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Spring 2017

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One of the things I like so much about GoY is the facility to write my own Blog page where I can record progress in the garden as the years go by.

I’m sure loads of people are bored stiff with photos of my garden, and often I hesitate to post these days, but nobody ‘has’ to look, and I find it so helpful to keep a photographic record. It helps me to make decisions about which areas to develop, which plants to move and where there might be an opportunity to plant something new.

So…a few photos of mid Spring in 2017 with my notes for future reference. I have doctored these photos quite a lot…toned down shadows mostly because it’s a harsh sunlight at this time of year…even at 8.30am.

NB Last year’s Cider will be ready to try next month.

Front of Golden Border has been added to this week. Still lots of lovely daffs. in my garden mid-spring.

Old Log edging looking very untidy now. Looking forward to working on this area in the autumn.

Lawns doing well in spite of my spreader dumping its load unexpectedly and causing a few scorched patches! Very dry, but standing up to drought well so far.

Ferns and Hostas still dozing, but I have added white flowering pulmonarias, white bleeding hearts and white flowering brunneras to this area. Also removed all the tall yellow daffs and added a few pale ones for spring interest. Think I cut the Sambucus too hard.

Solar water feature Urn added to Pod planting area. Herb garden replanted with split and a few new herbs. Wildflower strip looking very promising..lush.

Golden Border is definitely brighter each year as things grow.

Was concerned re.bacterial canker in the Rowan here, but it looks very healthy, so hopefully I cut out the canker in time.

Hopefully we can replant this Acer lower in to ground level once this raised border is gone.

In the mini orchard, the first blossoms have appeared on the tree with the blue clematis growing up it. This tree was in terrible shape when we came, so we cut it very hard back knowing that it might not make it, but it looks promising.

Tulips in pots have been a great way of bringing early colour to the patio area. Always need MORE though!

Crab Apples are the highlight of spring here. New rose ‘Sir John Betjamin’ has been planted in this area to replace an old woody Cistus.

Still no frogs or toads in the pond, but everything is doing well and I have planted more Iris around it.

New Iris Ensata here in front of the Thai Lady.

Heuchera Corner. Very colourful with dwarf Rhododendrons blooming and species tulips. Heucheras all seem to have survived the winter this year. Perhaps a few too many orange tones in there.

I’ve added two potted Swedish Birches (NB needing topped in the winter) to the Decking area and a new table and chairs for breakfasting (this happens about three times a year when it’s warm enough!) but this Deck really needs to be removed and the area here made in to a patio with gravel and slabs. Next year’s job!

Greenhouse is choc full of Dahlias in pots (only lost one this year, so pleased) Tomatoes, my new Fig, Lemon Tree is about to flower, Apricot (two fruits!) and lots of Red flowering Pelargoniums to go on the patio later on. Veg are all planted up…mostly peas, beetroot, cabbages, curly Kale, Globe Artichokes and salads. Also a few blueberry bushes, Blackcurrants etc. Anyone got good ideas for tackling White Fly? I had hung sticky traps and then panicked about bees getting stuck on them, so they have come down.

My home….I’ve been researching my family tree and also my husband’s. We discovered that one line of his family have farmed on this area for several generations and many are buried locally. It was a lovely thing to discover. I have also been able to confirm that our house was built in the mid 19th Century. With the extensions and the addition of the pebble dash it looks almost like a 70’s bungalow..but this is an authentic Victorian Farm dwelling, thankfully with added damp proof course, indoor plumbing and 21st Century comforts :)

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IT looks lovely Katen, shadows or no shadows. The gold border soil looks quite dry. We all need more rain.

4 May, 2017

 

Goy as a means of keeping records was the reason I started when I began working on my last garden, which started as a stony field on a hilltop. The fact that I got so much encouragement along the way was totally unexpected and a great bonus. You keep blogging away as much as you like. I'm sure we're all taking away as much from your records and musings as you put in..if not more in my case ?

4 May, 2017

 

What an interesting blog and garden Karen. You certainly don't bore me with your pics etc and as you quite rightly say, we don't have to look. I', also researching our family tree, isn't it exciting when you find out something you weren't aware of before? Keep posting Karen :)

4 May, 2017

 

Your garden looks absolutely beautiful Karen, it really does! A show garden indeed! You must put such a lot of work into it, I would love a garden like yours! It's lovely to see your photos too.
Bring on the good weather now so you can enjoy sitting in it! ???

4 May, 2017

 

I love your blogs Karen,and I think your garden is just beautiful.

4 May, 2017

 

karen

"and often I hesitate to post these days"

Dont you dare STOP , lots of us love reading and enjoying the pictures of what you get up to so keep posting away.

Gg

4 May, 2017

 

Thank you all so much! I'm ever so glad that you enjoyed looking at my blog and notes. I worked very hard yesterday, mostly on the grass. Today I haven't touched it...I'm tired, but worse than that, the wind is even stronger and even colder today, so the garden looks lovely but feels just unkind. For it to be this sunny and this cold in May is quite cruel I think :( Still.....rather have cold sunshine than snow like last week!

4 May, 2017

 

Paul...it is very dry. I have been watering every day for a while now....a different part of the garden gets a good soak every day..but the wind is so strong it just dries it out faster than I can wet it. Freeeeezing out there today too.

4 May, 2017

 

Such a help recording what plant we have and where they are planted. I am always 'loosing' plants till I look at a pic and think " ah it's next to so and so, or more likely underneath it! Found it a bit bizarre that you discovered your husband ancestors buried here, but reread the locally bit, lol. Keep on blogging, most enjoyable.

4 May, 2017

 

I too enjoy your blogs, so keep it going, good to see what you are getting up to and keeping me updated with all the planting. Garden looks amazing even in the cold temperatures we are getting. Very sunny but very cold winds blowing here, too cold to sit out for long, although we did have lunch outside before the sun disappeared.
Enjoyed the pictures very much. :O)

4 May, 2017

 

It was so cold here yesterday you couldn't really be outdoors. But down at Rachel's it was so warm she ate her dinner outside and sat out for a good while. I think she lives on the warmest street in Dundee! Lucky girl! It's much better today...very much warmer..still windy but not too bad and not nearly so cold.

5 May, 2017

 

lovely day down here too, the wind has changed to an easterly and the wood shelters us so lovely outside in the garden today.

5 May, 2017

 

You created a lovely home Karen. I don't think we ever get to say "It's finished." Fascinating that you've traced your family tree right to that area. How long have you lived in this home? I love how you've used materials to define certain spaces, decking, rocks, curved edging, raised beds, the archway. They almost feel like separate rooms, an extension of the house. A turtle for you pond?
Are the pheasants still hanging around?

5 May, 2017

 

Hi Bathgate...we have lived here for 3 and a half years now. We've had three homes together, the first one we lived in for 18 years and the second one for 7. I hope we can beat the 18 here! :)

Scott was close to his Paternal Grandmother but had no idea that she was from Angus and her ancestors were farmers. They actually lived all over the land between where we live now and Arbroath about 10 miles away to the East. It was such a lovely thing to discover...I felt like I had reconnected him with his favourite Gran! :) I'm sure she will be so happy that we live here.

I haven't seen the Pheasant for a few days, but they Barley in the field is now quite tall so they will be hidden in there. Haven't seen the Red Legged Partridges for ages...they will be sitting I expect. Probably in the hills to the front of us.

A turtle...what a lovely idea! They have turtles at our local botanic garden so they must be hardy creatures. But I have no idea how I would source a turtle. I am sure the frogs will come in time. I think we did have amphibians, but a Heron came in the winter...twice.

5 May, 2017

 

Definately not bored stiff of your beautiful garden. I always love seeing your photos and blogs so please don't stop.

The garden is looking fantastic. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with the raised bed.

5 May, 2017

 

Your garden & comments are always interesting, Karen, & of course it looks quite different at different times so keep on taking pictures & blogging.
I grow calendula in the greenhouse at the base of tomato plants & it keeps the white fly at bay.
I joined GOY in June '15 & I remember you were saying how expensive the quote was for the movers to transport all your potted plants. You had a different name then.
It's been interesting seeing how your garden has evolved.

6 May, 2017

 

Thanks Samand GF. You bring back memories there GF. In the end we hired a van to move the garden stuff ourselves and it took two loads! Using the automatic tail lift was great fun though!

6 May, 2017

 

..and my old account, karensusan63 is still open, although I did remove anything that could identify the last house from it, so a lot of the pics and blogs are gone. But its still there. :)

6 May, 2017

 

Karen I would never be bored with your blogs or anyone else's, the reason I haven't written a blog is because I had problems for a long while with the nonsense of the disappearing comments, also every time I tried I was getting kicked out of Goy and having to keep logging back in every single time, it was very frustrating and of course no teccie guy these days to ask for help, I am still here every day though so you keep posting away...

6 May, 2017

 

Karen, I love seeing your garden and reading your blog. Not being a very knowledgeable gardener, though getting better since joining GOY, seeing your garden is lovely as well as educational and you are always so willing share and help others. Would so miss your blogs if you didn't write them.

6 May, 2017

 

Thank you very much LL and Jen for your lovely kind and generous comments. :)

6 May, 2017

 

I know what you mean about posting the "same" pictures but the beauty of a garden is that there are always changes, subtle or otherwise.

I love seeing what other people have done, or are doing. My OH and I are now at an age when we have no more room for anything in the garden though that doesn't stop us from buying plants! We would add a conservatory if we had the room but the only place we could use now would involve a lot of work!! As I have mentioned some time in the past I would love a pod! Yours is in a great spot and looks great there.

I am not even the gardener here so I am posting under false pretences. Doesn't stop me though, as people here are so friendly.

So, Karen, please keep on posting!!

8 May, 2017

 

Aw, thanks Eirlys. I will. :)

8 May, 2017

 

Karen, I'm sure I speak for many GoY members when I say that watching your garden progress over the years has been a joy! Very few of us actually live in such an open area, not many houses close to you so it is fascinating to see how, why and what you plant. Carry on posting blogs and photos.

How interesting about your husband's family history ... he must have been thrilled!

9 May, 2017

 

Thank you very much Shirley. Yes, I think he was really pleased and touched. But he doesn't do thrilled...he's Scottish! ;)

10 May, 2017

 

Oh Karen, that last comment had me laughing for ages! :o))

10 May, 2017

 

Good :) :)

10 May, 2017

 

Thorough and interesting blog, Karen..
the heuchera corner is very colourful and attractive !

13 May, 2017

 

Thanks Terra. It's wet here today, which we really needed, but forced indoors I have been to the GC for lunch and 'only' bought one plant...another Geum for the patio. Then came home and am now watching tennis. But the garden is so lovely from May onwards and every day there is something new to enjoy. I love it! Thanks for your comments about heuchera corner. It is very colourful right now with all the dwarf rhododendrons out.

13 May, 2017

 

Yes, my gardens need rain too ... we had some showers recently after many days of drought, but not enough to really dampen the soil... there is hope of rain overnight to fill up water butts and please the farmers.

13 May, 2017

 

I think it rained all night here...everything will shoot up now :)

14 May, 2017

 

I never get bored of seeing your garden Karen.

18 May, 2017

 

Thanks Sandra x

19 May, 2017

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