My garden update

A few friends have asked me how my garden is getting on, and I have been taking photos of it over the past couple of months, but just haven’t got around to blogging about it. It has been a weird year weather wise. The spring weather was quite late in getting here, then we had a very dry period, particularly while we were away in Belgium and Holland in early May. My garden was gasping when we got back home.

But since then we’ve had a lot of rain and wind to contend with. In Scotland we didn’t get the really hot weather that they had in England and Wales earlier in July, we’ve been getting one good day of weather followed by three or four bad days, sometimes feeling more like November.

The plants are coping though.

red broom

physocarpus and forget-me-nots


fir tree

acer and euphorbia

rosemary and geraniums

turk's cap lily



Most of those photos were taken in May so the garden looks quite different now, but I’ll leave those photos for another post!

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

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.

More garden flowers

At this time of the year just about the first thing I do in the morning when I get downstairs is go out for a walk around my wee garden to see what has happened overnight.

The first day lily of the year opened up yesterday, this is another flower which is in my herb patch but they don’t take up much room and although each flower only lasts for a day there are so many of them that it doesn’t really matter as there is always another one ready to come out.

A day lily

Another peony rose with an aquilegia or columbine as Shakespeare called it. They self-seed all over the place and they come up all different colours, so they’re always a nice surprise.

Peony rose and aquilegia

This is a variation of the broom which flowers all over hillsides in Britain at this time of the year. The broom plant or planta genista as it is in Latin was the emblem of the Plantagenets, hence their name.


The Cranesbill geranium is another prolific self-seeder and they’re promiscuous too so they pop up in different variations. When I was a youngster a geranium was a very different plant but for some reason they keep changing plant names and what used to be geraniums are now called pelargoniums.

Cranesbill - geraniums

Can you see the bee in the poppy? The bees just adore them but they move so fast that it’s really difficult to snap them.

Poppy and bee

As you can see the poppies are spreading out quite a bit now and taking up a lot of room in the herb patch but I’ve tried moving them and they just come back even bigger.

Poppy and bee

I took this one because I thought it might be of interest to anyone who hasn’t seen how a poppy seed head forms. As you can see, the bees have had their way with this flower and it’s beginning to fall apart. It shows quite well what an exotic and lush texture the flower has. It always amazes me that it grows so well in our cold climate.

a collapsing poppy

The first rose flowered yesterday but it’s a climbing one and I’m going to have to get the ladders out to get close to it. Maybe tomorrow!