My Garden This Week 23/6/13

2013_06230024My garden this weekend has been wet, windy, grey with a scattering of sunshine.  It has been cool and not at all conducive or encouraging to gardening.  Added to this my head is all over the place as I am jetting off on Tuesday morning to San Francisco to  join in with the Garden Bloggers Spring Fling.  Everything is organised: the case almost packed but already full, dollars acquired, ESTA/visa sorted, ticket and passport ready.  The cupboards are full so my sons won’t go hungry and they have had watering instructions which they may or may not remember but it doesn’t really matter.  I have a ridiculously short connection at Newark airport which is causing me anxiety but United Airlines have told me its doable but that there are lots of flights to San Francisco after the one I’m due on so they can put me on the next one if I miss mine!


I intended to get so much done in the garden before I leave but when it came to it my head wasn’t in the right place.  A few things have been planted out and pricked out but I have really lost my gardening mojo this last week and can’t find it anywhere.  I am hoping that when I get back from San Francisco and have no plans until the end of August that I will feel more relaxed and can re-engage with the  garden.    I have though done some rearranging in the greenhouse to make the water easier for my sons and have potted up the cucumbers and put them in their final growing position.  In front of them are some Hymenocallis which aren’t far from flowering and I am hoping they will wait until I get back.


The succulent collection has grown and there are quite  a few that are in need of potting up and a whole host of other plants to sort out but strangely I am already looking through having a clear head both work and home wise on my return and working slowly through everything in the garden.  Plus the shed/workshop should be in situ by the time I get back and that will help as it has been rather chaotic recently which I suppose has stopped the garden feel like the refugee it usually  is.

I was surprised to spot the iris below as I didn’t realise I had such a plant in the garden.  I got some iris  bulbs from a bulb supplier last autumn and I had assumed they were iris reticulata, they didn’t flower back in January/February and I think this was what they actually were.  Any ideas on what type of iris they are?



18 Comments Add yours

  1. Weatherman has predicted a warm week ahead so, with the boys doing their stuff, the garden will look fab when you get back. Have a brilliant time and fingers crossed for the connecting flight.

  2. Ps,forgot to say that iris looks very like the ones that grow in my ‘water feature’ bucket but I don’t know what it’s called, sorry.

  3. Pauline says:

    Hope you have a lovely break in San Fransico, will look forward to hearing all about it when you get back, sounds fantastic.
    I think your Iris might be a Dutch Iris but I’m not sure
    Have a super time!

  4. alison rayner says:

    Have a great time in San Francisco with all those Garden Bloggers. I am sure you’ll have no trouble finding your gardening mojo on your return having had a break from the garden for a while. By the way, I love your display of succulents; I have become very interested in them recently and started a little collection.

  5. Yvonne Ryan says:

    My daughter has been in San Fransisco for the last few days – hot and dry. They are enjoying the various foods. she is NOT a gardener but does appreciate the different culture, scenery etc! Enjoy!

  6. zora read says:

    Enjoy your time in San Fransisco, the garden will look even more lovely when you get back

  7. Your garden with the cat, similarly as my garden. The cat is a peculiar gardener.

  8. I go through phases when I loose my gardening mojo. Enjoy the trip, I’m sure by the time you get back your mojo will be in full flow. 🙂

    The succulent display is looking great.

  9. Enjoy your time in San Francisco. I’m headed in the other direction–on my way to Miami for a volunteer org. meeting. Sorry to miss the Fling again but maybe another year. Definitely a Dutch iris. ‘Angel Wing’?

  10. Enjoy Frisco and hope the cat really did pay attention to your garden-care instructions before you left.

  11. Lyn says:

    It looks like a Dutch Iris to me, too. I love them as they are so reliable. Have a wonderful time in San Francisco!

  12. That is a lovely iris. I look forward to meeting you in San Francisco, good luck making your connection.

  13. hillwards says:

    Sounds like the perfect timing for a trip away to recharge your batteries. Do have a wonderful time; I visited SF a few years ago for work, and really recommend the combined trip to Alcatraz and Angel Island if you have a chance, though they book up quite far in advance.

  14. Anna says:

    Leaving the garden even for a few days is always disconcerting but it will wait for you. Have a great time in San Francisco Helen and be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.

  15. Looking forward to our meeting of the Helens in San Francisco. You are much better organized than I am. But then, my garden is used to neglect!

  16. Enjoy San Fran – the garden will still be waiting when you return !

  17. Cathy says:

    How lovely to meet up with other bloggers Helen – it will be such a rewarding experience and I’m sure your sons will excel in looking after the garden in your absence! Hope you can relax and enjoy the trip, with all your connections falling into place as they should

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