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Lyn and Malcolms Garden Blog
The end of another month, the seasons are so short. It's
that time when we begin to worry about the weather for our open days, yes I know
it is another 11 days away till the first opening this year, and really too long
to take any notice of long term weather forecasts.
We have had several private groups visit our garden already, it is very
different to all the visitors on an open day.
One visitor who was standing looking at the garden said to me "Nature is a
wonderful thing, but sometimes even better with mans influence."
Lyn,s garden Delphinium 'Elizabeth Cook'
and Campanula lactiflora 'Pritchards
Looking through Lyn's front garden gate
While working in the front garden during the weekend, I
saw two ladies looking over the wall from the pavement outside. I went up to say
hello as they were very interested in the garden, so much so that I asked if
they would like to come in and have a quick look.
Clematis Piilu Raised in Estonia.
The front garden path
I baked a couple of cakes this afternoon ready for a
private group visit tomorrow evening, then went into the back garden to take a
few pictures. I am going to get into terrible trouble not posting pictures of
Lyn's garden. But there will be many pictures of the front garden soon.
Brugmansia 'Dalens Glory and Ensete ventricosum 'Montbeliardii'
The patio and Moorish arch leading to Lyn's front
garden. Lots more flower colour to come in the next few weeks.
Watering the garden has been the first priority for nearly
a week now. We have had blue sky and sunshine again today, temperatures up to
Looking through the moorish door into the exotic
Not much to report, but thought you would like to see
these pictures taken today.
Salvia nemerosa 'Ostfriesland'
Clematis texensis 'Gravetye Beauty' opening it's flowers
The first of our Dahlias in pots started flowering today
and lots more, soon to flower.
We spent most of the day cleaning our plant sales bench and plants today, also
pricing them up, ready for our open day on July 11th.
We put up our sign advertising that we will be opening, and within 15 minutes a
car pulled up and asked if they could look round the garden. "Sorry"
was the answer "You are 3 weeks too early".
Clematis 'The Vagabond'
Dahlia 'Knockout' bud
A female Stag Beetle slowly made it's way across
the lawn and then on to the patio today, we have seen males before but not a
In a week or so the bird of paradise plant Strelitzia reginae should have our
first ever flower open, which I am looking forward to seeing and taking it's
picture for our plant guide page.
Lyn bought a Geranium 'Splendide' earlier this year, which now has a few flowers
which are quite nice. But I fear the plant may not ever be covered in flower,
just a few, time will tell.
The weather over the last three days can only be described
as windy, but there has been no damage sustained in the garden.
The first Lily is now in flower, the sixty ish different ones we have will
follow on into early August. Another few days of sun and the garden will have
quite a lot of colour.
We do have to keep watering the plants especially with the wind, which dries
everything up that much quicker.
One of my (Malcolm) favourites Campanula takesimana 'Elizabeth'
Our garden is now pretty well ready for the first of our
private groups this year, prior to our open days which start on July 11th. We
have been working on the garden for both days over this weekend. We just need a
few more days sunshine to bring more clematis into flower.
A Hornet on a rose
Our 'Dopey' Canary looking a little less so today.
Windy here today, hopefully the plants are well staked.
Delphiniums are particularly difficult to protect from strong wind, especially
when they are in flower, which will be in the next couple of weeks. We also
found this Harlequin Ladybird on one of the plants.
Allium 'Purple sensation' with Geranium pratense 'Mrs
and Pimpinella major 'Rosea'
The summer flowers are slowly starting to come into bloom
now, here are a couple of Iris.
We waited at least two years for Iris Best Bet to flower after purchasing it as
a small plant, worth the wait though.
We have had Iris Tuxedo in the garden for many years, last year we didn't have a
flower, Lyn had divided the plant too much, for selling on our plant stall.
Iris Best Bet
Not much gardening yesterday as wet, and also had
to go to the hospital and then the doctors.
Today the Sauromatum venosum
"flowered" and I must say it didn't smell as bad as I have read, but
the flies must have picked up the smell from a long way away, look at them in
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