Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Garden - before and after

In one of the very first blogs of the house was on the garden (The garden aka the jungle). It has been a little over a year and we have been through the four seasons to try to understand the garden, what works in each month, what was already planted and where we can go. Pier has done an amazing job. He is adamant, though, that the garden is still a work in progress. So, even though I have called this blog entry before and after it isn't really after but before and work-in-progress doesn't have the same ring, does it?
From the bottom of the garden looking toward the house
July 2012

August 2013

The view July 2012

The view August 2013

July 2012

This is of the section on the far right in the picture above. We found a hydrangea in there. August 2013
July 2012
August 2013

And there is a green house in there somewhere and the potential for a rose garden...
July 2012
August 2012
Rose garden, August 2013
And these are just some random flower shots from this Summer...

The Alnwick Rose
Pompom Dahlia
Red cactus Dahlia
Cactus Dahlia
Pink hydrangea
Janet Rose

Stalwart found under another bush
White gladioli
Red glads
Yellow gladioli

Flowers make me smile. Hope you are having a good week!

Thursday, 8 August 2013


The posts have been very few and far between. Not due to lack of thinking about the house renovations but with everything that is going unless something really hits me in the face I don't think to blog about it. This morning however I was struck. On the weekend we had been lamenting the fact that a lot of the flowers had gone and the garden was looking a bit sorry for itself. We are learning and need to work out how to co-ordinate the planning a little better to keep a constant flow of flowers. Spring had well and truly sprung and the roses were just about gone. I made coffee and took it into the garden so we could sit in the morning sunshine together and enjoy the java (if Piers is to be found it is in the garden). As we were sitting there merrily chatting away I saw a dahlia, then another, then another. Overnight they seemed to all bloom. So, I share with you my joy that was my morning coffee and dahlias...

Cactus Dahlia

Having a feast

Pretty yellow

Another feed. 

Pompom Dahlia in cream

Red pompom Dahlia
Love the photos where the bees are having a feed! Wonderful to have bees and butterflies in the garden. Piers has done an amazing job in the garden and I think the next post will be the before and after although he tells me in no uncertain terms that it is still a work in progress.

Good weekend to all.