29.6.22

Photos of the garden in May and June 2022

 We have had so much sun and wind in the last few weeks that I have have to water the garden, patio and conservatory almost daily so it is nice to finally have some rain so I can get some other work done.

There are signs of mildew on the new variegated honeysuckle, perennial cornflower, meadowsweet, some aquilegias and some pulmonarias.  The slug and snail problems are mainly on the red astrantia (although in many books they say astrantias are slug proof! -  the white astrantia are fine however), the Jack frost brunnera at the back but not the ones at the front of the border, and the salvia Amistad and the baby's breath.  Most of the other plants are left alone or just slightly nibbled.

I now have to cut back all the irises in the garden as they are all over.  None of the pond irises have flowered yet.  I am still waiting for the dark leaved geranium to flower - it has taken 2 years to grow just a couple of inches wide so I am guessing it will take ages to spread.

Here is a selection of  piccies taken over May and June.

orangey brown moth called the herald or Scoliopterix libatrix
Scoliopterix libatrix

unbanded yellow form of Grove snail or Cepaea nemoralis
Cepaea nemoralis

unknown white iris
white iris unknown

right side of pond
right side of pond

right side of pond taken from different angle
right side of pond different angle

honey lily or Nectaroscordum siculum by chimney
Nectaroscordum siculum


purple heuchera beside golden spirea and pink flowered hebe
Heuchera, hebe and spirea

veronica filiformus (speedwell) on log
Veronica filiformis on log

path in the garden May 2022
part of the garden in May 2022

Enkianthus campanulatus
Enkianthus campanulatus

Enkianthus campanulatus flowers against purple sambucus nigra
Enkianthus campanulatus flowers

spreading geranium with pink/lilac flowers
Geranium pink/lilac unknown

geranium wargrave pink in raised bed
Geranium wargrave pink

white geranium with pink centers in the raised bed
Geranium cantabrigiense biokvo

Geranium with double lilac flowers
Geranium double lilac unknown

Geranium with blue flowers
Geranium himalayense blue

blue iris Jane Philips
Iris Jane Philips

Ligusticum scoticum white flowers
Ligusticum scoticum

deep pink foxgloves
Foxgloves in the stumpery

white foxglove
White foxglove

blue creeping campanula
Campanula garganica Blue diamond

deep purple clematis
Clematis warszawski Nike

red astilbe
Astilbe Fanal red in the stumpery

white astrantia
Astrantia major white

tall yellow Himalayan cowslip
Primula sikkimensis

pink climbing rose Zephirin Drouhin
Zephirin Drouhin rose

pink climbing rose Genereous gardener
Generous gardener rose

velvety crimson rose Munstead wood
Munstead wood rose

selection of pots of flowers on the patio
Patio pots

mouse ornament in the trough
Mouse ornament in trough

1.6.22

Fabulous, hardy, garden ferns.

 What's NOT to love about ferns?  I simply couldn't imagine my garden without them.  I have some in the stumpery, in the raised bed, in holes of the wall of the raised bed, in the shady border, in the the sunny border, in the middle bed, on the patio in pots, in the conservatory and some in the house.  I can only remember the names of some of them, and some have just popped up in strange places.  I will however have to take a few out that are going to be a nuisance.  They have self-seeded (spores) in the crevice between the harling and the ramp, also some of the larger ones have popped up in-beside a smaller species in some of the holes in the wall.  Some are just way too big for the space.  Debs chopped a large chunk from the Osmunda regalis purpurea (starts off very purple before turning green) from beside the ramp so we re-located that chunk into a shady damp area of the stumpery where it is doing well.  Some have popped up in with a large pot plant (Beaucarnea recurvata - the ponytail plant). As you can see, ferns come in many sizes, shapes and forms.  Some are evergreen, some semi-evergreen and some are deciduous.  Some are low growing whilst others are huge.  Some are clump forming whilst others spread along the earth or a wall with rhizomes. There is a fern for any location in the garden.  I have many more ferns in the garden - too many to photograph.  A previous post from 2018 shows a few crosiers before they unfurl.

silvery fern with maroon ribs
Athyrium niponicum 'Silver falls'

eared lady fern with reddish stalks and mid-ribs
Athyrium otophorum okanum

low growing fern with rusty coloured tips
Blechnum penna-marina

compact erect evergreen fern
Dryopteris crispa congesta

Japanese sheid fern beside irises
Dryopteris erythrosa

purple royal fern
Osmunda regalis pupurascens

Japanes tassel fern
Polystichum polyblepharum

hairy fronds of the Japanese tassel fern
Polystichum polyblepharum hairy fronds

large polystichum fern
Polystichum setiferum cristato pinnulum

mixture ferns in a wall
Mix of ferns at the end wall of raised bed

mixture of ferns in the wall
Mix of ferns in the shady sided wall of raised bed

dense almost fluffy green fern in a pot
Polystichum setiferum plumoso multilobum densum

unknown fern in a chimney pot
unknown fern in chimney pot on patio

potted hare's foot fern in conservatory
Davallia canariensis

mixed self-seeded fern in large pot plant
Mixed self-seeded ferns beside Beaucarnea recurvata

20.5.22

World bee day

 As it's world bee day today I thought I would show a few photos of bees in the garden.  These were not all taken today as I didn't have time.  As far as I can tell in these photos we have the common carder bumble bee (Bombus pascourum), the red tailded bee (Bombus lapidarius), white tailed garden bee (Bombus lucorum) and a small tree bee (Bombus hypnorum).  We do get a few other species but I haven't yet taken any decent photos of them yet.

small tree bee on a Deutzia
Tree bee (Bombus hypnorum) a deutzia

2 bees on  cirsium plant
Bees on cirsium

2 bees on a centaura plant
Bees (Bombus lucorum?) on centaura plant

common carder bee on centaura plnt
Carder bumble bee (Bombuspascuorum)? on centaura

red tailed bee on a veronicus plant
Red tailed bee (Bombus lapidarius) on veronica

bee in a cherry blossum
Bee in a cherry blossum