Tuesday’s Totter Round the Garden

Our house sale fell through a couple of weeks ago when the buyers backed out, we therefore had to back out of the house purchase, fortunately it was just a couple of days after agreeing a price so we hadn’t incurred any legal costs. After a couple of weeks mulling things over and my daughter craftily talking to us both individually and planting a seed of an idea…we have decided to stay put and hopefully get help for the garden, as she pointed out it’s a dormer bungalow so perfect if we get to the age when stairs are difficult as we can live quite happily downstairs as both our bedroom and the main bathroom are downstairs! We’ll look at ways of making the garden safer for me too.

Having neglected the garden somewhat since we agreed the sale, I thought I’d better start some weeding and tidying up at the weekend.

My OH helped weed round the lawn by the pond…

Down by the patio I have a couple of lovely hydrangeas in flower. In the spring I moved two from pots into a newly dug bed. Of course the beautiful pale blue one I bought about five years ago at the Harrogate show looks really healthy…but yet again not a single flower!!! It hasn’t flowered since I bought it!!! However, the gorgeous cream one I bought on Otley market has three stunning blooms, they’re huge…

I’ve another light coloured one in a pot which has several flowers on it too, it’s one of those which fades beautifully…

I’m thinking of moving this one to the raised bed in the autumn. Considering what a dry summer we’ve had, I’m pretty pleased with these, I’m not exactly good at remembering to water plants!

I’ve a couple of late flowering clematis down by the patio which are still covered in flowers, these are both many years old, well probably about 15. This purple one is called Romantica, it fascinates me as some of the flowers have five petals and some just four, I’m pretty sure it’s not just that one has fallen off.

August tends to be a bit of a funny month in a typical English cottage garden, most of the summer flowering plants are past there best and the autumn ones haven’t really come into their own yet. I was pleased to see a little vista from the path across to the big fence has still got lots of interest. The coarse leaved plant at the front with little blue flowers is actually a shrubby clematis, I bought it a few years ago at the Harrogate show, it’s not a shrub you often see for sale here, it’s not the most interesting plant but it fills a gap in late summer.

The pink rose in the foreground is called The Alnwich rose, the pink flowering shrub is a spirea and the white rose further down is called Champagne Moments, we bought these when we got married and they flower their socks off all summer and into the autumn.

It’s been a very dry summer here in the UK, we currently have a hosepipe ban until the reservoirs fill up again. Apparently many mature trees are struggling and dropping their leaves already so it’ll be interesting to see which ones survive the winter. Our black sambuscus on the right is already loosing it’s leaves where as usually it’s leaves don’t drop until mid autumn.

I’ve quite a bit of work to do in the garden now, starting the autumn tidy-up and pulling up the weeds before they set seed. I think I need to discipline myself more to get out in the garden more regularly!

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 Tuesday’s Totter Round the Garden

  1. anne54 says:

    Sometimes the solution you find is not always the expected one. I have a gardener come in once a month and I am so pleased that she does. My garden is much smaller than yours, but it is reassuring to know that Linda will be there to pull the weeds, mow the nature strip and do some of the heavier work. And I love chatting to her about gardens too!


  2. Jaya says:

    It’s certainly good news that you aren’t moving. Happy for you!


  3. Amo says:

    You’ve so much work and love in that garden, it’s good you will be staying a while to enjoy it more. Yes a gardener is worth it. I have a lovely one who has the same thoughts around my garden as I do which makes me happy. Some days I leave her to it and others we work together. I’m sure you’ll find the right one.


  4. claire93 says:

    sounds like a plan!


  5. katechiconi says:

    I’m so glad you are not being forced to pull yourselves up by the roots and try to reestablish in strange soil. A home like that, a garden like that… years of effort and memory invested. Stay if you can, while you can. Your daughter is wise…


  6. Pretty flowers. We have been in a horrible drought – finally got 3 inches of rain this last week – 2 yesterday! We have been dry in the last 12 years. Maybe things will turn around. Weather is Cyclic. Hugs


  7. Lynda says:

    I’m glad to see you are staying for the garden it is a true labor of love. A little hired help now and then could, of course, be a blessing. Congratulations on staying put!


  8. nanacathy2 says:

    Sensible decision. My Dad stayed put with a stair lift and three gardeners. One firm once a year to sort out the large lawns with feed and reseed. One who cut the grass, and one chap who did everything else. Dad did the lawn edges until just a couple of years till he was too infirm. I have Tessa the wonderful, and next year will have her on a regular basis, plus the chaps for the landscapey stuff.

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  9. You have such a beautiful garden. I am glad you have decided to stay where you are

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  10. kathyreeves says:

    Happy you get to stay with your beautiful surroundings that you have nurtured to such glory!

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  11. Congratulations on that solution – it is as if it was meant to be! And you get to stay with your gorgeous garden! Your daughter did good 🙂

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