Thursday, 7 February 2013

On a cloudy summer's day

 It's cloudy, and for once I'm actually glad of the cooler weather. The summer weather has been almost perfect, certainly the best we've had in recent memory, but it's been too hot for working outside and I have some weeds to pull.

 Before I get to work I walk around and look at the details. The lavender hedge along my curved path is finally filling out, and I love the texture of the grey foliage in front of the soft green carrot foliage, with slender cornstalks in the background.

 I'm really loving the runner bean arch and the soft billowing clouds of cosmos. This is a nice shady corner to hide in on a hot summer's afternoon.

 I found this pretty green fly snoozing on the cornstalks. I think he is disappointed I ripped out the flowering carrots...

 Echinacea Pink Poodle provides a splash of colour and a solid area for the eye to rest on amongst all the paler, floaty blooms.

 I do love my floaty blooms though. Gaura is one of my favourites.

 On the few cloudy days we've had, or at dusk, I've noticed how the white flowers next to the fence glow and shine. This tree is Cercis Forest Pansy, and it looked just gorgeous with the frothy white bishop's flower twining through the burgundy leaves. The bishop's flower has now gone to seed, and I'll make sure I always have seedlings beneath this tree I think. Silver leaved plants also look nice here, so now I have a theme for this garden.

Here is the Nursery, with all the baby plants I've nurtured from seed or cutting.

I'm most excited by this rose cutting. I took it from a friend's garden at the start of January and it already has leaf growth and even roots! I wasn't expecting to see these so soon, so I hope it can maintain its growth.

The forecast for this weekend is hot again, so now that I've got things tidied up I can get out my lounge chairs and enjoy it.


  1. It all looks so pretty. Love the lavender. And those cosmos! Love those soft, billowy blooms. Your white flowers against your dark fence look fabulous, too - very dramatic, and quite elegant.

    1. Yes, I do need my floaty flowers! It's nice to have a bit of structure for contrast though, so I'm hoping the trees will grow and fill out a bit.

  2. Thanks for the stroll around your garden again, I haven't been here for a while - I got way too many blogs I try to visit :-)
    The lavender hedge looks beautiful, I tried something similar but I really haven't got the soil, nor the climate for it. I tried my very first rose cuttings last year, thought it was too late in the year, but all 3 are doing well so far.

    1. So far taking rose cuttings is easier than I imagined. It makes me want to put my secateurs in my pocket and go for a sneaky stroll around my friends' gardens! Thanks for visiting :)

  3. It all looks luscious to me as I am in the midst of snow here. Thanks for the uplift. The garden looks marvelous.

    1. Thanks Layanee, and I hope you have some lovely springlike surprises when that snow melts!



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