After a week away walking the Cleveland Way I had just one night at home to pack a suitcase for a two day conference in Sheffield with work! I managed a little wander round the garden though to see what changes have happened over the week…
Everything is looking taller and fuller! The patio is looking pretty colourful with geranium Ann Folkard with it’s majenta flowers, it seems to be spreading somewhat so I thinking I may have to take it in hand at the end of the season! The dutch irises are making a good display too, they came from my mums garden quite a few years ago.
The roses over the arch are starting to flower, this is a David Austin rose called Teasing Georgia. Looking through the arch you can see alchemilla mollis, another geranium, two astrantias – there’s a large creamy one on the corner and also a pink one on the bed above the irises. The black sambuscus is still looking pretty with it’s creamy-pink flowers and it nicely hides the biggest part of the fence.
I’ve got several astrantias now, all different colours, they seem to like my clay soil. As well as the two above I’ve a deep red one in my Amber & Amethyst garden and a dark pink one in amongst the roses near the summer house. I’ve also got this one which I took from my mum’s garden before we sold her house, it’s still in a pot whilst I decide where to put it. I like it’s ‘petals’, they’re actually leaf bracts, but they’re a bit bigger than many astrantias and look almost papery.
Up in the Amber and Amthyst garden I’ve two tall flower spikes, I think this one is called erasmus, the geum behind it has been flowering it’s socks off for weeks now with it’s deep orange flowers. The Port Sunlight rose has just started to flower and the purple foliage around this bed is looking pretty ‘amber & amethyst’-ish
Over on the other side of the AA garden it’s looking very pretty, but decided more pink than amber & Amethyst! The rose at the back is covering the obelisk, the blooms start a soft amber colour but quickly seem to fade to a creamy white. There’s lots of self seeded foxgloves and poppies around it’s base. You can also see the dark red astrantia next to the arch. In the forground are perenial cornflowers, erysimums and a very pink blousy peony! Soon my favourite rose, Lady Emma Hamilton will start flowering, balancing the border a bit with it’s gorgeous coppery orange blooms.
We’re opening our garden for the last weekend in July, putting on a little quilt and needlework exhibition too, trying to raise money for the soldiers charity. I’ve got a month to try and get on top of the weeds! Mind you, having visited a garden in Helmsley last week which was full of weeds, I feel much better about mine! If anyone is nearby and fancies coming along, leave a message and I’ll send you my address.