There’s masses going on in our garden just now. We’ll start with the human hard work… this is some of yesterday’s dug up rubble:
Here is some of today’s rubble:
This is our new retaining wall. It’s half completed – and guess where all that stone came from?? Eventually we will be planting it up with lot of dry-stone wall type plants.
We now have 3 raised beds completed – just 3 to go. If you look closely you can just see my beloved red solar digital radio. It’s my favourite thing…
Here are some of the prettier things we’ve dug up. I’m especially fond of that pretty pink flower that looks like it might have come from the 30s.
Our house dates from the early 1980’s, but it’s built on land previously occupied by outbuildings of a rather grand 19th century villa. We’ve found an awful lot of clay pipes, broken pots, and masses of broken glass. Yesterday was spent chiselling away at some kind of giant stone lintel that was really getting in the way of that third raised bed…
But all the hard work will be worth it I’m sure. There’s already some very lovely things, and there’ll be lots more to come. Here’s a pretty sea pink I planted today:
The quince tree we planted up back in March is just coming into flower – I wonder if you can see that the fluffy leaves are covered in dandelion seeds?! They have been floating around in the breeze in huge drifts these last few days.
My dad planted this stunning azalea when he cared for this garden. Isn’t it a really knock-out orange?
This spray of pink hawthorn, just coming into flower, looks like a tiny bouquet of roses. It’s another of my dad’s plants, and I know it was his favourite – so it always brings back lovely memories of him at this time of year.
I love the way that the ferns are uncurling:
And the flowering bulbs are coming into their own. This alium is just about to burst:
And I love this pale blue camassia – it’s about to be overwhelmed by delphiniums…
My beans are starting to germinate. We’re growing runner beans, a French bean called Trail of Tears, and Borlotti beans this year:
And finally, the horse chestnut out on the boundary of our garden is looking incredible. This beautiful flower reminds me of a wedding cake, which is very apt for today I guess.. I imagine this tree was planted back when the original big house was built – we feel very lucky to have it!