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…and that always leads to spending money! (Images through this blog are from from my old account – Karensusan63)

Today has been one of those really dull midwinter days when I sit about feeling sorry for myself and thinking about how ‘useless’ I am (don’t feel sorry for me…it’s nonsense). So I read my RHS magazine. And this month Rachel De Thame has written an inspiring article that gave me a shake-up. Its about looking at your garden and making changes to improve it, and also about sharing your garden.

Got me thinking about how I will share my garden now that Open Days are a thing of the past. And I’ve decided to make more of an effort to invite friends and family in for BBQs and long lazy summer evenings.

Then I got to thinking about my old garden again and started looking through my old photos on KarenSusan63 pages. And That got me thinking about all the ‘colour-themed’ areas that I have created here. And I realised that I actually prefer to have more areas of mixed colours. So I’ve decided to add some blue to my Golden Border this year. I’ll start with some periwinkles and maybe some Amsonias (which I’ve never grown), and maybe some more blue flowered aquilegias. And a few blue poppies and blue geraniums. Maybe some Campanulas too.

It will still be Golden in the winter time, but in the summer, the blues will be enhanced by the golden flowers. So that’s something to look forward to.

I also ordered some more lilies from Harts. I’m not going to fear the dreaded beetles. I’ve yet to see one…and if and when they arrive…then I’ll worry about it.

On the patio, I will keep all my red flowering plants, but also introduce some oranges and some rich browns too.

What changes are you all planning for 2020? And how do you like to share your Garden?

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Like you,K....I've begun to think about certain plants and summer bulbs I would try.A change here would be to include bearded iris....previous attempts have been rather pathetic...have followed a few You tube videos on care of these tuburs.
Secondly,I'm not sure if it was your garden photos which gave me the liking for Monardas...I grew just one last year,but having seen them growing in multiples has propelled me to buy more.
The golden and blue hues will look very attractive in your border,K....are you able to grow the Meconopsis poppies?

26 Jan, 2020

 

Gosh I had forgotten how pretty your former garden was. The addition of blues will be beautiful.

I must admit I don't tend to share my garden with many people other than my girls and their partners. Good friends mainly and one of my brothers who loves gardening. We have never opened the garden to the public due to the motorbikes in the bottom workshop.

There changes I plan are to remove as many weeds as possible, including Saponaria officinalis and lots of Vinca Gertrude Jeykl.

26 Jan, 2020

 

Thanks Julia. You have reminded me to buy more of the Monarda I bought last year. Wow I love that plant. Monarda ‘Westacre Purple’. I’ll be getting some more in the spring. I also have some white ones which are pretty. The only thing with them is you need to watch out for mildew.

Yes! I have a few Meconopsis and will get more. They would be good in there as it is semi shade.

26 Jan, 2020

 

Thank you SBG..it was pretty. I was sad to leave it, but I brought quite a lot of it with me. Unfortunately some didn’t survive. We are so much more exposed here. I thought my garden was really windy there....it was actually...but this is on a different ‘gale-scale’! ;)

Remove your vincas eh? And heres me planning to plant some. But I need groundcover to keep the weeds down, and they will do that I hope.

26 Jan, 2020

 

I did love your other garden too, lots of clematis, the arch, funky greenhouse and the lovely front.
Adding a bit more colour will be good, quite exciting.
Visitors here are few and they’re not really into gardening.
I’m getting a raised railway sleeper bed this year. :-)
Very interesting blog :-)

26 Jan, 2020

 

Karen - I can send you some lily beetles if you'd like some

26 Jan, 2020

 

Thanks Dawn. Yes, there were some lovely clematis. I miss them Haven’t had that much success with many here. But I may try a few other ones. I do have a handful of successful ones. They are so hit and miss. About half the ones I buy never do much and half are good. And I never know why!

26 Jan, 2020

 

I can send you a variety of Vinca if you'd like some. I just didn't keep it under control in relatively small borders.

26 Jan, 2020

 

I'm just getting over a bad flu and have been confined to my bedroom for the past 3 weeks. I know how easy it is to slip into a pity party (poor me). One thing that gets me out of my slump is to play my music. I mean all my old favorite music artists, music from high school, etc. Before I know it, I'm singing along, maybe dancing a little too. That always works - my music.

26 Jan, 2020

 

Karen, great blog and lovely to see your old colourful photos. Yes sharing our gardens (and visiting other’s) is one of the highlights of the year. Some years ago, I started a gardening group with like-minded strangers, and we soon had many more members. Each week we visit one of our gardens, then chat over coffee and cake; I called it Gardening Tea & Tips, and it gives us all ideas, inspiration and friendship 🙂 .

27 Jan, 2020

 

The pictures from your previous garden are so very pretty. The mixture of colours is just gorgeous. I think it is a great plan to introduce extra colour into your single shade beds, they will look lovely and it makes an exciting project for you.
Your photos on here are a brilliant incentive to get your creative ideas into action.
We all need something as January d_r_a_g_s on!!

27 Jan, 2020

 

Thanks SBG, that’s very kind. I think I’m going to get more of the one I have, which is the golden variegated one. Do you have that by any chance? If not, it doesn’t matter. I can get them. X

Bathgate, i love your idea for therapy! And yes! That works for me too. I went out today, down to the local shops and did my food shop without going to the supermarket. Its my new years resolution to avoid the supermarket. I am so sick of them. I hate going. So I went and shopped at the local green-grocer and recycling grocer, and it was great chatting with the shopkeepers. Even got a great recommendation fo4 a local restaurant. It cheered me up and Ai felt so much better for it. I picked up a couple of pots of grape hyacinth in the florist too. Its 4 miles away, but such a lovely high street, and no further away than my usual supermarket.

Thanks Chris...yes, January seems to last about 8 weeks doesn’t it?! May lasts 2! Lol!

27 Jan, 2020

 

It all sounds wonderful, Karen. You work so hard in your garden. It always looks beautiful all year round.
I have a Cotoneaster I am thinking of removing. It is pretty big so I tried to reduce the height. I think after a years wait it looks poor. I walk round it and try to imagine it not being there. I hear your voice Karen saying, "Linda get rid of it".
I love having friends over for lunch or dinner in the garden. It is a great space. I have a nice photo of you sitting on the hammock. My Swedish chum is coming to Glasgow with her two daughters in June. She wants to see my garden and some castles. We are going to take them to Mount Stewart and Inverrary. Locally we are going to Pollok Park and of course my garden. I started tidying up the garden in September and I am still busy. Phew!

27 Jan, 2020

 

Thanks Linda! Yes, I would take it out, that Cotoneaster, and plant something new. I loved visiting your garden, and having you in ours too. We are so lucky aren’t we...to have our own outdoor space to enjoy. Today I hoovered up the leaves from the gravel, and then I played with Willow for a while. Sharing my garden with a Labrador....lovely! I also split up a pot of cuttings of my white parahebe ‘Snowclouds’ which I took in the early autumn and the pot was full of roots! Five new plants..so easy from cuttings! I was amazed that they had grown so much new root over the winter.

27 Jan, 2020

 

I think you’re ignoring me, Karen, but I’ll still talk to you 🙂 . . . you did ask about sharing, but perhaps I’ve said it all before . . .

27 Jan, 2020

 

Karen, please tell me how to do the parahebe cuttings

27 Jan, 2020

 

Enjoyed your blog. Get you thinking about springtime and the year ahead. Your pics are lovely, from one beautiful garden to another, you lucky lady!
I enjoyed gaining some ideas and motivation from you and the other members comments!
Saying that, poor Bathgate, hopefully he’s over the worst of it! I love music and dancing too! Can’t beat it for cheering you up!

27 Jan, 2020

 

Karen: I've been using a service called 'FreshDirect' where I do my grocery shopping online and BINGO! it gets delivered to my front door by the next day. Think of the gas & time you'd save not having to shchlepp to the market...and if you are under the weather or pinched for time, it's invaluable. You must have something like this in the UK. It's a life saver.

27 Jan, 2020

 

Sheila! I’m so sorry! I don’t know how I managed to be so rude! Very sorry! X

27 Jan, 2020

 

Sheila, I meant to say, your gardening group sounds really lovely. I even thought about how I might be able to do something similar...just forgot to write my reply.

27 Jan, 2020

 

Kate..thank you. I enjoyed looking back at my old photos!

Bathgate..we do get food delivery, but only from the big supermarkets. I sometimes used it when the children were small. But I enjoyed chatting with the small shopkeepers today. It gave me some new faces! :)

27 Jan, 2020

 

I have Vinca major variegata [periwinkle blue flowers]. So I can send you some of that. I used to have V minor variegate with white flowers under the beech tree I can have a look for some, and send you it.

27 Jan, 2020

 

Thank you very much SBG! X

28 Jan, 2020

 

I do exactly the same as you Karen. I have been looking at all my photos from the last home and also Willow Cottage (which sometimes makes me sad) as I loved that garden with so many garden rooms, large lawns and cottage gardens. I try to make this smaller garden with the same feel to it but have a long way to go yet !
I used to love your last garden and how you got so much into it. Your garden now is amazing !

28 Jan, 2020

 

Aw..thanks Rose. I can’t wait to get going with a new year and new ideas. And its always such a joy to see how much things have grown in Spring isn’t it! I just hope the new custodians of all of our gardens are blessed by them!

28 Jan, 2020

 

Unfortunately Karen, the people in our last home has totally let the garden go !

28 Jan, 2020

 

:(

29 Jan, 2020

 

I remember your last garden Karen, it was a wonderful garden so well designed and very pretty...especially the clematis.....
We have two new areas which we are working on at the moment but the weather is not playing ball atm! no doubt we will get there eventually.
Bathgate you can get everything delivered nowadays....I do enjoy my trip to the supermarket though, they sell plants...so easy to slip a couple into the trolley!

29 Jan, 2020

 

I should find a reliable helper this year, someone who can do the heavy work from time to time that I am no longer able to do, like digging out well established roots and removing rockery stones ...... I have an ornamental grape root and a cotoneaster that I cannot budge, a daphne which needs transplanting and large stones to remove to make way for a new rose bed, and it would be good to have some holes drilled in the garage wall to fix new,sturdy trellises for the clematis to scramble up. A friend has recommended someone but I have yet to contact him, it saddens me that the time has come to concede that due to arthritis I can no longer manage these tasks myself. However, it will free up time for more crafting ;-)

30 Jan, 2020

 

Life is all about accepting and letting go Xela. You will enjoy having someone in your garden to help you and free you up to do the creative things you enjoy, both in the garden and indoors. :) And you will be giving someone work too.

30 Jan, 2020

 

Really nice photos the planting looked lovely, as you say these dull dreary rainy days seems to go on and on. Like you I start looking at magazines and start getting ideas and yes it normally ends up costing me money. I dread to think what I have coming feb/march time. I know I have ordered some more dahlia's from sarah raven and have just started using farmer gracey, where I have ordered some polianthes tuberosa, egret orchids, asrantia and there is probably something else which I have forgot, need to get this next month over and done with so I can start behaving myself again.

30 Jan, 2020

 

Thanks Davey. I’ve just had a peep at your wonderful photos! I’m expecting two new trees this weekend! Tut.

30 Jan, 2020

 

Thanks for your words of wisdom Karen. Life IS all about letting go and forgiveness and we do it for our own well-being. I just needed to hear it again.;

30 Jan, 2020

 

Thank you Bathgate x

30 Jan, 2020

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