🌺What’s Growing In My English Country Garden? #SixOnSaturday #GardeningTwitter #Flowers

We’ve had another mini heat-wave of sorts after a massive drop in temperature last weekend. Saturday afternoon I was huddled under several layers of clothing and blankets while watching my son play cricket in temperatures 18° lower than they had been the day before.

Own photo of six flowers for June 25th
Six flowers for June 25th

First photo of the week is of this lovely pink Dahlia. There’s no label on it, so it must be one that I over-wintered from last year. Originally bought from Sarah Raven.

Own photo of a pink Dahlia.
Pink Dahlia

Second photo is of my sweetcorn which are flowering and forming cobs (hopefully). Last year I tried growing them on a whim from shop bought kernels. Only one grew, which isn’t really surprising and I was hopeful until I transplanted it and then it died😪 So I bought myself proper seed this year.

Own photo of sweetcorn
Sweetcorn

Third photo is of the plant that I have lazily called a bottle brush plant, however, that’s rather a generalisation and for this week’s SoS I have been diligently trying to find what it really is and I think that it is a Hebe (maybe White Wand) The honey bees love it. 🐝

Own photo of a bottle brush plant.
Hebe

Fourth photo doesn’t do the lavender colour justice, it is a lovely mauve at the moment.

Own photo of the lavender pot
Lavender pot

Fifth photo is for the first of the Hollyhocks, they are one of my favourite cottage garden flowers. Mine suffer from rust, but I still enjoy growing them.

Own photo of a Hollyhock
Hollyhock

Last photo is of this red Poppy from some of my wild flower mixed seed packs. It won’t last long, so I snapped a photo while it was flowering.

Own photo of a red poppy.
Red Poppy

Thank you for joining me for this #SixOnSaturday post. I hope that you enjoyed it. If you would like to know more about this hashtag, read founder Mr Propagator’s post here also find him on Twitter here.

Happy gardening

Rosie

Own photo of six flowers for June 25th
Six flowers for June 25th

Links:

  1. Mr Propagator’s linky for the meme
  2. Hairbells and Maples is growing Turmeric.
  3. Graeme’s lilies have avoided the lily beetle this year.
  4. Pretty poppies and salvia in Fred’s garden.
  5. Eileen’s waiting for rain in her Welsh garden.
  6. Hortus has some stunning roses.
  7. Take a look at Dana’s strawberry yield.
  8. A great six from Pauline.

😎Flaming June Has Arrived In My Hampshire Garden. #SixOnSaturday #GardeningTwitter #Gardens

This week the temperatures have been rising in my corner of England. Friday afternoon reached a hefty 30°c; too hot to be out in the garden working. I’ve been playing with some different photos of the garden, rather than the close up of flowers, I’m showing you a wider picture so you can glimpse more of the plot.

Six Photos of my garden for June 18th
Six Garden Photos For June 18th.

Let’s start with the flower bed which I created in the New Year. Much of our back garden is covered in Astro-Turf. Not a problem when we moved in as it meant no mowing, but now that we have been here three years, I am expanding my gardening plans. So new beds need to be cut out. Adding more areas for plants is a long-term project and one that I need to do in workable chunks. I had a drawn up planting plan for this bed, but some of the plants have done their own thing. For instance the green manure – purple tansy (Phacelia Tanacetifolia) is wildly taking over, but is covered in bees each day.

Own photo of my New Year garden bed.
New Year Bed

Along to the right of the New Year bed, is my Sunflower plot. As you can see, some of them are almost to the top of the fence. Some are in flower (I featured them a couple of weeks ago) The dwarf ones are looking like they will be next to flower.

Own photo of my Sunflower plot.
The Sunflower Plot

Back to the left of the first bed is a bed that was here when we moved in. I think it only had Sedum in it and weeds. I’ve added Marigolds, Foxgloves and Hollyhocks which I try to tie to an old iron gate that we found behind the garden shed. It is now hosting some of my potted Dahlias.

Own photo of a well established flower bed.
Established Flower Bed

Let’s cross the lawn now and this photo is of my current project. The Astro-turf has been laid for several years now and with next door being empty for at least five years, the trees in that garden have been spreading themselves out. There are several fast growing invasive ones and their tree roots are extensive. So much so that they are lifting our ‘lawn’. Although we now have new neighbours, the garden is not their priority and the tree roots are getting worse. So we are rolling back sections of the ‘turf’ and cutting back roots. Eventually I plan to have a lot more flower and vegetable beds, but I need to implement it in ‘doable’ sectors.

Own photo of a tree root project in the lawn
Tree root project

Photo five is of the flower bed I call my Easter project. We cut this one in around Easter. It is very shaded by the overhanging trees from next door. Recently the neighbour on the right had two large Cedar trees cut down and already this bed gets more evening light. I have more Dahlias here and Anemones, plus several more of the wildflowers that I’m growing.

Own photo of a flower bed dug at Easter
Easter Flower Bed

Last photo: There is a bumble bee at about 7 O’clock in the bird box entrance. When I was cutting back the Korean Spice plant in front of the box, a bumblebee was buzzing around, I didn’t take much notice apart from saying ‘hello’, then I noticed another one and I spotted it heading into the bird box. There were also tell-tale signs of yellow pollen dropped down the front of the box. I think they are the Buff-tailed ones which are all around the garden.

Own photo of a bird box which the bumblebees are nesting in.
Bumblebees are nesting in this bird box.

Thank you for joining me for this #SixOnSaturday post. I hope that you enjoyed it. If you would like to know more about this hashtag, read founder Mr Propagator’s post here also find him on Twitter here.

Happy gardening

Rosie

Six Photos of my garden for June 18th
Six Garden Photos For June 18th.

Links:

1) Linky to Mr Propogator’s post for this week.

2) Winter begins in New South Wales and Jane’s garden.

3) Off the hedge has a new garden pond.

4) Fred has a growing tip for garlic.

5) Butterflies caught on camera by Graeme.

6) Chris has some lovely California poppies and notes on garlic.

7) The deer have been nibbling in Up The Garden Path’s garden.

8) Lovely Salvia in Granny’s graden.

9) Noelle has been collecting Tulip seeds.

10. Just look at these roses!

😎Summer Time From My English Country Garden. #SixOnSaturday #GardeningTwitter #Flowers #Gardenflowers🌼

The second week in June and the evenings are still quite chilly. But the flowers are blooming and the bees are humming. Let’s get straight on with Six On Saturday.

Photo of Flowers for June 11th Six On Saturday
Flowers for June 11th Six On Saturday

Photo one is of these gorgeous deep mauve (Or blue, or purple ) Anemones. My mixed pack are now really flowering well. I just need to keep the pigeons from dead-heading them, they especially like the red ones.

Two purple Anemone from my garden
Purple Anemone

Photo two is of the frothy Hawthorn flowers from a tiny bush in the front garden. I tried to take a close-up of the tiny flowers. They look all spotty this close up.

Photo of Hawthorne from my garden
Hawthorn

Next up is what I think is a Viburnum, although I’m not too sure. I’ve looked it up against the flowers and it is my best guess. I am guilty of chopping this back in other years thinking it was a self-seeder, which it might still be as it’s so close to a Cyprus that they vie for space.

Viburnum

Fourth photo is of the delicate pink tea rose which I split last year and overwintered in a pot with violas. Originally the rose was given as a house-warming pot plant three years ago and I have kept it alive. Both now are beginning to put on a good display with the violas coming back into flower after a feed..

Photo of a pink tea rose and violas in my garden
Pink Tea Rose and Violas

Fifth photo is of another plant that I am guessing the variety of – I think this is a Chinese Privet. It hosts one of the Honeysuckles and both are now in flower.

Photo of Chinese Privet from my garden
Chinese Privet

Lastly the delicate blue flowers of the Borage, one of my wild plants that I’ve grown from seed for the pollinators. The flowers look almost bird-like with the centre seeming as if it is the head and beak of the flying bird.

Borage grown from seed from my garden
Borage

Thank you for joining me for this #SixOnSaturday post. I hope that you enjoyed it. If you would like to know more about this hashtag, read founder Mr Propagator’s post here also find him on Twitter here.

Happy gardening

Rosie

Photo of Flowers for June 11th Six On Saturday
Flowers for June 11th Six On Saturday

Links:

  1. Graeme’s plot has lots to see.
  2. Meme linky on founder Mr P’s post.
  3. Green gardener has been to the garden centre.
  4. Noelle’s offering Cyclamen seed to s few Uk gardeners.
  5. Sel’s diagnosing plant pests.
  6. Tony has a superb Whale’s Tongue Agave.
  7. Lots happening in Chris’ Ontario garden.
  8. News from the allotment on My Secret Garden’s blog.
  9. I always enjoys visiting Fred’s garden. Check out his Kumquats!

6 Beauties From My Hampshire Garden For This Week’s #SixOnSaturday Gardening Meme #GardeningTwitter #InMyGardenToday #Flowers 🌺🌹🌷

A sprinkle of rain on multiple days and a good spot of sun mean lots of flowers in my garden and out in the countryside everything looks lush and green.🌳🌳

Six flowers from my garden

Six On Saturday – Let’s Go!

First photo goes to one of the Anemone from the mixed bulb pack which I started off on Feb 12th by soaking the corms. They didn’t all grow, probably only half the pack, so I’m not sure if soaking was a good thing, but I do like to experiment!

Second photo goes to the purple Rhododendron, I have two in this colour.

Third photo is of my red Rhododendron. This one isn’t as happy as the purple ones and may be suffering from competition for water from nearby shrubs.

Fourth photo is of the pretty Oxalis (Regnelli – I think) This pops up in the beds and pushes through the foliage.

Fifth photo is of one of the roses that we inherited with the garden and lovely orange yellow with pinky red brush strokes.

Final photo is another rose, this one has been beaten-up by a broken fence panel in the past and has to fend for itself when the beech hedge unfurls, but it is a lovely colour.

Thank you for joining me for this #SixOnSaturday post. I hope that you enjoyed it. If you would like to know more about this hashtag, read founder Mr Propagator’s post here also find him on Twitter here.

Happy gardening

Rosie

Links:

  1. Flowers Friday – Camassia Quamash
  2. Grasses and more from Pádraig
  3. Mr P’s Post for all your links.
  4. Lemons and more in Fred’s garden.
  5. Ferocious crab spider, anyone? Graeme’s found one.
  6. A bird’s nest and more in Chris’ garden.
  7. I love visiting Kiwi & Thistle’s garden in New Zealand.
  8. Hairbells and Maples has some pretty hibiscus and golden lyre.
  9. Noelle inspires gardening, even in small spaces.
  10. Tony has lots of Rhododendrons for you.

If You Need Me, I’ll Be In The Garden! #SixOnSaturday @cavershamjj

This week has seen fluctuating temperatures in my Hampshire garden with morning frosts one day followed by a +10 degree difference the next morning. The birds are singing, the buds are…well budding and I’ve had itchy fingers to get planting.

First photo is about my gardening learning curve. Much of my gardening is experimental because I don’t know a lot yet. Last August I took a gamble on some Brussel Sprout plug plants when wondering through the garden centre. I nurtured them on a windowsill as they looked a bit delicate, then planted them out in September, I think. My farming relatives came to visit and shook their heads at my small plants, predicting that they would never produce any sprouts. Well this week I spotted tiny sprouts on the plants which made me very excited. You get to see them too!

Second photo is my Wiggly Wigglers composter. I rotate two buckets for non-meat kitchen scraps which I layer with Bokashi Active Bran. A mixture of microscopic bacteria, yeasts and fungi that work together to speed-up composting. I have been using this system for years, the liquid it produces is a concentrated plant feed, while the vegetable mix gets dug into my kitchen garden.

Photo three is my first set of potatoes set to chit. This year I am trying King Edwards, I do struggle to find a versatile potato which all the family like. I will sow some into felt potato grow bags and some into the veg patch. Last year in my experiment stage, I used supermarket potatoes which chitted while in my cupboard. I don’t know what variety any of them were, but they still gave me some potatoes.

Photo four goes to Red Campion (split into three after buying) and an Ox-Eye Daisy, bought at the garden centre in the ‘wild plant’ section. I like the idea of introducing more wild plant varieties which the pollinators will enjoy to my plot. They are in the new cold frame at the moment.

Picture five shows a couple of the mini propagators filled with Laurentia, a free pack of seeds from the front of my gardening magazine. I have them sat on bubble wrap and they are on the windowsill. I have a heat mat on my wish list to help start off other seedlings.

Final photo is of my Anemone corms. I read an article last evening which suggested soaking them overnight to soften the corms, then planting them in pots to get them going early before planting out after the frosts. So soaked they are! It’s all an experiment😉

Thank you for joining me for this #SixOnSaturday post. I hope that you enjoyed it. If you would like to know more about this hashtag, read founder Mr Propagator’s post here also find him on Twitter here.

Happy gardening

Rosie