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The garden in June.

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I am so happy with the way my garden looks at the moment. It’s the best it’s looked for ages. I just can’t seem to take in how the plants and flowers just seemed to erupt all at once. We have been spending days altering the garden room and shed at the top of the garden and each time I’ve had to come down to the house for something I’ve had to remind myself I must not linger and get distracted from the job in hand or the garden room would never get finished…lol.
These are the plants and flowers that are catching my attention…
This Paeony that always tumbles over the wall and nods to the clematis below on the patio. The clematis is growing over the skeleton of the magnolia that died last year. It really needs pulling back to the wall, it’s so heavy, but T will get round to it after he has finished the garden room. I daren’t ask him to do do too many things at once.. ;o)


By the side of the pond, the Iris are looking lovely. I love their colours.


I had forgotten I had these yellow Iris. There are only 2 of them. I had hoped they would spread but there’s never been more than these 2 since I planted them about 10 years ago.


These allium always look pretty I think growing by the Hostas, which incidently, are getting away nicely without too much snail damage this year. So far so good. :o)


On the other side of the steps the blue lupins are the best they’ve been for ages…


I set lots of seed from them last year and the plantlets are growing away nicely. I hope they have the same colouring when they are old enough to flower. Even if they don’t, they can go into the very top of the garden to continue to fill that bit up.
The roses started to bloom while my back was turned..
I love this Hot Chocolate one..

….and the ones in the front garden that start out a lovely apricot colour and gradually fade to pink then cream.


I will have to move this pretty variegated weigella as its so low growing you can’t see it until you move the Paeony leaves aside. It will have to come to the front of the border or maybe on top of the low wall so it’s visible.


The larger flowered clematis further up the garden are budding well but this one is the first up there to open..


I love this prostrate ceanothus. It adds a nice touch of blue to the edge of the low wall.

My garden generally isn’t suitable for growing acid loving plants but I have found that this Rhododendron is tolerating the soil that is altered by the conifer hedge. It flowered last year for the first time with just 2 flowers but it has given us all these this year. It may not seem much to you but to us it’s great that it’s not only surviving but flowering too. I have a small puny azalea that I am going to move to this area in the hope it will do better.

I like the shape of these tulip seed heads, I know I should cut them off but I keep putting it off. Lol.

Here is the revamped garden room that has been taking up so much of our time. Hopefully we can use it more now it is larger, feels cleaner and has the cooker, wash basin and fridge installed. It’s Sod’s law that we’ve had beautiful weather while we’ve been working on it and the last two days after it was finished I had to go to do my usual 2 days a week childminding. Now the weather has changed and it’s teaming down with rain and it’s forcast very wet all weekend. Not to worry though we can sit in there and watch it pour. Lol



The only things missing are the glasses and bottle of wine cooling in the fridge. 😋🍷🍷

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Your garden looks wonderful Homebird, and your new garden room Wow! lucky you :-) sure you'll spend many happy hours in there rain or shine.

13 Jun, 2015

 

Looking lovely Homebird.... love your garden room :))

13 Jun, 2015

 

Your garden is looking fantastic and the garden room is a wow ! Enjoy the summer .

13 Jun, 2015

 

Thankyou Simbad, Hollyeves and Kidsgran. It's a pity is raining so hard now. It's forcast to continue into tomorrow, but the garden was desperate for water so it will do it good. It's a good job T got the new roof on yesterday. He's been trying to get it done as quickly as he could between the windy days and because he's on the waiting list for another knee replacement. I just hope they can do it before or after we plan to go away in August. Bless him, it's played havoc with his knee balancing on the ladders so much and carrying all the wood etc up all the steps from the front of the house to the garden room. I counted them last week when I was helping him carry the sink unit up and there are 42......It's a bit frustrating when you get up there and then realise you forgot something.....😤

13 Jun, 2015

 

Your garden looks wonderful, Hb, and the garden room looks really great. What an enhancement - you'll get lots of use out of it. And you'll be able to enjoy surveying your beautiful plot!

13 Jun, 2015

 

Thank you very much Melchi, we were planning to have a barbecue this weekend up there for the children and grandchildren and a couple of friends but the weather has put a hold on those plans. Hopefully next weekend will be better weather wise. The grandchildren love to be up in the top garden. Footballing playing tennis and trying to climb the big tree. They haven't managed to get up the trunk yet...lol. When my son was about 10, I saw his binoculars hanging from a branch when the leaves had fallen and I had to send him up there to retreive them. They were fine luckily. It won't be long before Matthew, who is now 10 will be disappearing into the foliage..lol. We used to have a tree house in an old Plum tree in the middle of the lawn up there until one extremely windy Christmas Eve when it blew over into the garden next door....tree and all!!!

13 Jun, 2015

 

That's an amazing garden room! I am in awe of people who build stuff themselves. That's incredible! Well done both of you...now, go and have a glass of something! Your garden looks beautiful :)

13 Jun, 2015

 

My grandchildren aren't quite at that stage yet. Grandson and daughter are coming for a fortnight soon. He's nearly 3, so I think he'll be sussing things out. He has a large garden at home and spends lots of time "helping" Daddy. Fortunately, s-i-l has just built a fence all around his vegetable patch, with a proper gate. Not only is it now fox-proof, but also William-proof!

13 Jun, 2015

 

Won't it be lovely to have them staying for two whole weeks. You will probably be shattered when they go home but really enjoyed having them with you.
Emily asked me this week how old will she be when I die!!!! I told her I didn't know and she said "good that's because you aren't going to yet." Well that was a comfort...lol. I find the things they think about and ask about fascinating.

13 Jun, 2015

 

Lol! I'm very glad to hear it! I have all that to look forward to.

I'm pretty sure we'll be on our knees! H has just had the viva for her doctorate and has some corrections to complete, so she'll be working quite a lot of the time. I imagine we'll have some interesting trips out with William. Fortunately, there are lots of places to visit in Southport. I'll have to make sure I take the camera with me!

13 Jun, 2015

 

Really lovely Hb. Like everyone else I love that Garden Room. I'm sure you will enjoy it so much when the sun shines, and even if it doesn't. Perhaps a 'lift' installed could be the next thing, to get you smoothly up there !!!

13 Jun, 2015

 

What a lovely garden HB. You obviously work hard. As for the garden room, what can I say? It's wonderful! You should be enjoying a glass of bubbly after an official opening lol!

13 Jun, 2015

 

Hi Shiela, garden looks very nice and colourful, and the garden room is fantastic, Derek,

13 Jun, 2015

 

It's so pleasant to spend the evening in a garden room/ conservatory, just had our evening meal in our conservatory, listening to the bird song. Only 1 week till mid summers day!! then work towards Autumn, what an awful thought!

13 Jun, 2015

 

Good luck to H Melchi.
Lol Cinders..we did wonder about installing a zip wire. Thankyou.
Thankyou Waddy, the weather has put paid to our official opening this weekend....lol.
Thankyou Derek at least the garden is benefiting from the rain. It was getting so dry but it's rained non stop for 24 hours. I'm so pleased we sorted the garden room out before it started to rain.
Yes Siris it is very pleasant to hear the birds singing especially the thrushes and blackbirds. We were sitting listening to a couple of woodpeckers on Wednesday evening. We couldn't see them though.
Blimey...only one week to mid summer. Up until tonight it's been light ' til gone ten and Dawn before four. I'm not even going the think about autumn yet..lol

13 Jun, 2015

 

Thank you, Hb 😊

13 Jun, 2015

 

A cooker, wash basin and fridge? Blimey Hb, you could rent it out to a student! Seriously, congratulations to T and yourself for creating such a great garden room, it looks fabulous. Here's to many happy years of relaxation within :o)

14 Jun, 2015

 

Lol, Shirley and Thankyou. It's made life easier now we don't have to trapse all the way down to the house when we want a drink, something to eat and something more convenient for the grandchildren....a loo. 😗 (our son brought us a porta loo and T built in a separate area for it at the back) when we have all four here you can guarantee once you've brought one down to the house and gone back up, another will want to go and you end up going up and down four times...lol. I'm getting quite lazy in my old age.

14 Jun, 2015

 

Do woodpeckers sing then? A constant tapping would send me nuts!

14 Jun, 2015

 

Lol, Sirus, they only seem to do it in the early morning and again at tea time. Sometimes when we have been sitting in the conservatory the sound seems to reverberate on the house wall. That's weird.

14 Jun, 2015

 

It's the speed of the tapping that amazes me - it's more like a whirring machine!

14 Jun, 2015

 

You've been busy. I love your garden room :)

14 Jun, 2015

 

It is just WOW! :)))

14 Jun, 2015

 

Yes, I think so to Melchi.
Thanks for liking it Hywel and Michaella. We are enjoying it with the family now. We were playing cricket for a couple of hours on the top garden yesterday and it was nice to be able to stay up there and have tea without traipsing up and down.

21 Jun, 2015

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