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

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WEEK 2 ROUND UP

Thank you to the 9 link ups we had this week! That’s amazing! Thank you to all who linked up. I really enjoyed reading all of your posts. I do hope to see you again. x

Thattravelladyinhershoes

Thank you Cady for linking for the second time. This post was about The Charleston Farmhouse in Sussex once owned by Virginia Woolf’s sister, Vanessa Stephen Bell. I love a bit of history don’t you? So combining this with a beautiful garden was a perfect read for me! Thank you Cady.

DIYHome&Garden

This post from Deborah’s site was very useful at this time of year! Especially the use of different plants to stop those pesky mosquito bites! I love all the different plants she suggested, so thank you”

growingself

This post really warmed me as Road talks about when she was little girl and how she was fascinated by small things. Being inspired as a child stays with us doesn’t it? I used to sit for hours watching my pond as a child so may be that’s why I love nature so much!  Thank you Roda for the beautiful photos too! Roda also linked up a post about a visit to the Chicago Botanic gardens. More stunning photos and I loved the paper bark maple as I’d never seen one before.

30daysofwildparenting

I just love this idea followed by fellow teacher, Joshua with his family including his adorable little girl, Alice (who is too cute!). Thank you for linking and I will look forward to reading your blog in the future.

rivendell blog

Thank you to John for linking for a second time with a post about his stunning roses, some of which I haven’t come across before. The “Rhapsody in Blue” rose looks so pretty so hopefully he will share more pictures of this one in the future. My roses never seem to do well so I will be looking to him for more advice!

SultanaBun

This was one of the first blogs I found. I love all the recipes you see! Lynda has linked a fabulous post about all things Elderflower! Yum! I even tried the Gooseberry and Elderflower jam and its delicious. Thank you for linking up.

MSnubutterlies

Again, Shannon linked up last week as we saw how her garden was her daily motivation in her battle with MS. This was the second garden post (and I know that there is a 3rd!) and although Shannon lives in a very hot place, her garden is thriving. So glad to see how it’s going, Shannon. Thank you for posting again.

Watchingthedaisies

The lovely Brigid! Thank you for linking for the second time. Brigid linked a post about her own garden which although fairly new is looking as if it has always been there! I love seeing what people have in their garden through their photographs don’t you? Maybe I’m just nosy!

After a little thought over the weekend. I have decided to postpone the linky and have it once a month instead. I am writing reports at the moment and its all a bit bonkers at school. I hope everyone understands. x
#MyGloriousGardens will be back.

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!

OH THE JOYS OF LIVING IN THE OLD HOUSE IN THE SHIRES.

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We have been planting out the vegetables this weekend. In our vegetable beds we have peas, beans, cucumbers, rhubarb and peppers. I also hope to plant out a pumpkin. In the greenhouse we have tomatoes.

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The vegetable beds
The pond area is also looking lovely as the foxgloves are beginning to flower.

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Pink Foxglove
Finally, I took some photographs over the weekend which have come out really well. The first is a Clematis taken at night. It was illuminated by the lights and looked so pretty.

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Clematis lit at night


The other picture I love is my Meconopsis which is flowering in the old house garden! I am so thrilled as these are quite tricky to grow. There is only one at the moment but another is coming through! These small things make me happy!

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Meconopsis


I hope you all had a great weekend.

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How to brighten up a patio or small outdoor space.

My patio was looking so tired and sad! It needed something to brighten it up but it is south-facing and very hot in the summer so I tend to forget about plants I have planted by the house! Instead, I decided to empty all the old pots and planters I had around the garden and make them into something pretty for this area.

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The old patio after a good brush!
The patio is very old and all the cracks in the patio stones were full of weeds. Now I don’t mind a few weeds but I wanted to get rid of some of them. I won’t use chemicals in my garden so a good trick is to use a stiff brush and sweep away some of the plants and then take the stubborn ones out by hand.

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My collection of old pots.
I have lots of old metal buckets and pots so decided to recycle these. I did have to buy a tiered plant stand to put them on. I got this one from Amazon. There are lots to choose from on there that vary in size and material. I chose this metal one as it is sturdy to hold this amount of pots and as it is metal, it is easy to clean.

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Finished planted up plant pots on the tiered stand.
I chose some plants that are Annuals (they won’t grow back next year) and some Perennials that I can transfer to the garden after the summer. Give all the plants a good water once they are in.

I used:

Scabious -butterfly blue P

Scabious -Pink mist P

Senetti deep purple (the daisy looking plant) A

Anemone de caen blue P

Anemone de caen pink P

Trailing Lobelia Red/pink A

Salvia Cardonna nemorosa P

Salvia Osfriesland nemorosa P

Lavender French pink P

African daisies A

The stand cost approximately £85

The plants cost £45

This would look lovely on a small patio or even on a balcony if you do not have a garden. The bees are already coming to the flowers and it definitely has brightened up this corner of the patio.

Now….I mustn’t forget to water them!

 

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OH THE JOYS OF LIVING IN THE OLD HOUSE IN THE SHIRES.

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