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Pod planting update....nearly a year on.

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The Pod was installed last August and I planted behind and to the sides of it with plants to give dark foliage and dark red flowers. It’s been very successful so far, except that neither of the lovely peonies has flowered. One has disappeared completely. If you remember, I took inspiration from the Stoke on Trent Garden at Chelsea a couple of years ago.

Anyway, here is the pod almost a year on….planting is coming along really well I think.

I planted a dark leaved twisted Hazel in front…see how the wind is blowing it…think I’d better stake it quick!

This is one of the newest additions..Sedum Matrona, kindly sent by Shirley.

And while I wait for the Sambucus (Elder) to establish and grow up, it mingles beautifully with Achillea.

Everything has been helped along by the constant rain showers, if not by any warmth!

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Paul has just said that Scotland is getting wind and rain again. The Pod garden is looking pretty :O)

23 Jul, 2015

 

Its lovely Karen, verynice dark leaves and pink flowers, itslike at the art group, the darksmake the lighter colours zing...
am I right that peonys are trickyand a bit tempremental?

23 Jul, 2015

 

Definitely...for me anyway. I have a lovely peony in the patio garden that Brian sent me...a Cambedesedesii, and it developed its first flower this year...and the bud rotted on the plant and never opened! How frustrating is that?! I'm giving up on them. Tree peonies are SO much easier!

23 Jul, 2015

 

The contrasting with the dark foliage is looking good. I'm sure as it will look wonderful as it matures.

23 Jul, 2015

 

What a lovely setting Karen. The dark red planting shows the Pod off very nicely. Do you have a window cleaner for the Pod or a Karcher window vac maybe? ..... lol. The windows certainly do sparkle.

23 Jul, 2015

 

Alan..thats so funny...they have never been cleaned the whole year!

23 Jul, 2015

 

We did have a couple of heavy showers today Mum, but mostly just cold, sunny and blustery. It was good actually, as I got the lawn cut properly and put lawn treatment down, which marks the start of my serious effort to get the grass into shape. Weeds first, bare patches next and then Moss in the autumn. I feel its time to get to grips with it!

23 Jul, 2015

 

Hello Karen - that pod is to die for - it looks as if it has just landed!! - my peonies took a while to get established - but now they flower well - raining here today - steady persistent rain just what the garden needs - but not me !!- have a good day - Jane

24 Jul, 2015

 

It is in such a lovely position and must be a joy to sit inside in all weathers and all seasons.

Love the plants that you have chosen but must admit that I prefer our twisted hazel without its leaves! Winter and springtime it has its time to shine!

24 Jul, 2015

 

The Pink Achillea and the black sambucus certainly look good together Karen.
It seems so unfair that you get too much rain and we not enough..........(the forecast was for rain all day today but it rained for about 10mimutes earlier this morning.) it must be a real struggle in your garden with all the rain and cold.
Ours is completely the opposite problem......our grass is brown and not growing...some of my customers' shrubs are looking de ideals unwell as the clay soil turns to rock!

24 Jul, 2015

 

Its looking lovely Karen and the dark foliage of your plants really stands out against the background, you must have some good earth there as everything has come on so well in all of your garden.

24 Jul, 2015

 

Thanks Jane...we actually had a good day today...warm sunshine...halleluia!

Chris, I agree about the Hazel. The dark leaved form has the added bonus of pink catkins!! :)))

Thanks Paul...we had sunshine...at last!!Sue...the soil here is absolutely wonderful. That is apart from the terrible imported solid brown clay that the last owners laid on top of the wonderful black loamy gorgeousness! Numpties!

24 Jul, 2015

 

Cold wet and windy here all day, mustn't complain I think north of the borders had its share this summer!

24 Jul, 2015

 

I love all the dark foliage Karen. The weather has been pants here too.

24 Jul, 2015

 

Oh no Linda...sorry to hear that. We have been lucky today. Its cold now though. The heating on again....sigh!

24 Jul, 2015

 

Sounds as if the rain's keeping the pod clean, anyway...

I love the planting. I'm a great admirer of those dark red plants.

I'm feeling guilty about my garden this year. I seem to have had a really busy time away from it, and apart from my containers, it has been a bit neglected. I need to have a serious think about some aspects and make a grand plan! A job for winter, I think...

24 Jul, 2015

 

Gardens are so much easier to change and adapt than houses melchi. I'm sure you will soon have it sorted out. A garden needs to be a pleasure, not a burden. I love my wildflower edge along the hedge...its so pretty and easy and the bees love it. All I have to do is cut it down once in the autumn, and if there are 'weeds' in there....who cares! I lways think the most work in a garden is the lawn...the pots...and the herbaceous borders. And the least work ever, was my front gravel garden at the last house. With the permeable membrane under the gravel it had virtually no weeds, never needed watering and always looked great!

24 Jul, 2015

 

The pod garden is looking good Karen ! Is it very roomy inside ? Our weather isn't too good at the moment ! One minute the sun is out and the next , its raining ! The mornings have already started to feel Autumnal ! Not good!

25 Jul, 2015

 

Roomy? Just seating on two edges and a coffee table central. Two can lie down comfortably for a snooze! Or four people for dinner ( you also get a higher table to pop in for eating).

25 Jul, 2015

 

I love the dark colour mixtures . . all looking very good!

26 Jul, 2015

 

Thanks Sheila. I must remember to water the pots before I leave!....off to finish packing. :)

26 Jul, 2015

 

I don't know where you're going, but have a good time. x

27 Jul, 2015

 

Karen is coming down to Lincolnshire to see her family and friends she hasn't seen for a while Sheilabub. Think she has sent the wet weather before her though. We have had a wet weekend and more rain this morning. All good though as the garden was in dire need of water. She will be back home by the weekend to her beautiful garden.

27 Jul, 2015

 

I love all those dark plants Karen ... and the Sedum will grow well with your care! Enjoy your break 'down South'! :o)

27 Jul, 2015

 

Thanks Oliveoil . . . wet here too, and cold!

28 Jul, 2015

 

Thanks for that, Karen! It's not too bad, really. It just seems ages since I've really rolled my sleeves up out there. I shall enjoy having a good think about it at the end of the season. Have a lovely time in Lincolnshire 😊

28 Jul, 2015

 

Thats all you need, then Karen !
When are you coming to Lincolnshire Karen ? It would have been great to meet up with you and your Mum if you had been staying longer !

28 Jul, 2015

 

I know Rose...there are so many of us near Lincs. i was saying to Mum that you could all get together. I did manage to meet Janey. Pics. Coming soon! :) x

31 Jul, 2015

 

That would have been nice Karen ! It might have been difficult at the moment as I don't like going too far away from Rick. Its a pity it wasn't after 17th August as he starts his radiotherapy at Castle Hill then ! xx

31 Jul, 2015

 

Love the pod planting looks good and maturing nicely..

2 Aug, 2015

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