I think it’s safe to say that summer has gotten off to rather a slow start this year. But it’s still only June, we may have three months of glorious heat, sunshine and hazy days ahead of us so I’m not writing it off just yet.
What this inclement weather has done is to make me rather eager to make the most of the days that are
pretty good perfect!
And those days start with me coming downstairs, putting the coffee on the stove and opening the back door as wide as it can go. We then spend a good hour outside. The bottoms of pyjamas get wet, the coffee goes cold and the breakfast gets soggy. But it doesn’t really matter as it could be raining tomorrow and then we’d have to take another viewing of Finding Nemo.
“Just keep swimming, just keep swimming..etc, etc…”
I think Ned quite liked the feel of the primulas.
So much so he tried to get them to have a little kiss.
Some of my very favourite trees, Salix.
I have four of these and love the soft pink and green they add to the spot they’re in. I’ll not lie, they haven’t transported super well from the other garden and one looked like it had died. But it got over its shock and now has some brand new bright green, albeit tender, leaves coming in.
I bought them all for a tenner at Chichester market a couple of summers ago. I’m really pleased with them and have promised them that this is the last time they’ll be moved.
Bathed in early sun. They were here when we arrived, love inheriting flowers that I most certainly would have bought. I’ll add some pale lilac and white ones to this spot.
Floppy, heavy, blowsy David Austins.
These ones are Alan Titchmarsh and I’m not kidding but some of them are LILAC!
After a violent outburst of blossom soon after we had moved in this Hawthorn looked very tired indeed. It certainly has its ‘moment’ and then you have to put up with it until the berries come. So I planted this scraggy clematis at the bottom of it to add some colour. I’ll keep and eye on it and make sure it doesn’t go crazy but I have a thing for growing climbers through other trees. I love it and am looking forward to getting some rambling roses through some of the larger trees over the coming years.
Feels very good to say that.
This one is Jubilee Celebration, another David Austin. I have found David Austin roses to be extremely hardy and they transplant well. I’m certainly not loyal to them but I’m happy with the ones I have.
I love being out here and snapping away at various plants and flowers at this time (just after 7am). I had my B12 jab on Tuesday and woke up on Wednesday like a totally different person. Hence having the wherewithal to get some pictures as the sun was coming round the house. Being diagnosed with Pernicious Anemia was an absolute pain in the arse, and I’m mad about it, but at least I know what it is and how it can be treated.
At least I’m not lolling in bed struggling to open my eyes while this little imp is playing hide and seek behind the lavender.
In a big, floppy, pink sunhat, NATCH!
I hope you’ve enjoyed the wee tour. Most of the plants and flowers are now out of their pots and in the ground. I think next year in this garden will be brilliant and the one after that will be spectacular. They make you wait, do gardens. They may you work, and wait, and work some more. And good on them!
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