Monday’s Meander Round the Garden

My friend and I had a wonderful day at Harrogate Spring Flower Show, even a bit of rain didn’t dampen our spirits, we even laughed about being towed off the field because it was so muddy! We laughed even more when my friend rang her OH (We were in his car) to let me know we would be a bit late due to being towed off field. He commented on how dirty the outside of the car would be. My friend quickly replied ‘Oh the outside is fine…’ There was a few moments silence as he realised what that meant 🙂

I think it’s the first time we’ve been when we have both got big garden projects in progress, so we both bought a large amount of plants, I don’t think the car has ever been so full, the back seat was down and I still had one large camillia bush between my feet at the front!Image may contain: flower and plant

I got quite a few plants that were on my shopping list, an acer, a eunonymous alatus (Spindle tree, it turns an amazing shade of red in the autumn!) rhododendrons, iris, aquilegia, orange flowered honeysuckle and lots of clematis…together with quite a few impulse buys!

I’d been clearing beds and weeding in preparation for all these plants though I still need to rotavate three beds. My lovely OH carried lots of trugs of beautiful compost from the old heap down to lower beds, ready for me to dig it in, trying to improve my clay soil. I’ll probably dig a bag of pea shingle in this bed as well whilst I’m at it to help with drainage.improving clay soil

The AA garden is starting to fill out and look like a garden. I moved a peony last week when it was only about 3″ tall, it’s shot up this week!

One shrub that I saved when clearing beds for the AA garden is a chaenomeles (Japanese quince) it has just started flowering. The flowers seem to peep out from under the leaves but they are a lovely deep shade of red.Japanese quince

I finally managed to paint the top of the fence, my eldest is a plumber so he has a long set of ladders, very long and very heavy! The advantage I found with such heavy ladders is that they don’t move an inch, so I felt perfectly safe at the top of them! I just need to finish the fence at the lower end and then give a second coat to what ever I can reach!

A clematis alpina I bought a couple of years ago at the flower show is also flowering, they’re pretty bell shaped blue flowers set against fresh green leaves.  (It’s actually the one in the blue pot in the middle of the photo above.)There’s not as many flowers as I hoped, I might give it a good prune and feed after the flowers have faded and see how it does next year.clematis alpina

This week I’m going to be busy preparing soil and getting everything planted, on Saturday we’ve hopefully got 20 bags of pea shingle arriving to finish off the AA garden and a few other places that need topping up.

I managed to tackle the weeds in the pond garden this week, so it’s looking much better, the solomons seal are growing fast, the brunnera is covered in little blue flowers and the yellow erythroniums are looking very dainty…pond garden

…oops, I’ve just spotted a dandelion!

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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11 Responses to Monday’s Meander Round the Garden

  1. It’s looking fabulous already! My car looked similar yesterday. We bought lots of plants and then needed to fit in two six foot obelisks for climbers. You obviously had loads of fun at Harrogate 🙂


  2. Lovely garden … and lovely photos! 😁

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  3. amcclure2014 says:

    Some great plants. Your garden is looking good

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  4. Kate says:

    Your garden is beautiful!

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  5. Prue Batten says:

    Fabulous post! ‘Specially as we move through a chronic dry autumn here in Australia – it’s refreshing to see what’s happening in other climates. After seeing your purchases and what’s coming up in your garden, I’ve decided I must buy a brunnera and some erythoniums for my own! Oh, by the way – saw a gorgeous wire horse sculpture the other day – $A12,500!!!!!! Yikes!

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  6. kathyreeves says:

    You have so many different types of plants, and it all looks so verdant. I bet your backyard feels and smells like heaven!

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  7. anne54 says:

    That was a lovely meander through your garden. It is looking wonderful, and is going to be glorious when all those plants come into full bloom.

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