March - mild weather? you would think it late April.
Garden Weeded - check
Shrubs divided and re plated - check
New plants purchased waiting to go! - check
Sweetpeas from Sarah Raven sown - check
Bishops Landaff - sown but not grown - check them
Borders defined - check
Cosmos Picotee 5" tall now ready for sowing soon - check
Cornflower Double Black growing - check
With January past us and raring to do some potting I have now experimented with some Cowslip seedlings - fingers crossed then.
Also on the menu is those long awaited Dahlias Bishops Children, which I had in my garden back in 2010. Tall wavering stems of burnt oranges, yellows, mauves and pale cranberry colours which lasted me until late October. Dig out the tubers before the first frosts!
Most of us talk about what a bad year it was, what with fete's fairs and car boots being cancelled due to the weather. However, most of you will only remember that when it came to a weekend the weather turned and rained or it was too cold especially for gardening.
I had accomplished the lower borders by then tidying up the lavender beds, and watching the hens dig around and scratch on the car park.
Dry weather in March and then a freezing cold Easter. April looked much greener, and surprisingly not dissimilar to this years weather pattern. I decided to surround my lavenders with a parterre of Buxus Sempervirens.
May however was good enough to say we had a summer with red peonies and the azalea which flourished in hot weather.
The hens thought it was too hot they sought refuge in shade at The Green Garden!
Blue Iris and the blue grey range of delphinium displayed their glorious colour.
The Sarah Bernhardt peony with its crunchy petals
Compassion and Perpetue Roses
Euonymous and Blue Hosta
End of June I remember watching the Chelsea Flower Show and how cold and wet at times it was however some stunning garden design work really inspired me to keep going and get the look in my garden that I wanted in keeping with the property (naturally)