Week of gardening

I had a few days off work before Easter and took advantage of LO not being around to get the garden sorted for spring. I aimed to do two hours a day, so I didn’t finish myself off in the process, but it seemed a reasonable amount of time in which to make some real progress. It did kind of work, although the weather forecast meant I did more hours some days, and spent more time indoors on the rainy days 😉

Here are the containers full of daffodils and pansies, with the sedums in front.

This is the garden showing the lawn and raised bed edging. I redid the lawn edgings which really helped tidy it up a bit.

This section I actually took the edge of the lawn back a bit. The convolvulus had sprawled over the edge of the grass, leaving an uneven patch of dead grass, so I took the edge back to encompass the whole of the dead bit, leaving a straight edge. Once the cowslips have finished flowering I’m going to dig them up, divide them and then spread them through the borders – the plants below self-seeded from just two originals.

These are the dead bits of sedum I cut back to make way for the new growth.

I also did lots of mulching around all the borders. These are the raspberry canes which were cut down to the ground in the autumn.

And finally the camellia has flowered! Everything has been so late this year because of the bad weather.

What changes are you making in your garden this year?

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Garden at the beginning of October 2017 

Just realised I never published this draft post! The garden is looking a bit cold and windy and wet now compared to these photos!
Japanese anemone flowering
Hydrangeas
Fuchsias
The berries are still there on the Cotoneaster. The birds tend to leave them until last.
Sedum flowers. These have looked lovely recently covered in frost.
More sedum flowers

Garden at the beginning of September 2017

The garden is beginning to look a bit autumnal, probably because of the sunflower drooping on the lawn! 

First nineteen apples of this year’s harvest. These are Red Windsor from the half standard tree.

The Japanese Anenome is still flowering, although it’s getting harder to keep on top of the dead heading! That’s another sunflower drooping into it – we had storms, it made the sunflowers droop.

The red Pyracantha is always the first to get berries, followed by the orange and with the yellow a long way behind.

The non-Chelsea chopped sedum is beginning to flower.

Last few Alstroemeria flowers.

Sunflowers!

What signs of Autumn are there in your garden? 

Garden at the beginning of August 2017

August has whizzed past, mainly because I was doing extra days at work so haven’t had as much time available as I do normally. Nearly the end of August, but here are a few pics I took at the beginning of the month!

LO loves picking raspberries. She is worse than the birds for stripping the plants bare.

This is one of LO’s sunflowers. It turns out that this toddler activity is very popular at both toddler groups and nursery, so we have several sunflowers to show for it. This one was the first to flower. The nursery one turned out to be five plants as she had clearly sown a handful of seeds rather than just one!

The Gladioli I got from a magazine freebie a few years ago keep coming back. The first year I planted them at fortnightly intervals to keep the flowers coming for an extended period, and they seem to have kept on doing that?! Certainly we have some that are already past their best, and others that haven’t flowered yet. I must remember to send off for this year’s freebie – allium bulbs!

The Japanese Anenome has got huge this year, and seems to have started flowering earlier than usual. It likes to spread so I often have to dig wandering new bits up from places I don’t want them. It has expanded beautifully to fill this border in though, which means you can’t see the earth, and no need to weed!

One of my containers full of flowers. This was the bargain basket bedding plant selection!

A pile of rhubarb harvested at the beginning of the month. We have been rather overwhelmed with rhubarb this year, I think the combination of wet weather and warmth has spurred it on. I ended up taking loads of it to church to give away!

This cheeky little viola popped up in a container with a rose in. I didn’t plant it there…
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That’s all for now. Wonder how long it will take me to do the September post, due tomorrow?!

Garden at the beginning of June 2017 

The garden is beginning to look summery as all the bulb foliage has died down.

Looking across the patio to the lawn  with the herbs in the foreground 


Both of the apple trees have plenty of fruit forming despite some low temperatures when the blossom was  there.

Escallonia ‘Apple blossom’ bought on a holiday a few years ago and covered in flowers despite a lot of pruning earlier this year!

We spent the bank holiday Monday last week at the garden centre buying container plants, which I then planted up that afternoon. LO was meant to be helping but had an epic three hour nap instead!

Some of the containers in situ. Just have to remember to keep them watered but luckily LO is a keen plant waterer so it shouldn’t be a problem.

Salvia flowers- a present for LO’s Christening last year.

This rose is always covered in flowers each week too. I like the contrast between the flowers and the purple Physocarpus behind.

The blackcurrant and gooseberry bushes are covered in fruit and the rhubarb is getting huge.

Garden at the beginning of May 2017

Bit late for the beginning of May! I took the pictures then didn’t get round to blogging. Until this last week the weather had been unseasonably dry, the water butt was heading for empty and the grass had stopped growing… 

Here we have the back garden with LO very busy getting on with some gardening.

The Aubrieta is almost over but was very pretty whilst it lasted.


The newly planted Lavender just beginning to flower. It loved the dry weather!

This border is done in purple and yellow- Physocarpus and Euonymus ‘Emerald and Gold’ plus Heuchera ‘Chocolate ruffles’. Oh and a mini wheelbarrow belonging to LO.


The Ceanothus is covered in flowers and that’s an allium beginning to open up just in front of it.

The Dicentra is just about over, but the Heuchera leaves are looking lovely in the sunshine.

Garden at the beginning of April 2017 

The lawn is looking nice and green again after rain in March. This is after I’d solved the immediate problem of gardening with a toddler by booking some annual leave and doing lots of gardening whilst LO was at nursery! 

So, the beds are looking tidier, perennials cut back and weeds removed. Plus beds mulched. 

Getting the bulk of it done on annual leave (I estimate I did three hours a day over four days) meant I could get all the patio containers repotted, and also prepare a few to grow herbs in – LO then enjoyed helping to plant those. She especially enjoyed watering. In this pic the front four haven’t been planted yet. 

I had nine bags of compost delivered from the garden centre and used six bags of it for mulching, and the rest for repotting. 

Tulips flowering and the (self-sown) lavender beginning to emerge amongst the sedums. That container is almost entirely gravel but those plants seem to love it there. 

View towards the shed. The tulips here flower above the raspberries which will then grow past them. It’s a nice way of getting a couple of seasons of interest from one bed. 

And I got the lawn edges done too! 

Close up of the raised bed, freshly mulched. I didn’t divide the Heuchera Marmalade towards the front, but it started heading off in different directions so I waited to see what would happen. It looks great mingled with the sedum there! 

Primroses. These are all self-sown from one plant I purchased in, I think, 2013, from a lovely garden centre near my Mum’s. Cost £1.50! I think I should probably divide these and spread them to some other places.

And, finally, lots of apple blossom!