Monday’s Meander Round the Garden

Yesterday I had a good tidy up session in the garden, all the geraniums that I’d been keeping for Ilkley Show could now be cut back and tidied up. Ann Folkard is a big geranium with deep magenta flowers, it must be 2.5 to 3′ tall in places, it was now well and truly flopped with very few flowers, so I cut it right back and there’s a lovely cushion of new leaves already.

My OH did laugh when he looked out to the patio at lunchtime, you could hardly see the stone under a heap of cuttings and that’s despite a huge trug full going on the compost heap! I tend to do a mass tidy up at the end when I’m having a big prune, rather than bagging as I go along!DSC_0010

I’ve also got a geranium with gorgeous clear blue flowers which isn’t very tall but manages to get about! I always struggle to identify the actual plant in the spring until it starts to flower as it looks so insignificant, however it spreads sideways, it’s long stems intertwining with all the plants about 6′ either way. It looks really pretty and it does help to bring all the border together. I love the way it mingles, it’s a very social plant! However it was now time to give it’s neighbours chance to breathe, so I cut it right back. There’s shrubs underneath I’d forgotton about, just sitting there quietly waiting for their moment to shine, such as this eunonymous…DSC_0117

…and this clematis! I planted this quite a few years ago but it’s obelisk finally collapsed last year and I’ve not had chance to make a new one yet. To be honest it’s a bit overgrown down there and I thought I’d lost it, but having cleared away the geraniums I found some gorgeous clematis blooms!DSC_0116

Another plant that is shining at the moment is this Crinum lily, isn’t it gorgeous! The silvery leaves behind are my brunnera, Jack Frost, it’s great ground cover with lovely blue flowers in spring, a bit like long for-get-me-nots.DSC_0114 (2)

I dead-headed the roses about a month ago so they are all having a bit of a flush at the moment, this cluster of Teasing Georgia on the arbour looked particularly pretty.DSC_0118

The AA garden is perking up a bit too after the rain we’ve had, it’s looking quite pretty again, though looking at that bindweed climbing my wobble stick, I think I need to get the spray out again! The veronicas with their intense blue spikes have started seeding themselves around the garden, which is great. The purple sedum is just coming into flower too. It’s looking a bit dark as the rain was just starting to come down heavy!DSC_0123 (2)

From now on it will be a steady stream of cutting back, tidying up and moving plants. It’s a bit earlier than usual but we seem to be heading into an early autumn, the blackbirds are already feasting on the rowan berries and the blackberries on the back lane are starting to ripen. As someone kindly mentioned today, it’s only twenty weeks until Christmas!!DSC_0112 (2)

 

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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10 Responses to Monday’s Meander Round the Garden

  1. Mandy says:

    I can’t believe you mentioned the big C word already. Oh my, don’t even think it. You’ll spoil the walk around the garden. I love Mondays because of your blog, I look forward to seeing what progress in the garden, you must have quite a big place, it’s beautiful. Well done for all the hard work. Regards Mandy xx

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  2. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Thank you for a lovely update on how your garden’s doing. An early Autumn? Hope we have that over here, too, and no hurricanes.
    Oh, dear. 😮 Twenty weeks?

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  3. Prue Batten says:

    Another amble through your wonderful garden, Margaret. Thank you…

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  4. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    I enjoyed the stroll through your garden. Everything looks lovely. What fun to find the clematis. You need to get her up where you can thoroughly enjoy her.

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  5. anne54 says:

    All your hard work is certainly paying off, Margaret. Your garden is looking lush and so pretty. Isn’t it a treat to find those hidden plants still tucked away, doing their own thing?

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  6. I always get a clue or tip for my garden from your posts…just lovely!

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  7. wybrow1966 says:

    Your garden is still looking lovely – mine is more of a spring and early summer garden so looks very tatty at the moment!

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  8. kathyreeves says:

    Those roses are like pom poms! My DH is thinking early autumn as well. We have just had two cloudy days in the 60’s, which is a little on the early side. We are starting to think about clean up too in the garden. I think I’m going to pull the green beans this week.

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