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TheH (Hazel)'s Journal June 2017

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Photo problem solved - what an idiot!

21 June 2017 04:14:07
Photo problem solved - what an idiot!

Photo problem solved - what an idiot!

Well, having seen that Gracedieu Lass was able to post an album the other day I just had to give it another go - and talk about kicking yourself - I had been going about it the wrong way!!!

When I created a new album I then clicked on Add Photos while what I should have clicked was the title of the new album!!!! What an idiiot I am to think that Add Photos meant Add Photos while what it ACTUALLY means is Add MORE Photos after you've added the first lot.

So I've finally got to share Terrishoos lovely garden on the site!

Phew!!!!

Really love the way the Alchemilla Mollis has colonised the new pond!

Happy accident

19 June 2017 02:35:41
Happy accident

Happy accident

I was thinking I should tidy up the raised beds at the Wind Plaza - that seating area in the Sedum Garden. It was on my list for the past few weeks but I didn't get around to it. Those beds are supposed to be dedicated to the sedums that are not part of the display on the ground but a few passengers have arrived over the past year or two .... 

Think I might leave it alone - what do you think?

Album problem

19 June 2017 01:44:41

Rockvale Rocks!!!

13 June 2017 20:41:27
Potting shed with proud owner

Potting shed with proud owner

Well last Sunday wasn't exactly the best of days - Four seasons in one day just about describes it. I had it in mind to go to Terri and Alan's Open Day and when I saw the weather I almost changed my mind - but then what better way to pass a wet Sunday than visiting friends?

And was I glad I did! 

This garden in the heart of the Burren is a minor miracle and is a real testament to the hard work and artistic flair of these two people. Having Burren limestone only a few feet below the soil  and sometimes even less has not deterred them in the least! Making a virtue of necessity they have incorporated a beautiful wildflower meadow where the native orchids are increasing every year.

Add to that borders crammed with colourful herbaceous plants interspersed with shrubs and the delights go on and on. There is a wonderful new border where the recent excavations have been restored which is aglow with poppies and has lots of delights still to come. The polytunnel and raised beds are very productive and behind them is Terri's new potting shed - see the photo! cleverly adapted by Alan to be a bright and useful addition to the garden.

The hospitality from the CF and Seedsavers who were the chosen charities was warm and welcoming with lots of tea and cakes to comfort when we had to escape indoors from the showers.

I'll put up a small album which I hope captures in a small way the dramatic maturing of this garden - and I want to say a big thank you to Alan and Terri for making me feel at home - and thanks for the plants too!

P.S, Having problems loading album - will try again later

Paths, paths and more paths!

04 June 2017 01:27:17
Paths, paths and more paths!

Paths, paths and more paths!

I have a lot of paths in my garden. I constantly create new paths. What I don't think about is how are the paths to be maintained!

I have my first group of visitors coming on Wednesday and I'm nowhere near ready for them! I've spent the past two days raking and clearing paths and I've only tackled the ones in the rear garden!

However, I'm so happy to have achieved that much and there are still a couple of days till the visitors arrive!

But I do like the look o a freshly weeded path!

Some progress

03 June 2017 23:41:59

Click to zoom

Click to zoom

Click to zoom

Went a bit mad at Bloom - I had a mission - get some more plants to fill out the Hot Border. When i removed all the blue plants that had sneaked into the Hot Border over time it left a considerable amount of space in the border. I raised  some of the non-hardy Rudbeckia and they have been scattered through the border. Since they are only about 4 inches tall at present we'll have a bit of a wait!

My haul from Bloom - a nice rich red rose 'Glad Tidings' , Diascia Juliet Red, Marguerite Argyranthemum 'Madiera CrestedSeries', and three Dahlias 'Dreamy Lips' all red!

I already put in a couple of low growing Sunflowers so when the perennial rudbeckia start strutting their stuff, and the Lychnis Chaldonica produces its 5 foot tall orange red flowers alongside the Trolius Chinensis Golden Queen things should heat up a bit!

I'm definitely not gifted with patience when it comes to waiting for a border to do its thing so I'm very impatient to see this border develop. The only really zinging item is the magnificent perennial Papaver Orientale. I checked my database and I have two varieties recirded but the actual plants are all the same - a pretty dramatic red!

However, on the bright side, the border where all the plants from the hot Border were evicted to, is now definitely a Blue Border and is looking really good!

Oh! And here's that Poppy!

Blooming bad luck!

02 June 2017 14:37:30
Blooming bad luck!

Blooming bad luck!

Well, Yesterday was dull and drizzly all day so my much anticipated visit to Bloom was a bit dampened.

However, I did get to take a few photos and here is my tuppence-worth on Bloom 2017.

The Small Gardens were amazing! They showed real inventiveness in making the maximum use of the small space they were allocated- only 2 metres by 3 metres - what a challenge! There were lots of ideas there to take home.

The Sculpture Garden was interesting - although I thought that some of the planting hid too much of the sculptures

Was it my imagination or were there less of the Show Gardens this year?  Overall I liked them more than last year - there was less emphasis on hard landscaping and much more planting - with most gardens not being afraid to use lovely colourful displays!

There was a marvellous Kaleidascope in one of the gardens - we were actually able to go inside this garden to use the giant Kaliedascope and it was really stunning - it was just rotated slowly round the colourfully planted garden and the images were amazing!

I also loved the winner of the Super Garden. This gardener really let his imagination loose to great effect in the Bloom version - even more interesting than the competition one! I hope we will see more of his gardens in future!

The other thing I noticed was that the non-garden-related stands are increasing every year - its getting more and more like the Ploughing - and the prices were high. It really has become a very expensive day out which I think is a terrible pity.

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