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Round the Garden - part 3.

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You’ve been sitting at the top of the steps admiring the view for ages – so let’s finish the tour.

You must have noticed the Philadelphus ‘Belle Etoile’ growing a few feet from you – it scents the air.

Just next to it in the top border are several Geraniums – ‘Summer Skies’ is doing really well this year.

One more look in the top border before we move on.

Now raise your eyes and look across at the roof of the house! That’s Rosa ‘Kiftsgate’ up there, in the back garden. It makes a wonderful show in last June and July – but only flowers once.

Walk back down the steps, round the bed with the Amelanchier in it, through the gate. Above your head is an ornamental grape vine, and Rosa ‘Pink Perpetue’ which I call my ‘rose in the sky’ because the poor thing has to push through the vine canopy to reach the light – then it flowers its socks off all summer!

To me, it has the perfect shape.

A few steps on, and you can see the whole back garden. It’s the smallest area of the whole garden. This is an older photo – it was actually sunny then!

I have a colour scheme in this garden – purple, white and gold.

There are several Clematis growing on the trellis, with a Solanum laxum in the middle.

In the right-hand corner is C. vit. ‘Etoile Violette’ – the Clematis that has the most flowers in the whole garden. It’s even overflowing into next door’s garden!

Further along past evergreen ‘Wisley Cream’ (that one flowers in the winter) – is C. vit. ‘Venusa Violacea’.

The one in the left hand corner is C. alpina ‘Helsingborg’ which flowers in the spring.

I tried to grow a Clematis for every season on the trellis.

In this garden, you’ll find my very favourite shrub, which seems to be in flower for most of the year, with short breaks. It’s Coronilla valentina.

Well, on our way back to the gate – just look at some of my containers. I enjoy planting them up twice a year.

’Mum’s pot’

Back garden trough – planted in the ’right’colours.

A black and white combination for a change.

A group of containers by the porch.

So here we are, back at the front door. I’ll stand here under shelter and wave to you as you go down the path to the gate.

Bye for now!

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It all looks lovely. I really enjoyed the tour :-)))))

4 Jul, 2012

 

Me too, you have a lovely garden Spritz. I t must smell heavenly.

4 Jul, 2012

 

Your garden is amazing Spritz, truly amazing.
That rose is perfection, if you were asked to draw or make a rose, thats what you would aim for.
I love the pics with the trellis, what a boarder that is, spectacular!
Thanks for showing us all around, feels like we've been there.
So before waving goodbye, you should mention the donation box for your fav charity, supported by your Open Garden :-))))

4 Jul, 2012

 

Beautiful garden and beautiful plants..thank you for sharing :)))

4 Jul, 2012

 

Thanks for the Tour . Lovely :-))

4 Jul, 2012

 

Every bit as lovely as last year. What happened to our cuppa and cake there? Oh! Henry ate did he. Your gardening skill has enabled the garden to survive in spite of your enforced rest from it. I'm sad to have to leave but I can visit anytime, thank you for the lovely tours of the different areas. They each have their own character.

4 Jul, 2012

 

that was a lovely walk, thank you, its like opening a gardening book that suddenly comes alive, so many lovely flowers to smell and to admire

4 Jul, 2012

 

brilliant garden here Spritz. some lovely plants too.

4 Jul, 2012

 

Wonderful tour and wonderful garden your planting schemes and colour combinations are beautiful!
Barbara what if the gorgeous peachy pink flower, it has tiers number 9 down, I just love it;0))

4 Jul, 2012

 

As near to paradise as you can get.

4 Jul, 2012

 

What very kind comments! I'm glad you all had a look at my garden. Maybe one day I'll see some of you there?
The kettle will be on. :-)

4 Jul, 2012

 

Sounds great Spritz. Your garden is really, really fabulous. How good is your tea?

4 Jul, 2012

 

Linda its 1st class catering at the open days as I and my grandchildren can confirm having sampled it last year. lol.

4 Jul, 2012

 

Just love your garden it looks great,fantastic range of colours and plants:))))

5 Jul, 2012

 

beautiful - lol if you made a video of your garden, I'd buy it!

love the rose, to me, tha's the *real* shape of a rose!

5 Jul, 2012

 

Now that is a great idea Franl55. I was away when our gardening club visited Dawyck Garden in the Scottish Borders but our enterprising Secretary took loads of photos and put them on a DVD which he has offered for sale at £1.50. What a lovely momento of a visit to your garden that would be Spritz.

5 Jul, 2012

 

brilliant idea, Scotsgran! it'd take a bit of work and time, Spritz, but taking pics of the the garden in all seaons and all weathers would make one hck of a dvd - pick a season, pick the weather!

ps and one disc would do for the whole year, so would only need doing once a year, if updates were wanted later

5 Jul, 2012

 

all looks beautifull Barbara, so full of colour, :o))

5 Jul, 2012

 

Thanks for the tour, hope to see you next year, and see it for real, a splendid country garden B.

5 Jul, 2012

 

I don't think it would need updating regularly because most of what is there stays for a long time. I think it would have to last for several years or it would become a chore, as long as the date it was made was on the label. It would not need to be a movie. He did his pics of individual plants with no commentary. As a visitor I would just like a DVD of the plants that are there, much as we see them on a GOY blog. For me its more about being able to refer back to what is there and maybe being able to identify something we particulary liked. Because we are club members we are being offered the DVD at a cheap price but I'm sure it would be possible to sell it for more. Poor Spritz we never let you off the hook do we.

6 Jul, 2012

 

the penalty of fame, lol. And of incredible success!

6 Jul, 2012

 

Hmmmph! No chance. I'm not commercially minded, I'm afraid, and I stand accused of seeing the bad bits of the garden, not the 'whole picture'.

I can't sit still and enjoy it - I spot a weed or a dead head and HAVE to get up and deal with it! Funny people, gardeners....<sigh>...

7 Jul, 2012

 

Lovely people you mean lol. I'm sure you did not mean to insult us all. Maybe the NGS would not be happy from an insurance point of view. I think you do enough but it's hard to turn the old grey matter off when its far too wet to go into the garden.

7 Jul, 2012

 

maybe we could havre a GoY virtual garden, or series of them, to give us something to do when we can't get outdoors ...

7 Jul, 2012

 

Thanks for the tour, I really feel I know your garden now. Your Philadelphus is wonderful, mine is starting to loose all it's petals now.

9 Jul, 2012

 

Everything is doing that, Anne. I'm upset that my roses are rotting before they have a chance to open up. :-((

10 Jul, 2012

 

I do sympathise with you both. I've just been out to look at the latest weather destruction and I could weep for my beautiful paeonias. They are rotting before they open fully and yet I have a clematis 'Marjorie' which is still flowering as if all this rain is just a Spring shower. I had to cut away all my lupins because they are all over everything else and starting to rot. Roll on August when we might get some decent weather.

10 Jul, 2012

 

I can't believe the number of snails AND slugs this year - munching my plants...especially lupins. I do wonder why I bothered. I'm just off out to dead-head the roses again - rotten blooms, not 'finished'. :-((

10 Jul, 2012

 

I have a tub with a couple of inches of bleach in it, which held Bonemeal. I pick up snails and slugs as I go around the garden and tip them in to it. I hope its instant euthanasia but its either them or the plants. I have been picking up hundreds this year.

10 Jul, 2012

 

I would have thought that slug- and snail-eating birds and other small animals would have been on the scene by now? of course, there just might be too many for them to make a dent in - the way things are going, the predators are hardly spoiled for choice

11 Jul, 2012

 

I've never seen so many snails...and I'm suffering with small pink slugs for the first time, too. My thrush friend hasn't appeared this year, either. :-(

12 Jul, 2012

 

awww. but they have to know that the table's spread before they turn up to eat, I suppose once they know they'll be there - unless there's so many to chooose from that they can't get 'em all.

12 Jul, 2012

 

Well - I certainly can't! I've found all sorts of sizes and colours. Great big brown ones, stripy grey and black ones, little all-grey ones, you name it! Horrible things. :-(

I need a hedgehog.

12 Jul, 2012

 

can't they be bought? lol how to put up a "eat for free" sign for hedgehogs?

12 Jul, 2012

 

I don't think so - but there's a rescue centre for them a few miles away, although I don't know if they re-home them from there. I suppose it would be worth asking!

12 Jul, 2012

 

lol even for a while, like hiring sheep to eat the grass. sure they wouln'g mind thier charges eating for free, so long as they didn't expect you to bring the food in!

12 Jul, 2012

 

I wouldn't need to look far. Maybe the presence of a hedgehog even temporarily might scare off my shelly 'friends'?

13 Jul, 2012

 

worth trying! and if the birds see hedgebogs digging in, they might realise there's a picnic for them too.

13 Jul, 2012

 

The problem is:
1.Persuading the folk at the rescue centre to part with one,
2. Henry!

14 Jul, 2012

 

Really enjoyed that s.h.! Lovely colours in a lovely space! I think the rose shape is perfect too :-)

30 Jul, 2012

 

Thank you very much! When I get my new wall, I'm hoping to plant another 'Pink Perpetue' against it - and I'll be able to see the flowers without craning my neck. :-)

30 Jul, 2012

 

oh good lol :-))

31 Jul, 2012

 

As you can imagine, I'm making lists of which roses and Clems I'd like. OH says he wants to be able to see the wall, rather than greenery all over it. Errr...what are walls for if not to grow nice things on? LOL.

1 Aug, 2012

 

If you stick to roses and clems you can have the best of both worlds. Just don't plant an evergreen like ivy and he will still be able to see his beloved wall.

1 Aug, 2012

 

i agree s.h lol, colour and new life-much more interesting! :-)

1 Aug, 2012

 

If I'm good and don't plant an evergreen one, he can gaze at it in the winter months, can't he. ;-)

2 Aug, 2012

 

I have just found these Around the garden blogs Barbara and have done the full garden tour this afternoon. Absolutely beautiful, I wish I lived nearer :O)

25 Feb, 2013

 

Thanks, Annella - if you did, you could have a private tour! :-)

25 Feb, 2013

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