Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Around the garden

The weather has been odd this summer hasn't it.  I am sure you have noticed it if you live in England.  Lots of rain, sometimes warm, sometimes hot, and then cold again.  All up and down and all over the place.  I guess that is typical English weather in some ways and we expect it don't we.  I for one couldn't cope with tropical temperatures so that is OK with me.

Our garden has been growing like mad though.  The plants have really liked the rain and mild consistent (ish!) temperatures.  Unfortunately though the rain has meant it has been hard to actually get out into the garden.  Everything is very lush and green, even the grass.  Our grass has usually turned brown and stopped growing by this point in the year, but it is still growing and needing to be mown very regularly!  Not a problem, but it is a surprise.

The weeds are growing too, although thankfully the amount of foliage on the plants has meant that there aren't too too many, but the ones there are, wow, they are going for it.  As soon as it stays dry enough for long enough, when I have time to get into the garden, I have a date with some weeds...

When I was out taking these flowers the sky was very dark and grey and when I came in and was editing the pictures the heavens opened and guess what?  It started to rain again!

I have realised that I have been sadly neglecting not only the weeding - and deadheading which also needs attending to - but taking photos of the garden.  I love to chronicle it and share it with you.

As I wanted to rectify that, this morning, after a little work, I nipped out into the garden to take a few photos.  121 later - yes, 121, can you imagine if that was on film!!! - I have some to share.  Rather than bore overload you will them all at once I will share them over the next three days.

I haven't listed the names, although I have pointed out a few things here and there, so if you want to know anything specific let me know and I will see if I can help.

Enjoy!


Potentially thousands of foxglove seedlings coming up.  If they make it!


Teeny tiny miniature grapes.












The yucca is still growing well!


The dark skies that forecast rain that then came!






These are chrysanthemums kept from last autumn.  They seem to be doing well which bodes well for a good display this year.









The lavender hedge is looking beautiful again this year.





Hypericum flowers!










More tomorrow!

How is your garden growing and blooming right now?  Do let me know, I would love to hear.

Amy

33 comments:

  1. Amy, you have a lovely garden. No one would think you aren't diligent. It really is constant work and we gardeners are addicted to our pursuit! I have that identical little pink rose here in the Midwest USA as pictured in my header.This year I had 40 feet of fence blooming with little pink roses. It's actually a very old plant. I've been tending it for 21 years, and it belonged to the owner of this home before we moved here. Our weather is pretty warm and as much as we need rain today the storms seem to be playing hop-scotch over us. Have a great week!

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  2. Hello Amy
    I'll be posting about my garden tomorrow and can say we're having the same roller coaster temperatures as you but hardly any rain this year. When my lavender hedge died off after after 15 years or so after the latest harsh winter it made me sad to pull it out this spring. Seeing yours lush with flowers has given me a lift this morning as it is a beautiful sight.
    I love the hanging basket with the butterfly and dragonfly, they grace my garden in various forms. The pea gravel around your gardens makes me feel at home, I utilize it for all my paths. Similar tastes but so far apart. ;-)

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  3. Such an array of colour Amy. It's beautiful. X

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  4. Love the lavender hedge such a striking plant and I bet smells gorgeous. The rain is playing havoc with my gardening routine, it really is strange weather.

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  5. It's all looking so pretty at your place, Amy. No wonder you took so many photos. I spent an hour in my garden this morning deadheading, weeding and cutting flowers to bring indoors. They're giving me such pleasure at the moment – the rain, sun, rain seems to be suiting them, although I agree that a settled stretch of sunny weather for us would be lovely! Sam x

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  6. What a beautiful garden you have - thank you for sharing.

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  7. A beautiful garden with such pretty flowers. One thing about our English weather, it does make the weeds grow although my flowers, especially the roses, have been damaged by all the rain that we've had lately but it can't last forever x

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  8. My little potted flower garden is all greens and no flowers. Don't know if that's too much water, or not enough? I would love the English weather. My English skin (from the Stevenson side of the family which came from England to the "colonies" long ago) thinks it far too hot here in Texas USA and is forcing me to consider living in a northern state in the near future.

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  9. Your plants are bursting with color and life and how good of nature to cooperate and do your watering for you. Here in California with ideal temperatures of 70 to 85 where I live and no rain (sad to say) I do a lot of careful watering.

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  10. You have a riot of colour, mine has gone too green! Jo x

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  11. Your garden is looking spectacular Amy, the colours are so pretty and your photographs are lovely. Ours is growing at a rate of knots too but I can't get out there because of the rain ha! X

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  12. Everything looks marvellous in your garden. The poor plants don't know what's hit them do they, totally flattened by torrential rain and then boiled to death by the sun but they must be enjoying it as they look so pretty. x

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  13. Your garden is looking wonderful Amy with lots of lovely, colourful blooms to delight the eye. No wonder you took so many photos! It is lovely to be able to get out and about in the garden in between downpours:)

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  14. Hi Amy...
    I see we share a few of the same plants in our gardens...
    I also have one of those Geraniums with the red leaves!! Cool!
    Hope you get some warmer weather...we are M E L T I N G over here!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  15. The weather has been strange, but how lovely the gardens are looking, and especially yours Amy.

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  16. Your garden looks really good, lots of colourful flowers. I thing plants have done well this year with the milder weather, not been a good year for insects though..
    Beautiful photos....
    Amanda xx

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  17. Your garden is growing beautifully Amy! It makes me smile.

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  18. Lovely Amy and I think the weather is weird everywhere, but gardens 'do' appreciate rain & UK is always so green. Thanks for the pics & look forwared to seeing more. It is blowing a gale here & also vey, very cold with many trees down through southern Australia, so hope our gardens get through OK. Take care.

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  19. Your garden looks absolutely gorgeous Amy, and very well tended. I envy you your foxglove seedlings, I would love foxgloves in my garden. X

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  20. Lovely pictures. Things are certainly growing! Mine isn't doing too badly. It is weedy but it's been too hot the last few days to get out there. Hopefully Friday. I don't think I'm going to be able to enjoy the fruits of my labour as I leave next Friday and I don't think even the tomatoes will be red!

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  21. Thanks for your bouquet of flower photos, Amy! I especially love your Lavender hedge! The variety of Lavender I bought is rather limp in comparison, BUT the first of our Sweet Peas are in bloom. I hope to show you on FOF. xx

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  22. Your garden looks as if it has a loving gardener in attendance. Mine reflects that the gardener is absent. It is what it is...

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  23. Beautiful!! I have hanging and potted plants on my porch that are attracting hummingbirds and I am so happy to see them :-) Will have to do a post on that soon. Have a great evening!

    Blessings,
    Jill

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  24. Your garden looks fab, Amy! Everything looks so healthy and happy! I love seeing all the different flowers you have. The pink lobelia is very special - here we only find blue. I think that we have the same climate as England, here in WA state. It has been very cool and rainy this summer. My flowers are not as happy as yours, although the wildflowers are loving it. I love your lavender hedge :) xx Karen

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  25. Your gardens are so pretty, with such a variety! I love those close up shots!

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  26. It is all looking very colourful, the rain has done away with a lot of mine so It's just looking green x

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  27. What a lovely garden you have! Overhere in Belgium we have the same kind of weather.
    I'm also waiting for some sun to finally take the weeds out.
    Have a nice day with some good weather,
    Sigrid

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  28. So many beautiful flowers, Amy. I particularly love your lavender hedge and I imagine the bees do too! I know what you mean about the weeds - I've spent this week trying to get on top of them but keep getting caught in sudden downpours. At least it makes them easy to pull up! xx

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  29. I adore a cottage garden, and yours is wonderful Amy. So many beautiful plants and flowers, I love it all.

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  30. Your flowers are beautifully growing! Love the beautiful lavender hedge!

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  31. I can't believe all your flowers - you are a wonderful gardener! Everything looks so beautiful. That big row of lavender is heavenly.

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  32. My garden has wilted and withered in the heat, yours looks so lush and beautifyl.
    Sorry I am so behind reading.
    Meredith

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  33. Those grapes are so teeny at the mo!
    Love the pink rose, so delicate.
    Lisa x

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