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Tuesday, 26 June 2018

The garden in May

A proper catch-up is long overdue; blogging has fallen by the wayside in the last month or so. Nothing has been wrong other than lots of gardening whilst the weather was uncharacteristically gorgeous and then a super mini-holiday in Scotland to relax and recover from all the gardening.  But I'm home now (got back at tea-time yesterday) and with various memory cards copied onto the iMac I'm looking at nearly 900 images before the culling begins!

So first, some random pictures of the garden in May.  These images are exactly a month old, taken on 26th May.  I have so many pictures to get through that the edits are going to be very rough and ready. Straight-out-of-camera is better than Stuck-on-memory-card!

With no late frost the Gunnera is growing brilliantly without the 'usual' damage to the edges of the first leaves.



Looking at the stones around the edge of the Top Pond it is obvious how low the water level had got.  A month on, and whilst I've topped up the pond from an IBC tank once, we have still had no significant rain and things are starting to look a bit dire.













Clematis 'Guernsey Cream' was fabulous, if only it was scented then it would be unbeatable :)



The alliums which did not like getting so dry in pots last year are much happier in the ground, although the dry May meant they seemed to go over faster than I expected.







The Camassia also went over a bit fast, but is still the most wonderful, intense blue whilst in flower.

 

In the Coppice, plants have been fabulous, possibly the best they have ever been at this time of year.  The egg shell/garlic combo seems to have greatly helped the hostas.  There are one or two small nibbles but no major devastation (although the Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' in one of the pictures looks as if it would benefit from similar treatment next year).















Our darling Daisy-girl continues to keep me company when I am gardening, and has spent a lot of time during the month just "watching", however when "in the mood" she can be SUCH a poser!







I have included this dreadful picture because it shows what I would rather not see - she's developing the typical "sway back" of an old dog, going very grey, and is definitely an Old Lady these days.






14 comments:

  1. Daisy’s photos are good, I love her pointy ears, she looks as if paying attention. Loads in our garden finished quickly this year, it’s very dry down here, my water butt is really low.

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    1. Hi Marlene, I am sure everyone is in the same position. I'm fortunate that we installed four 1,000 litre IBC tanks but that doesn't go far in a garden this size.

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  2. The garden is looking fabulous Jayne!
    Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' is one of the first victims for me, every year. I should stop trying to grow it. I don't grow hostas in the ground anymore, just two in pots. If there is one good thing about this arid weather... there are far fewer molluscs around!

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    1. Aww, thanks Jessica. Coming from you, that means a lot :-)

      Sorry you have had to give up hostas in the ground.

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  3. Lovely to see a post pop up this morning, although I did know that you were away & decided to bide my time before sending out a search party(giggle). The garden is looking absolutely lush. The weather always plays a big part in what does well in some years & not in others. Shouldn't be quite as many slugs with no rain about? Just b...y cold here at the moment & not much gardening happening. Look forward to seeing the pics from Scotland too. Take care & huggles.

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    1. Good morning lovely :) It is still fairly 'lush', but we haven't had "proper" rain for getting on for a couple of months and none forecast for the next 10 days [which is as far as the forecast goes]. Very happily, under the first inch of soil the ground is still moist - all those tons of manure and mulch over the years are paying off, but anything planted out this year needs constant watering to help it along.

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  4. Our hostas are slug damage free but now one has sun scorch instead. Can’t win really.

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    1. Poor hostas, that's why I keep mine confined to the partial shade of the Coppice.

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  5. Lovely to see a new pop up, I hope you enjoyed your holiday. I'm glad you put a name to those big fuzzy purple flower 'balls', I took a close-up shot of one in a garden a couple of years ago and it looked so good I had it blown up into a canvas print, although I didn't know what it was called. Love the photos of Daisy, especially the first one, she looks adorable as ever :)

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    1. Thanks Eunice, happy to identify the Allium. Anytime you need something identifying, bung it over and I will try to help, no guarantees expressed or implied, etc!

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  6. It's all looking gorgeous Jayne. All the time spent working on it have really paid off. I hope you're now able to make time to just enjoy being in the garden with your furry friend. X

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    1. Cheers Jules. Love your comment because this morning I realised that, apart from watering, there is nothing I ~have~ to do, only a few bits and pieces I would ~like~ to do. Which feels very strange, very strange indeed!

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  7. Your hard work has certainly paid off. June is a very dry month and we are having a heatwave right now, it was 25 degrees in our house at bedtime last night! Glad you enjoyed your holiday and I look forward to seeing your photos. Daisy looks gorgeous as usual, she's growing old gracefully :)

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    1. Cheers Eileen. Just as hot here too, and no forecast of it cooling down. Hope Annie is coping in the heat; Daisy has had enough and spent much of yesterday indoors, hiding in the shade.

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