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12/07/2014 at 23:34

Beaus Mum, yes those lovely flowers only lasted two weeks, now gone  in fact with the exception of the roses and hydrangea the garden has become, what I call, quiet. Waiting for rain!

12/07/2014 at 23:48


Pete8, your Eryngium are absolutely stunning.  I definitely want to get some next year.

No stars in my garden this year as had all kinds of problems with flies, bugs and everything that swarms and eats.  So I've dug up an awful lot of established plants which just seem to be failing for one reason or another.  Bit of a disappointing year so far when things should be at their peak.

However, I bought a couple of tiny little hanging terracotta things - hard to get anything small enough to actually sit well in them, but in the evening light they have a 'cute' factor with mini red petunias.  I was also late doing baskets and managed to grab some cheap leftover wilting and damaged plants  from B&Q and they are now coming along.  So they are quite cheering.


13/07/2014 at 00:00

Love that bottom one Yarrow, I've never seen terracotta hanging 'baskets', it's great 

13/07/2014 at 00:05

Spotted them on Amazon when I was looking for ordinary hanging baskets.  I didn't really note the dimensions at the time so had expected them to be a little larger.  They are 'cute' though but I can't think of anything much that could grow in them for any length of time.  They're only about 15cm diameter at the top.  They come from a pottery in England somewhere - I forget where and I meant to take a note of it to see what else they have.  They brighten up a dull spot where there isn't room for anything else and they have proved to be eye-catching.

13/07/2014 at 00:08

Hi yarrow2 and Bizzieb, seems like we are all just checking in late  Sorry you havent had a good garden year yarrow2, I know how that feels at timeS but surprising how a bit of rain and couple days of sunshine and some times it all turns around so fingers crossed this will happen for you  

Bizzzieb have you found your hydrangeas best ever this year? Mine have loved the wet winter we had and I'm so pleased aswith all the snow previous year I had hardly any flowers. tried to add my star on here this morning but can't seem to do via iPad and too tired now to try via lap top. I'll try tomorrow but not very techy! 

13/07/2014 at 00:10

Ps yarrow2pour new hanging pots are very sweet

Maybe as an idea you could plant next year a little alpine as guess it will dry out real quick in the sun but alpines will like that 

13/07/2014 at 00:24

Hi Beaus Mum, you're absolutely right about the pottery cones drying out very quickly so a little alpine sounds ideal. 

Yes we've had three blazing hot days and I was overly excited when the forecasted showers came down bang on time with met office predictions this afternoon and evening here in Edinburgh.   I was about to get the hose out but couldn't conceal my glee that rain was going to do the perfect job instead. 

Noted your comment to Bizzieb on hydrangeas this year.  One success has been a white macrophyllia which this year has grown three times it's size and is covered in blooms with many more on the way.  Couldn't believe such rapid growth. In fact it's so big (compared to what it was) that it's taken over the spot where my yellow dutch iris were coming up nicely but they have no chance now.  Not complaining though!

13/07/2014 at 00:36

 Pretty dahlia. My real star is my new border, only planted this spring from cuttings and seeds, used to be a conifer hedge.



13/07/2014 at 00:39

Oh Lyn - your photo has me pining for where I was brought up in the countryside.  Being in the city now I really miss getting up in the morning and seeing hills and fields all round.  That's a great border and a fantastic view.

13/07/2014 at 07:22

Lyn, I remember the photo of when you'd just taken the hedge out - what a transformation! 

13/07/2014 at 07:46

Wot a view 

13/07/2014 at 08:16

Beautiful Dahlia - a natural sunburst  and that view; takes your breath away.

13/07/2014 at 08:53

It looks so beautiful now, I remember the hedge too. You've worked very hard.

13/07/2014 at 14:04

Other end to you Verdun, its Dartmoor, I am very privilaged  to be able to live here, to take care off and have free reign of this lovely garden, almost like a small park, I am very lucky.

Hard to believe this time last year it was a 25 year old conifer hedge.

Dove, did you notice the hedge along the top of the bank, coming on now I have uncovered it from the couch grass, nettle and brambles. I planted 5 more whitethorn as well.

13/07/2014 at 14:48
It always makes me smile to see the pics on this post, well done all

Lyn, wow, all i have to say
13/07/2014 at 14:56

 The last of the Delphiniums with nasturtiums in a large pot on a rainy dull day.

13/07/2014 at 15:13
Thats a beautiful blue
13/07/2014 at 16:37

 Not in the garden any more and not much colour I'm afraid, but today's star has to be my Charlottes, first time I've ever grown spuds and very pleased with is my OH 

13/07/2014 at 16:39

The Salvia patens and tree lillies are showing themselves off today:

Just noticed the sparrowhawk on the roof behind the lilies (which are taller than me!) No wonder the birds are a bit sparse today!

13/07/2014 at 16:46

Beautiful Lilies, mine aren't flowering yet and if this wind doesn't die down there will be nothing left of them to flower!! Why does it always get windy just when the lilies are about to flower??

I forgot to say in my spud excitement, fab pics everyone and what a beautiful view Lyn