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Lyn and Malcolms Garden Blog
June 2015

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June 26th
Sorry I haven't posted much over the last couple of months, it has been a bit demanding recently since my mother of 97 died.
All the paperwork involved and clearing her house of junk, including quite a lot of mine!, putting the house up for sale etc, has taken up a lot of time.
Hopefully the worst is over now, and we can go into our garden openings, with some free time in between.

Talking of Garden openings, we had our first visitors yesterday. Thomson Tours from Germany, who came to our garden twice last year. They have returned again, friendly owners and clients, we enjoyed their company a lot. They will be returning again in a weeks time, two days before our National Garden Scheme opening on Sunday the 5th July.
So plenty of cakes to make towards the end of next week. I made 41 large cakes last year for our garden visitors!!

Meanwhile in the garden all is well, almost too well. In Lyn's garden despite thinning out plants last Autumn, they have come back with more vigour, not sure why as is was a cool and fairly dry Spring and a moderately warm and dry start to Summer.
Both gardens are colouring up well now, they usually reach their peak late July early August.
Our open days are about a week earlier this year, to not clash with Wimbledon finals, it does make quite a difference in lower visitor numbers.

The 'Exotic' garden about a week ago, needs the plants to bush out more.


Variegated Brugmansia 'Sunset'


Some of the roses in Lyn's garden.








Clematis 'Fujimusume'


Martagon Lily 'Claude Shride'


Martagon Lily 'Claude Shride'


Lilium Salmon Pride one of the early lilies


Mimulus at the side of the water feature


Rehmannia 'Magic Dragon' given to us yesterday by Marlies of Thomson Tours.

June 9th
We have had some nice days, but with cold nights, down to +4.9 a couple of nights ago.
Today is quite breezy, and with a blustery east wind making it feel cool, and not a lot of sun either.
It is just over two weeks time, when we have our first visitors this summer, so we want as much colour in the garden as we can.
About half the Dahlias in pots in the 'exotic' garden have flower buds forming, several of the Brugmansias have buds as well.
In Lyn's garden quite a few of the summer plants are beginning to flower. And the Roses and some of the Clematis are giving a good show.
We really need some warmer days and nights to get everything into flower, we ought to be in Summer now.


Iris sibirica 'Silver Edge' 


Clematis texensis 'Gravetye Beauty' 


Rosa 'Dublin bay' and Thalictrum aquilegifolium 





Geranium 'Patricia' 


Clematis 'Andromeda' 


Arctotsis


Gerbera garvinea 'Jilly' 


Gloriosa superba 'rothschildiana'