Catching Up

Having been away for a couple of weeks over Christmas there is lots to catch up with.  The weather while we were away was mild with some rain (in the greenhouse the maximum temperature was 39.8°C with a low of 0.6°C; these extremes didn’t cause any of the plants to suffer, indeed some small plants of Pak Choi are growing very well making me wish I had planted more things that could have been used as salad leaves). Continue reading

The long view and a vase of flowers

I am a day late posting the long view to link with Heather at Xericstyle on the first of every month.  The view today is lush and full, despite frost almost every day last week the garden still looks more spring-like than autumnal or wintery.  There aren’t any obvious flowers in this view unlike in some other parts of the garden, some of which you can see in the second half of the post about a vase. Continue reading

The Long View, October 2013

October has come in with a rush, I’m not sure what happened to September, I suppose being away for two weeks made it seem shorter, but I don’t even know what happened to the other two weeks!

On Sunday night there was a terrific thunder storm with heavy rain, Monday had lots of heavy showers.  The garden will appreciate the rain but it doesn’t make much difference to the images looking out of my top window for this month’s Long View.  Hosted by Xericstyle, the idea is to show a view from the same spot every first of the month to check how the view changes through the year.  Why not join in, I think I’m going to learn a lot from this, you might too.

I'm satisfied with the overall look

I’m satisfied with the overall look

Perovskia still blue, this has been flowering since the end of June

Perovskia still blue, this has been flowering since the end of June

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The edge of the Large Island

The edge of the Large Island

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Clematis Armandii is very brown, dead maybe?

Clematis Armandii is very brown, dead maybe?

Looking straight down, Rosa clair Martin is flowering strongly again

Looking straight down, Rosa clair Martin is flowering strongly again

If I lift my eyes, this is the view from the window

If I lift my eyes, this is the view from the window