More Garden

As soon as the weather began to warm up a wee bit I was out in the garden digging up more grass to get planting space. Whilst out there I took a few photos, these were taken last week and everything has grown quite a bit since then, especially the weeds!

blue lupin

I know that in some parts of the world lupins ARE more or less weeds as they grow wild, but I grew mine from seed last year, and I’ve been waiting since then for them to flower, the blue one was the first.

Then the red ones started, it’s a very deep pink really and I think a gorgeous colour, I’m particularly pleased that the colour fits in well with the euphorbia to the right and the black widow purple geraniums to the left. The climbing rose in the background which is just budding is called Ena Harkness I think.

red lupin

This purple clematis is flowering right at the base of the garden seat, I’m hoping the plant will eventually clamber through the trellis around it.


This aquilegia plant was in one of the few garden tubs which I managed to bring from the old garden and it has seeded itself around, I have been throwing seeds which I collected in previous years around the garden and I now have quite a few coming up, different colours I hope. I gave Peggy a whole lot of seeds to plant in her garden in the US but those pesky customs people at the airport confiscated them, even the ones which were in packets straight from a garden centre.


I’m disappointed with my Queen of the Night tulips as only one of them has flowered. When I planted them they were all beginning to sprout but maybe our stop start weather didn’t suit them.

Queen of the Night tulip

This yellow rose was a disappointment too, I can’t remember the name of it, I have the label somewhere so I’ll be able to look it up later. Yellow roses are my favourites but this one has very flat flowers which open out very quickly and are over and done with in 24 hours, they’re similar in shape to the wild dog roses although larger. On the plus side this bush has loads of buds on it so there are always more flowers to come and the leaves are very healthy.

yellow roses

And finally this clump of thrift is doing well in the rockery area, I’m not sure about the pansies though, although they look nice and bright there they don’t quite fit in so I think I’ll be moving them when they stop flowering, but that’s gardening for you, we’re never happy and can always think of things to improve the design!

thrift and pansies

10 thoughts on “More Garden

  1. Looking good! I love the red Lupine!

    A lady in line behind me at customs was sneaking fresh fruit in from the middle east and she was in big trouble! The officer wasn’t being nice about it at all.

    My foxglove is blooming so nice and the speedwell too! I keep having to put the mulch back in the bed as the river running through my yard with all this rain keeps moving it down the driveway!

    • Peggy Ann,
      I can understand that they don’t want fruit in the country which might have pests or diseases in it.

      Your poor plants have had such a lot to put up with recently, the weather has gone crazy!

  2. I love all your flowers. Thanks for the photos. You’ve done so much with your new garden in such a short time.
    Blue lupins grow by the roadside in Maine and Massachusetts. I’m always thrilled to see them. The planting with the deep pink one is especially nice the way it picks up the colors in the other plants.

    • Joan,
      That was just pure good luck as I had no idea what colour that lupin would turn out to be when I planted it. So far there are just three colours, the deep pink, blue and pale pink. Some have still to flower though.

  3. Very nice! And such sunny day when you took the photos. I tried to grow lupines once but they are, I found out too late, a favorite of rabbits and every singe one was eaten the moment it dared poke its head above ground.

  4. Lovely photos, lovely plants. I am envious, with no water here, I am not trying to do much gardening at all. I do need to clean up in the yard, though.

    • tracybham,
      Thanks. It sounds like you would have to plant only drought resistant plants. Although our temperatures have been low so far, I’ve still had to hose the garden every night as we have had hardly any rain and a lot of wind which dries the ground out.

      • I love succulents and have quite a few pots of those around, so all is not hopeless in our small space (we are in a condo but we do have areas to plant). I am not going to try anything else at this time because I think even drought tolerant plants have to have some water to get started. Not that I am an expert.

        • tracybham,
          I love succulents too, especially sedums and I think they need very little water and are easy to propagate too. I do feel sorry for you with your droughts and heat, but I suppose you would hate the weather we have to put up with!

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