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Gracedieu Lass's Journal August 2016

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The Lane in August.

31 August 2016 22:55:39

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The weather during August has been very dry with only two days rain and not very much at that. I hope the camellias and rhododendrons will flower well in spring due to the lack of water to swell their flower buds. You can see from the photos that the grass is also struggling with brown patches. The Eucryphia was covered in flower this month and lasted for a long time. 

Magnolia grandiflora is at present in flower with is beautiful waxy flowers, a real treat. There is also a few late flowering clematis scrambling up some trees which add a little interest now. Anemone japonica 'Prinz Heinrick' is an attractive double pink flowered anemone, not loved by many, but I would hate to have a garden without them as they can add so much to the Autumn garden. 

I have uploaded a photo of the gate which leads into The Lane and for most of the summer the arch over it has been covered by Rosa ' Zepherin Drouhin' and Clematis ' Atropirpurea Plena Elegans. 

Timber.

31 August 2016 10:48:12

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It is just ten thirty and Paddy has taken out the last of the three conifers and is he glad. He worked very hard and was like a man on a mission to get them out. He took two out yesterday (Tuesday) and was out this morning before nine to tackle the last and the biggest one. Now, the nice work can begin, spreading compost and planting the five hollies.

Inspired by Jacinta.

29 August 2016 14:53:39

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After seeing Jacinta and Steve tackle their ivy last Friday we were inspired to tackle three 'Miniture' conifers that have been an eyesore for the last number of years. The area is up above our patio and these conifers are next to a lovely holly hedge and the only reason they have survived for so long is because they were providing shelter for the hens and duck. Yesterday we were visiting Altamont Gardens and when looking around the garden centre, we came across some large holly trees at a very reasonable price, so it was decided the conifers would be coming out this morning. 

Paddy started work at about ten o'clock and by lunchtime he had cleared off a lot of the branches and had started to bring them up to the compost bin and shred what bits he can this afternoon. The bigger branches will be used for firewood over the winter. The fun will start when he will be removing the stumps over the next few days,  which I would think will take a while. 

I was surprised by the width of the holly hedge, which must be there about twenty years. It should look nice when the new holly trees are planted and after a few years they will provide a nice backdrop to the patio and also provide shelter for the hens.  In the meantime we will put up some windbreak on the hen run.

Dahlia 'Cafe au Lait'

27 August 2016 18:40:45

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Elizabeth, photos of Dahlia 'Cafe au Lait' from the garden this year.

It's a fine big plant, big flower, nice colour - "cafe au lait" describes it well. 

Paddy 

Toad in the Bin.

17 August 2016 09:42:26
Toad in the Bin.

Toad in the Bin.

After Elizabeth's great story of the snake in the compost bin, it brought to mind my horror of a recent visit to Ness Botanic Gardens. Paddy pulled over the cover of the compost bin to see what their compost looked like and a toad was looking up at us. I jumped, but the toad stayed perfectly still and had no intention of moving. I had never seen a toad before and was surprised that it's skin was so dry looking.

Paddy has a habit of looking into compost bins, so all compost bins are inspected.

Abbeywood Gardens, Cheshire.

09 August 2016 09:08:13
Abbeywood Gardens, Cheshire.

Abbeywood Gardens, Cheshire.

We came across this garden when we were researching gardens to visit during our holidays this July. The information was sparse and we did not have it top of our list and was only included because it was near other gardens we were planning to visit. However, Abbeywood Gardens was just a beautiful garden and it would have been dreadful to have missed it.  The gardens are about half an hour from Chester, where we were staying, near the small village of Northwich. It is a large garden which is divided up into a number of very defined areas, one part nicer than the next. I will put up albums of the different areas as each deserves a full viewing. 

David Austin's Rose Garden.

04 August 2016 23:01:42

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A few weeks ago we visited the rose garden of the well known rose breeder, David Austin. The garden is just amazing in both colour and scent. Enterance to the garden is free, a very uncommon thing these days. The garden is divided into many different gardens and sculptures by David's late wife Claire are featured throughout.

Bluebell Cottage.

01 August 2016 14:57:30

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On a recent visit to England we went to see Bluebell Cottage Gardens near Dutton in Cheshire. The garden has been created by Sue Beesley, BBC Gardener of the Year in 2006. The gardens are just a half hour drive from Manchester, but your are transported to deepest rural England in that short space of time. The gardens are packed with flowering plants which brings in an assortment of birds and insects. The layout is very relaxed and fits so well into the surrounding countryside.

Bluebell Cottage also has a nursery which has a wide selection of plants for sale, propagated from their own stock. Prices are excellent for lovely big healthy plants. Needles to say I purchased a few. My favourite of the plants I bought has to be Hosta 'Empress Wu' and a Kniphofia ' Timothy'. 

Bluebell Cottage Gardens and Nursery also had a display garden and plant exhibit at Tatton Flower Show this July.

Arley Hall, Part 3.

01 August 2016 14:23:42

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Another few photos.

Arley Hall Part 2

01 August 2016 14:17:37

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Sorry I can't upload a full album of my visit to Arley Hall as I use an iPad, but here are a few more photos.

Arley Hall, Cheshire, England.

01 August 2016 10:36:59

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This has to be one of the most beautiful herbaceous borders I have ever seen. 

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