|Iris reticulata March 2013|
Two major disappointments in 2013 - A few good sized Rhododendrons succumb to Cushion Scale. The attack began back in 2012 and affording the time to individually treat each plant was not an option. I took the decision to remove 4 shrubs. I know not if there was a connection to the die back on the middle section of my Holly hedge. There was a few signs on the undersigns of the leaves but nothing as major as had appeared on the Rhoddies. I removed the complete middle section of hedge and replaced with new plants. My budget unfortunately did not allow to buy mature specimens therefore I am now playing a waiting game! Over the other side of the fence - Jim's weeds did not make this an easy task. A suit of body armour was required for those nettles.
|Nettles, Willowherb and Snowberry in Jim's garden!|
|Acer and Enkianthus along with a selection of Primula|
|The bumble bee bed|
As Autumn approached it was still very dry. I had read that autumn colour might not be as bold as it could be due to the unseasonal warm weather. It was almost November before the Acers turned.
There was many unseasonal plants flowering at the tail end of the year none so strange as this Lupin throwing up a flower mid December The foliage leaves a lot to be desired though!
|Picture taken 15 December 2013|
|Hosta sieboldiana Frances Williams|
As my garden moves into 2014 - I am hoping it will be the year of the Front Garden. As you can see I made a start by painting the fence in September. I truly lack inspiration on what I want to achieve here. I will let the privet along the front grow taller - other than that, I don't quite know!
|Front garden September 2013|
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A guid New Year tae an ‘a’ a an mony may ye see!
A good New Year to one and all and many may you see!