Thursday, 13 June 2013

Long time no blog

I woke up to find this morning that my blog has been nominated as a "blog of the month" by "Jeans Garden"  Jean blogs about her garden, also a clearing in the woods, but in Maine USA rather than damp South Wales.    Despite the distance between our respective plots I see many similarities, the woodland location, a love of traditional cottage garden perennials and an interest in gardening as part of social history.  I have added a link to Jean's blog in my reading list, so take a trip to Maine when you have some time.
The summer continues here as we have come to expect.  A few hot sunny days then wet wet wet.
Things are coming on quite well though. Work has prevented me from blogging recently so, time for an update.
The vegetable plot is establishing itself, with the herbs over their initial shock of a soil change looking green and happy and everything else doing OK so far.

 The main cottage garden border has come on leaps and bounds and our initial worry that we had been over enthusiastic with our winter clearances have been dispelled - as we hoped clearing out all the old shrubs has given the perennials a chance to re-establish and come into their own.  It's a bit green at present but will hopefully get brighter later if we get at least some sun.  The naturalized foxgloves are wonderful though and suit the garden really well:

Our embryonic orchard seems to be happy; all the trees are in leaf and have had at least some blossom.  The winter Nellis Pear was covered in blossom - but that tree is a year older than the others.  It remains to be seen whether they try and set any fruit this year, and if they do whether I am able to be very self controlled and take it off to allow the trees more time to mature before they have to work so hard.
Winter Nellis Pear
The protectors we put round the saplings are doing their job - no Deer damage yet, but they will soon be too small.  H is off on a stock fencing course later this month and I hope he will want to practice his new skills!

Sapling will soon need a new protector

Old fashioned climbing Rose improved by pruning

Our Wisteria continues to take me by surprise - its such a huge larger than life  plant - some thing that belongs in a "real" garden.  From this you will conclude that I don't think I have a real garden - well to be honest its taking some getting used to, and my toes still curl with pleasure every time I open the front door and find all this floating above me!

Sea Thrift thriving in the wall


  1. Love your photos! The wisteria is glorious! We are getting quite a bit of rain as well! Better too much than not enough, I guess. Having a bit of a lull in the garden now, except for the yellow foxgloves, and dismayed by all the caterpillars and bugs, but the birds are happy about my organic garden - lots to feed the newly hatched babie!

  2. Thank you! I didnt think the photos would be that good today as it was so dull but the light was actually just right. Gardens come and go dont they? Dull patches are inevitable- just a pause before the next bit of excitement!

  3. It sounds as though we're having the same weather, too -- wet, wet, wet with a few sunny days. Your wisteria is beautiful; it's not a plant I can grow because my climate is much colder than yours and it is not cold-hardy here. Do you know which blue geranium you have growing in the lower right of the big photo? It's beautiful -- and I'm a geranium fan. -Jean

    1. Hi Jean,
      I think its just old Johnson's Blue - grows like a weed! I enjoy geraniums too and had quite a collection in my old garden which was in the East of England and was very dry and arid with lots of soil always needing to be covered, but still haven't got round to beginning any collections of particular plants here. I love Delphiniums, but have huge trouble growing them.