Category Archives: alder garden

wordless Wednesday ~ blooming July

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the little bed

middle bed

middle bed

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the jungle

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the ditch

the ditch

alder garden

alder garden

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damp meadow

damp meadow

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birch garden

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species rose border

species rose border

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and now the wild ones

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wildflower slope

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the wild willow patch

the wild willow patch

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wild orchids

wild orchids

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blooming May

the colour for May like April is yellow, daffodils still blooming, not the same ones, the different varieties flower at different times which keeps the show running longer and the cool temps mean they stay in flower longer, amazingly the rare fine day of last Saturday turned into 2! fine days this week, so I was in the garden Wednesday and Thursday and I knew I should have taken photos for bloom day, but, when there is so much to do and days in the garden are so rare, taking photos does not seem a priority, and, of course Friday it has been rain and wind, this evening it stopped rain and the wind dropped a bit so I ventured out to take photos, some are a bit blurred due to wet and wind, the light was not the best either, photos taken between 8 and 9 pm.
I have listed the photos by area of the garden and in the same order as on the a walk in my garden page, it will help me to see what is blooming where and I thought if anyone is interested in where blooms are in relation to each other they can look at the plan on the a walk in my garden page,
front garden little bed, I don’t like the colour combination here and intend moving the tulips,
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middle bed, new last autumn, Euphorbia ‘Fens ruby’ the flowers are so tiny,
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jungle bed, Erica erigena ‘Brightness’ has taken over from Erica carnea ‘Golden starlet’ and Saxifraga ‘Golden falls’ is giving the golden touch, this saxifraga still amazes me, for years it sulked in the middle bed, since moving it to the jungle bed it’s like all day and night party time,
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ditch garden, almost all yellow,
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one mauve, Primula chionantha subsp.sinopurpurea
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I am so pleased with how this is looking, especially when I remember I only did it a year ago, now if I could just get the other half done,
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the primroses here are all self sown, now I have got the grass and weeds out of the bank the nice plants can seed in, I’d like a small fern,
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wildflower slope, it’s the first year since I planted these daffodils that they are flowering together, I had a closer look at the slope and the grass is a lot less and flowers more, except for the bottom I need to work on decreasing the grass there,
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RR border, Tulip ‘Queen of the Night’ and  Heuchera ‘Blackberry Jam’
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dogwood border,
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damp meadow, well one end of it, not easy to get all of it in one shot, the daffodils here are going over, the wind and rain is also making them tattered, but, from the kitchen window the bobbing heads of yellow look bright,  
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tweenie, tweenie from the trees looking down to the damp meadow and beyond,
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blue and white bells, they are all multiplied from a clump I brought from my parents garden, mixed up both English and Spanish,
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tree edges,
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the green daffodils, I wanted to show one closer view of these doubles that start green and then turn a deep gold, they are the same as in the alder garden, wildflower slope, dogwood border and dotted about in other areas, they multiply a lot!
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trees, the first time there has been two spathes, the first was broken by the east wind,
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another new plant, Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae, with white bluebells behind, the photo I took of them came out blurred,
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birch garden, the daffodils here are either over or tattered and torn so no photos, this self sown cross between a primrose and oxslip flowers for ages every spring, same plant from both sides,
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I never got to move this cowslip in the A. mollis and as they seem quite happy together I am not going to split them up now,
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the first red campion flowers,
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well I didn’t quite manage to post on Friday the 15th, just into Saturday, my first time linking in to Carol at May Dreams Gardens, thank you Carol for hosting this meme, if you would like to see more May blooming post please follow the link through to Carol’s blog,

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tree following ~ November

the grey alder has lost almost all it’s leaves with no colour change except brown windburn, the yellow gold leaved plant is another hornbeam,
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I read/heard recently that some plants react to the shorter daylight rather than change in temperature, this interested me as the temperature here does not change a great deal but the daylight changes very dramatically, from about 20hrs. in summer to about 6hrs. in winter,

it’s interesting that one of the hornbeams next to the grey alder still has yellow leaves, there is one on the other side that has dried leaves just like the hornbeam I am following,
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yes, what looks like a pile of dead leaves is the same hornbeam I showed in all it’s colourful glory a few weeks ago, hornbeams like beech hold on to their leaves until the new growth starts in spring, unless winter storms blow them off, I looked last month and this for the spiders but they are gone, I hope into hibernation or whatever they naturally do in winter,

thank you to Lucy for hosting this meme, this will probably be my last tree following post until next spring, I have really enjoyed taking this close look at my trees and if the meme runs next I will be joining in again, if you would like to see more tree following posts then please click through to Lucy’s blog,

I’ve been quiet on the blogging scene as I was away again and have been busy catching up with things since coming home at the beginning of last week, I didn’t do an end of month view post last month and will not be doing any more this year as there is nothing to show except some foliage which I will post as part of Christina‘s foliage meme.

thanks for reading and have a good weekend, x

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veggies

I did manage to get into the garden for a little while last Tuesday, it’s been too cold and windy since, I want to get some of the new plants planted but no hope, while I was in the garden the first thing to do is always collect veggies, this is the total of my carrot crop this year!
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I don’t know why but apart from potatoes I do not do well with root crops, carrots and beetroot just are not growing much at all, I did get a small crop of carrots last year but this year I’ve literally only got a handful and the beetroot just isn’t growing any bulbs at all, help, any suggestions, I am wondering if it is temperature, it just doesn’t get warm enough,
I did dig up the remainder of the potatoes, I planted less this year, pulled the rest of the onions, some of these are smaller than the earlier crop because these were grown from seed the earlier ones were from a set, and I dug out a few more leeks, I’m leaving the leeks for as and when I want them, I’ve read they can be left in the ground through winter to be dug as needed, the washed potatoes,
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I’m still taking a few broccoli leaves and noticed this week that there are the beginnings of some spears so I don’t know if I might get a few before they sleep for winter, the courgettes and pumpkins have been removed as they were dying back, the cauliflowers are only tiny hearts that the slugs have grazed so they will be for the compost heap when weather allows, there are still some salad leaves outside,
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inside I am still getting some cucumbers but I have noticed they are growing much slower so I think the last few will be small, the peppers and tomatoes are still slowly turning red, still haven’t tried fried green tomatoes, really must, and I must remember to buy onion sets and garlic and plant them,
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fruitwise, there were not many autumn raspberries, the small pieces of rhubarb I moved to the new bed in the fruit and berry garden grew well and I’ve not pulled the rhubarb which is now dying back so I am hoping they will be nice large crowns for next year, and now the potatoes have been dug out all I need to do is dig out as much creeping buttercup as I can, which is in this bed then start designing how I want it, I know what is going in there as I have black currant and gooseberry plants in pots I started as cuttings last year, it is such a sense of satisfaction and achievement having an area almost cleared and plants I’ve grown ready to go in,
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the last of the gooseberries I froze will be used soon and I’ve started the last pot of gooseberry jam, there is quite a lot I want, hope and need to do in the fruit and berry garden before next spring, I think it will have to take a priority over the ornamental areas of the garden,
growing food and enjoying it gives a sense of purpose to gardening when the weather won’t let you enjoy your ornamental plants,

I wrote this post last night and the weather decided to prove me wrong, I’m glad to say, today after some rain early this morning, the wind started to lessen and the sun even came out for a short while, I took the opportunity to plant out some of the plants I’ve bought recently and do a little bit of weeding (so I could plant out in a weed free area),

have a nice weekend everyone,

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veggies

I had a morning in the garden the first week of September, there were 2 small courgettes so I cut them before the slugs ate them (they’d already had one), the 2 squash fruit had not grown any more for a few weeks so I cut them off as well, they are Squash Honey bear which is said to be a small one, I also pulled some of the baby leeks, these are small leeks not the large ones, I felt happy with my wee haul, not enough to feed a family but fine for me,
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a round up of photos I took Saturday, the kale is doing better left uncovered,
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my last crop of salad leaves outside,
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I’m just pulling the larger baby leeks when I need them, they are continuing to grow,
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the broccoli has grown since releasing it from the pots, no spears but plenty of leaves, enough I think to cut some,
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the onions still out are the ones from seed, they are not as big as those from sets but have done well, I’m feeling a bit chuffed as I would never have thought I could grow onion from seed, as you can see they are liberally scattered with foxglove seedlings these will be moved to other parts of the garden to flower next year,
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cut my first squash Sunday, now this is a real first in every way, I’ve only ever had pumpkin once before, in a restaurant and it was rock hard and horrid, I left it, I’ve never bought one and to be absolutely honest I didn’t really know what to do with it, of my cookery books only my old secondhand copy of Mrs B had pumpkin and she suggests cooking and mashing with butter and milk, so that’s what I did and it was delicious,
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I also looked up how to cook pumpkin and pumpkin recipes on the internet, they look to be quite a versatile veg,

two more chillies,
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vegetarian chilli, another first as I’ve never made it with a real chilli before, only chilli powder,
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growing veg is encouraging me to try veggies I’ve not tried before which I like,

the cucumbers are still coming at a nice regular pace, I’ve never eaten so many, there are some green tomatoes which will probably go red in time, I usually find they don’t start to change here until late summer and this year they were started late, and I must not forget the humble potato, digging up a few at a time as needed,

I know I’ve said it before but just want to again, it is mostly due to reading about veg growing from other bloggers who have written about their veggies that encouraged to start again, I tried a bit when I first came here but failed and just didn’t try again, I now realise my failure was due to lack of knowledge and no one to talk to on the subject, so thanks x

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