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Back Again from having had a busy year.


I am now semi-retired and hope to be a bit more active on this website – I do enjoy reading what members are up to in the garden, and it’s a great place to record for photos.

So here are some highlights of this year.

A new fence after the old one blew down.

The Morello Cherry in full bloom

A delicious meal not quite ready for its customers. When it was, the cherries were stripped within 2 weeks :-)

Almost like the pot Monty Don showed on Tele

A new addition to the garden, called Thalictrum

Pity about the pot, but I think the arrangement looks quite nice

My favourite Iris, but I can’t find its full name

We had some lovely butterflies visiting the garden – this is a Small Heath and below a Speckled Wood

Our Pepsi (who passed away this summer) drinking water from a saucer under a pot – we had 19 lovely years with him

How’s this one for camouflage

I can’t remember when I bought one (maybe three) Crinum Powellii bulb(s) together with a Lavatera & Buddleia. The three plants made a lovely association for a few years, but the Lavatera is no more.
Crinums don’t like to be disturbed, but the plants were smothered in snails this year, and I read somewhere that this is a sign of distress. So I sent the snails packing, gave the plant a hair cut (see below), a feed for the bulbs to last the winter and a blanket for the cold.

I’ll be waiting in anticipation

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A very attractive garden - love your cherry tree!

You have two lovely butterfly shots - not easy as i find they usually fly off just as you are ready to press the shutter don't they ... Your Small Heath butterfly is actually a Gatekeeper - very similar, but the Gatekeeper has two white spots in the black one while the Small Heath only has one.
Very best wishes to your Crinums - fingers crossed!

Why not wrap some tape round the other pot or paint black lines on both, and then it will look intentional....they are a beautiful colour and shape, you must have been upset when it got damaged. Its a great match for your arrangement!

12 Nov, 2015


Very bright and cheerful garden

12 Nov, 2015


Lovely to see your garden photos. Welcome back ! :)

16 Nov, 2015


It's a love wonder the insects like it and that Bearded Iris is smashing.
And, what a grand new fence!

17 Nov, 2015


Thank you all for your nice comments - much appreciated.

To Steragram - thank you for spotting the extra spot and identifying the butterfly as a Gatekeeper :-)

I've broken the damaged pot into smithereens and use the pieces as crocks in bottom of other pots.

26 Nov, 2015


So the pot has the satisfaction of continuing to useful, even though modestly out of sight...

26 Nov, 2015

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