Friday, 11 September 2015

A Day in the Garden

A beautiful sunny day, perfect for a spot of weeding and tidying the garden. All the fruit trees are covered in blossom and the garden is awash with pastel pinks, blues and whites all contrasting with the silvery lambs ears and the grey green foliage of the hellebores. As Spring progresses the purple flowers start to bloom.

The double purple opium poppies are dramatic and very attractive to the bees

The singles are a different shade of purple.

The wisteria is just starting to flower

Although less obvious the violets are still flowering, there are clumps of these throughout the garden beds.

This ground cover (Boobialla?) is planted underneath the potted topiary box and cascades down the sides of the pots.

Soon I will be picking bunches of these highly fragrant old fashioned sweetpeas.

Each year we save some of seed pods to plant, the original seeds were given to me by my friend Barbara.

The apricot, under planted with lambs ears, blue bulbs and pink and lemon/white daisies. Hopefully,  the bees will be attracted to the flowers and all that blossom will lead to a heavy crop of fruit.

These miniature orchids have been moved from the relative obscurity of the side of the house and are on display on the patio.

The blue grey of these succulents contrast combined with the mondo grass to form a border in front of the garage.

The weeping cherry is starting to flower and the box hedges have new growth. Each compartment will be planted with vegetables for Summer.

Planted for Autumn colour, the Boston Ivy has really taken off and is starting to shoot. It will soon be covered in leaves and cover this fence.

We try to control the bluebells but they still pop up through other plants and in the hedges. 

Although hard to see, the new dwarf nectarine has started flower and is surrounded by hellebores, the foxgloves and acquilegias will flower in Summer.

The nature strip is a combination of plants that flower in succession - marguerites, scabious, penstemon, violets, agapanthus, daisies and herbs planted in between. The succulents have multiplied and willl become a solid border. 

It is a very pretty Spring garden.


  1. love the mix of formal with informal in your plantings. will swap you my yukky pink violets for your lovely purple ones :)