
  • Nemesia in purple.
  • Dahlias in a beautiful pink mix.
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The planted old tin bath with summer bedding plants.

It looks rather lovely, especially with the other arrangement I worked on a few weeks ago. The patio looks a little happier. I also took out the enormous Euphorbia that had fallen over in all the rain last week. When I went to tie it back, I saw that it was rotten at the roots so it had to come out sadly.

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Dottie loved the sunshine today!

The old tin bath only took an hour to plant up but will hopefully look lovely all summer long. I also moved a clematis into a new pot with a trellis. This clematis was one I bought last year but didn’t do well in the heat at the back of the patio so hopefully will fare better here where it has a little more shade. They like to be planted deep in the soil and I always add a stone across the roots as they like to be slightly shaded. I can’t remember which Clematis this is so we shall see!

Here are some other photos I took in the garden today.

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The blue bed
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The lupins are beginning to flower
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I planted a Solanum crispum last year and it died (or so I thought!). It is not flowering and looks fabulous.
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The glory of the Peonies out in full bloom.
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A purple anemone
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The Alliums are flowering too.

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