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!

My Garden in May

For most of May I was wondering what had happened to the weather as it seemed very reluctant to warm up and the swifts/swallows were nowhere to be seen. They were obviously hanging back and not flying to the UK until it heated up a bit. They arrived at last but I’m sure that they were up to two months later than in previous years. We happened to be in Holland when they arrived there and by the time we got back home they were here too, although not in great numbers.
physocarpus and forget-me-nots
When we got back – the garden had exploded into growth! and this week the first rose appeared. It’s a climber called Golden Showers – can you believe? and I’m growing it in a large pot. I had it growing up the front of the old house that we moved from three years ago and when I saw one for sale at the Scottish Garden Show in Edinburgh last summer I decided to buy it again as it has a lovely scent too, something that seems to be difficult to come by nowadays.
yellow rose 1

This dwarf acer dissectum atropurpurea is a great colour and I like it even better combined with this Euphorbia Fireglow. I never worry about colours clashing in the garden as in general the various shades of green always save the day and tone it all down.
acer and euphorbia fireglow

Yet more red in the shape of planta genista or in other words broom, as they used to tie bits of it to a stick and use it for sweeping purposes back in the year dot. It’s the plant that was the emblem of the Plantagenets.
red broom

More Garden

Foxglove in my garden

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.

Iris again

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.

Iris in pot

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.

Lily in my garden

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.

Summer house progress

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.

Summer house again

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.