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In a vase on Monday – Teetering Tea Tree

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Just a quick post share a branch of the lovely Leptospermum (I think Scoparium).  Apparently the common name, ‘Tea tree’ arose because Captain Cook used the leaves to make a tea drink.  Who knew?

The vase was inspired by two things, firstly (and obviously) the fact that it’s flowering wonderfully now, but also the super spring branches I’ve seen arranged at Tilton House where I’ve just booked for another Yoga weekend in May (hurrah!)

The ‘vase’ is a water bottle provided in a restaurant in San Sebastian which I liked so much I insisted on lugging home in my suitcase.  Make sure to note how the label matches the flowers, as I expect next time you see it, the label will be missing – it’s only paper!

With thanks to Cathy who hosts all our Monday flowers – whatever they’re arranged in.img_5592

Red squirrel snapped at last!

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Whilst I’ve seen red squirrels in my garden many times, I’ve never managed to take a photo.   (Although I did take some lovely photos of a much redder squirrel next door)

We’ve only just put this feeder up, really close to the house – about a foot from the porch doors and 4ft from the kitchen window (from where this photo was taken) and look who came to visit.  🙂

The feeder has already seen a riot of small birds too – blue tits, coal tits, robins and sparrows so far – I really can’t imagine why it’s taken us so long to think to site one closer!

In a vase on Monday – still rosy!

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Today’s very simple vase consists of just two different blooms – a rose and bud from Rosa ‘Munstead Wood’

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and a few stems of Erysimum ‘Red Jep’img_5557

Some of you may remember I first saw ‘Red Jep’ at Hyde Hall but she’s now appearing all over the place.  I’ve taken a lot more cuttings, so hopefully I too can expand her presence!

The Munstead Wood rose is really very prickly.  Does anyone use one of ‘thorn strippers’?  Each time I pick this rose (and get pricked) I always think I must get one – interested to hear any feedback.

So just a quick vase and post while I wait for the OH to return from golf, in the hope that we might actually eat lunch together!

With thanks to Cathy who hosts this lovely meme.

End of month view – yearly round up 2018

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As last year, rather than solely a December view, I’ve put together a round up of the whole year.

I struggled with the Isle of Wight garden this year.  There were a number of reasons – tricky weather (miserable early on and then so hot and very dry over the summer), too much time in London, too much work and lastly, the removal of the decking, which meant nowhere to sit out and made trying to keep the garden looking good all feel a bit pointless!

However, there were still highlights, and spring (above) was one of them.

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Things were still ok in May IMG_4064

but by June everything was very parched,DSC01071

with only the Mediterranean plants enjoying themselves.

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The dry weather meant all my dahlias were disappointing, and finished early, with even the stalwart ‘Happy Single Dates’ not happy for long.

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Conversely, the Zinnias loved the weather, and filled out the Grass Beds with lots of pickable blooms.

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Again, as last year, I had many pots IMG_3910

but by summer many were struggling in the drought, so I was glad a number of them were so large!IMG_4255

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On the edibles front the only new variety I tried was the French Bean ‘Masterpiece’ which did well and was very tasty.  Otherwise we enjoyed the usual runner beans, courgettes, tomatoes, ‘Slim Jim’ aubergines, Ratte and Pink Fir Apple Potatoes and raspberries and strawberries.IMG_4275

I continued to enjoy joining in with Cathy’s wonderfully friendly and supportive ‘In a Vase on Monday’ meme, albeit a bit haphazardly.

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I also posted the odd photo from regular walks on the National Trust’s St Helens Duver, directly opposite the house.IMG_3778

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As in previous years I was lucky enough to do plenty of garden visiting, both near and far – Villa Cimbrone on the Amalfi Coast DSC01001

and An Cala in Scotland in May,IMG_3777

The High Line, in New York,IMG_3911

Petersham Nurseries andIMG_4018

Kew Gardens (including the newly re-opened Temperate House) in June,IMG_4061

Castle House (just up the road) in August,IMG_4557

Church Gardens in Harefield, Middlesex in OctoberIMG_4557

and Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, still looking fabulous in November.IMG_5203

And lastly, the biggest development this year, was the purchase of a tiny terraced house back in Richmond, and the transformation of the garden from thisHF304_170626S_IMG_09

to this

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Thank you so much for continuing to support Duver Diary and sharing your likes and comments.  They really are very much appreciated, even if I don’t always find time to respond.

I hope I can carry on sharing my ramblings and photos next year, and that you’ll all come along for the ride!

Wishing you and yours a fabulous, flowery 2019.