Monday, June 11, 2012

Snappys Garden Tour

 The sun came out for a few hours yesterday so we took the opportunity to sit out in the garden on the Rose bench.I thought that the blog has showed a lot of flower pictures but not the overall garden picture for a long time.I walked around the garden trying to photograph the garden from different angles capturing the areas I write about the most in the back garden; The Sunken border,Strawberry Bed,Wildflower Area,Pond,Greenhouse,and Concrete path.
  The concrete path has over 100 pots running along its one hundred foot length.The Greenhouse is in the right hand corner sheltered by the large shed.
 The path side of the sunken border.It is a good 12 inches lower than the grass above it,and now sits under the conservatory window.The Ceanothus,Bronzed Fennel,Geum Mrs Bradshaw,Lupins,Dogwood,and Aliums have all mingled together in a riot of colour and texture.
 The sunken border viewed from the middle of the garden.The Buddleja has grown massively despite being trimmed back.The Honeysuckle has clambered up the trellis to cover the gap between the conservatory and fence.the view into the garden is between the Buddleja and the Ceanothus.The garden birds love flying into these so you get a very close up view of them.
 The main Strawberry bed by the fence.It was constructed with sleepers and has been topped up with new soil and runners pegged down every year.The bed is a sea of pretty white flowers which was covered in bees yesterday.Some of the plants have started to grow ten or fifteen Strawberries each.The plants love the rain,and the sunshine.I need to build the fruit cage around it soon to stop the birds and squirrels nicking all the fruit.
 The bamboo fence defines the wildflower area.The soil in it has never been added too and remains poor soil with builders rubble and sand in it.The wildflower mix flowers beautifully and differently year after year.I keep finding new flowers that were not growing before.The pond is on the right hand side of the Wildflowers.The inhabitants are protected from predators and the shade from the tall flowers has stopped the algae bloom dead in the water.some of the flowers here are five feet tall in shades of pink,white,blue,and yellow.
 The long shot shows the garden from the shed down.It is compact and bijou but absolutely packed full of plants and flowers.the plastic chairs were cleaned and brought out for the BBQ that the rain moved indoors on Jubilee river pageant day.They have not been moved back yet.
   The greenhouse is the powerhouse of the garden growing my vegetables,herbs and a few flowers.The Grape vine is growing away beautifully at the back and has about ten flower bunches ready to bloom.The plastic covering has ripped to shreds in the Yorkshire wind.This will be replaced by the end of the year with a glass and timber greenhouse.I will be able to grow my favourite two plants Tomatoes and Chilli's easier,and be able to control the night time temperature easier.The wet on the floor is where the roof has leaked rain.
The pond is a great part of the garden.It keeps me easily amused by watching the frogs,newts,and water fleas swimming about.I love jam jar dipping to see what is living in the pond.Its amazing how much life has moved into our preformed liner.The rain tops it up (a lot of water this year!).Frogs are so cool to look at.They sunbathe in the corners with their heads sticking out.The birds also use it for drinking and for bathing.
The Sun was shining yesterday for a brief while.then after tea it started pouring down with torrential rain again.The bird bath did a good job of reflecting the sky under the Lady Emma Hamilton.A sparrow is hopping down the path looking for food.It was a perfect relaxing Sunday.
 The bunting is still up on the fence.It is very decorative and was a good back drop to the photo of the Sweet William.These are beautiful flowering plants that smell like mild cloves.They are very upright so look like pink and red torches held aloft in the hanging baskets.
 That concludes the mini tour of what the garden looks like at the moment.

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