We love our purple Clematis – this one is in my Suffragette garden but flowers more next door than for us!
I love the colour combination of this Day Lily with the Agapanthus.
Our Lily pots are at their best.
There is an early Autumnal feel in the air despite the occasional warmth of the sun.
1. We have been eating beans for a couple of weeks but now there are more than we can deal with so, having made pints of Runner Bean Soup, I have today made a big batch of Fagiolata, as suggested by our lovely neighbour. The purple beans looked lovely against the red of the tomatoey, oniony, garlicky sauce though as soon as they were cooking, they became green.
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A day late as I was busy all day yesterday hearing about the climate emergency and how we can each be doing our bit.
July is turning out to be a month of abundance, many more blooms that I remember from last year. Perhaps I have been more vigilant about feeding and certainly the sun and rain mix has been beneficial.
1. Day Lilies
2. Alium with bees
3. Trailing Begonia called Million Kisses. We had these in all the chimneys and pots the year of our Golden Wedding.
4 Clematis and Dahlia in Suffragette colours – in the back garden, not in my Suffragette garden in the front.
6. Poppy Seeds to save. There have been dozens of Poppies, all from seed saved last year and we have labelled the ones we like the best for harvesting this year.
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The garden has been parched for weeks so the heavy rain of the last couple of days has been very welcome, except where it has beaten flowers down, showing us too (as the Propagator confesses) to be too sanguine about staking the tall plants. Reminder to self – do better next year! I love the photographic opportunity that raindrops provide.
1. Yorkshire Fog – covered in raindrop jewels.
2. Bill Mackenzie Clematis
3. Bill Mackenzie seed head
4. Agapanthus – these are having the most amazing year. We have at least 30 blooms on their way.
5. Clematis Warsaw Nike
6. Nasturtium Verve
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We have been very short of rain and are having to water every evening to try to keep things going. Despite that, we think our beautiful new Hazel may be dying. It has some crisp brown leaves but we will live in hope.
2. Mum’s Pan Stand. I grew up with this pan stand, full of shiny pans, in the kitchen. I inherited it some years ago and we too kept it in the kitchen but then we moved back to Cornwall and there was no room inside the house for it. I put it outside, painted it black and found various pans and containers to plant in. I love the oranges and blues of this year’s display.
5 The Edible Garden is overflowing! We are eating the lettuces as fast as we can, using the Pansy flowers, Nasturtiums and Borage blooms in G&T ( and in salads!) and the herbs in everything! The Olive tree has tiny buds!
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I was inspired by a blogging friend, Ute, to blog about the scents in our garden. I always want plants to give me more than one thing – colour, scent, texture, flowers, berries and we have lots that have scent as their first attribute. The main scented flowers are just outside the kitchen and along the steps up to the garden.
5. Dianthus – a sweet clove scent
6. Night scented Stock, a favourite from my childhood and a perfume know as Night Flowers to Daughter No 2 who in toddlerhood would wake up in the night. She was taken out to smell the Night Flowers and would then settle.
and there are all the herbs which are lovely to brush by – Sage, Rosemary, Mint and various Thymes, from next door’s garden, Jasmine and from a bit further away, the gorgeous smell of newly cut grass.
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I love white flowers. I once had a book called “Plant a Moon Garden’ which was full of white flowers to capture the moonlight. I am still working towards our Moon Garden and our white flowers are all over the garden rather than together. The next full moon is 17th June so I hope all will be aglow in our garden that evening. Here are some of our white moon-catchers.
1 Clematis Montana Alba in our shady corner with the fountain playing. This won’t still be in flower for the full moon.
2. Lychnis Petit Henri. Beautiful delicate flowers on this little plant. We have two that we bought last year but they are taking their time to establish.
3. White Cosmos. Cosmos, pink and white, grow in profusion by the roadside in South Africa as we saw last Spring – what a delight that was – and I love having them in our garden.
4. White Cornflower – to join the blue ones (not quite open yet) in the blue and white border with the white Lupins and a very pale Foxglove in the back.
5. I can’t remember the name of this one, something Titanic I think………
6. Mexican Fleabane Erigeron karvinskianus We didn’t plant this but love it in our three wall gardens. It thrives in walls all over our town, reappearing year after year and clothing winter-bare walls in no time.
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Oh, we do need rain! Things are growing well and all the grey water we have is keeping them going.
1. The edible garden is doing well. We have eaten leaves this week and I have used Viola flowers to decorate cakes.
3. Our baby apple tree has some curly leaves and we aren’t sure what is attacking them. We’ve taken off the crinkly leaves and are hoping it doesn’t spread. Any ideas/ advice happily received. We know we have to remove the baby apples as soon as it is planted. We are waiting for some work to be done in that area.
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1. I have planted up the Boody Garden trough this week. In the dialect of 19th century Northumberland, ‘boody’ referred to broken china. I discovered this at Tate Britain a few years ago when we went to the exhibition of folk art. Now I have a name for my little garden where my favourite broken pottery is saved. There is a beautiful old serving plate, part of a coffee cup which was the last of a set given to my Mum on her retirement from teaching deaf children at Roskear School in Camborne, a piece of terracotta from a much loved and used bread crock, handles from a beautiful piece of Jane Hamlyn pottery and a fine china beaker that I sadly broke recently. Mum’s lovely owl tea-pot has found a home here too. The two big pieces are a pot from Jane Hamlyn which I balance against the Cornish hedge as if the ferns are growing out of them. I just love it, my ‘boody’ garden!
6. Working in the garden – not really garden related but it is what we have been working on all day in the garden in the sunshine. Yesterday I bought a Victorian window with red and blue glass and we have been carefully cutting away the putty so that I can use the glass for my other passion, working with stained glass.
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Storm Hannah came in overnight and though I first though the tulips had survived, they were a little the worse for wear so we decided to cut our losses and cut them for indoors. Thanks to the suggestion from Nancy of Spirit Lights The Way
1. Tulips Click on any photo for detail.
2. The Edible Garden
In fact, we have lots of edible bits in our garden including the veggie boxes and the herbs but this trough has herbs and edible flowers as well as salads right by the kitchen door. I have planted up all the little plug plants that we bought at a local nursery. The tiles at the back are Victorian from a fireplace in the house I lived in when I was five years old. Mum collected them when the fire place was changed and I love them. They show various land based tasks like seed sowing and scything.
We have three spots in the garden with Clematis Montana Elizabeth . This one is growing up an old tree stump near the back shed and the scent is gorgeous. We can smell it from the arbour which is just across the way.
4. Twin Tulips
Most of our Tulips are over but this pair recently turned up in the tubs that held the purple and white ones. It’s an oddity.
5. The Geum in the curved wall is bringing wonderful pops of colour where all the Spring bulbs are now finished.
6. A treat
We treated ourselves to two fabulous plants the other day, two Scilla that are already quite startling in their beauty. I love the colour. They are in a bed where Agapanthus will appear later in the season.
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