Monday’s Meander Round the Garden

It’s been a hot sunny day here in Yorkshire with clear blue skies. I spent a bit of time pottering in the garden, trying to keep in the shade to keep cool! This is my view from the shade of the arbour, my favourite spot for a morning cup of coffee.

My main problem at the moment is watering all the plants I’ve planted over the last couple of weeks; there’s rather a lot of them! Usually I’m pretty tough with plants, they get watered for the first couple of days and then they have to fend for themselves, but having spent rather a lot of money recently and with it being so dry, I’m pampering this lot! We had a little rain over night on Saturday which did help, but otherwise it’s a watering can job! Our hosepipe has that many holes in it really isn’t worth trying – we really need to buy a decent one!

One of the irises I bought at the Harrogate show has just flowered, it’s beautiful, white edged with lavender.

I’ve cleared and rotavated the border by the big fence this week, the rain helped enormously here, one day the soil was like concrete, the next day after a night of gentle rain (perfect!!) it was much easier to work. I’ve planted four different clematis along the fence and a pink rhodedendron too. I still want a colomnular cherry tree and a climbing rose to help cover the fence but that will have to wait until next pay day!! The cotinus coggyrhia which is just in front of the fence is coming into leaf. It looks stunning with the sun behind it. I’ve got one of these in the front garden too. I’ve also got a lime green version in the front which I love, so much so that I’ve planted another in my Autumn border.

The hostas by the pond have really shot up this week, in the past these have stayed pretty much undamaged by slugs which I’m hoping is down to toads and frogs in the pond, rather than the chickens roaming over winter. We haven’t got the chucks any more so time will tell!

The trees have really greened up this week and bluebells are out on the back lane. I never realised how strong their scent is until we started doing long distance walks, we usually walk at this time of year and the scent as you walk through a bluebell wood is amazing.

I’m gradually starting to weed the rose border, I was planning to leave it for a big overhaul next year, but I can’t look at those weeds all that time! I’ll take out what I can and then get the weed killer out for the more persistant ones.

Our new Amber & Amethyst garden is proving a success, I planned a seating area up there as I noticed that is where the evening sun went, it’s lovely sitting up there with a glass of chilled Pinot Grigio!


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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21 Responses to Monday’s Meander Round the Garden

  1. Mandy Currie says:

    Hi there, I just love your Monday walk around the garden, that iris with the purple edges is so gorgeous, it’s my favourite flower. Regards Mandy xx

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  2. anne54 says:

    I love irises too, they are such undemanding plants. Yours is very pretty. The hosta is doing so well, and is that Solomon’s Seal I see behind it? You deserve the Pinot Grigio, because all your hard work is paying off!

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  3. Prue Batten says:

    Having seen your garden in pictures on the blog in the depths of winter, I love watching it unfold. It seems as if it’s on speed! Perhaps making up for a terrible spring. It looks wonderful and I especially like the hostas with the Solomon’s seal. If you have a foolproof way to keep the snails away from your hostas can you let me know? I don’t have a pond with frogs, so it’s immensely difficult.

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    • craftycreeky says:

      Thanks Prue, I think because everything stopped in March because the weather was so bad, everything has suddenly shot up! I don’t think there’s a fool proof way with hostas and slugs – adopt a hedgehog?


  4. katechiconi says:

    Your garden is looking lavish! Have you thought about a small duck or two for pest control? They don’t scratch like chooks, they love slugs and snails and can be very pretty…

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  5. kathyreeves says:

    It is unfolding so beautifully this spring, Margaret, and you are getting to enjoy some of your hard work from last year!

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  6. claire93 says:

    thanks for taking us on your meander round the garden. Everywhere is looking lush ^^

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  7. KerryCan says:

    Gorgeous but, oh, what a lot of work! The payoff is spectacular!

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  8. nanacathy2 says:

    A stunning spot.

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  9. I want to come and sip on a glass of wine in your garden with you….just spectacular!

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  10. tinaor says:

    Pretty garden – esp love the lily with the dipped purple edges.

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  11. tinaor says:

    I meant iris not lily!


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