My Garden This Weekend – 22nd June 2014

Cautleya spicata
Cautleya spicata

I’m not really a summer person nor for that matter a winter person.  I am much happier in spring and autumn as I prefer the weather and the way nature changes so dramatically during these seasons. I have found in recent years that around this time of year I start to lose interest in the garden and it becomes more of a chore than an enjoyment. Strange I know given all the work I put in to make the garden look lovely.  In the past this has bothered me but this year I am accepting my eccentricities and enjoying more of my other interests.

Dryopteris erythrosora (Autumn Fern)
Dryopteris erythrosora (Autumn Fern)

Instead of spending the day gardening I am spending an hour or so in the evenings or earlier during the day and then retreating indoors or sitting reading in the garden and I have to say that I am realising that this is far so enjoyable than my usual manic approach to things.  Who said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

This weekend has been wonderful and refreshing.  I had no plans to be any where or to do anything.  I spent some time on Saturday cutting back early summer perennials such as Aquilegia and planting out, somewhat belatedly, a few annuals.  I have little space for annuals now and I don’t think I will even bother sowing them next year as it has become quite a challenge finding homes for them.

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I am fascinated with how the geraniums have grown taller up amongst the other perennials rather than low and floppy.  I am sure that someone who knows more than I do about geraniums will say that it depends on the cultivar you are growing however I am sure that some of these geraniums weren’t as tall last year.

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I think this is what you might call ‘cheek by jowl’ gardening and I doubt it is sustainable going forward especially when you think I only planted the border up last year and this spring.  I am determined not to diminish the impact of the border by over jealous tidying and thinning, my usual approach, so will need to practice a more measured approach.

Anthemis tinctoria 'Sauce Hollandise'
Anthemis tinctoria ‘Sauce Hollandise’

2014_06220012Today I potted up some of the perennial seedlings.  I have decided not to propagate so much in future.  I have found that as with so much in my life at the moment I over commit and under-estimate my time and so I have pots of seedlings needing sorting out and if I don’t get on with them the seedlings go leggy and die making the whole process pointless.  So the plan is now to concentrate on what I have and be more selective in the future – hopefully I will stick to this resolution.

Then another hour was spent sorting out plants to enter into the AGS show in a couple of weeks time.  I find sitting and carefully picking over a plant, removing old or damaged leaves and flowers very relaxing.  I am hoping to enter six classes in the Novice section and I have thirteen plants potted up and ready to choose from.  Ideally you want plants that are in flower, unless of course it is a foliage category, and I so I am hoping with a range to choose from I will get lucky.

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Aside from gardening I have had a happy time finishing off a sewing project, reading and knitting and enjoying the view from the patio.

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Hetty says:

    Sit down and relax. Your garden looks fine.

  2. Yvonne Ryan says:

    Hi Helen – I see Hetty agrees with me – time to smell the roses! Garden looking very pretty!

  3. I used to think I was a Summer person but now enjoy late Spring far more. It was scorchingly hot at the plot yesterday, so lovely to come home and look at your photos.

  4. Pauline says:

    It’s too hot to work in the garden, if I can get into the garden early in the morning, then some weeding gets done or I work in the shade. This is why my shady borders always look better than my sunny ones! Now is the time just to appreciate all the work you have done, sit down, relax and enjoy!

  5. Noelle Mace says:

    Your garden looks lovely, and you are wise dog….may you win many ‘rosettes’.

  6. Helen, spring and autumn are the preferred seasons by me as well and I also don’t enjoy the hours working in the garden in the hot summer days. I’d prefer working in the early hours in the morning when it is not so hot. When the clock shows 11-12 am I am back in the cool house to have some rest and lunch.

  7. Judy says:

    You are definitely right about tall geraniums. I found a photo of mine last year and this year they are at least a foot taller! I put it down to all the rain this winter!!

  8. bittster says:

    I also get a strangely large amount of satisfaction from picking old leaves and damaged flowers off my smaller potted plants. It must be a ‘thing’. Your garden looks great. ‘Cheek by Jowl’ is working for you!

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