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Saturday, 29 June 2013

Feeling Blue in the Tidy Garden

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Campanula (with Saxifraga London pride)
Ajuga (Bugle common name)



Grape Hyacinths

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Iris (in the pond)
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Centaurea (Perennial Cornflower)

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Friday, 14 June 2013

Tidy Garden Update

Following our spring re-vamp & the latest of addition of raised veg beds I thought it was time to share some updated snaps.
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The Patio bed is a transformation from last year. Spireas have been moved from the middle to the edges….they’re short varieties so being on the edge where we sit means you really get to appreciate & admire the amazing colours in each individual leaf. Other plants in this bed include Veronica, Auricula, Alliums, Rudbeckia, Lupins, Prunus, an Acer, Centaurea ….. sheesh … the list goes on.
Anyway, I’m chuffed to bits now with this bed…dare I say it’s perfect?
Perfect means no more plant purchases….Hmmmmm….maybe not quite perfect.
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Now the Apple tree bed is probably my fav’ bed at the moment. I dug just about everything up, removed the layer of slate that covered it & moved it all about about. Added lots more of Mr TG’s beloved Geums and divided all the Auriculas & Primulas. I could honestly sit all day & just stare at this bed.
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The sunny bed really looks after itself. I merely deadhead & occasionally prune back but really this bed just gets on with it. It’s currently awash with Aquilegia & the bees have returned…so all good.
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Meanwhile the Shady bed is quite literally in a blaze of glory. Love how the camera picked up the sun’s rays (that or my camera’s knackered again!) The Doronicum has been flowering for about 2 months now. Daff’s, Bluebells, Hellebores & Tulips have been n’ gawn but the Doronicum is still going. Brilliant plant! The Foxgloves that I sowed last year are just beginning to open. Can’t wait to see what colours appear.
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Probably the biggest change has been in the End bed which had lost its way. Now it’s a sight to behold, if I say so myself. Icelandic Poppies, Geums and another Spirea means this bed now shouts at visitors to the Tidy Garden…’Hey! Look at me!’ and it definitely is worth a look.
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Of course, regular stalkers followers will know of the introduction of Square Foot (and a bit) gardening to the garden. When not staring at the Apple Tree bed you’ll find me here, stroking my seedlings, pointing excitedly at teeny shoots and checking for critters on our crops.
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Mr TG’s night-time, torch-lit patrolling is keeping snails at bay (darned things still manage to slither across the slate) and just a few butterfly eggs on the Caulis, otherwise so far so good. Who would think someone could get so much pleasure out of a few lengths of timber and  bags of soil. I’m easily pleased.
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Finally, a big Thank You to Helene at Graphicality –UK for the idea for storing my cuttings & seedlings. Previously there were trays everywhere for visitors to trip over, now they’re neatly stored & poshly labelled on shelving down the other side of the house. Shelving was a bargain from Homebase, hugely reduced…result!
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We won’t mention the comedy moments trying to put these ‘supposedly’ easy to erect shelves together. Needless to say I did manage to break a leg (thankfully not my own).
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So what’s the next big dream / ambition? To have my own nursery.
I never thought the Tidy Garden dream would come true…
Have a great weekend x

Friday, 7 June 2013

Snow in June?

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Just the uber gorgeous Viburnum Opulus ‘Roseum’ (Snowball Tree) bloomin’ it’s socks off.
We have 3 of these (2 from cuttings) growing in full sun or dappled shade.

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It’s been a fabulous week weather wise…time to enjoy the garden from a more horizontal position on a reclining deckchair.
Hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Above The Tidy Garden

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Thought I’d share this photo, taken by my daughter, of the view above the Tidy Garden. It’s been the most beautiful week.

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