My Garden This Weekend – 11th May

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Due to my commitments at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival this weekend and the horrid gusty weather the garden has been left to its own devices and it has thrived if the ignore the twigs blown from the trees all over the place.  With the mix of sunshine and rain the plants and weeds have really shot up and all is looking lush.

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So  I have nothing really to report aside from showing you some photos taken in a stolen few minutes with my son’s camera as mine is broken.  Above is the driveway border in the front garden which I am quite chuffed with for the first time ever.  The Ballerina Tulips have few petals left due to the gust of wind that have torn through the garden the last two days.  They are being replaced by the bearded Iris, I think its Langport Wren, and there are Alliums which will also be flowering soon.  You can see the Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ which has opened its flowers in the last week.  I have also included some geums in the border which I hope will flower soon as I was trying to continue the orange and purple theme which I like.

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The Cottage Border is starting to flower.  Aquilegias are opening and the Delphiniums will probably join them in a couple of weeks. The blue to the right is from Camassias which despite being weary of them yesterday I do actually like very much.  They do well on my heavy moist clay soil.

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A view of the Woodland Border from the patio, again all very lush and full which I am pleased about.  The border is in its third year and I am pleased with the texture and the variety of heights that the young shrubs are starting to provide.

Hopefully I might get a few hours in the garden this week after work.  I have lots to plants out and pot up from the show this weekend and there is also lots of tidying to do in the borders as well as seedlings to prick out and pot up.

Oh and the tulip is the top photo should be Burgundy Lace but this one has an interesting cream splash down it which reminds me of rhubarb and custard.

 

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Kim gibson says:

    Love looking at your Blog, it’s like reading a quick version The English Garden, magazine, which the newspaper shop refer to as my bible.

  2. Pauline says:

    It’s wonderful how gardens manage to just carry on without us isn’t it! Yours is looking very lush after all the rain and your front garden is full of colour, no wonder you’re pleased with it.

  3. Anna says:

    Well we did need the rain Helen but that horrible gusty wind has done damage here snapping off a branch from my little pear tree. The colours in your front garden are really zinging out on what must have been a grey day. Look forward to hearing about your purchases from the show.

  4. Helen Johnstone says:

    Hi Kim
    That is so kind of you, I am very flattered

  5. Everything is looking lush and luscious Helen! Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ is such a workhorse in the garden, and can be a bit of an unsung hero, so it is good to see it featured prominently here.
    So many jobs to do, so little time … so much rain! Hope you manage to get out and tick a few off the list. I have just been out to look at the garden in torrential rain and found my first rose of the season! Utter joy … my favourite day of the gardening year!

  6. Cathy says:

    Lush, lush, lush!

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