Wednesday, 31 May 2017


Well everything is growing well and some flowers are starting to appear around the garden.

This bearded Iris's are flowering.

The Tomato plants are growing well.

So are the sweet pepper plants.

The Wisteria is starting to fade but the rambler Mannington Mauve is starting to flower.

It's a gorgeous colour.

The roses are doing beautifully this year.


Wollerton Old Hall rose in bloom.

The Dicksonia are in leaf.

The Jungle .. sorry I mean Tropical garden is also growing well.

Paul's potted up his red banana's and placed them out into this area.

All the box needs trimming and tidying but this lovely large cone here I've agreed that Paul can have a go at cloud pruning!

part of me thinks , NO It's so lovely and healthy but another part thinks well if he could make a nice cloud plant from it, that would be lovely too!

The Rhododendrons re also flowering well.

another of the Iris's.

The rockery is filling up almost too much! some plants will get too big and will have to be moved later in the year. Can you see the change we've made here?

This photo from the beginning of May  shows what it was like here. We've removed a couple of the branches off the Red Robin, which as opened up the area allowing more light onto the Rockery and also onto the bed on the right. There is a lovely Lilac bush which will now be able to get more light and grow straighter .

More of the Mannington Mauve.

From the other side.

The Hosta's are looking good. I'm glad we swapped the Fern in the pot for a Hosta it stands out much better.

Sunday, 7 May 2017


I thought we'd start with this gorgeous purple Phlox that's decided to make this pot it's own.

This Magnolia called Susan is putting on a lovely show with lots of flowers.

The Red Robin just along from it is also in full flower.

The rockery is growing well, if not too well in some plants case! We may need to move a few of the bigger plants that are crowding out the smaller ones.

Billy Bob's come out from undercover to take up his place once again in the flower garden.

Looks like he survived the winter well.

Two of the buds on the Tree Peony have opened and are a beautiful deep silky pink.

Not around for long but well worth the effort.

We moved the small variegated leafed Rhododendron from the other bed into this one as it was not doing well in the other bed. This one takes the overflow from the workshop roof, so is kept nice and damp normally.

It came from this side but there are plenty of plants here to fill it's space.

This bed is also filling out.

 as is this the forth and final bed in the flower garden.

The Hosta's are starting to leaf up , Paul repotted some and found Vine Weavel in some of the pots , so the birds have had a lovely extra treat and the post have all been treated.

The new standards have been potted into Yorkshire terracotta pots but the pots of African Lilies are still sheltering under the Lych Gate.

The seating area at the very back of the garden is begining to disappear behind the plants as we planned.

The plants in the raised bed are growing strong.

This little Herchera is in flower already.

The Rhododendrons are starting to flower also.

In the greenhouse the hanging baskets Paul did are filling out.

another one.

The more delicate Geraniums are awaiting until later in the month to go outside.

a few more on the left.

Lots of Paul's cuttings growing strong.

The Pineapple Lily bulbs are starting to sprout.

 as are these cutting he took.

The Cherry tomato and sweet pepper plants Paul potted on are growing well.

We have also used some old pots we had and transferred a couple of Hostas and a Fern to the side of the wall at the front that is in shade.

We'll see how they go there.

Well that's whats been happening in the garden this week , of course there is lots more to do as any gardener knows it's a never ending job just keeping up!


Monday, 1 May 2017


And so into the garden to get those jobs done and as usual make changes! Every year when we go out into the garden we look at it with fresh eyes! The winters passed and we've moved on and where something was and seemed fine , is now not or we've seen that we could change that place or area for the better.

One of the things we've done this weekend, being a bank holiday so giving us that extra day, has been to clean off our large patio, realise that we really need to sort out about getting it replaced. It was here when we arrived and is the same colours , red and yellow, as we laid down in our first house back in the late 70's ! So it's been down a far time and apart from being old it's also starting to crack and in some places sink down. So that's quite  big job that will need to be tackled over the next year or so.

We'd placed some bamboo in pots to one side of the patio but they were looking the worse for wear after the winter, so decided that they would be better in the garden, so Paul removed two fo them from the pots and placed them at each end of his tropical plant area.

The tropical area is growing well , the tender red banana's are still in the greenhouse until all chance of frost is past but everything is growing nicely and appears to have survived the winter.

The Jacobs Ladder is in flower and the Rhododendron's and Azalea's are in bud and should start flowering soon.

this large one is already starting to flower.

The area right up in the back corner is starting to grow.

This raised woodland area is in full leaf.

In the flower garden the tree peony is starting to flower , two of the three buds opening.

It's getting quite tall now and these buds are large.

The damp area is slowly filling up.

We purchased a couple of standards to go either side of the Lych Gate.

In the front garden this beautiful purple lilac is flowering.

Along with this double white lilac

Beautiful large blooms.

Under the front window is thriving.

The new infilled porch has left this paved raised area where we are going to put some pots of Hosta's

The front door with new step and plants.