When my gardening journey began back in 2011, I knew very little other than what I had picked up attempting to grow a few plants in the teeny tiny garden of my old house. I didn't have a specific style in mind, somewhere between cottage and a rustic look just about covers it. My gardening style is still in it's infancy and is constantly evolving. I am really enjoying learning. It's mostly through trial and error and from what I pick up reading blogs. I am not big on reading gardening books. Already I am much more appreciative of a plant growing healthily and happily in the right spot is far more worthy of our precious garden space than one that is sickly, struggling and ready to drop dead at the drop of a hat. I'm willing to bet that I am not alone in the fact that some genus of plants have grown or crept up on us.
I used to be scared of roses! I know that will make some of you laugh but I really was petrified of them. They come across as awkward and unforgiving plants. Where to snip, how to snip and when to snip. There are so many different opinions on how to grow them and take care of them successfully. For me, as a beginner, I don't mind telling you it all made my head spin.
|The initial framework 2011|
|Rose 'Félicité Perpétue'|
|The Wedgewood Rose|
Encouraged, I added another pink rose to my collection. Rosa Princess Alexandra of Kent drew me in when I saw her gorgeous blooms and scent when I happened across her in the GC. She just had to come home with me.
|Rosa Princess Alexandra of Kent|
The style of garden I am trying to create would be, I think, quite incomplete without roses. I am so glad my initial apprehension has gone and I gave roses a chance. What ever was I scared off? I've fallen hook, line and sinker for roses. So much so I've added another 9 to the garden this year. They are of course deserving of their own post but here's a wee sneak preview.
|Rosa Port Sunlight, Fighting Temeraire and Lady of Shallot|
I used to walk around GCs, often with my mother in tow, take one look at all the Fuchsia on offer and think why? No matter how hard I tried I just couldn't see the attraction. My mother loves Fuchsia and we would often have the discussion about me growing them in the garden for her. My answer was always no! However, earlier in the year, I was kindly sent some Fuchsia cuttings by Helene over at Graphicality UK. I had explained to Helene that I did not particularly care for Fuchsia but my mother absolutely loved of them. She encouraged me to give them a go, convinced I would be converted. Upon receipt of the tiny Fuchsia cuttings, my mother promptly told her friend, a Fuchsia fan herself, that I had finally relented - she came home with a good sized pot of yet another Fuchsia. I am truly amazed at just how easy these plants are. They are no bother whatsoever. An online gardening friend offered the advice to feed them with tomato food, other than that, they take care of themselves. How right both of them were. They truly are no bother at all. They are all doing well and take pride of place on the back step. I must admit they are growing on me!
I touched on the subject of right spot, right plant at the top of the
|Out with the pink!|
|Astilbe Deutschland and Ligularia The Rocket|
|Astilbe Red Sentinel|
|White, dwarf and species Narcissus growing in my garden|