The foxglove above is one of the plants which I bought from the St Andrews Botanic Garden, so it’s a bit posher than the wild bog standard ones, the bees and hoverflies love them all equally though. The acer which you can just see on the right is one which I was given on my birthday which was in June, it seems to be doing well.
I’m annoyed with myself because I thought I had taken more photos of the irises against the bright yellow/lime green of the physocarpus but if I did take photos I can’t find them, so I only have this solitary bloom, as you see the others weren’t so far forward. They looked great when they were all in flower too.
I also put some iris bulbs in a pot and they were useful for filling in spaces in the border. There’s also a salvia in the photo but I can’t remember the name of the wee green leaved plant with purple blotches, it’s another bulb though.
Above are lilies and my one lonely agapanthus flower which I’ve had in a pot for years but I dug it into the ground in the garden, I think that might have been a mistake but I don’t have a greenhouse in this new garden and I’m not going to bother getting one, my old one was handy for over-wintering tender pot plants though.
More lilies in a pot. I got about 10 lily bulbs for the princely sum of £1 from one of the many ‘pound’ shops which have sprung up since the financial world went into a spin. They are very good for gardening things.
As I said – it was my birthday in June and as usual I told the family that there was nothing that I needed but they bought me various plants for the garden, always the best sort of gift I think – for a gardener anyway. The delphinium above was one of my many birthday plants. The plant which is snaking along the fence to the left is a Tayberry bush, no fruit this year but I live in hope of some next year.
The summerhouse is still a work in progress as you can see, we have to get edging wood to finish it off before getting on to the painting.
And above is the view of the other side, you get quite a good view of the garden through those windows.
I’ve realised that although I usually concentrate on reading one book at a time, unlike so many folks who have about 5 on the go, to match whichever mood they’re in – I have about 5 house projects on the go, multi tasking maybe but in reality nothing is progressing far with the house and many things are half done. I’m really just not in the mood for doing much beyond gardening and reading. I’ll just plan to finish everything off during the bad winter weather which no doubt will be with us sooner than we would wish. I’m sure I heard the weather forecaster today mention the word ‘autumnal’ – what happened to summer?!
Today I was trying to construct a sort of rockery but it’s a right mess at the moment so no photos of that for a while, it’s hard work too, nobody needs to spend money on a gym membership when they have a garden, that’s for sure.