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Our mismanaged, wayward but much loved cottage garden in July.

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We love our garden but it does have a tendency to ‘do its own thing’ and we have a tendency to let it!!

Please come for a gentle wander through it and amongst it and feel relieved that you don’t have to deal with it! However feel free to lend a hand if you want to!

We have been away on holiday so it did get a little more out of hand than usual!

You can’t tell how wayward our garden really is from these 3 pictures because the photo that really shows it in all its unruly glory would not load on here!

Here are 3 pretty plants that are looking good at the moment. We bought the clematis ‘Comtesse de Bouchaud’ after seeing it on here and really liking it.

Phlox and cosmos and a naughty purple plant at the back that gets everywhere!

This honeysuckle has grown such a lot this year and the white daisies never let us down.

The bee hive is more like a high-rise flat at the moment as so much honey is building up in there because of the wonderful weather! Notice how burnt the grass is!

I shall end with some studies of our roses that were at their best before we went away.

Our rose ‘Zephirine Drouhin’ has been lovely this year but is now suffering from black spot – this was taken before the black spot!

I notice that you have not been able to help with a little light (or even heavy) weeding whilst you have visited our garden so I’m afraid I will have to show you the gate and hope that the next visitors find their way to the shed where a good supply of spades, hoes and rakes awaits! Thanks for coming anyway and we promise to continue to try to keep it tidy and under control!

Bye for now and happy gardening!
P.S. Of course I didn’t show you the worst bits but I know where they are!

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Hallo. That is how my garden looks all the time. I donยดt like a "too tidy" garden, for me it doesnยดt look natural.

27 Jul, 2013

 

Your garden is just how I'd like mine to look. One day!!
It all looks really great, the 3rd picture is just so welcoming - saying 'walk this way'
Gorgeous lilies, beautiful roses and bee hive envy here!

27 Jul, 2013

 

It's lovely wild rose...it suits it's situation perfectly! As rogi says..it looks lovely and natural

27 Jul, 2013

 

Many thanks for these words of encouragement........time to rewrite the blog methinks and put a new slant on it !!!!
We WANT it to be somewhat raggedy!!! We like the tangled clumps of this and that and the fact that certain plants take over completely!!!
:-)))

27 Jul, 2013

 

You obviously love your garden Chris, and so do we! Sorry I couldn't help, but I like it just the way it is . . . I also have the "naughty purple" flower - maybe someone will be able to ID it.

27 Jul, 2013

 

I adore the wild look Rose, this is how I garden......sort of DIY border, but it is perfection in my eyes. Your garden is so pretty, sorry couldn't help either as you are a tad too far away. Lol. I like that naughty purple flower anything that gets everywhere gets a medal in my garden!

27 Jul, 2013

 

I'm glad you are happy with your garden as it is Chris..that is what it is all about..your Roses are lovely,as is the Clematis..I love the high rise bee hive..and sorry,I didn't go in the shed ..I did think about it,but I was too busy looking around..didn't see the worst bits..were they next door ? Lol...lovely blog and pics..:o)

27 Jul, 2013

 

It's not untidy, Wildrose - you've just got friendly plants that like to cuddle up to each other, just the way I like it. It's natural, friendly and very pretty. I am worried about the beehives though - think you will need a ladder to reach the honey :)

27 Jul, 2013

 

Well, I think that's looking just perfect, Chris. I wish mine looked as good. If a few weeds are so reprehensible, I should have been drummed out of the Brownies (well, Goy, anyway) years ago. I do miss the hives we had last year - we shall have to get some of our own: I'm so relieved and pleased that someone still has productive bees - recently the news has been so depressing. I have to admit I'm thinking more about the beeswax than the honey - I opened the tin of your lovely polish today to get the house all glowing and scented before guests arrive tomorrow, and it all poured onto the floor, having melted in the heat. (27ยฐ inside the house and 36ยฐ outside) We are supposed to be getting a serious heatwave next week, but it already feels pretty bad. We're still being allowed to water our gardens, though.

27 Jul, 2013

 

That is a garden after my own heart, Wildrose! I love it!

27 Jul, 2013

 

It looks wonderful to me, especially the roses!

27 Jul, 2013

 

How are you feeling now , Chris? LOLxxxAll those lovely comments....also from me.....it's typically British with a relaxed feel.Have always liked it.

27 Jul, 2013

 

Beautiful. I like it. Nature at it's best. Right or wrong I prefer formal gardens. One day probably soon I may have to change my style and do less in my garden and enjoy it more.

28 Jul, 2013

 

Garden is lovely, like the unruly look, proper cottage gardens look like this, the bees and butterflies love it and the plants help themselves. Sorry I am so busy sorting mine out that I just did not have time to do any weeding for you. lol :O) Excuses excuses excuses. lol :O)

28 Jul, 2013

 

I like the way your garden looks, I use the same method, cram as much in as I can. You have some lovely plants and the high rise beehive is wonderful.

28 Jul, 2013

 

Your garden looks wonderful! We should garden for our pleasure and if it pleases other so much the better. I'm sure yours is loved by you and the wildlife :)

28 Jul, 2013

 

What lovely, generous people you all are and every comment made me happy!
Thank you all so much and I will forgive each and every one of you for not helping me with the weeds - at least just this once!
I am off out to tackle grass embedded in our brick steps which will be a nightmare but worth it in the end!

28 Jul, 2013

 

wow, thanks for allowing me to wander through but the rake and hoe would spoil it {well that's my excuse :o)}

couldn't chose a favourite too many.

28 Jul, 2013

 

I too enjoyed my wander, it looks perfect to me, sorry I couldn't stop off and help as I've been very busy over at my son and daughter-in-law's, in the garden of course, lol....

28 Jul, 2013

 

Beautiful garden, lovely photos, my sort of garden, sorry I was lost among my weeds so didn't make it to help with yours! the naughty purple flower - I have it everywhere too it's called Linaria, love your beehive tower block I hope your bees don't get dizzy :o)

28 Jul, 2013

 

I like gardens that are left to do their own thing. It's no good trying to control nature too much. I think your garden is fine as it is :o)

28 Jul, 2013

 

Thank you so much for your encouragement and yes of course it is Linaria and it does pop up everywhere worse than any weed!!! Perhaps I should just try to like it a little bit more :-)

28 Jul, 2013

 

The trick with linaria is not to let it seed....impossible, I pull it out before it gets going. Strangely, if you buy a linaria such a Canon Went (as I did) ...it just goes, never to be seen again, somewhat appropriate name I suppose. Love your garden and bee hive, I've noticed far more bees this year than previous years, all my lavander is constantly abuzz, maybe situation improving?:-)

29 Jul, 2013

 

I get great pleasure from pulling up linaria but I know that I have left lots of it behind. Funny isn't it, things I love and want to keep just disappear!!

30 Jul, 2013

 

That's what's known as s**'s law!

30 Jul, 2013

 

Lovely garden Wildrose, my favourite type, a bit wild and natural and with a few surprises waiting for you to discover under all the foliage. That's what I find in my garden! Love it.

31 Jul, 2013

 

What is wrong with a natural cottage garden? nothing, each to their own I say, one word comes to mind and that is charming..........sorry but I could not find the shed, I did look honest!!

1 Aug, 2013

 

I don't think you were really trying.........dreaming of those halcyon days on Tresco methinks!!

4 Aug, 2013

 

Oh you caught me there!!

5 Aug, 2013

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