Thank goodness it’s Friday: carnage


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Nasturtiums have been growing fantastically well, positively rude even. Planted in my new raised beds to creep up the garage wall whilst the Glory vine finds its way I was stunned to see this this morning. 

I think these are Cabbage white caterpillars, correct me if I am wrong. All I can say is crikey, caterpillars it’s carnage. 

Enjoy your day. D.

In a Vase on Monday: crystal and velvet


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Before dashing around trying to get a flat sorted I picked some of my favourite dahlias. This deep dark burgundy flower is gorgeous. It has a pleasing depth of colour and a texture which appears like velvet. I can imagine a fabric in this colour and texture, a smoking jacket and draping trousers. 

In this crystal creamer it rather brings to mind the C word. You know the one, Christmas. 

I suppose I should tell you which dahlia it is, Arabian Night. Now take look over at Cathy s lovely blog to feast your eyes on vases full of home grown flowers. 

Have a good week.

Tuesday view: 1/8/17


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My goodness it is August, yikes our Summer is galloping along. The view in my garden is altering as the roses fade out between flowerings.

The echinops and coreopsis are flowering but the earlier hot, dry weather has stunted their growth when compared to last year. 

Echinops and Coreopsis in front of Molinia Transparent. 

On the edge of this border is a carpet of Persicaria affinis. This ground covering form has engulfed the tiny but very pretty Thalictrum. Look carefully you can just see the delicate foliage poking through. 

While I am preparing this post to share with Cathy our lovely host of the Tuesday View, I thought I could also share my recent project. 

At the bottom of my garden there was a patio which was not very pretty, having served as a base for some sheds to store bedding for the goats. I noticed that as it was west facing it was the perfect spot to catch the evening sun.  Under the trees, it seemed the perfect place for a bench.  Alas it was not to be as the birds sat in the trees above and well made rather a mess. Quickly the seating was relocated and I made a mental note to get the patio taken up. 

Then when out and about I spotted a shelter for smokers in a pub garden and that got me thinking ( not smoking). Four posts and a lid that would do the job keeping the err debris off. The seed planted in my mind I started to look on line for something suitable. Then I came across EW Carter working on a tree house. After a brief discussion the plan was on. 

Created offsite in locally sourced Sweet chestnut, the frame went up in a couple of days at the beginning of May. Then the roof of my choice, wrinkly tin. 

After a swift topping out drink there was a pause pending my painting the cladding. Sadolin to match the building around us was applied to weatherboards. Never again, such a tedious task and so tricky as the wet boards were too long to stand up in the garage. Yawn. Anyway it got done and Ed returned to apply the cladding. 

I then painted the interior side of the cladding in a Cuprinol old stone. 

Then Ed returned to instal bench seating , again in sweet chestnut. 

Oil lamps given to us years ago by Brother Dorris have a new home and citronella candles provide any lighting. An indoor/ outdoor mat from ikea disguise the slabs and a group of cushions and throws serve to make a comfy hideaway. 

 Now if the weather would only improve …..

In a Vase on Monday: blue is the colour


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On Saturday I spotted a blue enamel jug for sale in Wendover. I did not need another vessel for flowers but the colour grabbed me and I gave it a home. 

To set off such a strong colour I have picked blue Cornflowers of course, and a dark purple/blue Larkspur to match. Then, so that it is not too  ‘matchy matchy’ I have added lime green Bupleurum rotundifolium and Calendula officinalis Neon. 

I could not leave out the pretty Ammi majus although to be honest it was not really fair to put her amongst the show off colours today. 

Cornflower Black Ball has done really well but it has been bashed to the ground by the heavy rain so I had to pick some of them too.

Cathy hosts the Monday vases and it is always wonderful to see what other contributors have found to display. Stop for a minute and take a look. 

Saturday smile: 29/7/17


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The sun appeared briefly, illuminating the whites. 

Shasta daisies and Hydrangea paniculata Limelight

These are growing nicely in the gravel previously used for parking. Another white catching my eye is a single Agapanthus. 

No idea what happened to the rest of them. Such is gardening. Oh well there’s always next year!

Thank goodness it’s Friday: Loving the Seseli


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A random post about a plant I love. 

This is a hardy perennial with dark feathery foliage and white umbels with plum tones. Low growing to a mere 24cm, I think it is exquisite. 

That’s it, nothing else to say except it likes a sunny spot. 

Tuesday view: 25/7/17


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The garden benefited from the rain on Saturday, a freshness has returned to the planting after a long dry spell. 

Taken this morning before the sun had broken through. There is a pink haze thanks to the verbena and grasses.

The Echinops ritro are peeping above. 

All tall and full. I must just show off my Echinacea in the opposite border. 

I do love them. 

That was my quick dash round before work just before the sunshine emerged. Now take a visit to words and herbs Cathy and catch up on her view. 

Oh one final thing, my few packets of seed are looking rather good: 

Enjoy your evening. D.

In a Vase on Monday: cheers


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Today’s Vase is actually a beer glass and the flowers are a pleasing selection, well pleasing to my eye, apologies if not to your taste. They are from my homegrown patch,  which was a large patch of bare soil just a few months ago, onto which I planted a few seeds.

There are Dahlia mignon and Arabian Night, Ammi majus, Verbena bonariensis and the lime green of Bupleurum rotundifolium. 

White perennial sweet pea, pretty but alas with no scent. Cornflowers Black Ball, Polka Dot Mix and just your regular, good old delightful cornflower. Jo, if you are reading, I hope you like them. 

Now pop over to Cathy and take a look at the other Monday vases. They will not disappoint.