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The back garden – 1

These themed posts will be little snippets about our small garden. What grows here and what’s in flower at the moment.

We have tended to our garden for many years.  Some plants are new, some are old – lots have moved around in redesigns.  We rely on our perennials and shrubs – it means we can go away for a week or two in the growing seasons and not worry about them.  There are places to sit in the sun, places to sit in the shade and we are lucky to have an old red brick wall at the end.

This first ‘garden’ post is going to be short & sweet.

Saturday 20th May 2017

We worked on the garden all day today. The weeds have loved the two nights and one whole day of rain we’ve had this week.  We’ve had a few months of really quite dry weather.

Well, its bright and sunny now and looks set fair for at least a week.  This will be great news for the Chelsea Flower Show, a five day event by the Royal Horticultural Society held in Chelsea, London.  I think it is, more or less, world famous. We’ve only watched programmes about Chelsea on television.  It’s something to save for our old age….not that we’re that far off now!

Meantime here are a few photos from our own patch.

In the foreground flowering on the left Aquilegia. Masses of flowering Mountain Cornflower in the centre. Wisteria just starting to flower on the pagoda behind.

Hercules with moss covered feet

Weigela (‘Flamingo Pink’ – we think!). We’ve had this a while – its 6 feet tall at least

French Lavender – the bees love them

Chives – the bees love these too

Rhodededrums below the apple tree at the bottom of the garden


Finally, we love our plants and have fairly big borders but keep our lawn small.  This year the daisies have completely taken over and it looks like a mini meadow!

Even when you don’t travel too far from home it’s lovely out!


Fresh air

So it’s been a few days since my tentative world of blogging started and I hope to eventually talk about interesting walks we’ve done – starting locally in Norfolk then venturing further afield.  For the time being a gentle stroll around the garden as I’ve had a poorly start to the new year.  I have to say that this is not like me at all – generally I’ll happily walk miles.

Stepping out on wobbly legs I take on a couple of laps – honestly its not far (it’s really quite a small garden).  I’ve got two days to build myself up for returning to work and this is my start.  I have a desk job but I get out every lunchtime to “stretch my legs” – it’s so important to do this.  I can’t believe how some never do even when it’s lovely out!  Any ideas to encourage them gratefully received.  I’ll have to talk about this further – in another post.

Back on my wobbly walk I discovered some spring bulbs – already bloomed and were now fading! Our mild winter weather has made these poor plants think that February/March was already here.  Crocus – should flower in early spring. I think yesterday’s frost has got them.image

At the back of the garden Bluebells are emerging.  These usually flower in April/May – let’s hope for some cool weather to keep these back.


Out and about over the next few weeks I’ll be looking out for other signs of nature appearing untimely.  Meantime the link below also raises concerns.

Early daffodils nothing to worry about?

Just for a bit of colour here is one of our Bergenias (common name Elephants Ears) flowering….not supposed to do this til Spring either!