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Jackie's Garden

These pictures were taken in our old house, we moved out  in Dec 2012 to a house that has a garden about 6 times the size of this one. I absolutely LOVED this garden. It was the size of a stamp but it had everything in it. I loved all the colour. I love hanging baskets, lots of colour in the garden. I would grow anything and get great enjoyment from it. It was so compact too. We had two pergola's.....I had lots of different clematis growing up them. I love Reubens Montana...as its a wonderful clematis for coverage and it grows so fast. I will have to get some for my new garden. Its a daunting prospect trying to figure out what to do and I worry I wont get the same pleasure that I did with my old compact little garden. But time will tell!


Still doing well.............

16 August 2017 08:33:59

........despite the ground being so dry of late. Plants have been hanging with the want of some water.  I was out Watering them on Sunday evening!! 

Then on Monday night we had the mother of all rain!!! My goodness it rained here from 2.55pm" ( I know this as I just got in the door in time!) and it never stopped all night. I've never seen rain like it before. So heavy that I thought our Velux Windows would come down on us. 

But then yesterday the sun came out! And everywhere looked so refreshed and bright. So a blessing really. 

Schizostylis, Kaffir lily starting to Flower now.

Also signs of Autumn are appearing when you see Aster 'Little Carlow' appearing. 

Another beauty is Ligularia 'Osiris Cafe Noir' which I got from Mary Keegan ( Keego). Beautiful dark foliage, which the slugs enjoyed, but also these gorgeous piercing orange flowers

So much colour still in the garden which is great. Deadheading is my favourite pastime at the minute. So this is definitely prolonging the flowering season. Let's hope we still lots more sunshine yet as it's still very dull here this morning !! Have a good one whatever you do ;) 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 16 August 2017 09:11:13

Autum seems to be coming in very early this year and after a beautiful day yesterday, it is dull and grey here this morning.  Aster 'Little Carlow is a fantastic plans and I just love the colour. That ligularia looks gorgeous, very deep intense colour. Like yourself my first job in the garden is to deadhead dahlias and the roses and of course pick sweet pea. I find deadheading a very relaxing think to do. 

Michele Maria Michele Maria 16 August 2017 10:32:03

It's lashing rain here now but I agree the rain does freshen everything up. Your colourful pictures prove the point Jackie.

fraoch fraoch 16 August 2017 18:14:17

It's damp here all day, but forecast is better for tomorrow . Lovely photos.

T.Rex ........thank you Elizabeth

11 August 2017 07:55:39

A couple of years ago at the get together, Elizabeth handed me a pot with a small 'twig' in it. She said 'it's only a little baby T Rex'. Of course back then I had no idea what a big T. Rex was, let alone a baby. 

So I duly planted it up and it started to grow bigger and bigger. I mentioned it to Elizabeth and she said 'oh I meant it was a seedling!!!' ha ha. 

Anyway each year it has put on some more growth and this year was no different  

This was it yesterday. Growing mad and looking fantastic if spanning over some other plants. But I don't mind, it's beautiful. 

LindaB LindaB 11 August 2017 10:39:13

Love them!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 11 August 2017 15:44:22

I love that glimmer of light above the T. rex in the third photo.

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 11 August 2017 23:30:18

Delighted it is doing well for you Jackie. If you want just one with very big leaves remove the babies as they appear!!

Jackie Jackie 11 August 2017 23:50:00

Thanks ladies. 

I dont see any babies so far Elizabeth . But yes one is plenty for here. I just love it so thank you again ;) 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 12 August 2017 13:34:11

A very striking plant.

Plant ID please

11 August 2017 07:40:26

I'm sure the label is there somewhere. But can anyone tell me what this lovely little plant is?  I really should take more care of labels. I'll jot this name down! 

Many thanks as always :) 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 11 August 2017 10:24:11

Physostegia?  Possibly P. 'Pink Bouquet'. I had a very similar plant in white, but it didn't appear this year.

PCON PCON 11 August 2017 11:45:28

Looks like a foxglove to me

Jacinta D Jacinta D 11 August 2017 16:25:24

Definitely Physostegia.

Jackie Jackie 11 August 2017 20:25:46

Yes Jacinta I think you might be right! I grew it from seed a couple of years ago and it was in the front garden. I then took it out and put it in the back just wasnt sure where!! DUH! thanks!

Orange and Lemon delights!

10 August 2017 07:54:55

As we get nearer to Autumn the colours in the garden reflect this. Although I've still lots of pinks, yellows, purple etc, it's the oranges that seem to be taking over now. 

And some are very striking. Like this Dahlia 'Gloriosa' which I bought this year in Bloom. It's flowers are orange tipped with red. This is only starting to open this week. Quite late compared to others but still more than welcome here. 

Another one flowering now is Lantana. This has a great citrus aroma to it and beautiful little orange/yellow flowers. This I bought in Lidl a few years back and is doing great. I Over Wintered it in the greenhouse and I really thought it had died. But no, it's definitely full of life. 

Lastly is Leucanthemum 'Real Charmer'. Now this is gorgeous. The buds burst open to a beautiful yellow fluffy daisy-like flower with a golden centre. Then as it ages it turns white around the edges. Makes a lovely addition to the garden. 

Ive noticed this week that the evenings are definitely getting darker earlier. But still a good stretch. Today should be another fine day so finally I'm hoping to get some time in the garden as I've been tied up with family stuff these past two weeks. 

Have a great day whatever you do ;) 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 10 August 2017 10:14:58

Love the dahlia, way over the top, what dahlias should be. I think Leucantheums are not grown enough in gardens now, maybe went out of fashion over the years. I grow one called Leucantheum 'Hazel's Dream' and the flowers just glow and dance in any breeze, a beautiful one. Agree that the light has changed and there is a feeling of Autumn. This year the weather seems at least three/four weeks ahead of normal.

LindaB LindaB 10 August 2017 13:32:45

I love 'Real Charmer', has me charmed!

JoanG JoanG 10 August 2017 20:29:41

'Real Charmer' is well named, Jackie.  I normally prefer white Leucanthemums but that one is captivating.  Yes, touches of autumn are coming in; I notice it more in the plants than in daylight.  As Mary says, they seem well ahead of normal season.  It was a lovely day today, hope you got to enjoy it in your garden. 

Jackie Jackie 11 August 2017 07:19:50

Thank you ladies. 

Finally got out for an hour yesterday evening to see how much weeds and cutting back needs doing. And now I see it has rained overnight. Typical. 

How tall am I!??

26 July 2017 08:21:45

Actually I'm 5ft 3 inches. Which makes these Sunflowers a good 6ft or more and they still havent flowered yet lol.  They should reach a little taller before then. Just love Sunflowers!! 

Mary B Mary B 26 July 2017 10:20:54

Beautiful picture of you Jackie!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 26 July 2017 11:56:22


Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 26 July 2017 22:11:13

Looking forward to seeing them flower. The girls will be so excited with them.

Jackie Jackie 28 July 2017 08:45:58

Thank you ladies. 

Mary you are too kind lol 

yes Mary the girls were ecstatic when they saw them, plus I had to say they were some they had sown. Of course. So the race is on to see which flowers first now lol 


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