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In a vase on Monday – a change from pink!

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Firstly (as we were still away) I’m sorry I missed posting as part of last week’s IaVoM five year anniversary.  What an achievement – well done Cathy!

With my more recent vases getting a bit stuck on a pink theme, I thought it was time for a change and have chosen to feature these bright and cheery orange Nasturtiums which have seeded themselves and are currently taking over one of the Greenhouse Beds.

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To these I added a few Gazanias which are still flowering bravely in both the Greenhouse pots and the Bronze Bed.   They’re actually rather more bronze than the photo would suggest, but the idea was to bring out the darker markings in the centre of the Nasturtiums.

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The fact that I can still pick such a vibrant vase and plonk it on the kitchen table in the second half of November is quite the tonic!  Why don’t you pop over to Cathy’s blog to see what others have created to cheer their Monday?

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – January 2017

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Amazingly, despite the recent freezing weather, I still have a number of the annual Nicotiana mutablis flowering in the Swing Beds (the one above caught up in the bare branches of the Elaeagnus).

The overall look of the garden is very wintery, but close inspection revealed a number of further blooms, including roses Rosa ‘Flower Carpet Pink’img_2002

and neighbouring Rosa ‘Berkshire.  Note the matching pink stripe on the Phormium – I can’t take credit, both were inherited!img_2003

There are still a couple of Gazanias clearly confused what month it isimg_2009

and likewise this Pelargonium ‘Surcouf.’img_2019

In addition to Erysimum Bowles Mauve I currently have this pair in flower.  The first one E. ‘Red Jep’ was bought last year after I’d admired it so much when I visited Hyde Hall.  The second rather yellow one was grown from seed, and I think is E. Ivory Giant.

By the front steps the Rosmarinus prostratus is covered in blooms, but is hardly looking very ‘prostratus’.

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And whilst I’m chuffed to see Rosemary’s Babies are also flowering, I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to do with them…..img_2012

This Teucrium fruticans plant is really very woody but seems to have responded quite well to a severe hack back last year.img_2036

Similarly this Anisodontea capensis is also past its best, with the stem currently tied to a post to prevent it falling over.  It’s a beautiful shrub when happy in the sun, but mine’s definitely showing its age (I know the feeling).img_2033

There’s nothing in the Veg Patch for the Diving Lady to admire except some rather scruffy kale, so I’m glad she’s still got a pretty pool.

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In the Mid Century bed the Acacia baileyana purpurea looks like it’s going to flower for the first time.  It’s a lovely little tree with gorgeous foliage, but I really don’t think it’s in the right place and will have to go.  But where to move it?img_2032

In the greenhouse there are a few plants flowering – this Abutilon ‘Orange Marion’img_2015

and a couple more Pelargoniums.

I also discovered this beautiful Iris histioides ‘Lady Beatrix Stanley,’ which would definitely be brought into a more prominent positionimg_2017

if only she had some friends!img_2018

Back outside the sun continues to bring out the Freckles

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and I’m waiting with bated breath to see when it will do the same for these:img_2007

With thanks to Carol at May Dream Gardens who hosts everyone’s GBBDs.

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – December 2015

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Looking at the weather on my phone on Sunday morning provided a stark reminder of just how balmy life is down south:

St Helens, Isle of Wight 12C

Durham, (where my daughter’s at university) 0C

And while I was pottering around the garden taking photos of precocious December blooms, she was making this:

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The rose above (which featured as buds in last week’s Wordless Wednesday) is an inherited one and I sadly don’t know its name.

Whilst plants such as the Salvias have ground to a halt, there are plenty more rose varieties still clinging on, including Rosa Flower Carpet PinkIMG_9692

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and finally, R. Jubilee Celebration.  I have to confess to having to lift this bloom as its head was definitely hanging down, but that had the benefit of keeping it immaculate.  This December is getting ridiculous!IMG_9716

Equally mad is the continued blooming of the Gazanias in the trough by the gate,IMG_9680

kept company by the Chocolate Cosmos, Cosmos atrosanguineus.  The trouble with them both still looking so good is that I can’t face pulling them out and bringing them under cover. Something I may well live to regret.  IMG_9683

Another tender plant I haven’t brought in is the Rhodochiton atrosanguineus, but as it’s taller than me and completely twined around the obelisk, I’m not sure how I would anyway.  The good news is that I have seedlings already through in the greenhouse, so hopefully I’m covered.IMG_9715

Another climber still looking good (and finally a plant that’s actually season appropriate) is the Clematis ‘Freckles’.IMG_9711

And to finish, one of my Zaluzianskya ovata cuttings, already flowering in its seed tray.  Bonkers.IMG_9696

With many thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens  for hosting everyone’s GBBD.  Why don’t you pop over and have a look at what everyone else has blooming now?

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – June 2015

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Aside from the roses, sweet peas and peonies, there are numerous other blooms blooming this month.  These Calendula ‘Bronze Beauty’ are taking up probably too much of the new Bronze Bed, but as little else is flowering there yet, I’ll indulge their cheery contribution.  One other bloom flowering here is another one grown from seed – this one, Nasturtium Caribbean Crush, I’m also not entirely convinced about, but, as with the marigold, I’m not turfing it out until there’s something else to look at.IMG_7713

In a similar colour vein, in the trough by the front steps I’ve got a dark purple Pelargonium, Gazania and Parrot’s Beak, Lotus berthelotii, combo going on.  It’s still filling out, but when the sun’s shining and the Gazanias are fully out, it makes a jolly greeting to visitors.IMG_7709

Meanwhile, in the new Mid Century Bed, the planned ‘Bruised’ colour palette has been completely frustrated by numerous Ranunculus in this shocking cerise.  The bulbs I planted were labled Ranunculus Purple Heart, but not one of them has come up any deeper than this one, and, like so many gardening ‘mistakes’ I love them!IMG_7715

In the Grass Bed, which has finally been denuded of its tatty forget me nots, I’ve planted a few of these Catananche caerulea which look lovely together with the stipa behind and the self seeded Cerinthe in front.  According to the RHS website they can be propagated by division in spring or by root cuttings in winter.  I should really diary to do that as they’re lovely – although only about 60cm tall they have the same airiness of Verbena bonariensis, and work well in a bed where I wouldn’t want anything too tall.IMG_7717

Lastly, one of many self seeded poppies.  I have pulled a few out, but mostly I just enjoy them, wherever they’ve landed.IMG_7718

With thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens  for hosting everyone’s GBBD.