As I walked back from the gate this morning after my run I couldn't resist snapping a few photos as everywhere is burgeoning so quickly. I'm just enjoying a pot of tea before my next sortie into the garden so thought I'd use the time to show some of them.
|Looking across to the gazebo I remembered that the barn roof needs attention - there are so many 'to do' jobs on our list! The Cardoons (with the big silvery leaves near the hedge) have trebled in size and should look magnificent this Summer|
|Coming round the bend there are Geums and Tiarellas flowering|
|The Rhododendrons are looking stunning and are smothered in bees and hoverflies|
|Looking back across that bed you can see how I've allowed some self-seeded orange poppies to stay as they contrast beautifully with the dark leaves of the Heuchera|
|They mix in well with the deep blue and purple Aquilegias and the shocking pink of the Rhododendron|
|They are so vibrant and look fabulous in all stages of development|
|As they age their petals go all crinkly and then they develop beautiful seedpods which you can shake around like a salt cellar to get more plants the next year|
|The gravel garden needs some serious work in the autumn as everything has grown so well it needs dividing again|
|This beautiful iris is coming into flower in the gravel but I just cannot remember its name so will have to edit this later when/if I remember|
|The dark-leaved Phormium tenax has trebled in size since I planted it just 2 years ago!|
|In the middle of the photo above you can see the bright lime-green leaves of Hakonechloa macra Aureola which really come to life at this time of year|
|A closer view of the Cardoon leaves which are already higher than my waist|
There is so much work to do along either side of the path that I'm ignoring it for now - due to the excessively wet Winter we have lost various plants from either one side or the other. Not in itself a huge problem as that's what gardening is all about and you expect some losses. However, I planted everything in pairs so that they mirrored eachother and now they don't. Humph! Plus the gazebo needs a good clean my mirror needs to come out of storage, the table and chairs need cleaning, the steps need power-washing etc etc etc.............
Right, I've finished my tea so I'm off out again. I'm very busy all next week and so my marathon updates will probably have to wait - as I've got another 2 next weekend that will be 4 updates to write. Oh crikey!