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Welcome to our challenging cottage garden!?????

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You are welcome to join me in our garden in Devon which gives us lots of pleasure but for anyone who likes order and control of their gardens look away now!

We work hard out there but the main beds have always been weedy with couch grass, bindweed, creeping buttercup etc but because of so many pretty plants in them, we have never quite got on top of the weeds so have learnt to accept them all as part of the ‘cottagey effect!’

Hope you enjoy a look round and don’t be tempted to pull out a few weeds on the way, but, on second thoughts, feel free!!!

Some general views to start with.

Close ups of some of my containers – weed free!

Close ups of some of our roses.
Duchess of Cornwall
Gertrude Jekyll
Hot Chocolate
Prince’s Trust plus honeysuckle


Some shady areas of our garden.


This and that in the garden
A path mown through the daisies.

Ceanothus Skylark, a gift on our Sapphire Wedding Anniversary.

Hebe and a new hydrangea which I like a lot but do not have its name.

Finally our small conservatory/porch where we like to sit and look at the pond……maybe that is why there are so many weeds about!

Thanks for joining me. Now, is it tea and cake or getting on with the weeding?!
No contest!

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vjd
Vjd
 

where are the weeds? looks great!!!!!!!!!!

14 Jun, 2017

 

it all looks lovely. In the first photo of your pots, what is the flower under the petunias? It's so pretty.

14 Jun, 2017

 

I didn't see any weeds! Love your roses too.

14 Jun, 2017

 

Beautiful garden, Chris, and I love your Nemesias.

14 Jun, 2017

 

What a beautiful perfusion of colours and textures. I couldn't see any weeds either, so can I opt for tea and cake please?

14 Jun, 2017

 

Even with my specs on, can't see any weeds. Looks lovely. Beautiful Roses. You have a lot to tend there, so no slacking, OK have your cake first. Lol.

14 Jun, 2017

 

Your garden is interesting. I don't like a very controlled garden. Your conservatory looks comfortable. It must be nice to sit there at any time of year :)

14 Jun, 2017

 

You are all very kind about 'my weeds.' It just proves that the camera CAN lie!

Lisam the little flowers beneath the purple petunias are alyssum. You usually just see white alyssum at many garden centres.

14 Jun, 2017

 

Love it Wildrose...its got a similar feel to Oliveoil's garden, but with more grass! It has a wonderful relaxed feel and what's not to like about that. I love that path through the daisies. On the first photo, to the left of the red rose is another red climber...is it another rose Chris? would love to join you for a cuppa in the conservatory. :)

14 Jun, 2017

 

Its a lovely garden - don't blame you for sitting looking at it! What are the white flowers in photo 6 please? (sure I ought to know...)

14 Jun, 2017

 

Thank you for the invite,Chris......felt so relaxed looking around your garden......please let some of your relaxation rub off on me!!!

15 Jun, 2017

 

Karen, I would love you to join me for a cuppa! The other red rose is a shrub rose which we bought a number of years ago for next to nothing! We have no name for it but it grows really well, sadly without scent.
Stera, the tiny white flowers are Alyssum. They fill the gaps and have a nice scent.
Meadowland, your stunning garden must leave you very little time to relax but make sure you do just sit back and enjoy it!!!
Thanks for your lovely comments.

Karen I have always thought that the style of Oliveoil's garden is very similar to ours, but I think she has the edge on weed control and general law and order!!!

15 Jun, 2017

 

A lovely cottage garden Wildrose, bit like mine, but mine is smaller.

15 Jun, 2017

 

Thank you Wild rose

15 Jun, 2017

 

So,Chris..now just where are those weeds you mentioned ?? I can't see any ! It really is a beautiful garden ,packed to the hilt with colour and textures..You and J work so well as a team..it's a credit to you both,and I love your Conservatory/Porch..it looks so cosy :o)

15 Jun, 2017

 

Cinderella so nice to see you again. I love your garden so am very happy that you think ours is similar to yours!

Oh Sandra, what a lovely thing to say, you are very kind, thank you.

15 Jun, 2017

 

I have lots of british natives in my garden too.
I never have weeds ;o), just lots wild flowers. the neighbours have weeds mainly bindweed that creep in and I do try to remove that.

I have dug couch grass out of a border but I did lift every plant that I could, cleaned the roots and potted them up ready o replant.

your garden looks smashing wildrose. thanks for sharing.

16 Jun, 2017

 

Wildrose i didn't mean the Alyssum, but the larger flowers above it?

16 Jun, 2017

 

I think it's Nemesia that you're after, Sue. Such a pretty plant, and flowers all summer :)

(Sorry to butt in, Chris!)

17 Jun, 2017

 

Thanks Sheila!
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There are 3 different ones all with pretty names
Nemesia Amelie-deep pink
Nemesia Myrtle- purple
Nemesia Wisley Vanilla- pale pink

They have looked nice in a big pot and I will certainly do this again.

Sometimes the 'modern world' gets in my way! Each time I typed Nemesia, my iPad changed it to nemesis!!

17 Jun, 2017

 

Phew!

17 Jun, 2017

 

Beautiful garden!

17 Jun, 2017

 

Thank you - I knew I ought to know what it was! Old age brain rot setting in...my nemesis perhaps. lol Wildrose!

17 Jun, 2017

 

Looks wonderful and you have some gorgeous roses. I know the feeling with bind weed I get it from the grave yard I have read pouring boiling water over them kills it. I shall have to get my grand son to try it for me.

19 Jun, 2017

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