Category Archives: joy

Brimming with life

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It’s too soon to turn your back on your garden.

Plants may be fading and you may be  itching to pull out old annuals and cut back the perennials and start the big tidy up, but let’s take a moment to appreciate the here and now.

I’d like to savour the early days of Autumn when the greens turn to orange, the apples, pears and berries ripen and glow and the seed heads rattle in the breeze

The spiders are busy spinning their webs which glisten in the early morning dew like  pearl necklaces.

The late summer flowers of Dahlias and Alstroemerias crash and burn with the failing support of the other plants around them and the ornamental grasses, chinese lanterns and Red Hot Pokers are just coming into their own.

There’s still so much to enjoy. Cut and bring into the home a few simple daily reminders of the world outside.

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July Stars of the Show

Well it really has been a fabulous week in the garden.. the sun, the rain, the sun, the rain, mid-summer joy with still plenty more excitement to come.  So let’s just immerse ourselves in what we have now…

Gooseberries

Gooseberries

Crying out to be a crumble. They look so moreish.

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Dahlias, sweet peas and Salvias

The most delicious courgettes  (seed supplied by Marshalls) roasted or steamed yum yum yum.

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Philadelphus – the most delightful flowering shrub in the borders right now. The perfume from the flowers just blows you away and they last and last in a jug. J’adore…

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Lilium regale album.  I really wasn’t sure they would survive in this heavy clay soil, but 3 years on they are thriving.  You could stake every single one to stand upright, but in my mind that is way too many stakes and string. Let them reach out. The perfume is glorious.

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The white and yellow sings out with the yellow Corydalis rooting itself in the brickwork behind.

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More Lilium regale in the raised beds by the patio.  Mixed with a purple Heuchera, sombre Sweet Williams, Alliums of all shapes and sizes and the lime green Cotinus  (smoke bush).. I’m happy with this.

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Finally, Pauline is let loose with the hedge-trimmer.  She makes a fabulous job of the Beech hedge despite it being her first time with the mean machine.

“All for one, and one for all”

 

A Day on the Downs

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