Weekend Walk in the Garden #15: 12th July 2020

Everything has settled into a summer near stasis. Change is not happening as fast as before the solstice, making it difficult to find new things to show you. The first few pics were taken as I arrived home from a short bike ride this morning and show the beds at the front of the house.

The rose corner with a white buddleia peeping over the wall. That grey wall usually has a planter on it to add some colour. Thanks to the pandemic, I did not get around to doing that this year.
On the other side the roses are definitely past their best. Top left are hollyhocks and, in the foreground, the bay hedge has been trimmed.
This tall conifer came originally from my brother-in-law’s garden in Hereford (I may have told you that before.) In the foreground the lavender is becoming unruly.
The apple trees have had their summer priuning. There was much more growth on the Bramley than the James Grieve. In fact, the Bramley is becoming very big. Next January I shall remove some of the lower branches from both trees; they can barely support the weight of the fruit they are carrying.
A hollyhock reaches for the sky. That’s my neighbour’s shed top right, giving you an idea of the height of the flower stem. None of the buds on this one has yet opened. To its left there are flowers opening on the lower part of the stems.
The other white Buddleia. Soon we will see peacock and painted lady butterflies clustering around the flower spikes. I cut the long grass next to the pond so that it is easier to see from the house.
More hollyhocks reaching skyward. Some of these have red flowers, some cream. Hollyhocks are supposed to be biennials – you sow them one year , they flower the next and that’s it – you are supposed to start over. These are on their 4th or 5th flowering season. That blank corner is the lingering evidence of a mistake I made this winter. There used to be a honeysuckle there, but it became very overgrown. Next to the greenhouse was a lovely pink climbing rose that also was too big for its location. I decided to remove the honeysuckle and transfer the rose into the corner. Both died. A salutary lesson! I will purchase a new climbing rose for the corner.
In the greenhouse the tomatoes are swelling. Can you smell them? (You’ll have to use your imagination!)

9 thoughts on “Weekend Walk in the Garden #15: 12th July 2020

  1. Gorgeous. Currently, I have a small balcony that I use for a garden. We have tomatoes, peppers, aubergine and plenty of varieties of squash. We have rigged some bamboo trellis for the squash to climb. Soon there will be no room for us to sit on the balcony! Love your garden, so peaceful and lush.

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  2. A garden satisfies all the senses. I’ll have top try recording birdsong and the buzzing of the bees and then posting them here. I suspect, though, that, like the video I tried to upload the other day WP will want me to upgrade to do it.

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  3. It’s a delight to see so many varieties of plants you have in the garden Frank.I love the hollyhocks and your fruit trees look to be providing plenty, Keep well.


    1. The apples are, again this year, for sure. No plums this time, though. Not sure why – no flowers in spring, maybe there were buds the frost got before I even saw them. Hugs back (socially distanced of course!).


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