I had been trying to think of a word or phrase that could best describe how I spent my long sunny days when the phone rang - it was mum to tell me she was on her way and did I need anything brought in. After a quick discussion around what we were to have for dinner etc - she asked me.....
"What have you been doing today? - Are you still pottering about in the garden?"
That was it......Pottering About! For the first time in as many months - my garden had reached the stage that all I had to do (for now) was to Potter About!
Those two words 'Pottering About' describe my week to a T! Sitting down, reading a newspaper or book, listening to the radio or just relaxing on a chair with my eyes closed - listening to the birds chirupping around me, the distant sounds of lawn mowers, hedge trimmers, municipal vehicles coming and going and the occassional dog walkers making their way along the pathway to the local park and river walk. Mental notes for autumn planting were taken. Plant wish lists were added to.
The odd half hour, here and there, was spent dead heading. Secatuers snipped away at a few over hanging stems or branches. Lawns were edged at a more leisurely pace. A few badly placed plants were moved or removed. Climbers were tied in before they reached a tangled and unmanageable state. A bit of random weeding. The only 'major' job doing the whole week - not that you could consider it 'major' - but it did take me more than a mere 30 minutes, self seeded Snowberry (Symphoricarpos) was beginning to take hold, growing amongst my back hedge. I spent a whole afternoon ripping and tearing it out - they tend to pull out easily provided they have not been able to take hold! Since clearing it out - my hedge has been loosing it's leaves at an alarming rate - I don't know what has happened but it now needs further investigation. I can't see any obvious infestation or damage but it is concerning me.
I've been Pottering about today too, taking some shots of what's blooming in the garden for GBBD this June. Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is a meme very kindly hosted by Carol over at May Dream Gardens. Pop over to see what's happening in gardens around the world.
Please join me for a stroll around my little plot
|Weigela Kosteriana variegata|
|Magnolia stellate mid June 2013|
|left to right: Dicentra spectabalis, Dicentra eximia King of Hearts, Meconopsis betonicifolia Alba, Primula japonica Apple Blossom, Cortusa mattholli Alba and Geranium Sylvaticum Album|
|Pond Border mid June 2013|
Let's take closer look at what's flowering this June - the Astrantia and Tellima have taken on huge proportions this year and are currently out doing the slow growing shrubs planted to their rear. One day those fences will green up!
|Tellima grandiflora, Heuchera, Astrantia, Polemonium, Polygonatum, Ajuga and Hardy Geraniums flowering in the border|
In containers: Chiastophyllum oppossitifolium, Saxifraga cunefolia Variegata and Picea glauca J W Daisy's White
Rhododendron Goldflimmer - not as floriforous as previous years is the last of the Rhododendrons to flower
Up onto the deck - a dwarf Azalea I've had for well over 15 years and long since lost it's label. Clematis Nelly Moser usually compliments it but is very slow this year.
It's at this point in my blog I should have had pictures of some Oriental Poppies to show you - the wind today was making it impossible to get a decent shot.
A full 180 degree turn onto the sunnier side of the garden - my mid/late summer border is still very green
|Summer border mid June 2013|
Like the Astrantia on the shadier side - the Aconitums and Cardoon (top right of picture) are massive! No need to guess which plants really benefitted from last year's rain. Incidentally, most of us associate Aconitums with being shade lovers, if you have reasonably moist soil (not waterlogged) they will be just as happy in full sun as they are in shade.
Flowering at the top end of the garden (where it flooded last year) a few plants that can and did cope with the weeks of excess water - the first of those flowering are some Trollius - these were planted new in the garden spring 2012 and the first time they have flowered. Astilbes and Persicaria will follow later.
|Trollius x cultorum Cheddar|
My new Primula bed is beginning to come to life - alongside a couple of slow growing Acers I've planted numerous Primula that will flower at varying times of the year. I'm really pleased with this - considering I only finished planting it up a few weeks ago.
|Primula beesiana, P. japonica Millers Crimson and P. bulleesiana|
Also planted in this border is Geranium endressii Wargrave Pink it is a perfect little companion for purple leaved Heucheras - seen here with Heuchera Obsidian
That's it for a stroll around my garden and I'd like to end with a caption competition. Please meet Titch - the smallest of my 3 cats, introducing himself to a new Nepeta (Blue Danube) I've planted in the gravel bed. I've no prize to offer but it will be fun to read his mind!
|Guess what I'm thinking!|
I should add that no cat was harmed during this shot - only his pride because he couldn't get at it!
Thank you for visiting - I'm off now to see what's been blooming in your garden!