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A wee tour - End of July Garden

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Welcome to my End of July garden!

The latest development is the addition of the greenhouse, in front of the wild flower patch and next to the gates.

The scented leaf pelargoniums are in there because the patio has been cleared and cleaned ready for the landscapers coming to ‘grout’ it. Thats why the water feature and some furniture is missing from the next few photos. But doesn’t it look clean? ;)

I had cut the grass the day I took these, and had been busy using my Bosch cordless edging tool on the edges….very nice clean results I think. I just love that tool. Not only does it trim the grass, but it actually cuts right through the roots so you can keep the edges really clean.

And the next project will be my black and red borders around the new summerhouse. Here are the collected plants sitting on top of the summer house base….only a few more weeks to go now. :)

The back garden fernery is coming along well, and the ferns have grown so big. I want something to give height to the centre but not interfere with my house foundations. So I’m considering a conifer for in there. Perhaps something I can light up at Christmas time…..

Heuchera Corner is slower to establish than I had hoped, but another feed with Maxicrop ought to bring it on a bit more before the autumn sets in. I do love it though. Heucheras are so colourful :))))

More general views….

Thanks for looking in. Hope you had a great weekend. We were in Kippen for a surprise 50th birthday party and stayed in the oldest pub in Stirlingshire, it was such a quaint place…lovely breakfast too! Sadly the party BBQ was a total wash out, but a great party indoors anyway, and my friend was surprised and very happy!

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Your greenhouse looks lovely, really settled in, as does the reat of the glorious lush garden, can't believe what you've achieved since you have been there ★☆★

will you grow toms/peppers etc next year.....its been a good productive year in mine.

4 Aug, 2014

 

Looking lovely - love the idea of a black and red border, can't wait to see it planted up.

4 Aug, 2014

 

Beautiful photos Karen, that edge trimmer works a treat :o)

4 Aug, 2014

 

Thanks Pam. yes, and I would appreciate your tips on which vars to grow if you've had a good year! Thanks :)

Thanks Wendy! I'm looking forward to that little project, but can't really start until the pod is in.

Thanks Annie, I love that tool, it's very strong if you use it as a hand tool rather than on it's long pole, and it would be brilliant for topiary.

4 Aug, 2014

 

wow, where to start? the greenhouse is getting plenty of use - i like those green plastic trays, they'd keep things tidy. do they have a special name, or are thy just "planting trays"?

the Heucheras are filling out from the first pic; already amazing growth, but then you see them every day so you probably don't notice each day's tiny improvement!

wonderful garden, thanks for sharing

4 Aug, 2014

 

All looking fab Karen

Kippen is a beautiful place.

4 Aug, 2014

 

Thanks Fran! Compost Tidy Tray is one name. Bought them in Dobbies. They have a Dobbies in Shrewsbury...at the big roundabout with a junction going off towards the Welsh Borders and Oswestry....remember it from visit 7 years ago! :)

Thanks Kath. It is a lovely place, lovely views over towards the hills and beautiful little cottages. Very posh :)

4 Aug, 2014

 

thanks, Karen, I'll look it up - went walkabout thereabouts, but didn't spot it then - but then, I also seem to have missed Morrison's!

4 Aug, 2014

 

So this is what the best kept greenhouse looks like is it? Your garden looks great. Barry has just had a look and he agrees. :o)

4 Aug, 2014

 

:)) thanks Linda, It won't last though!

4 Aug, 2014

 

How different it is looking and all so nice and smart. Love the greenhouse it is in just the right spot. You have worked wonders on that garden, pleased you took out all that grass and can see the results blooming so well. Heucheras look fantastic, as does the whole garden, it is beautiful. :O)

4 Aug, 2014

 

Karen I think your garden shows how happy you are in your new home :) it's such a lovely place .

4 Aug, 2014

 

That is without a doubt the poshest greenhouse ever!
When you started the garden I was sorry you rooted out the border by the house - how wrong can you be? Its a real transformation scene and the whole thing looks a million dollars.

4 Aug, 2014

 

love the fact you moved a chair into the green house so soon....and the hammock is up and ready...glad you did the most important things first. it's all looking amazing Karen. :-)

4 Aug, 2014

 

It is all looking so good. How you must have enjoyed these first seasons in your new garden.

4 Aug, 2014

 

Thanks Mum. That spot was never going to be much use for anything else, being so close to the road. It's good there, and where the bench is sitting we can get the last of the evening sun with a cuppa while we supervise the dogs playing. :)) in fact that's just what we've been doing! The golden border is full of weeds again. I shall mulch it with bark in the winter and that will help. Thanks for your lovely encouragements throughout the year. Well, it's not quite a year yet. We took Rachel up to Tongue in August...12th and we saw the cottage a couple of weeks later for the first time....so it's getting close to a year since we first saw it now! :))

Thanks Kidsgran! That is true!

Thanks Stera. When we moved in that border wasn't too bad from a distance, but the wild rose was rampaging, and in fact I dug out three suckers from bits of root left in today! Everything in it was old and I knew that it wouldn't suit my way of gardening, but it wasn't bad....it just wasn't me.

Thank you Sandra and Drc. That hammock is lethal. Five minutes on it and you're asleep every time! And yes, I have loved every minute of this time here. I can't imagine us ever leaving here. The changing scenes in the fields, the cows, watching the farmers tending their drops and the trees and hedges growing and flowering....it's all been fascinating. I find winter so much easier to live with in the countryside. :))

4 Aug, 2014

 

What else is there to say? It all looks wonderful, and the greenhouse is really super. So much achieved in just one year!

We're off to Paisley for the day on the 12th - it's grandson's second birthday (can't really believe it).

4 Aug, 2014

 

I really do not know where to start, you deserve a medal K for all the hard work you have done in that garden, it looks fabulous, I love every part of it, I am just amazed, and now you have a glasshouse what more could a girl want?

4 Aug, 2014

 

Aw, thank you Both. I am very pleased with the results. :)))))

4 Aug, 2014

 

Karen you have worked wonders and I agree with all the above, your garden is wonderful and in less than a year, the hours you put in have been well worth it so I don't blame you if you relax in your hammock but please put me out of my misery, you cannot have a pristine greenhouse, it just isn't right, lol....
Love the mixed border, all your plants have filled out so much, I really like the Heuchera Corner, I had to take mine back out of the garden or I think I would have lost them, they don't seem to like my soil, probably try again in a different spot next year when they need splitting up, at least that way I won't lose them all and you never know I might find they'll be ok in a different part of the garden.
You have so much more space to work with now, I bet your planning ahead all the time, I shall look out for your new additions, even more scope now you have the greenhouse, you'll not be stopping even in the winter, lol....

4 Aug, 2014

 

Looking fabulous Karen, lovely blog with some fabulous photos. You certainly have put some hours in. All starting to look established now, but wait until your gold border fills out next year! Lawn is looking good too. I note you have a magazine and pen in the greenhouse ... "I think that's just for show, I cant believe you ever have time to sit down and do a crossword" ... lol.

5 Aug, 2014

 

Your garden is looking lovely karen, you have worked hard since you moved in... love your greenhouse... :)

5 Aug, 2014

 

Karen, the peppers are the long grill pepper variety.....more expensive in supermarkets than bell ones, big plants, I haven't stopped them , they are on a bench in the gh and tower over me.....had to tie them to the roof they are so top heavy.....they love the heat. I grew them from seed in prop. as you can't seem to buy them.

the toms are mostly cordons and I bought then from a good nursery with a choice of variety.....growing them I would end up with just one.
for really early toms I grow a few bush planrs, these are Vilma and I have been picking from 2nd july
then sweet 100 and sun gold are ripening now, from towards the end of july, small really sweet long trusses of cherry toms mmmmm

one oddity I purcases 2 plants of 'peardrops' plum shaped and yellow....said to be cordon but are no higher than my knees :0)

On the back wall of the gh are money maker, alicante both reds and golden sunrise which are yellow, all normal sized fruit and later ripening (bigger I suppose) had a couple so say early august.

So.... 6 wee bush ones in pots and 4 grobags each with 3 plants and 6 varieties
they seem always to ripen in this orderbut not always as early
bush
cherry
Medium
Oh and 15 pepper plants big green long pepper but always later ripening than toms

hope it help x

5 Aug, 2014

 

Just popped in to endorse the Bosch tool, especially the grass edge trimmer.The long handle I'm not so happy with......but thrilled with how the lawn looks .Thanks K for telling us about it.Your garden has evolved terrifically........looks as if it's been there for many years.

5 Aug, 2014

 

Just amazing what you've achieved, Karen, in the time. And you obviously love your greenhouse - looking happily established already. Glad you remembered to put in a chair!

5 Aug, 2014

 

Thanks everyone! Lincslass...I hope you save your Heuchs. I'm not sure about mine over the winter, but we'll see. I took Vicky's advice and have been feeding them with MAxicrop. This seems to help. Give it a go, but really you need to do it as soon as they start to grow in spring and stop in late summer so they don't put on too much soft growth before the frosts. I did mine today, and I probably shan't do them past mid August. Perhaps one more feed.

alan, thank you so much! I did indeed do that crossword, In two breaks...it was a bit tricky this month! Not just for show! :))

Thanks Holly! :))

Pam, that's so kind of you to list all those plants for me. I shall look out for some next year. I love the idea of growing the long peppers, as they are so tasty, and yes, expensive! I also like the mini peppers, so might try them too. Thanks for recommending the toms. I shall refer back to this blog when the time comes!

Thanks Meadowland and Sheila! I do love that tool, it cuts through turf roots like a knife through butter! :))

5 Aug, 2014

 

Beautiful 🌞 you'd think you had lived there for years

5 Aug, 2014

 

Thank you very much Helen. :)) It's a strange feeling, I have been rushing to get the garden how I want it, and today I realised that part of the reason is I feel like someone might take it away. I wonder if you know what I mean......a bit like my puppy with her dinner....she wolfs it down really fast in case I take it away from her before she's finished! I feel like that about this place. Can't believe my luck!

5 Aug, 2014

 

How long have you been there now Karen .....Its hardly a year is it? Thinking back I think we felt a bit like like that 28 years ago.....suddenly I could have dogs, ponies and sheep, as well as a garden to make it was like a dream really.....you do settle though ☺

6 Aug, 2014

 

Yes Pam, it was 27th October I think when we moved in. Perhaps I am beginning to calm down a little bit now! :))

6 Aug, 2014

 

Oh good :0)
Leave some for next year ......

6 Aug, 2014

 

Wow Karen ! You have been busy while I have been away ! Everything looks so well established ! You would think the shrubs and trees had been there a lot longer than they have been ! And...a hammock ! Wow ! Do you actually find the time to relax in that ! I just love your big green house too. How I wish I had the room for one here ! I must look round the garden again to see if I can find room for one. The little plastic thing was no good at all. It used to rock (despite being staked well ) in the wind and all the plant pots used to fall off the staging. The nights are starting to pull in here a bit , so will be back on goy more now. xx

16 Aug, 2014

 

Well, we will all be pleased to have you back! Thank you for the lovely comments! I've never worked so hard in my life!

16 Aug, 2014

 

Time to get on that hammock then Karen ! Hahaa! Thank you for that too. x

16 Aug, 2014

 

no chance of that...I've just put the heating on. It's gone cold and windy here. :( I think Summer is over.

16 Aug, 2014

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