Monday, 14 August 2017

14th Aug.

The severe rains two weeks ago really took told of the Stargazer Lilies, ended up having to give bunches away. Perhaps in part my fault, they are in large planters and with Jack being so ill didn't get around to splitting them, so have now cut them them down and will in a couple of weeks split them, putting some into the back border.

We are lucky the year to have some Lovely Butterflies, can't remember as many in a longtime.

The Majestic Begonias are still amazing us all, nature is a wondeful thing. With them being so large I thought they might not perform for as long, but they are still  perfect. What a good choice they are.

Friday, 23 June 2017

23rd June

The Yellow Dwarf Alstromeria are looking superb, thanks Viv.

I have bought more in other colours and they have taken off so well, good thing they are in another bed, just wish I had bought 8, only bought 4 so have sent off for another 4, the little bed by the front door will be looking great, being perenial will  be easy to care for.
They are well worth the little extra cost they are such large healthy plants.


Tuesday, 6 June 2017

6th June

Well we didn't have rain for over 5 weeks but boy has it made up for it the last 24 hours, the garden must have heaved a sigh if relief.
Everywhere is looking quite perky.

The Arum Lilies are exceptional this year.
A couple of things have popped  that I have no idea what they are, will have to do a search for them,
Sadly the Cornflower seedlings have failed could be that i planted them where the Yucca was, lesson learnt, but the Rudbeckia are going strong as are the lettuce, must grow the lettuce again.

The Sungold tomato are as ever going well should be picking the first in about a  week.
Disaster again the new double planter with the Fuschia blew over in the gales overnight, have realised I cannot put tall planters in that corner, shame they look so good from the lounge.


Tuesday, 16 May 2017

16 May

Well at long last some rain, it is over a month since we had rain so very welcome.
Everything is really looking refreshed now.
We are having a fund raising day tomorrow at the Bowling Club so have done quite a few seedlings and plants for this, hope it's dry and that we sell all the plants and baking.

Delighted that the Dahlia & Fuschia  cuttings are all doing well.

The deep Purple Rhody is now in full flower, as it is near to the sunset yellow one they look great.
The John Downey Crab Apple tree is setting plenty of fruit, hope it  keeps Honey Fungus free, I would hate it to go the way of my Bramley.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Tuesday 2nd May

MY how time flies, May already.
I am now hardening off the plants in the greenhouse, I have grown extra for the bowling club Fund Day, including Iceberg Lettuce.
The John Downie Crab Apple is a mass of flowers should be a good crop, didn't make any last year with Jack being so ill so will make extra for the family.
The yellow Rhododendrons are spectacular this year.
That Yucca had to go, it was so dangerous, it certainly did not like having the spikes trimmed off, became very sad looking, what a job Scott and Alan had removing it, just could not believe the size of the rootball, thankfully its all gone
now.
The Begonias in the greenhouse are now growling well as are the new Dahlias --Hayley Jane. looking forward to seeing these in flower.

One of the perennials I am growing from seed for myself and the club are Rudbeckia, never grown them before so hope the are as good as the picture.


Sunday, 12 March 2017

I am only one of many that is enjoyong the lovely spring flowers in the garden just now.
 Amazing how things pop up that you know you didn't plant, I never planted white corocus but quite a few have appeared and they are very large.
Just finished hoeing etc. in the front garden so all pristene now and have split some of the Yellow dwarf Alstoemeria , keeping my fingers crossed they take, should do.
Am having thoughts about the other Yucca, it got me again today so have snipped all the spikes of the end of the leaves, will wait now to see how it goes along.
The Rhubarb is now growing very strongly looks like it is going to be another good crop from both, amazing what a load of Horse muck will do.
A last I have found somethig that will kill of Ivy.

The  Marigolds and Crocosmia seeds I collected last season are all now transplanted in the greenhouse, just can't manage without the Marigolds for the greenhouse,  they keep me free of Aphids every year.
The Fushias that I did bring into the greenhouse are good, surprisingly two or three I left out whilst Jack was ill are now coming into life, very surprised that Deep Purple is one of them, it is the only one I have trouble striking cuttings from and always thought it was very tender!!!.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

March 1st

Inspite of last weeks foul weather the spring flowers have survived except for a few crocus in the front garden.
Very pleased with the newer Helebore that I planted about 18 months ago, they really have taken off adding colour to the bottom garden, now that the Daffs and crocus are opening it is a joy to see.

 In the front garden in that small bed by the front door is a mass of crocus, they really have spread.
I have planted into that bed some new Dwarf Alstroemeria white with reddish spots, should be really set off by the Rhus coloured Carex type grass thing I have planted around the edges, they really have split very well thanks Viv.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

The sight of a few spring flowers is always a joy at the time of year.
Must admitt I love the Primroses and Snowdrops, they give me such hope.
The Hellebores as ever do not let me down and now coming into flower, the newer ones are already in full flower, this one last year never raised its head, has done this year.
This last couple of days we have started pruning the Hydrangers and Hardy Fushias, what a gap these leave, as they are all starting to sprit its time to get these jobs done. Last back end whilst Jack was so ill i had to leave the garden to its own devises, hence a lot of work to catch up.

Friday, 23 December 2016

23rd December

Merry Christmas every one.
What a pleasure to see colour in the garden at this time of the year.
The Primroses are so colourful but outstanding, as ever, the Mahonia, just outside my kitchen window, it is in full flower and such a  joy.
The spring bulbs are all poking through looks like it is going to be a good display. Some of the bulbs are new to me so here's hoping they are as promosing as the advert.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Sunday 4th December

Well They predicted a long cold winter and so far they seem to be correct.
Must admit after cleaning the Greenhouse some weeks ago forgot to bubble wrap until 2 weeks ago, thank goodness I remembered, better late than never.
My husband Jack dying put everything out of my head for some weeks.
The bulbs I planted in pots are showing now, hope they will survive, I love Spring flowers here's hoping.
Once the weather improves I shall replant a couple of borders, might be a while from the looks and feel of things.


Thursday, 3 November 2016

Nov. 3rd

Well I have found the answer to the death of my Bramley Apple tree.
The tree man knew at once the problem, it has also got to my neighbours tree, it's Honey Fungus.  Saw something  like tall white Mushrooms at the base. Would appear I cannot put another fruit  there for some years as there is not a cure, just my luck.
Have had to clear all the other perennial plants from the area so will wash all the roots etc before replanting and hope!! Who would be a gardener.
Must admit the height of the Dahlias this year still amazes me, such a shame to have to remove them, hopefully they will be okay as I replant them.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

16 October

Everything that is still standing is still in full flower but sadly the gales a couple of weeks ago did so much damage.
The lovely triple rotating baskets at the end of the garden  were smashed down and the whole stand  is now unrepairable. The only good thing the baskets full of Begonia Sensation are still intact so have stood  them inside some of the large tubs on the Patio until they finish, they have been amazing and will plant again next year into the new tiered stand my son has ordered for me for Christmas.

All the Dahlias that I though I had staked so well are lying flat down though still in full bloom. Oh well thats gardening never a dull moment.

Must admit I am surprised that the garden is still in full flower, so can't lift all the perennials by the dead Bramley Apple, only then can I book the Paul Crabtree to remove it and trim all the shrubs.  Oh dear that really makes me think winter.

I have planted the spring  bulbs I bought should have a great show. Have done the same as last year when I planted the Hyacinths in tubs to place onto the Patio then to put at the end of the garden by the greenhouse for the summer, saves lifting and replanting, again saves work.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

This has turned out to be a very different summer for so may plants. I thought the warm wet winter weather would be just what everything liked, but no, somethings have not done as well as usual.

The Dancing Flame Fuschias usually so prolific, haven't after the first flush continued to flower, just made a lot of growth, so disappointing its never happened before in all the years I have been growing them.

The Begonias at the end in the 3 basket stand which looks like one plant, are still giving a great show.

The wine coloured Dahlias have grown so tall, whilst they look great need lots of extra staking.
The greenhouse, well the tomatoes which started so well have all but finished and I have cleared ready to clean ready for the cuttings.

A friend was telling me she is experiencing similar things, two of her fruit trees have died one a Plum, is it the weather,  maybe plants really do prefer a cold winter.

The John Downey crab Apple is just about ready to harvest, a really great crop this season.
The Rhubarb has been prolific and still going strong.
Amazingly I did not have success with the Courgettes, they are I know usually easy to grow.
I guess thats gardening nothing ever the same, which is what keeps us going, I think!!



Monday, 25 July 2016

25th July

Every where is looking so colourful really makes it all worth while.
As ever things pop up that I have never planted, just have to wait until they flower to know what they are.
One thing is another Stargazer has found its way into a Hydrangea cutting pot. As with the one last year it is not variegated like my others, seedlings seem to revert, still a nice change.
In the greenhouse the tomatoes are cropping well, we do not seem to eating as many so next year will grow less.
The Rhubarb has loved the rain and the freezer is looking healthy.
At one end of the garden the Crocosmia Lucifer and Marguerites really light up the corner.
All the Fuschia are in full flower, it amazes me that what seem to be  rather delicate plants are in fact very sturdy.
The begonia that are in the triple basket stand  are a splendid.
I am still mourning my dead Bramley.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

For the past 3 weeks we have not had any rain, the water barrels were empty, as ever it started to rain 2 days ago and never stopped since, so all my worries about the garden are now over, just glad we do not have the excess others are getting.
Everywhere is now so colourful and all the Fuschia cuttings along with the Begonia I planted out are jumping up.
Had a good laugh, the first time i have grown Courgettes and I have had to cut one as it looks well on the way to becoming a Marrow.
The dwarf Alstroemeria in the front garden are magnificent. Luckily they flower throughout the summer, must get some other colours, said that last year and then forgot.!!
In the back garden the Peonies as ever are a joy, this year I  them staked good and early, likewise the Lupins and  the tall Alstroemeria, it surely has paid off. Must admit I am at times a  bit slow to stake properly, must do better.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Well at last I have bee able to access the site, for some reason I haven't ben able to write a post, hopefully all now well.
The garden is looking well again , I love it when everything starts coming to life again.

Must say the new coloured Hellebore have been splendid.

Sadly my beloved Bramley Apple tree appears to have died, no idea why, its only twenty odd years old so a big shock. The family will miss the apples,  it was so prolific I gave loads away. Ah Well.
I don't thinks I will plant a new one as by the time it bears enough fruit iI will be long gone.!!

The John Downey Crab Apple tree is in full flower and appears to have made a lot of growth, a warm wet winter being the answer I guess. The family will have to make do with Crab Apple Jelly.

Strangely the Quince bush I have had for years, that I nearly dug , is in full flower for the first time ever and really looks lovely and when I looked closely the fruit is forming, jus when I do not have a Bramley, just my luck. I believe that quince grated into apple is very good.!!!

Scott and I have moved the Dahlias from the left corner to make space later for the lovely yellow Rhododendron called either sunset or sunrise, which really describes it  well. I has however grown so large that it will have to move from its planter to the garden.

The Dahlias that we transplanted are in fact now showing growth, unlike the ones that have been in for years, heres hoping they are okay and not like the Bramley.

The deep purple  Rhododendron doesn't seem to be as large but just as eye catching.



21st May 2016

Well at last I have bee able to access the site, for some reason I haven't ben able to write a post, hopefully all now well.
The garden is looking well again , I love it when everything starts coming to life again.

Must say the new coloured Hellebore have been splendid.

Sadly my beloved Bramley Apple tree appears to have died, no idea why, its only twenty odd years old so a big shock. The family will miss the apples,  it was so prolific I gave loads away. Ah Well.
I don't thinks I will plant a new one as by the time it bears enough fruit I will be long gone.!!

The John Downey Crab Apple tree is in full flower and appears to have made a lot of growth, a warm wet winter being the answer I guess. The family will have to make do with Crab Apple Jelly.

Strangely the Quince bush I have had for years, that I nearly dug , is in full flower for the first time ever and really looks lovely and when I looked closely the fruit is forming, just when I do not have a Bramley, just my luck. I believe that quince grated into apple is very good.!!!

Scott and I have moved the Dahlias from the left corner to make space later for the lovely yellow Rhododendron called either sunset or sunrise, which really describes it  well. I has however grown so large that it will have to move from its planter to the garden.

The Dahlias that we transplanted are in fact now showing growth, unlike the ones that have been in for years, heres hoping they are okay and not like the Bramley.
The deep purple  Rhododendron doesn't seem to be as large but just as eye catching.



Sunday, 20 March 2016

Sunday 20th March


Spring has sprung, what a delight to see all the Spring bulbs and flowers.
The Bowling season is almost here so getting all the jobs done whilst the weather is good.

The seedlings are now transplanted  in the greenhouse, looks like I shall be giving away tomato plants again this year.

Very pleased with the young  Camellia plants can't wait to see what they are like, as ever my son bought and lost the label!!! Whats new.

I am changing the planting of the baskets this year, just to add interest except for the triple that I have for the Dancing Flame (Fuschia).

Like most folks this is the time to move plants that do not appear happy, like the Pieris in the front garden, it really isn't a happy plant, can't think why, so moving to the back Garden and keeping my fingers crossed.
Really delighted with the Hellebores, all three colours are really splendid.

The Rhubarb is now growing strongly, I will be glad when the 'Muck' Man comes , now everywhere is weeded I like to put on a good amount to mulch everywhere.







Saturday, 14 November 2015

14 November

Am I glad I decided to take in the Fuschias after seeing the weather forecast.
Wind I can cope with but rain and strong winds no. Still all safely in the greenhouse for the winter, will cut back and pot on over the next days, after making the Christmas Puddings etc.

The front garden really catches the weather especially the wind not surprising  we are only half a mile from the beach, but all seem to be coping. The Mop head and red Hydrangea - don,t know the name, and the Lace cap are still looking good, though these winds will not help, also the common hedgerow Fuschia, this never lets me down, a cutting from a cutting I took in Wales 40 years ago, everyone I know has a cutting now.

Looks like i shall have to cut back the Dahlias the first dry day, poor things are looking rather ragged now, also I shall remove the Cosmos and French Marigolds, can't complain they have had a great run, I have collected seeds from both, roll on spring.

Have decided to grow the strawberries in a trough next year, in the hope of keeping off the slugs and birds, going to net them, the birds had more than me this year.


Wednesday, 28 October 2015



Well the job I do not enjoy is done, bubble wrapping the greenhouse, Scott did this saves me climbing ladders so all ready for the Fuschias etc.
The tall triple basket of Dancing Flame are now potted on and indoors, just can,t bring myself to cut back Kit Oxenby and Dawn Star as they are still in full flower.
The yellow berried Pyrocantha by the greenhouse has partially died so that's now gone and a Euonymus  is now in its place, not as interesting but far less dangerous.
All the shrubs have been well trimmed and the debris removed by the gardener, so well on the way now to finish the winter preparation.
The one thing that will give us pleasure for the next weeks my neighbours Pampas grass.