It’s this time of year things begin to rev up a gear here in our garden, as I’m not much of a writer, I find keeping a constant note of all things that are going on, and the many changes occurring throughout the garden, come last on my ever growing list of jobs to do! Having said that, I’ve made a promise to myself to make a firm effort by keeping up with logging what is going on in an around the garden and at the same time sharing it with you!
A couple of weeks ago we welcomed a new working member to our garden.
This is called a ‘Wheelhouse’ ride on tractor mower. Tom found her on eBay and couldn’t resist, and I can see why!
She’s been sitting in a barn for over 20 years and needs a couple of new bits, but on the whole is in good working order, Luke is getting to grips with working her. I haven’t had a look in as of yet..
In the garden, I’ve finished pruning and mulching all the roses along the front of and in line with the lean-to. I gave them a heavy top dressing with some organic farmyard manure, to keep them happy.
Next I’ve been focusing on the beds inside the house garden, mostly cutting back and top dressing. It’s backbreaking work with rewards that are hugely satisfying at the end, especially if your son is helping with moving out some of the Hesperis that has self seeded everywhere!
I always find myself coming in at the end of the day looking like a Cheshire Cat.
Don’t you find theres no better place to be, than when you’re busy doing whatever you enjoy doing inside that magical space, deep in your thoughts.. of whats happening now, what you’re planting, imagining what it will look like in flower, what needs doing next, tuning into the noises going on around you, what they might be? Soaking up the weather, sunny or dull.. Breathing in the smells floating through the air surrounding you…. Feeling connected to that moment in time.. I do..
Throughout the garden there’s life, lots and lots, new growth popping up daily.. The daffodils and muscari surrounding the outside and inside the walled garden are at their peak now.
Supplying us with constant displays in my kitchen, hallway and boot room.
All of the tulips are showing some promise of flowers for next month,
apart from this beauty..
Tulip ‘Ice Stick’. There’s nothing nicer than being greeted by this display, every time I leave or enter my home, I can’t help saying hello to them… In my head of course! My boys think I’m mad some mornings, when I race outside to get a closer look at something that has burst into flower overnight!
Things like this Viburnum Burkwoodii
Im still enjoying the last of theses flowers that are still blooming, and smelling wonderful, but are gradually coming to the end of their season, like this collection of Viburnum Bodnantense Dawn..
One of the main projects we’re working on getting finished this year, is at the back of our house, Tom has put in the edging, and started top dressing this area,
..ready for the turf that is arriving next week.. So exciting! Will keep you updated..
I’m continuing with my fortnightly contributions to Mememe.online and having some fun doing some video blogs for it too. About 3 weeks ago, out of the blue, I was contacted by an online company that enjoyed reading about our progress in the garden and asked me to write a blog for their site! How flattering is that.. They published it today, if you’d like to have a read, hope you enjoy it, here’s the link https://blog.manomano.co.uk/expert-rose-care-jenny-williams/
The beauty of having fellow gardening friends is that you can share the occasional plant that needs splitting, last week I went over to collect 2 trugs, full of Bergenia Bressingham white.. It’s a love hate plant.. I love it because it’s a good ‘doer’ and provided it’s planted in the right spot and or combined well with other plants it can shine. I decided, after much deliberation.. To place it either side of a pair of carved stone scrolls, they are opposite the stone pillars inside the walled garden.
Thankyou Gabrielle, I think they’ll look great here once established. Oh and thankyou Ben for photo bombing the shot!
Another week and I should be finished inside the house garden and Tom should have laid the turf, I can’t wait to see it and show you too..
Next week we are hosting our first ‘Avant gardeners’ meeting of this year, I’m looking forward to seeing everyone and hearing what they have all been up to in their gardens. They don’t know yet, but I have a little surprise for them!
Here’s a a picture of one of our magnolia stellata, in flower, inside the walled garden.
Have a wonderful weekend.. I know we will!!