Tuesday, May 13, 2008

My cottage garden

Cottage gardens are very forgiving, they don't require a great deal of care, just a lot of love and a little water. There's no such thing as a weed in a cottage garden; a weed, after all, is just a plant in the wrong place and in my kind of garden there's no such thing as a right place, so anything goes. Having waited for the spring which we thought would never arrive, we seem to have plunged straight into summer. I had a quick stroll around with my camera this afternoon to record the blooms before the weather changes. We have had hundreds of honey bees in this corner over the last few days.

I started work on the rockery last year, there's a lot more to do but I'm pleased with the results so far.
The flags will probably be over by tomorrow but they will be followed by a patch of purple dwarf iris

The herb bed and these poppies really make me think of summer


but there are still lots of spring flowers around too

The plastic cat stands on sentry duty by the strawberry pot but I don't think the birds are fooled

I hope the rain that is forecast for Thursday and Friday isn't too heavy. The lilac is just coming into its full glory and I would like to enjoy the heady scent for a while longer.


Cue for a song but I'll have to post it later as I'm having trouble downloading from YouTube.

13 comments:

  1. Lovely photos.

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  2. Why thank you, Carolyn and thanks for calling in.

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  3. I love visiting these pretty on-line gardens - clever of you to have so much in flower at the moment. I wonder why my purple/yellow dwarf irises don't appear any more. They must have disliked being moved.

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  4. I'm no gardener, Susie, which is why I changed to this low maintenance style when I knew I would have to look after the garden myself. I have found, though, that if I just leave things in the ground when everyone else would give up, the plants come up the following year or even two years later. Those lovely tulips are a case in point.

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  5. Pretty nice results for a non-gardener.

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  6. I just put them in and hope for the best, e. I've had some expensive failures but not too many to put me off.

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  7. And thanks for a perfect day in the garden, M!

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  8. I really enjoyed it, D. Thanks for coming over and I hope you'll come back soon.

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  9. I've enjoyed looking at your garden. It is in a much better state than mine. I'm particularly drawn to the peony.

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  10. The peonies have been prolific this year,hgl. I haven't done anything to them so it must have been the unusual weather conditions.

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  11. What a delight your garden is! We have a tiny back garden which is overshadowed by a large walnut tree but this darling tree gives us much-needed shade in the summer and we enjoy its fruits in the winter! Like Susie says, I also enjoy visiting gardens on-line! Our lilac is deep purple but as the flowers open, it fades to lilac colour! And the choisia is a picture right now. Have been planting the pots with deep crimson 'zonal' geraniums and will continue to put out some bedding, but in pots,and not mixed colours (I dislike too many colours in a small garden - I call this The Smartie Effect) as soon a the weather clears up. In the meantime, some writing ...

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  12. I'm still waiting for you to start your own blog, Margaret, so that we can share all the pictures of your garden and the many places you visit.

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