Friday, 31 December 2010

Monty Don

Hurrah. Monty Don will be returning to the BBC's Gardener's World, since I love colour in gardens, and Monty's into colour too. However, since he had to retire before for health reasons (heart) and the previous Lead Presenter, Geoff Hamilton died of a heart attack, I do hope the BBC's schedule take this into account and demand less stress and rushing around for him this time round.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

20th July, 2010 Jasmine goes wild

Last autumn I was over zealous in pruning the jasmine - result it's gone bonkers. And it's climbed up the birch tree too. I've been convalescing from a hip replacement op for the last few weeks so no climbing ladders for me and I can't rescue the tree.
No bending and so no weeding either. Bliss. For once, I've been able to just sit and enjoy the garden, and forbidden to do any work

absorbing the sun and luxuriating in the wafts of jasmine scent on occasional breeze.
'What is this life if full of care we have no time to sit and stare?' (W.H. Davies)

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Sunday, 4 July 2010

July 2010 Thinking up

Since most of the main garden is in shade once the trees are in leaf (end May/June onwards), after a few years of mud instead of a lawn, I had that area paved. With no flowers in the borders, pots have had to do but nowI have been thinking up. The idea is a trellis for the plants to grow up and along the top in search of light.
2006 The trellis half up

2008 May
2nd year of the Clematis Montana. It heads due south so is doing best behind the trellis!
2009 I plant a second C.M. the near end of the trellis and hope it will head south and join the other one.

June 2010. At last, what looks like one Clematis Montana along the top of the trellis.