Blogging is a funny thing, isn’t it? Often I feel that I don’t want to go on, because I tend to compare my garden with other (more perfect) specimens. I always find myself, and my own garden, wanting – and sometimes I feel the garden is simply an endless list of tasks that I’ll never get to the end of.
Hey! I can’t measure up to your perfect manicures, but I keep going (in spite of the fact that the garden’s particularly messy at the moment). I’ve just spent two months fire-fighting elsewhere (excuses, excuses), so what can you expect?
The garden really is a mess, not just kidding … Still, this week I finally got to the end of the strimming and grass-cutting after the two months of neglect. Unfortunately, I also noticed today that the grass needs cutting again. Its been so warm.
Here’s the Rose Walk …
Euphorbia ‘Silver Swan’ and Anemone ‘Honorine Joubert’ still look good …
The Long Border …
This needs more ornamental grass to give it some structure (they do well in the dry summer conditions).
Unfortunately the dahlias haven’t really lived up to their promise of adding colour at this time of the year. I probably need to increase on what I bought this year (which will be stored during the winter) and allow the existing to bulk up a bit by potting them very early before planting out.
The mini-woodland … there are cyclamen and some prettily tinged epimedium leaves. Plus lots of weeds.
A little Judas tree (Cercis silaquastrum) in the wrong (shady) place, next to the mini-woodland.
The Hornbeam Gardens, with hedges desperately in need of cutting …
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Malepartus’ is looking particularly pretty at the moment – must divide and make more in spring 2021.
It’s all a beautiful mess, but the older I get, the less inclined I am to ‘control’.
The loveliest thing this week has been our red oak (Quercus rubra). Doing so well down in the bottom of the garden after planting in 2016. This part of the garden is occasionally flooded in the winter (but not for more than 2 hours). I read that the red oak actually quite enjoys damp conditions, but is intolerant of flooding. Who knows what the future will bring?
I love the light and dark down in this orchard/wild area (as if I needed more wild!). If you live in Britain you might not understand how lovely I find this shade.
However, it’s starting to get a bit much. My four cherry ‘Tai-Haku’ are quite large now.
… and the espaliered fruit are beginning to complain slightly under the shade of the largest of our three young walnuts.
Last night we were asking ourselves if five walnuts (three young, two mature, all existing when we arrived) are too much for a garden this size. I’m thinking that’s so … and that we should be buying a chainsaw. But the one above would be the specimen singled out for the chop. And its colour is so pretty right now. It will be hard to say goodbye.
I played around with the panorama facility on my phone today and thought I might end with the result.
Happy gardening week everyone!