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Wonderings.....2015. A year on.

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This is a blog from last year at this time when I was reflecting on my garden. I thought it would be fun to look back and see what happened. Here goes….

It’s been a beautiful day….just couldn’t have asked for a better September day, so I went around looking and wondering about what next year will bring for our new garden.

What will I grow in it….and will it do well….

Well, I grew five different vars. of tomatoes, two of cucumber and various other things with varying success. The Peppers were a disaster and so were the Courgettes, but only because they had to go outdoors where the cold windy weather ruined them.

And after scarifying this really hard, and feeding, weeding and mowing…..will it be back to square one next year…me digging out every dandelion as it flowers?…

Well, not digging out many dandelions this year, but I did have to scarify again, and re-seed, and patch and feed. But it’s doing well when you consider the weedy, mossy mess it was when we came.

And the Golden Border is coming on beautifully

And will the winter be kind enough for these ‘hardy fuchsias’ to make it through, or will the birdbath be all iced over?….

The winter wasn’t too unkind. All my hardy Fuchsias survived and are flowering again now. We did have some frosts, but no real snow that I can remember. The only things that really suffered were the Erysimums which I removed after wind scorch destroyed almost every one.

Will I be able to rejuvenate my apple trees by pruning them quite hard, so that they are as good as this one in a couple of years time? Oh, I do hope so!

The apple trees have been ok this year. At this time last year the two largest ones were naked after an attack of Scab destroyed the leaves. This year they are still full of green foliage. No apples though and this winter they will definitely be hard pruned. I did add two new apple trees (dwarfing rootstock) and the smaller established apple tree has a good crop this year. Sadly the Bramley in this photo above has no crop this year as a late frost destroyed the blossoms in late spring

Here are my apples this year….

Will the sparrows forgive us for concreting up their nest access..will they find another place to nest so I can sit on my bench without being covered in poo? I hope so, I love those noisy birds, they keep my pests down… but they make a heck of a mess all around the house….

Oh my! What a war we are having with these birds! lol…every one of our efforts was foiled and eventually we had to use expanding foam that set solid to keep them out. But of course, they found other places they could get in, so we have won the battle, but not yet the war!

And will we all be eating our Christmas lunch in the pod this year…..will there be snow to enjoy as well?….

Sadly no snow at Christmas. And the family didn’t fancy carrying the dinner out to the Pod, so we ate indoors. But the Pod has been used quite a lot for reading, listening to music and snoozing in the sun when it was too windy to sit outside…which was a lot this year!

Will the fairies take to this new stone built dwelling, or will there have to be another ‘hobbit hill’ before I can entice them back?

..and will there be a pond somewhere in there?…

Well, there is a pond somewhere in there, and the fairy door has been relocated to beside it. Two Hobbit Hills provide seating to enjoy the pondlife. If only we had some dry grass days to use them!

What about the massacred hedge (you can’t keep a man from his new chainsaw). Will it grow back lush and thick and hide all that horrible chicken wire?

Its great to see how well the hedge is doing considering how bare it looked a year ago. I think it will be great by next summer

And this arch…I love it! Will Crown Princess Margareta make it to the top next year…she is so pretty! And on the other side….that evergreen honeysuckly…to keep it (insignificant, scentless flowers) or replace with something prettier…and what, and should it be an evergreen….you can give me your ideas on that please!

Well, the evergreen Honeysuckle is still there, but I think it’s days are probably numbered. Margareta has managed to get half way up, and is looking lovely with her honeysuckle ‘Firecracker’ beside her and Clematis ‘Rouge Cardinal’.

And little Molly….will we have an operation free year in 2015?

Well, she continues to provide a great income for the Vet. With here allergies etc. but she’s still a great little dog and enjoying every minute in her new garden with her bestie Willow

Lots of questions in my mind…and only time will give us the answers, but whatever happens…..there’s always something to do in a garden! Enjoy your plot! :))

There is indeed. We’ve a new bark chipping pathway, Scott has made lots of wooden planters and the weeds keep on coming. Always plenty to do. And that’s why it’s important to keep a photographic record. When the weather keeps you indoors, you can look back and see just how much progress has been made and how much help you’ve had from nature. Enjoy your plot!

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Its amazing isn't it? hard to believe the change in just a year. Please what are the red leaved little shrubs round ht epond?

30 Aug, 2015

 

wow! I remember the blog from last year, its amazing how it changes in such a short space of time, and doesn't time fly by when you are enjoying yourself. lol :O)

30 Aug, 2015

 

Looking beautiful Karen, I remember it from last year =^..^=

30 Aug, 2015

 

I remember your blog from last year Karen, what a difference a year makes! You (and your better half) have worked wonders. You've really put your own stamp on the garden. It looks wonderful.

30 Aug, 2015

 

Thank you all. It's lovely to look back and enjoy the fruits of our labours. Talking of fruits, I am making fresh tomato sauce for pasta every two days! Soon I shall start freezing it, but so far we have eaten it all!

Stera, there are several and they are all different. There's a gorgeous Azalea 'Klondyke' which has orange scented flowers in late spring, there's a curly leaved Leucothoe axillaris 'Twisting Red' which flowers profusely. There's a Dark leaved Cork Screw Hazel - Corylus avellana 'Red Majestic' and there's a red Astilbe 'Fanal' and finally there's a Populus deltoides 'Purple Tower'. Oh, and I almost forgot I do have a dark Sambucus cutting in there too, but I shall probably remove that in the winter as it will be too much.

30 Aug, 2015

 

All your hard work and carefully planning and horticultural knowledge is certainly paying off Karen. Looks great!

30 Aug, 2015

 

sauce sounds very appetising wish Paul would eat pasta.

30 Aug, 2015

 

I can't believe the change in just a year Karen ! It all looks amazing! What I want to know is....when do you have time to "snooze" ! lol

30 Aug, 2015

 

I know Rose, you do have a point. I hardly ever do during the day, but it has been known a couple of times this year. :) I've actually been ever so tired lately...hormones I expect. :(

Mum, I make my tomato sauce by chopping up two onions and frying them gently in a pan with a tbsp. of olive oil. Then I chop the toms and add them (at a guess about 4lb) and just add two veg. stock cubes and some Italian Herbs. Then I just let the whole lot reduce down till it's good and thick. Ever so simple. It doesn't need any puree, or sugar or anything. Doesn't have to be with Pasta...could make a great lunch on some thick toast! Or you could serve it with Bacon or a Chop....the possibilities are endless! :) I find that I hardly ever use Chutney, so no point making tons of that. Whereas this sauce can be frozen, no problem.

30 Aug, 2015

 

Thanks Dawn. It being my third garden I have been able to call on my past experiences and I think I know what I like now, so I don't experiment quite so much (might not be a good thing that).

30 Aug, 2015

 

Sam would like the sauce, she likes pasta not like her dad, and she likes curry and Chinese too, thank goodness a few times a year she comes home for a take away. lol.

30 Aug, 2015

 

:)

30 Aug, 2015

 

You've been quite busy this year Karen. I love your garden. You certainly have an eye for design. It is very inviting. Your tomatoes are enormous, that's a great achievement.

31 Aug, 2015

 

Thank you Bathgate. I'm enjoying the tomatoes, but at the same time, I will be happy when they are finished and I can get the greenhouse cleaned out and set up for winter. All this daily watering!!

31 Aug, 2015

 

I thoroughly enjoyed that journey of transpiration,K.....your hard work has certainly paid off....well done to youx

31 Aug, 2015

 

Thanks Julia! What a great word! :)

31 Aug, 2015

 

Thank you for the red leaved plant list Karen. Are you planning to move the hazel and the poplar when they get bigger? I love red leaved things don't you - they make such a nice contrast with all the green.
Sounds as though you have an acid soil up there - the Leucothoe would be a no-no here sadly.

31 Aug, 2015

 

Who knows Stera? The Poplar will be pollarded. The Hazel will be thinned out. They might stay...or they might go. The pond is in a very exposed part of my south facing garden and needs some shade. Thats why I've used them there. Time will tell whether they will be too much.

1 Sep, 2015

 

Your enthusiasm for your garden and your love for what you do amazes me. What a difference in one year.

1 Sep, 2015

 

Love the blog Karen. I think you will achieve anything you put your mind to. I see that lovely flower combination of white flowers you brought to me on your visit. What is the plant with the Leucanthemum? It lasted so long in the vase.

1 Sep, 2015

 

Ammi Majus Linda...its an annual. I grew it from seed.

1 Sep, 2015

 

Thank you Klahanie and Linda. :)

1 Sep, 2015

 

Great idea to look back over, Karen. The garden has really come on in leaps & bounds - your hard work has truly paid off.
Next year it will be even better especially if the weather is kinder than it has been this year.

3 Sep, 2015

 

Thanks GF. Better weather next week hopefully. Its bery autumnal here. Could easily be November. :(

3 Sep, 2015

 

Karen, you are to be commended for your inspirational work in the garden! I have loved looking in on each phase and new additions over the year. Here's hoping for a mild Winter.

3 Sep, 2015

 

Very kind of you Shirley, thank you. X

3 Sep, 2015

 

The evergreen Honeysuckle on the arch has been removed. It was the right decision. Replaced with a winter flowering clematis and rambling rose 'Perennial Blue'.

3 Sep, 2015

 

What a lovely blog, Karen. Such developments and transformations! I'm sure you will continue to enjoy your plot...

6 Sep, 2015

 

Thanks Melchi. I'm sure I shall. Especially if we get a few more days like today...it's been glorious. As usual for one day only by the look of the forecast, but it did me a lot of good. :)

6 Sep, 2015

 

It was lovely to see the changes you've wrought over the past year. What a good idea it was to do this blog. You can see how the plants have matured and what a difference the new areas have made. So much hard work but it's been so worth it.

6 Sep, 2015

 

It has HB. Lots more work still to do...but as you know, I wouldn't have it any other way! I plan to remove more of the grass growing up against the drive this winter, and get more plants in around the shrubs there. I don't enjoy lifting turf, its hard slog. But once I get the plants that will motivate me to get lifting.

6 Sep, 2015

 

Do you find a problem with wire worms or cutworm where areas were previously grass?

7 Sep, 2015

 

No GF. I've never heard of that. Most pests seem to prefer England to Scotland...I can't imagine why! ;)

7 Sep, 2015

 

They were a real problem in my previous large garden where nothing existed except some old Xmas trees & 3ft high neglected grass (scrub).
Maybe they prefer the warm balmy climate & dry conditions (I wish).

7 Sep, 2015

 

I think you've hit the nail there G!

7 Sep, 2015

 

You certainly have worked hard over the last year. It is now looking splendid. Time to sit back and enjoy what you have achieved.

7 Sep, 2015

 

Not a chance Siris! The weeds wont permit me. The lawn needs cutting and then theres the dead-heading! Lol! Thanks for the lovely thought though!

7 Sep, 2015

 

Trying to catch up.....a great idea to do this blog Karen, you must be pleased with all that you have achieved in such a short space of time, I hope you have a better winter than your non existent summer, you do deserve it....

7 Sep, 2015

 

lol...we so do! Thanks A. Yes, I am chuffed to bits with it, and when we have good weather like these two days, it's absolutely wonderful!

7 Sep, 2015

 

Pests exhibit no taste whatsoever, Karen!

8 Sep, 2015

 

Absolutely Melchi. None. ;)

8 Sep, 2015

 

Very good read Karen, I have really enjoyed watching you create your garden since you moved in, everything seems to thrive and you just seem to have the knack of finding the right spot, I know the open aspect helps as there is nothing overshadowing your space but its obvious you do know what your doing and also take a lot of care of it all..Relaxing in a hammock with a good book sounds a great pastime but do you read or are you like me and find yourself looking around for things that need tweaking here and there...

8 Sep, 2015

 

Lincslass, that's really lovely of you to say that. As for the hammock time....no, if I'm in there, all I can see is the apple tree and the sky, so no distractions from my book! ;)

8 Sep, 2015

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