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Lyn and Malcolms Garden Blog
June 2013

June 30th
We have had some hot sunny weather since my last blog. It has made a big difference to the garden, bringing plants on into flower.
The downside is I have had to water the garden quite a lot, our sandy soil doesn't help.
Down at the allotment the veg are growing well. A completely open site means the sun can shine on it from sunrise to sunset.
We haven't had to water the whole allotment, just the newly planted veg.

The allotment yesterday.

Apart from outdoor cucumber everything is growing well.

Part of Lyn's garden

Clematis integrifolia 'Pangbourne pink' 

Salvia sylvestris 'Bluehill' 

Rosa 'Dublin bay' 

Clematis 'Warsaw Nike' 

Clematis viticella 'Madame Julia Correvon' 

June 23rd
Not so windy today, still quite dull. Better weather during this week hopefully.
Lyn's garden is now starting to show some summer colour, so three weeks time should be quite colourful.
In the 'Exotic' garden I have noticed that Dahlias with dark leaves pretty well all have flower buds forming.
Those with green leaves I can't see any buds yet.

Lilium 'Salmon Pride' 

Deutzia 'Strawberry Fields' 

Rosa 'Just Joey' 

Lilium tigrinum 'Pink tiger' 

Phlox carolina 'Bill Baker' 

Clematis 'Bijou' 

Lilium 'Orange Art' 

Primula bulleyana 

Dactylorhiza foliosa 

Brugmansia 'Herzenbrucke' 

June 22nd
Not a very nice day today, no rain but cloudy and a strong gusty wind, trying to flatten the garden.
Only 14c as well.
Nearly a calamity in the greenhouse today, I went in and found half the hinged 'table' which is fixed to the end wall. Had a broken hinge, and was just about to drop all the plants on it, onto the plants underneath it.

**** If any of you have an ipad or internet connected mobile phone. Could you please email me on the address at the top of this page. I would like to know if our web pages can be read properly. I guess not.*****

Picture taken a couple of days ago, the first 'Gazania' to open this year.

And another 'Gazania'

What looks like it might be Bananas, are in fact the flower on a 'Aloe striatula '

Clematis 'Natascha' We thought we had lost this lovely Clematis, never a very strong plant for us, this is the second
one we have had in the garden.

A bumble bee coming in to land.

June 17th
This afternoon we attended the National Garden Scheme Dorset, thank you tea party. This year it was held at Rampisham Manor near Dorchester.
The owners Robert and Camilla Boileau had kindly invited all the Dorset gardens that open for the NGS, to come to their garden.
As usual I took my camera.
The weather was kind to us this year, last year it was dull, windy and rainy

Plant stall

Tea time in the marquee

Presentation of 'silver' trowels to gardens that have been open for 10 years

Some of the garden owners and helpers.

Katy Sprake from Help the Hospices explained to us how money raised by the National Garden Scheme is utilized by the charity.

After tea the sun came out, time for a few pictures of the garden.

June 14th
The weather has been a bit indifferent the last few days, with some rain and at at times breezy winds.
I had to move some of the Brugmansias to a more sheltered part of the garden, I was concerned the wind would break some of the soft new growth.
Late afternoons have been the best and we have sat out on the patio for dinner.

The first buds on some of the dahlias are now showing, I am hoping they will be in flower for our first open day of this summer in 4 weeks time.
I took quite a few pictures in the garden today, hope you like some of them.

Iris sibirica 'Silver Edge' 

Geranium 'Anne Thompson' 

Crinodendron hookerianum now at it's best.

A rose that was in the garden when Lyn bought the house, a long time ago.

Clematis 'Gillian Blades'

The buds of Lilium martagon 'Claude Shride' 

Chaerophyllum hirsutum 'Roseum' 

Clematis 'Gillian Blades' just unfurling it's petals.

Always a favourite for me Rosa moyesii 'Geranium'

Iris 'Tuxedo' 

Back on the patio in the 'Exotic' garden

Shafts of light through Cordyline australis 'Torbay Dazzler' 

Aloe striatula loving the sunshine.

June 9th
Today I finished getting the plants finally placed in my 'exotic' garden.
Not really any real colour from the plants yet, we need more sun and time.
Another 5 weeks before we open, so hopefully we will have colour for then. 
It was a slow start this year, not a particularly cold winter, but it went on for a long time. The last 10 days of warm sun 
has helped, and we are feeding the plants as well.
So in the next 6 pictures you can see the structure of the 'exotic' garden, and it will be even better soon.

The view of part of the garden as you come thruogh the Moorish door.

Walking towards the bird aviary, a water feature appears on the left.

From the water feature looking towards the greenhouse.

From the water feature looking back towards the patio and conservatory.

The gravel bed, this is where I always get grazed and punctured arms from the Agarve, while putting them in place.

The view from the best seats in the garden, on the slightly raised patio.

June 7th
I have been retired from paid work for a week now, and have hardly had time to sit and rest.
The weather has been great, the allotment is growing well.

 Tanacetum coccineum 'Robinsons Pink' now in flower

Iris 'Indian Chief' 

Clematis 'Mrs Cholmondley' 

Clematis 'Miss Bateman' 

Clematis 'Josephine' 

Crinodendron hookerianum flowers just starting to open.

Iris sibirica 'Silver Edge' 

Geranium      ................?  will find out name from Lyn

Rosa 'Cantabrigiensis' 

Astrantia 'Venice' 

June 2nd
All day in our garden today, another sunny day. Mostly potting on plants and loads of other jobs.
While we were in the front garden, two people arrived and were looking over the fence at the garden. I went over to them to say hello, and they told me they had come to look round our garden.
This was news to me as we are not open for another 6 weeks !. They produced their NGS yellow book, and there it was, first opening  JULY 14th.

We did show them the garden, explaining that the tender plants in the exotic garden had only just been put out, and the 50 or so small Brugmasias in the passage that they had to tip toe past, would not normally be there on an open day.
And that it was the 'green time' in Lyn's garden and it would look much more colorful in 6 weeks time. 
But they were amazed anyway, and said they would be back on one of our open days.
Here are some pictures, all but one taken in Lyn's garden, although we call it the 'green time' now, there is some colour.
You may wonder how I remember the names of the plants. All our plants are on a database, from which I can 'copy and paste' the names, that way I get the spelling right. Hopefully.

Iris innominata  ------------------------and ----------------------------------------Iris 'Broadleigh rose' 

Clematis ' Elsa Spathe'

Crinodendron hookerianum 

Clematis 'Nelly Moser'

Rose 'Maigold'

Rosa 'Special Anniversary' 

Tanacetum coccineum 'Robinsons Pink' 

Clematis 'Broughton Bride' 

Clematis 'Asao'

Clematis macropetala 'Lagoon'

Clematis 'Guernsey Cream'

June 1st
First day of my retirement today, doesn't feel much different to a normal weekend, but probably will hit home when Monday comes.
So we popped down to the allotment first thing this morning, all is growing well down there, planted some Courgette plants, hoed off some small annual weeds and watered the plants under cloches.
Back to our garden, and I worked nearly non stop for the rest of the day, moving plants into their positions for the summer in the 'Exotic garden.
We sat outside in the sun and had dinner about 5.15pm with a bottle of bubbly and opened the cards that several of my customers had given me. The bubbly was also given to me.

Although we planted up the allotment quite late due to the time it took to dig it and the cold weather, the veg is now
growing quite quickly.

The frame/ water collector in the open position to allow us to weed and water the crops.
The frame has drawn quite a lot of attention from other plot holders. Early crops and it fills the two tanks (one each side).

Inside the frame, lettuce, spring onions, radish, carrot, beetroot and spinach.

The grassy area is where we can park the car, if and when it gets busy down there. Another 20ish plots will be formed in
December. We still have a few more rows of veg to put in. Out of this picture are half a dozen flowering plants from our
garden to attract butterflies and bees.

Almost unbelievable that 9 weeksa go it looked like this.

Back home the patio plants are in place now.

It will be a while yet before the flowering starts. Another 6 weeks till our first open day of the summer.

Another view of the patio, it looks a bit bare at the moment.

And in Lyn's garden it is still the 'green time' before the summer flowers start to show.