End of Month View of the Garden: End of February 2017


End of Month View of the Garden: End of February 2017

The weather in February started off quite balanced, and reasonable, but ended with a blast by Storm Doris, who helped herself to several fence panels, and the felt off my shed roof, but did leave me with someone’s tent, 2 parts of a plastic Christmas Tree and an empty shoebox.

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End of Month View of the Garden: End of January 2017


End of Month View of the Garden: End of January 2017

 

The theme of the month was how many different types of weather could be fit into one day.

Mixtures of Fog, Rain, High Winds, Sunshine, more Rain and a Flurry of Snow were included.

Rainfall was 57.9 mm which was surprisingly less than previous years, although it certainly felt like we have received more.

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End of Month View of the Garden: End of December 2016


End of Month View of the Garden: End of December 2016

 

December started with a cold snap, with intermittent mild days replaced with hard frosts.

The coldest it managed to achieve throughout the month in the garden was  – 4.5°C

I’ve not seen any signs of Snowdrops peeping through yet, but I’ve seen plenty of Whitefly still lingering on my Brassicas, this has resulted in me bining the lot. The Brassicas that is, hopefully the Whitefly went with them.

Correa 'Marian's Marvel'

Correa ‘Marian’s Marvel’

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End of Month View of the Garden: The End of June 2016


Was that the Start or End of Summer..?

It could be a complicated one to try to answer….

The start of June began with hot and sunny weather, the temperatures soared and the plants panted in the midday heat, the ground cracked open….

I wish we would get some rain thought I…..

Hot and dry, the ground cracked open.

Hot and dry, the ground cracked open.

And rain it did, lots, you should always be careful what you wish for…

A site we got used to most during of the month of June.

A site we got used to most during of the month of June.

Flooded soil.

Flooded soil.

My Hosta collection is really reaching its peak now, full green leaves, and big rounded plants.

Hosta Plant Display.

Hosta Plant Display.

I will have to start liquid feeding them soon to ensure a pleasing display for the rest of the growing season.

Note the Trunky thing far left, which is in-fact a rescued Tree Fern from a skip. More on that another time.

Fence border looking lush and somewhat full.

Fence border looking lush and somewhat full.

The border along the fence, which I like to call the Fence border got off to a slow start this year, it’s quite wet soil and I have been delaying faffing with all the plants in anticipation of my neighbours replacing the fence panels due to their dog causing damage and creating holes, however they are now 4 weeks past the day they said they would get the work done.

So I’ve patched areas in the fence as best I could, and finally got on with staking, pruning, and planting along this area.

A nice arrangement here of Hardy Geranium & Heuchera.

A nice arrangement here of Hardy Geranium & Heuchera.

I’m seriously considering widening this bed out into the lawn by about a foot this coming winter.

Hosta June & Various Hardy Geraniums keeping the slugs entertained.

Hosta June & Various Hardy Geraniums keeping the slugs entertained.

A Fern in fine Fettle.

A Fern in fine Fettle.

This next bit along the border is fast becoming my current favourite bit, that fern has really gotten into its stride, it must be all that rain I may have mentioned earlier in this post.

Old Rockery Border, I once found it full of Rocks.

Old Rockery Border, I once found it full of Rocks.

This next area is basically An Island bed a third of the way up the garden, it was full of bricks and brambles when I moved in.

It’s currently in a state of flux as it contains many plants I hastily dug up  from what was my new island bed in the sunny area of my garden, but is now my new veg bed, the plants that got hastily moved are starting to grow and fill out, many are obviously in the wrong place now, and some just perished from the move, but I’m monitoring proceedings with a keen eye and will start re-editing in the autumn.

Old Pond border

Old Pond border

Behind the old Rockery Border is the old Pond Border, there used to be a very poor example of a wildlife pond here.  the water was black, smelly and permanently covered in duck weed no matter how much I scooped it out.  So I filled it in and used the extra planting are to full effect.

Many plants in this area are newly planted over the past couple of years and are showing a need for editing already, something I’ll deal with in the Autumn.

Cosmos Cupcake.

Cosmos Cupcake.

I’ve managed to squeeze some annual plants in various places, I’m quite partial to a Cosmos, in fact I’ve got 4 different varieties around the garden this year.  The slugs are loving them.

Sanguisorba hakusanensis 'Lilac Squirrel' getting huge.

Sanguisorba hakusanensis ‘Lilac Squirrel’ getting huge.

A plant that might need moving this autumn is this splendid Sanguisorba I bought from a local nursery just over a year ago, it’s getting huge and flowers prolifically, I might move it into a more prominent position in the garden so it’s on full view, or…. I could just but another one….

Ohh nice Marigold.

Ohh nice Marigold.

The Slugs are also enjoying my Marigolds.

Apple 'James Grieve'

Apple ‘James Grieve’

My Apple Tree received an official yellow card from me at the beginning of the year. I’ll explain, this is now its 3rd year since I planted it, and I’m  yet to receive an apple i can eat,  the 1st year It produced 1 apple which fell off while small, the 2nd year it produced 2 apples which grew deformed, then fell off… so far this year it’s covered in apples and they are swelling… I’ll reserve judgment for the chop until harvest time.

My was Island Bed in the sunny bit, now my Sweet Corn production area.

My was Island Bed in the sunny bit, now my Sweet Corn production area.

My last, but newly developed area is doing well, I built some raised beds in my lawn on the sunny side of  the Garden in order to produce some crops, so far this year I’ve harvested the world’s Rustiest Garlic, Sluggy Peas, Tiniest Onions and watched row after row of Carrot seedlings disappear into slugs.

Blueberries.

Blueberries.

But at least there is the promise of Blueberries to come.

Yum.

With thanks to Helen for hosting this Meme as ever.

Until next time… Bye for now.