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: 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!
I hope you have enjoyed this round up!

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