I always struggle with indoor crafts when the summer comes. The garden beckons and having been retired now for a year I have been able to give it the time it deserves this year.
The alliums were great, especially the three globemasters (middle of bed). The larger head size is not so obvious. They have been great value, I plan to get some more for next year for both sides of the path, they are now forming seed heads but are still lovely.
The bed otherwise is waiting patiently for the perennials to spring into life.
It's great to see it at this time of year, The wall was built last year, finished in late July and then planted up so all these plants are in their first year, almost certainly too many.
The illusion door is brilliant, it fools most people and gives a real focus to this side of the garden, the path nicely breaking up the two beds.
Trip round the rest of the garden
The pond has goldfish and a heron stop wire fence which has mostly worked except for one event earlier in the year when a new heron on the block halved the stock!
The beautiful Japanese grass Hakenechloa macra at the back of the pond has a lovely compact habit and is very well behaved.
The pot in the foreground with the multicoloured leaves is Hottuyunia cordata 'chameleon' it is very invasive if in open ground and it likes a moist, well drained soil. I ve tried it in the pond but that was too wet. So I have lined this pot and the one on the other side with a thick black bin bag, slashed the bottom and filled with compost, manure and John Innes no 3. This makes a 'bog pot' and they love it, they've flourished and are hopefully contained.
The 'aviary' in the background is a cat house for our indoor cats. Our Ragdoll (such a fantastic breed) Minx now goes into the back garden which has been made much safer with the wall which relpaced a very decrepit fence. Here she is :-
Ragdoll cats are bred to be indoor cats which is why we bought 2 6 years ago. We lost her sister earlier in the year from kidney diseases and we have missed her and feel Minx could do with some feline company.
She will soon be joined by 2 Ragdoll kittens
Ruff (aged 5 weeks) and
Back to the garden!
The side of the house has a separate garden linked by a curved cobbled path. Here we have a free standing pond with mosaic seats, made to make them more durable.
There is also a 'French corner'
The succulent pot is new this year
These are doing well but will need winter protection from frost and wet weather.
I plan to dismantle and cover with Victorian cloches or borrow my neighbours green house.
I have enjoyed being in my garden this year and seeing it mature, there are still large areas which are quite new and I am planning a fairy garden for next year.......