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Lyn and Malcolms Garden Blog
We have had some hot sunny weather since my last
blog. It has made a big difference to the garden, bringing plants on into
The downside is I have had to water the garden quite a lot, our sandy soil
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
Part of Lyn's garden
Clematis integrifolia 'Pangbourne pink'
Salvia sylvestris 'Bluehill'
Rosa 'Dublin bay'
Clematis 'Warsaw Nike'
Clematis viticella 'Madame Julia Correvon'
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'
Lilium 'Orange Art'
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.
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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.
This afternoon we attended the National Garden
Scheme Dorset, thank you tea party. This year it was held at Rampisham Manor
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
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.
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
Always a favourite for me Rosa moyesii 'Geranium'
Back on the patio in the 'Exotic' garden
Shafts of light through Cordyline australis 'Torbay Dazzler'
Aloe striatula loving the sunshine.
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
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.
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
Iris 'Indian Chief'
Clematis 'Mrs Cholmondley'
Clematis 'Miss Bateman'
flowers just starting to open.
Iris sibirica 'Silver Edge'
................? will find out name from Lyn
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
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'
Clematis 'Nelly Moser'
Rosa 'Special Anniversary'
Tanacetum coccineum 'Robinsons Pink'
Clematis 'Broughton Bride'
Clematis macropetala 'Lagoon'
Clematis 'Guernsey Cream'
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
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
And in Lyn's garden it is still the 'green time'
before the summer flowers start to show.