More of my garden

Aquilegias are favourites of mine and I’m lucky that they seem to enjoy living in my garden. In fact they are very promiscuous and are seeding themselves all over the place, like joyful trollops of the plant world, popping up in various different colours.

blue aquilegia

flowers and foliage in my garden.

Purple aquilegia

The photo below is of part of my back garden, I’ve been trying to grow various plants around that archway over the years but nothing is keen to clothe it, and quite a few have given up the struggle completely. My latest attempt was with a vine, but it has only grown about 1 inch since the spring. I suspect it’s going to give up too.

general garden

And this is the pink oriental poppy which just turned up in my garden one year, despite trying to move her several times she just keeps coming back, her tap root is just too big to get to the bottom of it. She (must be a girlie as she’s so pink and frilly) looks sort of out of place in amongst smaller plants, but she’s determined to stay there.

pink poppy

And here is another cygnet update, as you can see they’re growing fast and are really looking swan shaped now and are happy enough to swim off, away from mummy swan.


What with everything which has been going on in our house recently, getting it ready to put on the market, I haven’t been getting out and about at all, hence the garden and park photos.

I can’t believe how complicated selling a house has become since we last did it. I preferred the old system, as usual. The whole thing is so much more stressful than it used to be, and it was bad enough before. Oh well, we’re getting there – I think.

8 thoughts on “More of my garden

  1. I love your acquilegias! How gorgeous and what fun to have them appear year after year. We have one variety here that grows wild. Acquilegia canadensis. It’s a red variety.

    Oh, don’t I know how horrible house-selling has become. It’s utterly ridiculous what realtors and buyers expect you to do. My thoughts are with you. And yes, you will both get through it. Find a nice house with space for a garden, I hope!


    • Judith,
      There’ll definitely have to be space for a garden wherever we end up. It used to be so easy to sell property, you could even just stick a for sale sign on your window and leave the rest to the buyer. It’s nightmarish now!

  2. I love aquilegias too and was so pleased this year that our garden had some when we move in nearly 4 years ago. This year they’ve gone mad – I took some photos and never posted them! And there are pink and red oriental poppies in the garden too – I love the flowers but the leaves aren’t so attractive and they don’t stand up to the wind – which is quite strong here.

    Good luck with the house selling – is the system in Scotland now the same as in England?!!It is so stressful.

    • Margaret,
      I have pink and orange oriental poppies, you’re right about the leaves, they’re quite coarse looking compared with the flowers.
      I think it is very similar if not exactly the same as the English system now, ours used to be so much better. It’s just unbelievably stressful and the home report guy is so slow, it’s driving us nuts!

  3. I love your columbine (that’s what we call in the US). I had a couple plants of a native variety growing my garden for a few years and loved them. But two years ago a rabbit decided it loved them too and ate them down to the ground. I’ve been afraid to replace them for fear the rabbit will enjoy them a second time. Will your new house have a garden? Will you be moving anything from you current garden with you?

    • Stefanie,
      Yes, columbine is the common name and the name which Shakespeare used for them, Granny’s bonnet is another common name. I think our variety is quite poisonous, but maybe not to rabbits. I had a baby one in my garden a few years ago but I shooed it out, I didn’t want it to make a home with us! Our new house will definitely have a garden, hopefully a bit bigger than the one I have now. I’m going to take quite a few plants with me, some of them are old friends and were originally in my childhood garden. I’ve been taking cuttings too.

    • Pearl,
      The poppies are even pretty after the flowers have died as the seed heads dry well. It’s a pity that these ones cause so much mayhem as they are farmed in Afghanistan to make heroin.

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