Well it’s been a pretty typical Bank Holiday weekend weather-wise, we’ve had some lovely sunny spells but this was the view from upstairs on Saturday! The noise in the conservatory of the rain beating down was quite deafening! Today it’s just damp and murky!
I managed quite a few hours in the garden this week, trying to clear the AA garden. On Tuesday when all the news came through about the horrific attack in Manchester my OH was working from home. He likes having 24 hour news on at such times but I find it hard to cope with, by mid morning I needed some fresh air, to clear my head and remind myself that we do live on a beautiful planet. I went into the garden, whilst I was digging a little wren came and sat on the top of the obelisk, just a few feet from me, and sang his little heart out for about five minutes. It was just what I needed, I stood and just listened to his beautiful song until he chose to perch elsewhere.
The early summer flowers are just starting to bloom, we have a rose called Teasing Georgia climbing over the arch, the first flowers have just come out, they are a lovely soft yellow with a gorgeous scent.
Isn’t this iris stunning!! I bought it last year at Thornton Hall gardens, the flowers are seriously big and absolutely gorgeous, a real velvety deep purple. They are about the size of my hand! I just love it.
I’ve some little blue irises in the AA garden too, once they’ve finished flowering I need to try and move them as they are being swallowed up by the beech hedge and as I’m reorganising the whole area, now is the time to move plants.
The rhododendron by the pond has just come into flower too, this shrub fascinates me as the young blooms are such a different shade to the fully open flower. I’m wondering about planting a few more rhodies along the back fence as a natural weed control, as apparently other plants struggle to grow under them as the dead leaves give off a toxin.
Last year I moved a couple of clematis, they were just young ones in the AA garden. They’ve just come into flower and the blooms are those lovely big ones. When nextdoor finally get the dividing fence up I’m planning to plant lots of clematis.
The pond area is still my favourite part of the garden at the moment, the plants just seem to be working really well together. I noticed the other morning that when approached from the back gate the colours are amazing, there’s the different variegated hostas which are looking huge and luscious, the creamy variegation of the tall spiky iris leaves, together with the bright yellow of the flag iris flowers…Sometimes in the garden it all comes together 🙂