Monday’s Meander Round the Garden

Every time I wander round the garden at the moment I seem to spot another plant in flower, or another perennial appearing. I’m keeping up with my weeding with a big session by the high fence and round the roses.

This week some of the irises have started to flower, these are the bearded ones, I just love them, they’re both delicate and in your face! One of my favourites at the moment is one I bought at Thornton Hall gardens a couple of years ago, it has the most beautiful deep purple, almost black petals, it looks like velvet!

iris

At this years Harrogate Flower Show I bought three irises with variegated leaves, it was the leaves that attracted me to them. They have now flowered and I love them even more, they are a gorgeous soft purple, they are so pretty and delicate.

iris

The aquilegias are all flowering too, the other names for these are columbines or Granny’s Bonnets, they seem to like my soil, they make a good clump too so I’ve bought several over the years in different colours and sizes. This pretty cream one is one of the taller ones, it’s in the bed by the conservatory which is mainly creams and soft blues.

aquilegia

Some of the aquilegia flowers look really complicated, these white and blue ones are alot shorter, you can just see them in the background of the photo above…

aquilegia

They also love to cross-fertilize and self seed, this beautiful little one in the palest blush pink is in a crack on the side of the path!

aquilegia

The raised bed by the patio always surprises me, it always looks pretty empty during the winter with just a few bare shrubs and a couple of evergreens, but come spring all the perennials suddenly appear and fill it, here you can see geranium at the front, spirea goldflame with it’s yellowy leaves, an allium or two, magnolia, roses and box…and of course a dandelion head!

Garden in May

I have a bit of a love hate relationship with alliums, I love them peeping through the beds, dottied here and there, but one year, having seen a rather nice show garden at Harrogate flower show, I planted a circle of them round the patio. They went crazy and I very quickly seemed to have dozens! When I cleared the beds last year I must have dug up well over a hundred bulbs, I only planted six!!

alliums

The other day as I came back from walking the dogs on the back lane I suddenly realised how pretty it looks from the gate… this is how it looks as I walk through from the back lane, under the arch which now has clematis growing up it! To the left is the pond, summerhouse and the lawn, with the rose and shrub bed opposite…

Garden in May

To the right is my Amber & Amethyst garden with my new arbour. I sat on my bench this afternoon with a cup of tea with my walking buddy, recovering from almost a 10 mile walk! Just in front is the newly planted autumn bed and our lovely compost heap! The obelisk in the corner is almost disappearing under the rose and the clematis, you can just see the top peaking out!

Garden in May

I’m really please with the back garden at the moment, I just need to keep on top of those pesky weeds and keep my fingers crossed that the mole that has been digging hills just a couple of feet into the garden doesn’t decide to explore further!

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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25 Responses to Monday’s Meander Round the Garden

  1. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Your garden is beautiful. No wonder you like it too. I hope the mole doesn’t decide you have choice grubs. I have not had such luck with alliums. I get one or so per year as multiplied. Your soil must be great.

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  2. Very beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing the photos. Living in an apartment, I miss having a garden.

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  3. Your garden is amazing

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  4. Mary says:

    Your garden is incredibly beautiful – should be included in garden tours.

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  5. Laura says:

    Love, love, love your garden! It is so interesting with all of the colors and textures…I would like to take a novel and a cup of tea and settle in on your bench!

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  6. Linda says:

    Your colors are beautiful. I think you are smart doing the border as you go. I would lose motivation too if I wanted until the end.

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  7. Deb says:

    😍❤️😍

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  8. Gail says:

    Lovely trip through your garden today! Mine is coming to life too, but not as fake along as yours .

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  9. Hi, your garden is looking splendid, my husband mentioned only yesterday that he would like some alliums. A little tip for your mole – if you buy one of those children windmills on a stick and plant them in the ground the moles apparently do not like the vibration when the wind blows.

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  10. anne54 says:

    I love irises too. They are such tough plants, but have wonderful flowers. And your aquilegias…so pretty! Interesting anti-mole trick from HettyandDaisy. Will your garden be sprouting windmill blooms now?!

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  11. suth2 says:

    Looking beautiful. It is so good to see a beautiful Spring Garden while we are in still in Autumn.

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  12. It’s looking so beautiful. We are in a new build (3 years ago we moved in!) so our garden was a total blank canvas and we are slowly creating a garden and I love seeing an established garden full of plants and spaces to enjoy. x

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  13. kathyreeves says:

    Your garden gives me hope that spring will someday arrive here in South Dakota! I love that dark Iris…they are my favorite of all flowers!

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  14. Your garden is so blissful!

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