How's the garden doing?

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Re: How's the garden doing?

Postby Rayge » 27 Jun 2015, 11:27

Every so often, I screw up my courage (I'm acrophobic) and climb out onto the flat roof I share with a neighbour (only they have access) to take pictures that give a better idea of the garden than can be gleaned on the ground: in the summer, the combination of tall plants and the slope means that, whatever one's vantage point, it's difficult to see more than about a quarter of it at once. I haven't done a proper edit, but these three give a general idea.

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wide angle of the back garden from my neighbour's roof – the honeysuckle in the foreground is in her garden.

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The Glade at the side of the garden is a shady sitting space. To the right, the beginning of what is optimistically known as The Meadow, where the grass is cut just twice a year to encourage it, and any native plants that seed themselves, a chance to flower.

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The Meadow is better seen to the left of this picture looking towards the swing in the south-west corner, next to the collapsing outbuilding known as The Shed. The ponds are in this corner, but they can't be seen anywhere other than from right next to them.

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Re: How's the garden doing?

Postby yomptepi » 27 Jun 2015, 12:06

The things I could do with that "collapsing outbuilding known as The Shed"

good lord!!
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Re: How's the garden doing?

Postby Polishgirl » 27 Jun 2015, 12:08

A couple of weeks ago, I bought a David Austin rose, and we buried the ashes of my late but very beloved Carly Cat underneath it.

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It's now flowering. It smells divine, and it's meant to be a repeat flowerer, so hopefully it'll keep going for several weeks yet. I'm really pleased with it, and it's a fitting tribute to Her Tabby Majesty.

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Re: How's the garden doing?

Postby yomptepi » 27 Jun 2015, 12:09

She is the image of Bundle. Lovely Rose.
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Re: How's the garden doing?

Postby Diamond Dog » 27 Jun 2015, 12:21

My garden is getting overgrown.....lawnmower broke down two/three weeks ago...got a really nice new one...haven't put it together yet :oops:
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Re: How's the garden doing?

Postby Rayge » 27 Jun 2015, 14:23

yomptepi wrote:The things I could do with that "collapsing outbuilding known as The Shed"

good lord!!


My landlord is a skinflint, who insists on doing all repairs himself, unfortunately. He is also in early stages dementia, and can't remember if the outbuilding is listed, as the house is. And it's very non-traditional construction, with three single skin brick walls and one cob one (at the back), and a roof that is basically just perched on there, not tied in in any way. As a gardener, if I had my druthers, I'd have it down, as it's the only area in the garden flat enough to take a greenhouse and it throws a lot more shadow than it's worth.
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Re: How's the garden doing?

Postby Rayge » 27 Jun 2015, 14:26

Polishgirl wrote:A couple of weeks ago, I bought a David Austin rose, and we buried the ashes of my late but very beloved Carly Cat underneath it.

Looks familiar - is it Lady Hamilton?
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Re: How's the garden doing?

Postby Samoan » 27 Jun 2015, 14:55

The hypericum is out and the campanula keeps on going on

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My favourite colour hollyhock is blooming.

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Here's some to be going on with 'till the other colours emerge.
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Re: How's the garden doing?

Postby Rayge » 27 Jun 2015, 15:14

Ooooh, deeply envious. I no longer have a deep red hollyhock, and as I follow the 'no room for doubles' law of the wildlife garden, find it very hard to source one on-line. Any chance of a seed-swap?
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Re: How's the garden doing?

Postby Polishgirl » 27 Jun 2015, 19:54

I've got hollyhock envy too!

Not a Lady Hamilton, it's called teasing Georgia. We spent ages choosing between the roses at bernaville
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Re: How's the garden doing?

Postby The Modernist » 27 Jun 2015, 20:01

Samoan wrote:The hypericum is out and the campanula keeps on going on

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I love these -very unusual. I don't think I've seen them before
I bought some plants in St Albans market today (great market generally, but they've got some especially good plant stands), so I'll be out in the garden tomorrow.

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Re: How's the garden doing?

Postby yomptepi » 27 Jun 2015, 20:30

Those daffs again.

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my white roses

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and the newly weeded bed.

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Re: How's the garden doing?

Postby Deebank » 28 Jun 2015, 22:16

yomptepi wrote:collapsing outbuilding


Einstürzende ausbauten?
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Re: How's the garden doing?

Postby Copehead » 28 Jun 2015, 22:35

Deebank wrote:
yomptepi wrote:collapsing outbuilding


Einstürzende ausbauten?


Einsturzende listed shithousen?
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Re: How's the garden doing?

Postby Rayge » 05 Jul 2015, 13:47

Well, it's currently being soaked by squally showers, which keeps me indoors and gives me the chance to unload a shedload (hah!) of pictures from late May to the equinox (or thereabouts)

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Geum

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First crop
31 May. They're pretty much over now, unfortunately

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Hesperides aka Dames Violet or Sweet Rocket
Smells wonderful

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The Stumpery
Ferns and various geraniums in a rare shady (usually) part of the garden. Hawthorn in blossom in the background is in my neighbour's patch

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Dwarf aquilegia

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Forget-me-not

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Geum
A gift from polishgirl, this one

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Colour splash
Aquilegias, geums and an old China rose

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White bladder campion
For some, a weed, for me a welcome visitor

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Jacob's ladder

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Rosa Ispahan
Amazingly floriferous Damask rose

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Ixia
Flowers falling on the foliage of a nearby Sambucus niger (black elder)

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Fibonacci series
The centre of an ox-eye daisy

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Hardy geranium
A rare look at the front garden

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Cerastrum (Snow in Summer)

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Fine dining
Bee (no idea what sort :( ) on a Knautia macedonica, a type of long-flowering hardy herbaceous scabious that's amazingly good value

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Limnanthes douglasii (the poached egg plant)
splendid cheap and cheerful annual grown from seed

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Poppy head

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Meadow cranesbill (native geranium)

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Iris sibirica
Bog plant

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Mahonia berries

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Iris laevigata
marginal water plant

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Stripes
Extreme close-up (actual size, just over an inch across of, I think, Geranium sanguineum striatum

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Solids
Another geranium

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Where's Wally
Astrantia rubra, cerinthe, campion, lavender and Jacob's ladder create a confused throng

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Up against the wall
Ixia

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Lovage and bronze fennel
The tallest growers in the herb garden against a background of wildflower riot

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Foxglove cups
This one has handily planted itself in a high raised bed, making the up and under shot easy

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Variegated pelargonium
Actually I think I probably took this indoors, but it's outside now

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Geranium cinereum 'Ballerina'
And yes, I do have a crib sheet :)

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Red and white
Oriental poppies and ox-eye daisies race for the sun

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Pink paper petals
Helianthemum, aka rock rose

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Looking south-west

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Thyme, in full floral effect

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General profusion

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On the rocks
Thrift and Erigeron (Mexican fleabane) enjoy the stony soil

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Parallel lines
An Oenothera (evening primrose) cultivar growing through the slats of a bench seat

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Geranium 'Purple Haze' (?)
Bronze foliage variety

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Ragged Robin
aka Lychnis flos-cuculi, fine native plant

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Aquilegia 'Nora Barlow'

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North End

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Goosegogs
Ripening well

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Frond and centre

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Geraniums, plantains, ferns, knautia and ivy

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Giant scabious
Not kidding about the giant – this one is way over my head

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Dianthus (clove pink)

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A Tradescantia of some kind

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Filigree
Bronze Fennel
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Re: How's the garden doing?

Postby Rayge » 11 Aug 2015, 16:09

Since I apparently broke the thread with my last megablast of photos, perhaps I can spark it back into life with an injection of a few more. I've certainly got loads, It's been a colourful six or seven weeks. I am as usual well behind with the photos - latest one here still in June

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Hangover

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Pelargoniums and friends

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Astrantia rubra

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Sweet Williams in a bed with Benjamin Britten. How robustly appropriate

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Scabious

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The stumpery

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Waterlily
Because the pond is at the top of the garden, well away from where I have been playing / working this summer, it has been neglected quite a bit, so I'm pleased to see both my lilies are thriving on it

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Wrecking Ball

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Rosa Ispahan

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'some kind of ginger'

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Anemone 'Purple Ceiling Fan'

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Lady Emma Hamilton
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Re: How's the garden doing?

Postby Six String » 11 Aug 2015, 20:29

Copehead wrote:
Deebank wrote:
yomptepi wrote:collapsing outbuilding


Einstürzende ausbauten?


Einsturzende listed shithousen?


Ein shizen ausbauten?

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Re: How's the garden doing?

Postby Rayge » 12 Aug 2015, 20:34

Don\t mind me, just pottering

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Alpine Strawberry
distinct taste of pineapple

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Geraniums

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Escholzia / California poppy

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Giant scabious seedhead

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The Night Watch

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Knautia macedonica
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Re: How's the garden doing?

Postby Rayge » 12 Aug 2015, 20:37

Might as well potter one at a time.

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Evening primrose
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Re: How's the garden doing?

Postby Rayge » 12 Aug 2015, 20:41

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Columbine Nora Barlow comes again after being chopped back
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