Friday, 2 May 2014

Long long overdue garden update.

I always seem to be apologising for my lack of posting at the moment, time is just running away with me as I have been busy. That is probably a good thing however so no complaints.

Anyway, as we are nicely into Spring now every day seems to bring fresh joy in the garden and I have at least been keeping up to date with my photographs of how things are changing.

My bath of tulips of a mysterious colour finally came out and it turned out I had planted...


Or had I?

Once the white had been blooming for a good couple of weeks and began to get past their best I noticed I had obviously thought a contrasting pinky red would go nicely with them. Clearly miscalculated on timing though as they are not really appearing together.

Oh well, better luck next time. I will cut the whites heads off when they are completely finished and then enjoy the pink.

My other tulips have been wonderful though, three long tom pots of creamy yellow that have just gone on and on for weeks and are still going strong.

They are an absolutel pleasure to look out on.

My most exciting thing in the garden at the moment is my beautiful azalea. I have been waiting 2 years for this to flower as last year it didn't ever make it with our peculiar Spring weather. This year flowering is imminent and every day I look hoping today it will have opened. It still hasn't but any second now magnificent scarlet flowers will appear. I will capture the moment when it happens.

The forget me nots around the base of the azalea don't photograph well enough to show off their wonderful blueness.

The alliums (30 purple sensation) should put on a great show later in the season. I have interplanted these with some pink astilbe so the two should look lovely together I think (hope).

Hanging basket gone up now, with a proviso that if it looks like it is getting very cold again I can whip it back into the greehouse. I have never planted up a hanging basket before (hard to believe I know) so it was all a bit experimental. I tried to keep to pink and yellow but I have a sneaky suspicion that I have accidentally put something else in there. Time will tell.

My herb pot has filled out nicely and I have used all of them in something or other so far.
Also bought some tarragon (French) and am trying again with another rosemary, something that I have successfully killed off (hard to do, I know) in the past.

This photo cannot do justice to the glory that is the bright orange berberis next to the greenhouse. It has put on quite a display this year.

Meanwhile I have started work on clearing out the hideous front garden beds. This has all been completely untouched in the 2 years I have lived here so this Summer I will start to make it look nicer, hopefully. It will look worse before it looks better though as you can see.

Finally here is a shot of the garden as it looks today, from the usuall spot.

It's going to be a good gardening Summer I think.


  1. Your garden is coming on a treat - the tulips in the bath are a great idea and I love the creamy yellow ones too - on next year's list for me I think. Have a good weekend.

  2. Doesn`t that garden look lovely! You`ve done wonders on this place. A credit to your hard work. Well done!!

  3. The row of potted tulips is absolutely lovely. I will do something like that this autumn. Your garden looks really lovely.

  4. I agree those tulips are stunning.

  5. Coming along nicely old bean

  6. Here in Illinois after our harshest winter tulips are just now blooming, your lovely photos give me hope.

  7. I think you are forecast some frost for the next 2 nights so watch out for that hanging basket! Garden coming along nicely.

  8. Lovely to see your garden and lovely to see your posts again

  9. Very full and colourful.
    Love from Mum

  10. That last picture, I would have used that for one of my Inspiration Thursday posts! Just beautiful.

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