Tuesday View (and an End of Month View for April)

26 thoughts on “Tuesday View (and an End of Month View for April)”

  1. This is going to be good, I can’t wait to see how this bed comes along through the year and goes from one peak to another!
    Sorry to see the freeze damage. Were your yew damaged as well?
    That’s quite the little woodland garden you’re growing. I know many a gardener who would be pleased to have that kind of variety in a garden ten times the size!

    1. Always sweet, Frank! I do actually feel embarrassed when I post pictures of the garden because I have these stupid standards in my silly head. Yes, lots of frost damage on yew and box, but they’ll pull through. It’s a few much younger shrubs (two Hydrangea sargentiana, the Cornus ‘Satomi’ and a Magnolia that I’m worried about. Except I went to a friend’s garden today and see that we are all in the same boat.

      1. We had two years where rather harsh freezes came late in the season, after most plants had leafed out. Some recovered remarkably fast… others just plain died. An established rugosa rose was the most surprising casualty, I didn’t think anything could kill them!
        Good luck, once a few other things come along you won’t even think about it anymore 🙂

      2. Thanks! Some shrubs (the cornus and the Cercis) are already looking a bit better. How astonishing for a rugosa rose to be killed by a freeze in spring … you can’t really guarantee anything, can you?

  2. It looks like your garden is rapidly moving towards summer! Your border view is most definitely not boring Cathy! I will be interested to see what else is in there later in the year – my slope is not clay, but is very dry in summer and catches the worst of the midday sun too. So glad you are joining me, and I hope it will help you get some ideas for future planting. 🙂 Oh, and that yellow rose is absolutely gorgeous!

    1. I am so glad to be joining with you too, Cathy! I am already panicking because I go back to Scotland next Tuesday for 9 days and things will flower without me! Hopefully they’ll last so I can join in again when I return.

  3. Oh far from being a boring view Cathy! I’m sorry to read about your frost damage which has also hit gardeners and growers in the south of England. I imagine that you must cherish your little mini woodland.

    1. Very kind Anna – yes I’ve been watching and seeing that our weather patterns are going in tandem. That little woodland is such a pleasant place on a very hot summer’s day – tiny as it is. So, you are right, I do cherish it!

  4. I love your ‘Canary Bird’ rose but mostly I love how your garden is built adjoining those old stone walls. Makes it impossible to have a boring view. Also love the border with the grassy path leading to the stone steps.

    1. The walls are quite a blessing. In fact the whole setting is a blessing, given the slow development of the actual garden.

  5. Cathy, your views do look lovely, but I understand the desire for guiding the borders through hot summer. Will look forward to seeing what solutions you experiment with. I know it will be creative and lovely.

  6. There’s so much to admire already, but I know what you mean about your ideas and standards! And I’m very impressed with all your perennial seed growing- no mean feat!
    Looking forward to seeing the border evolve, thanks for sharing.

  7. Most of us have been through or are still going through similar bouts of disatisfaction and having ‘warts and all’ posts shows this, so it will be good to follow the progress of your borders. I certainly enjoyed seeing views I had not seen before, especially the little woodland. Sorry to hear your greenhouse is not up and running yet

    1. Still not up and running Cathy, but I live in hope. Yes – bouts of disatisfaction, and then you see something joyful around the next corner!

  8. Your gardens are so beautiful! Very much like my “dream garden” (I’m a long way from accomplishing it!) I just discovered your blog and I love all the pictures!

    1. I think my ACTUAL garden is a long way away from being a dream garden. But you are quite right, Joanna, the surroundings are amazing and they make anything look better!

  9. Certainly not boring. Clay soil is such hard work but I know silver leaf plants struggle. Do you have dahlias I wonder. I shall look forward to seeing the view develop and change

    1. Thanks for the comment! Yes – I do have dahlias and they seem to do ok although I had big problems with various critters eating the roots in the first two years. You’ve reminded me it’s high time I planted them out.

  10. It looks like that border already has a lot of interest, but so many of us feel the same about sharing our gardens in all phases…! 😉 I love your Artemisias; “Powis Castle” has done magnificently for me here – in clay too! But I’ve not seen “Lambrook Silver”.

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