I seem to have lost July and August this year, so if anyone finds them …. please could you pop them in the post to me!
What a wonderful summer we have had – a proper summer, with lots of sunshine, some rain and thankfully very little wind. Of course, the gods love their little ironies;- earlier in the year I removed all the canna, banana, dahlias and eucomis plants from the “hot border”, stuck them in temporary pots behind the greenhouse and promptly forgot about them – they have loved this summer, and thriving on neglect have grown large and lush (behind the greenhouse) so they have now been moved to our “new terrace”. Although the one pictured above seems to be amongst the ornamental grasses and rudbeckia!
For those of you that have visited the garden, this is where the “top pond” the one right outside the back door was. We have changed the flower bed to give a bigger area for seating, filled the pond, and created a gravel area with large slates around it. Shedman just wants to change the row of slates to the left of the picture and then it will be completed. While I may not have been on the computer much (far to nice to be indoors, not to mention far to tired in the evenings) Shedman and I have done a couple of other major things to the garden. Actually, mostly it was Shedman, my time has completely been taken up with our fledgling nursery. Although it does feel rather like we are “Open all hours” but that is part and parcel of village life, cut flowers for a funeral at 7 o’clock at night, the request for flowers not the funeral, that was 9.30 the following morning. Some colour because “Mum in law is coming later today and I need to plant the pots” at 8.30 in the morning! Oh and lots of phones thrust in front of me displaying blurry images of plants and the question asked “what is this?” (Hydrangea) and “Have you got it?” (No). It would seem that locally we are gaining a reputation for selling plants and having some knowledge.
The garden is thriving on neglect if you look at it through half closed eyes. The lovely weather has also brought out all those “lovely” pests. I have never seen so many cabbage white butterflies in the garden, one day I counted over 50 and I thought that was a little unfair, as we don’t have any cabbages. I think most leaves in the garden have had a caterpillar, slug or snail
nibble chomp. Oh and the earwigs! gracious they are going for garden domination! Next year I am going to move my dahlias to another part of the garden – perhaps it will take a month or two for the earwigs to find them again.
Sadly, I have not done all those little tweaking tasks that I intended to do this year, so it looks like I will be in for a busy Autumn moving and planting the plants sitting in pots behind the greenhouse (not the “hot plants” but all the others that are lurking there) and sometime over the next few days I fully intend to take some time and simply sit and make notes of all the things that have flitted through my mind over the past couple of months. For example at some point I decided I absolutely had to have another peony (or three) for the keyhole garden. We had to remove the apple tree that was in this area, so there is a gap (yay) – you would think that the 6 peonies I all-ready have is enough for any garden, especially as they are so very fleeting – yet so very delicious.
So that was my summer … hard work but totally delicious. How is your summer going?