My Garden This Weekend – 9th June 2013


I was stunned at how much the garden had filled out in the week we were in Cornwall.  Its like the plants had put on weight, well the established plants.  The dahlias and annuals don’t seem to have done much at all over the last week but hopefully they will get going soon.


Looking at the garden on Saturday it was back to the old situation of not knowing where to start which was surprising as I felt I wasn’t doing too bad before we went away.  There are seedlings all over the place and I really need to prick things out. Some have gone too far over to successfully transplant I think which is disappointing but I suspect they were annual seeds and to be honest I have seriously run out of room in the borders for any more annuals this year. I still have a tray of Cosmos  and Nicotiana to plant out and I think they will go into big pots on the patio.  I declared today that next year I wasn’t growing any annuals for the borders as I really won’t have space.  It was pointed out to me that I said this last year but then again I sowed loads for the new Big  Border and it has worked as it is full.

Bog garden
Bog garden

I couldn’t get my head around pricking out seedlings which is very bad of me so instead I decided to go for maximum impact and re-do the border off the patio which has struggled for an identity for a long time.  This has been re-designated a fern border and I will post about it later in the week.  My youngest thinks it looks boring and prefers the chaos of the old Cottage Border which forms the backbone of the new Big Border.  We shall see.


I spent today planting out the last few annuals  that did have spaces allocated for them.  Antirrhinum majus ‘Defiance’ have gone into the front garden, they are quite small plants so I’m not sure how they will do plus the front garden is very dry at the moment.  I am quite pleased with the driveway border which is filling out nicely.


Elsewhere I have planted out lots of Delphinium consolida ‘Exquisite Series’ and a few Centaurea Americana ‘Aloha Blanca’ and it will be interesting to see how well they do.  My back is hindering me so I had to give up early afternoon today to rest it.  Luckily I have an appointment with the chiropractor on Friday which should remedy the problem.  I don’t think all the driving over the last couple of weeks has helped.


I have to admit that my enthusiasm for the garden has waned a little since I came back from my holiday.  I think this is because I have a sewing project I want to get on with, my  back hurts and there is so much to do before I go away at the end of the month that I just feel a little overwhelmed.  However, saying that I have done the major jobs so now it is a case a tackling the seedlings which I can do sitting at the patio table in the evenings. And dare I say it I would really like a bit of a downpour to give the garden, especially the front garden a good soak.


19 Comments Add yours

  1. Cathy says:

    Your garden looks superb – unless you just showed us the good bits! I bet the first thing you did when you got back was to look round and admire and check up on everything! I think I probably pricked out too late and planted out too early, but it’s the first year for a long time I’ve made a proper effort with seed sowing so I have learned from it. Sorry about your back – and hope the chiropractor sorts it out for you – take care, Helen

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Cathy
      You are kind, I suppose I have showed you the better bits but there isnt that much else to see to be honest. I get confused with seeds as I have annuals and perennials and I forget which is which and then suddenly go eek those are annuals and I need to move them along quickly!

  2. zora read says:

    Hi I have just found your blog. Your garden is spectacular, is that a clematis in the second picture. I know what you mean about the annuals, I think that by the time I have put all mine in, it will be time to start putting bulbs in.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Zora

      Thanks for popping by. The plant in the second picture is a Deutzia, its a shrub and is growing on top of the wall and cascading down. I inherited it when I bought the house

  3. Even a week makes such a difference at this time of the year ! It is all changing so quickly at the moment, lots of plants to savour … your bog garden is looking just like a bog garden should !

  4. djdfr says:

    It looks lovely.

    I did a double take when I went out in the garden this morning, I am sure the kale grew measurably over night.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi djdfr
      I know what you mean, I just want the dahlias etc to get going

  5. Pauline says:

    I think you are going to get your wish for rain on Tuesday. The garden certainly needs it, we have large cracks appearing in places. So sorry to hear about your back, hope it soon gets fixed and you can get back to gardening. Coming back from holiday is always lovely, exploring the garden to see what has been happening, your has certainly filled out!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Pauline
      I do hope so, the garden could do with a really good soak

  6. bridget says:

    Here in Ireland we also need rain…the earth is cracking. Your garden looks beautiful!

  7. Yvonne Ryan says:

    Looking lovely. The basket very pretty. Been tackling the front garden around the front door – palms, bromialliards, small flazes. there is onne bromilliard in particular that is so scultutural by a big rock with nice moss on it. Clearing the dead leaves off the flaxes gave space to see a couple of delicate palms, so pretty. Couldn’t reach to high tatty palm fronds so will have to get the extension lopper. Pool too cold at 15 degrees – the solar wasn’t keeping up with the night temps and too hard to cover.

  8. I can feel that aching back as well from driving, too long at work at a desk and too much gardening…here’s to a good back crack…your gardens are looking very lovely!

  9. marijke says:

    It’s the most wonderful way to see your garden after being away for a holiday. Like the garden want’s to tell wellcome back. Your garden looks great.
    Have a wonderful day.Helen.

  10. Pots filled with Cosmos and Nicotania sounds great! Here we are getting adequate rain, which is a relief after last year’s drought. In fact it is a bit cool and I am concerned some of my tropicals are developing a fungal disease.

  11. hillwards says:

    It all looks lovely. The Deutzia is beautiful. I do love the first walk around the garden after a break, there are always dozens of surprises.
    Ooh what is your exciting sewing project? I’m just finishing my latest bit of sewing, with more on the queue and knitting always on the go too, it’s hard to fit it all in! Especially when the garden is calling. I must get on top of the vegetable garden weeds this week!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Sara
      I’m going to make some PJ bottoms to try and get my confidence back, will post about it soon

  12. It is all beautiful! Particularly your bog garden–oh, those Ligularias! Rest your back and I hope you feel better soon.

  13. Sometimes pricking out just isn’t the activity to be doing, I find, and as someone who has also been limited by a bad back recently, I sympathise with the general lack of horticultural enthusiasm! Fortunately your garden has ignored you and is looking wonderful. Love how the drive border is coming along, but everywhere just seems to have more structure (of the plant variety) and character, a tribute to all the attention you have been lavishing on it all backs and holidays notwithstanding.

  14. Aga says:

    Isn’t this time of year amazing!!! All these flowers, colours, smells…. with a generous ammount of sunshine. Love it!!!

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