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In the garden – July 22nd 2012


I had to reach up really high to grab this beautiful climbing rose so I could take a picture of him. Holding him steady with one hand and taking a picture with the other is not easy, believe me but I am quite pleased with the result.  He is a little bit ragged round the edges owing to the rain this week, but overall he is surviving nicely and showing off his pretty colours, don’t you agree?

Don’t you just love the contrast in the colours below? The white of the feverfew with the blood red of the Sweet Williams is just gorgeous.

The potatoes are doing ok but the true test will be when I dig them up! I hope they are not rotten in the ground.  We have had the worst summer ever in England this year and that’s not just my opinion! Apparently we are importing a lot of vegetables from abroad now because we have just had too much rain.

The runner beans (on the left) have at last got some flowers – now we need lots of pollinating insects to get them going so they set. In the front are some tomatoes – not many flowers yet!!!

The runner beans look healthy enough and most years it is hard to get enough water to their roots, but this year I don’t think I’ve had to water them at all. I can’t believe we were in a drought situation at the start of April! We even had a hosepipe ban!

These Sweet Williams are that cerise colour which looks so good in a fashion show.

…and doesn’t the yellow contrast so well with the silvery green of the dogwood?

In the next picture we’ve got purple and white. White lifts every other colour and what would have been a dark corner is now ablaze. Even some liatris has got in with the feverfew.

Sunday is Gardening Day – July 15th 2012


During last week we have had far too much rain in the cottage garden. The climbing roses have been doing their best to hang on, but today I cut them back. With luck and if the weather is kind, we may see another flush in August.

The geraniums (pelargoniums) have also taken a battering but now, at last, I see some flowers.

The vegetables have suffered even more. The next picture shows the runner beans this time last year. Notice there are lots of flowers!

Now compare this year’s photograph… too much rain, not enough flying insects to pollinate the flowers.  Flowers? What flowers. We are still waiting.

Geraniums

Ivy on the balcony.

Feverfew is abundant just now.  It has a lovely, musty smell.

The daisies are hardy and seem to take whatever comes.  This year because of the wet conditions, they have grown very leggy.

Have a great week fellow bloggers.

Roses – How did my rose bushes do?


Last year I bought four new rose bushes. I thought you might like to see how they did in their first year.  I bought the roses in a sale at the end of the summer and kept the tags. I knew I would forget what they were called otherwise!

The first one is the Scorpio Rose. It is a real scarlet rose, very romantic. The bush was healthy and survived our cold, wet winter very well.

You can see it in the next picture, but don’t take notice of the colour of it. I used my smallest camera and red always comes out orangey red when I use it to photograph. As you can see there are plenty of blooms to such a small bush.

You can see the true colour of the Scorpio rose much better in the next picture, which I took with a better camera.

Now for the next one, which is called  My Mum. The picture shows a multi-layered rose with two colours:

This is what it looks like this week. The bush is tiny and needed quite a bit of nurturing, but given we had a very poor early summer, I’ll forgive it because the rose itself is beautiful. It’s quite small but very pretty. This is one of three roses on the bush.

They are all different and they all hang down as if they are ashamed and don’t want to show their pretty faces.

The next picture shows the darker one in more detail:

The next rose bush is called Golden Memories and it has been a surprise. It has grown fast and has lots of roses on it but …

…they shatter very quickly. It could be all the rain we’ve had. I’m not sure. Certainly is prolific though.

The last of the four bushes is called Apricot Abundance and it definitely doesn’t like the rain.

The roses are still in bud (see top of picture).  They haven’t even come out yet. When they do I shall be there with the camera.

I hope you enjoyed sharing the development with me today. I’m always curious to see if the plants and seeds I buy turn out like they are supposed to, as on the packet. Sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t.

I’ll leave you with the best one, which this year is the Scorpio Rose.