If time froze…….

If time froze, and I could select that moment from nature’s play list, it would be at an instant in mid May when all was fresh and green. image

The aquilegias are in full, glorious and varied flower, bees humming drunkenly from pretty bonnet to pretty bonnet. image Azaleas zing under a sheltering canopy of trees newly decorated with tiny fresh foliage, each and every morning bringing a fresh delight. image Geums bloom in jam and marmalade colours. This one has made a carpet under the silver birches and new varieties will be added to the mix. And to crown the show, the Queen of flowers has opened-Tree Peony Uchiya Tsubaki image It is a wonderful time of the year. I could live in my garden at the moment and enjoy every single hour spent in the company of the blooms , the bees and the birds.image image

And for a few days I don’t even mind these…..

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into the new year

new-hedgeGoodness, its already a week into the New Year and we seem to be running to keep pace with the chores. The drier days of December were spent cutting back and digging up but I can report that as the New Year began, we finally started on construction and replanting.

Over the last couple of days we stripped turf and dug over the area where the new hedge in the meadow is going. This morning, before the promised rain arrived, we planted 25 beech plants, and fingers crossed, little leaves in the spring will be our reward.

imageI took some time over Christmas to look back over the year in the garden, reminding myself of some of the highlights and mulling over what needs to happen next.

I had forgotten some of those golden days in May when the azaleas bloomed and the glorious towers of June delphiniums, especially now that everything is tattered and needs tidying.  I delayed the cutting back to preserve the seed heads for the wildlife, although watching a mouse run up the stems of Verbena bonariensis and chew off and carry the seed heads away was not a sight I had anticipated! And don’t talk to me about wallflowers. My lovely seed raised Ivory wallflowers. Chewed to stumps by rabbits/pheasants/pigeons. I underplanted them with Queen of the Night tulips. It would have been lovely. I think squirrels may have dug up a goodly number of the tulips.

So new plans will have to accommodate the pests and the electric propagator-my Christmas present from  the wonderful undergardener – will need to produce twice as many plants as I need so I can feed the critters too. To the drawing board…..