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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!
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.
Love that bottom one Yarrow, I've never seen terracotta hanging 'baskets', it's great
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.
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!
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
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!
Pretty dahlia. My real star is my new border, only planted this spring from cuttings and seeds, used to be a conifer hedge.
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.
Lyn, I remember the photo of when you'd just taken the hedge out - what a transformation!
Wot a view
Beautiful Dahlia - a natural sunburst and that view; takes your breath away.
It looks so beautiful now, I remember the hedge too. You've worked very hard.
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.
The last of the Delphiniums with nasturtiums in a large pot on a rainy dull day.
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 myself.....as is my OH
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!
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