😎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!

😎Hello Summer! #Flowers From My #EnglishCountryGarden for #SixonSaturday June 4th. #GardeningTwitter #summerflowers🌞

Wow! It’s June already, the sixth month of the year. It may be a double bank holiday weekend here in the UK, but there’s plenty going on in the garden.

Own photo of six flowers from my garden for the Six On Saturday meme
Six flowers from my garden on June 4th

My first photo is of the these lovely pink Peonies which have just had a sprinkling of rain. I don’t know the name of them as they were all here when we moved in.

Own photo of pink Peonies after the rain from my garden
Pink Peonies

Second photo goes to another Peony, this one is creamy white and has a delicate pink centre.

Own photo of a white Peony from my own garden
White Peony

Third photo is of the Birds-Foot Trefoil which I am growing for the pollinators. There’s a hover-fly (I think) enjoying them in this picture.

Own photo of Birds-Foot Trefoil and a Hover Fly from my garden
Birds-Foot Trefoil and a Hover Fly

Fourth picture is of a pot of Gazania, bought as plug plants last year from Sarah Raven and re-flowering once more.

Own photo of pink Gazania from my own garden
Pink Gazania

Fifth photo is of two red Anemone from my mixed pack which I also featured a couple of weeks ago. They are quite striking with their almost black centre and then a ring of white.

Own photo of red Anemones from my garden
Red Anemones

Last photo is of the first of my sunflowers, although not very tall, this one is Helios Flame. I’m quite surprised to see flowers on them this early in summer.

Own photo of a Helios Flame sunflower from my garden
Helios Flame Sunflower

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 On Saturday flowers June 4th
Six on Saturday flowers June 4th

Links:

  1. Mr P’s post with all the linkys for you to check out is here.
  2. Check out Fred’s flowers and his link to a Papa Smurf bloom.
  3. I really like the colors of Graeme’s Verbascum.
  4. Absolutely love the gardening from Waddesdon on My Secret Garden’s blog.
  5. Info about Candy’s book Green Lewisham on her post.
  6. Lots to choose from in Kas’ garden.
  7. Lovely roses from Thistles and Kiwis.
  8. Pauline’s got candelabra Primulas to show us.
  9. Tony has Aliums for us.
  10. Six Trachelium caeruleums from Piece Of Eden’s blog.

🌺What’s flowering in my garden on the last weekend of May?🌺 #SixOnSaturday #GardeningTwitter #flowers #inmygardentoday

🎶Chain saws to the right of me, house renovations to the left – stuck in the middle with you!🎶

It’s been a noisy week. One neighbour has been having trees cut down and the stumps removed. The other neighbour has recently moved in and is fully renovating the house and garden. The upside is that we will get more light in the garden and less leaf fall onto our plot in the autumn.

Six photos from my garden for May 28th
Six on Saturday 28th May

Starting this week with the view of the front rose which I have trailing along the porch. Nestled in the decorative watering can above the hanging basket, a robin has made its nest. I’m hoping that the rose will protect the nest from the marauding magpies.

Climbing yellow roses on the front of my house
Yellow roses

Second photo is of a pot of mixed coloured dwarf dahlias. I’ve planted the whole packet and have more seedlings coming through in stages. They were great germinators on the conservatory windowsill. The dwarf size appeals to me as hopefully they won’t need staking.

Mixed colour Dwarf Dhalias from my garden
Mixed colour Dwarf Dahlias

The next photo is of the delicious scented Honeysuckle. It always makes me think of my Gran who liked Honeysuckle but always claimed that it gave her hay-fever.

Honeysuckle from my garden
Honeysuckle

Fourth photo is of the everlasting Geraniums which are just coming into flower. I have planted cuttings of these elsewhere around the garden as they seem happy growing in these soils.

Pink everlasting Geraniums from my garden
Pink everlasting Geraniums

The next photo is of the super strength Harebells that are elbowing their way out of the swamp of the Kolkwitzia which is threatening their existence. I have taken a cutting of the Harebells and planted it elsewhere in the garden and the Kolkwitzia (thank you Harriet for naming this plant) will be getting a haircut after it finishes flowering.

Harebells from my garden
Harebells

Final photo this week goes to this Sweet William grown from a cutting. I shall take more cuttings as this was a success.

Sweet Williams from my garden
Sweet Williams

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 from my garden for May 28th
Six on Saturday 28th May

Links:

  1. Flower Friday – Camassia Cusickii
  2. All about ferns
  3. Cathy have lots of roses
  4. Graeme’s been taking part in this meme for four years.
  5. Fred has a poppy which is the size of his hand.
  6. The Prop’s post for this week’s linky
  7. An autumnal garden at Jane’s house.
  8. Linda is thinking about the re-wilding projects.
  9. More autumn gardens with Thistles and Kiwis.

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.

In the pleasant month of May. Pictures from my Hampshire garden. #SixonSaturday #GardeningTwitter #GardenTwitter 👒🌺🌼

Cool dry days, a sprinkle of rain and the promise of a warm weekend. That sums up my week.

Photo one is a plea for plant identity. This plant we inherited with the garden. It grows profusely in long branches with single leaves along each branch. The small flowers are pink with a fluffy texture, but I don’t know it’s name. Below are two photos of this plant, one has some recent frost damage to the leaves. Any thoughts on a name would be welcome

Photo two is of the tiny flowers on my variegated Tradiscantia.

The third photo goes to my swarm box. My dad keeps bees and if we get a swarm I shall have my own bee hive. The swarm box has some frames with wax in and I have instructions that if I spot a swarm in a nearby tree, I have to get the open box perched as close to the swarm, offering them a fully furnished empty residence which is immediately available for them to move into. No paperwork needed!🤔 My preferred method would be that a passing scout bee spots my empty box and gives the rest of the swarm the heads up and I don’t have to do anything.🐝

Next photo is of the variegated Weigela which is coming into flower.

Fifth photo is the Aquilegia or Columbines which are just starting to flower. Most of mine have naturalised to the purple variety.

Final photo is for the first flowers on my Marigold seedlings which I saved from last summer.

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. Mr P’s post for you to add you links to if you are joining in with this.
  2. In Ireland Pádraig’s got some chemical free tips on weeds for you.(Just mind your toes!)
  3. The Undergardener has a tip for growing Lily-of-the-Valley.
  4. The Rogue gardener has been having rain that some of us are craving for our gardens.
  5. Graeme has a lovely candy stripe Phlox.
  6. Tony is talking about plants that naturalise.
  7. Noelle is saving her grey water for the garden. I do this too.
  8. Off The Hedge gardening has some great flowers this week.
  9. On a side idea, Eileen is talking about May 12th’s Mass Observation project.
  10. Lots to report back on from Waddesdon Manor.

Butch Ginger And The Sundance Kids #SixOnSaturday #GardeningTwitter #GardenTwitter 🌞🌺🌼

Brrr! It’s freezing once more. Think of me sat watching my son play cricket this afternoon. I’ll be the one in gloves, coat and a blanket.

First photo goes to a plant that Fred (I think it was Fred) inspired me to try; Butch, my ginger plant. Back on February 8th I planted a ginger root and waited and waited and waited (while keeping it moist under a plastic bag). Then quite recently a green shoot appeared and now it’s growing at a speedy rate. When will I know when to harvest it?

Photo two is some Alium, they are a funny plant, they throw out lots of foliage for a long time ahead of the flowers. Most of the under-gardeners here don’t like them, but when they do flower, they are quite pretty.

Third photo goes to the first flowers on this Weigela. Last year it flowered profusely. It also grows well and it is tempting to prune it hard each year, but I have found that it needs a year of free growth for it to flower the following Spring.

Next is a pot of Lobularia. These were five plug plants bought from Sarah Raven last year, they survived the winter and look to be growing once more. They kept some of the flowers all through the winter. I love the honey fragrance that they give off.

A bit of fun with my sunflower kids. A couple of weeks ago I mentioned the #SunflowerChallenge2022. Last week I planted some of my tallest sunflowers out as they were looking peaky. It was a gamble with the forecast and I have them wrapped at night with a fleece, but they have greened up. The fence that they will grow up was boring, so I got out some paints to give the plants some growing inspiration.

Final photo is of the flourishing rock roses, only the white ones are out at the moment, I have pink ones ready to burst into bloom soon. Perhaps like me they are waiting for the sun to return.

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. Yesterday Pádraig wrote a poem to celebrate his garden for National Poetry Day.
  2. Mr Propagator’s post for April 30th
  3. Check out the Honesty from Graeme’s garden.
  4. Fred’s posts are always interesting.
  5. Check out Chris’ Ontario garden here.
  6. Should Pádraig worry that he missed out on Twitter?
  7. More updates from Waddesdon Manor on Louise’s post.
  8. Granny’s lovely Clematis.
  9. There all sorts flowering in Jim’s garden.
  10. Check out David’s Peony Tulip.

Green Grow The Lilacs – They Say! #SixOnSaturday From My Hampshire Garden #GardeningTwitter #GardenTwitter 🌺🌼🌷

With the warm weather continuing, the gardens are blooming here in Hampshire.

So let’s start with that Lilac mentioned in the title to kick us off with picture one.

Second photo goes to a quiet little plant which holds its own but doesn’t shout about it. The Ceanothus, also known as the California Lilac (my second lilac!), Buckbrush or Soap Bush.

Close to the Ceanothus, the Bluebells and Forget-me-nots are adding more blues and purples to the flower bed.

Moving around to some of my borders and the Lily-Of-The-Valley are just beginning to bloom. Such delicate bell shapes. Another plant that goes about its business in a quiet fashion.

Fifth photo goes to some Aubrietia (I think) which came in a mixed pack selection bought at B&Q a few weeks ago.

Final photo goes to a very showy Rembrandt Tulip, which I didn’t know I had, In fact it has been a good year for Tulips; more have flowered than in the past couple of years. I can’t stop looking at this; I imagine the brush strokes on the petals.

There we have it; a mix of the showy and the understated.

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. Rogue gardeners Friday post about seedling successes and failures.
  2. Also Rogue’s Six On Saturday post here.
  3. This week’s six from Mr Propagator.
  4. A Bleeding Heart and a standard ceonothus feature in Graham’s six.
  5. Notes from the under-gardener.
  6. My secret garden.
  7. Top Doc’s place in SE America
  8. N20’s got self seeding Welsh poppies and lots of Tulips.
  9. Wild Berry has a lovely Bird Of Paradise plant.
  10. 10. Linda recommends Swiss Chard as easy to grown and lovely to eat.

Popping With Spring Blooms #SixOnSaturday #GardenTwitter

The first full week in April has thrown all sorts of weather at us here in Hampshire. At times it has felt like a gauntlet run just to get down to the bottom of the garden.

Now a quick public service message: Yesterday I found out that WordPress are making lots of price changes to their blog plans. I currently use the free WordPress, but I am conscious of how much media space I use weekly in posts, which they want to cap. It’s not the only thing to be aware of. It’s worth reading BookerTalk’s post about it all here.

Back to the Six. Last week I was very pleased when I discovered the name of one of my plants, that we inherited with the garden, after seeing it featured on Graeme’s post. Viburnum carlesii, Korean Spice or Arrowwood. Mine is just coming into bloom. It has a lovely fragrance.

Second photo goes to the Heart’s Tongue Fern which is beginning its new growth. This one is in a shady patch otherwise I don’t think it would like my sandy heath land soil.

Third photo goes to my Tulips, yellow with some orange stripes. Not sure of the variety.

My fourth photo is of a plant rescued from a skip this week. It looks like an Elephant Foot Yucca. My husband arrived home with it on Monday. I gave it a hair cut to removed the dead leaves. Next job is to investigate repotting it.

Photo five is of a cheeky Kerria Japonica Plentiflora, which is trying to invade from next door’s garden. We had the same invasion tactics from this plant at our last house.

Last photo goes to the white bluebells. I always thought that they were domestic flowers rather than wild ones like their blue cousins. However, I defer to the experts for the answer to this.

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

I shall scatter a few links to other gardening posts below:

  1. Mr P’s post for the week
  2. It’s autumn in Sarah’s Australian garden.
  3. Pádraig’s got a bit of a sing-song going on.
  4. Graeme’s got Tulips out.
  5. Check out Fred’s Abies Pinsapo
  6. More news form My Secret Garden’s internship.
  7. Autumn is drawing in in New Zealand gardens.
  8. Doc’s creeping Jenny and the Heucherella look great.
  9. Granny’s wild garlic is going wild!

Pleasing Pretty Primulas Adding Colour To My Garden #SixOnSaturday @cavershamjj

We’ve had some warmer days this week, ending with rain on Friday. Each day it seems that more colours are filling up the flower beds.

The Primulas are featuring this week; a mix of Primroses and Polyanthus for you with photos 1-4. The slugs seem to enjoy munching on the pink variety, so I was lucky to get some of my pictures.

Photo 5 is a very out of focus violet. I blame it on user error with the camera. There are more dotted around the garden which will quite happily spread unsupervised.

Photo 6. Onion sets in the cold frame appear to be doing well. A mix of red and white onions. Last year was my first year growing onions and I found them quite an easy plant to grow as long as they were kept weed free. We are still eating them now.

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

Some Garden Projects For This Week’s #SixOnSaturday Because My Snowdrops Are Still Not Out! @cavershamjj

Last week on #SixOnSaturday I had snowdrop envy and as mine are still not ready to photograph I have been hunting around the garden for some inspiration. We have been in our current house for two and a half years and it’s the first garden that we’ve had which is large enough to flex our gardening muscles in. Since Covid, our time in the garden has completely changed and my husband has been building things.

The first major project was to replace the original rotting garden shed. He used recycled wood from heavy duty pallets for much of the frame, only buying the wall feather board, timber for the corner uprights and roof felt. We were given the window and found the door in our loft. Eventually the door will be repainted.

Second project were wooden obelisks. I used these last summer for my tomatoes which I grew in the conservatory and later to hold up the dahlias in the autumn. He also made the bird box which is one of a pair. I am happy to say that the birds nested in both but the magpies were clever and sat on the roof of each box at fledgling time and we saw one being taken. So a plan to deter this is needed this year.

The third project was the replacement of the rotten dove cote which we inherited with the garden. He used recycled wood for this one too. It is now a fancy blue-tit des-res and they have been investigating it already. Each hole has its own apartment. I hope that they don’t mind high-rise flats!

Fourth project is my greenhouse. This was a surprise Christmas gift for me which my husband then realised he’d have to add to his building project list. It’s a budget clear Polycarbonate design bought from Amazon and something to start my greenhouse future with. I am aware that in greenhouse etiquette this may feature near the bottom, but it’s mine and I am very excited with it. The instructions said we could build it in three hours. I think it took two of us five days. Now I’m muttering about wanting a wheel barrow to trundle soil, manure and plants up and down to my greenhouse.

Project five is a recently finished cold frame. Again this is made from recycled wood and has a clear plastic lid. Our lawn is covered in Astroturf, which I am slowing removing with my projects, so I have put a double layer of Astroturf under the cold frame for extra warmth.

My sixth photo is from my own small projects. Some of my readers know that I’m a very keen reader, so last year I was inspired to have a go at painting bricks to look like much loved books. This year I got excited by some woodland folk (Becorns) that I saw on David M Birds’s Instagram and wanted to try something similar myself. Check out this post which shows his best from 2021.

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.

Have a great gardening week,

Rosie.