Catching up!

I know I’ve been lax updating the blog recently – in my defence, it turns out that actual gardening is more interesting than writing blog posts! Nevertheless, I do want to keep a record of the garden as it matures; already people find it hard to believe that the garden is only a year old! So, in no particular order, here are save of my favourite garden snaps of recent times.

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I keep the colour of the largest flower bed mainly to green and here you can see all the tall Miscanthus grass (that was cut to the ground in spring) adding lovely ‘flow’ above the dried alliums that I’ve kept in for interest. The Mr has been doing a fab job of looking after the lawn too as it is looking especially lush here.

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Zooming in on a couple of my fave garden ornaments bought from The Chelsea Flower show – I confess that I actually bought these to be gifts, but then couldn’t bear to give them away…

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I bought some extra hanging baskets earlier this year. The baskets themselves were a bargain at 99p each from the 99p shop in town. The brackets were mail order and worked out around ¬£6 each I think – they’re nifty as they require no drilling, being designed to clasp onto cement fence posts. The coral colour petunia are gorgeous, I can’t wait for them to properly take over the space.

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Here’s a shot of the ‘etoile violet’ clematis doing its thing. Last year we only had a handful of flowers before an attack of dry mildew took over. Early preventative treatment with a fungicide and diligent pinching out this year has led to a much better, long lasting display.

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The top pic is a favourite corner of the garden with trailing hardy geranium rozanne pouring over the edge of the raised bed, along with an annual type of pink fluorescent geranium. The climbers (jasmin ‘fiona sunrise’ and clematis ‘Bill McKenzie’) are scrambling away and my lovely purple and pink hardy fuschia is thriving in the new bed too (it was previously in a ground-level bed but I moved it to prevent back stain from keeping it tidy!).

In lower pictures you can also see our violets and pansies trouping on, along with a lovely day lily, honeysuckle and red coloured goats-beard.

Happy gardening everyone!

February clematis pruning

Here are some quick before and after pics of the pruning I carried out in February 2015 of the Etoile Violet and Bill Mackenzie clematis plants in the garden. Bill was cut back to his main stems and looks much tidier. I left the puffs of seed heads on as their charm hasn’t worn off on me yet.  Etoile Violet has been cut down to new bud growth 30cm from the ground [planter] so that the plant channels its Spring energy into throwing up extra stems from the base. If you look closely, you can see that that is exactly what it has done within just 2-3 weeks here.

These pics show plants that have been in the ground for about 9 months, planted last June-ish from 9cm pot plants.

**If you are about to prune your clematis plants, be sure to look up what pruning ‘type’ or ‘group’ they belong to first, as different types need different pruning regimes in terms of timing in the year to cut and what,  if at all, to cut.**

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