Around the Garden – May -2015

We have now been in the house for two years. The garden is slowly coming to life with the addition of plants  provided by friends, some addition of my own and good old fashioned hard work.   The progress from the blank canvas I started with in the first year can be see in these three pictures.

The Pond

The water buttercup is in full flower and is starting to take over the pond.  It always seems to collapse as it flowers.  Two of the goldfish can be seen putting in an appearance in the centre of the picture.

Pond Side Bed

The pond side bed is slowly coming to life.  The broom is about to burst into flower.  The Dicentra is already a mass of heart shaped flowers.  The Lupins were created when I split the large Lupin from the light bed.  They are still looking sorry for themselves but they have taken and a trim of the outer leaves should resolve the problem.

Light Bed

Pampas Grass

I have changed this bed this year removing the
large lupin and replacing it with a pampas grass to add height and movement at the front of the garden.

Front Corner


The plant in the centre is now full of colour.  (I still haven’t found out what it is)  The oriental poppy in this bed has a huge number of  buds on so should provide a fantastic display in a few months.  As with everywhere in my garden there is a sea of Forget Me Nots.
Centre Bed


I have added a Forsythe to the central bed along with part of the lupin I split from the light bed.  I am hoping the Forsythe will fill the gap between the Pieris and the arch limiting the view down the garden.  It will also add some well needed spring colour. The climbing rose has almost reached the top of the arch I installed last year.  The grass is looking very poor near the arch.  I will hopefully make a change to the path so that it turns into the arch during the next month.,  The Pieris appears completely white with flowers although it isn’t the best shaped plant in the garden.

Left Hand Bed

Forget me nots again and this is after I removed large swathes of them.  I guess its true a weed is just a plant in the wrong place. A white azalea can be seen at the front of this picture.  The display is not as good as last year though.  The hostas are starting come up and some have been removed and placed in large pots on the patio.
The Chickens

During the winter I moved the chickens on to the patio to make them easier to look after in the bad weather.  I intend to build them a new larger home so they will stay there for a while,  Sadly Rocky , one of my white star’s has passed away during the last month.

Ginger, Pepper and Snowy


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We moved into this house in 2013. At that time the garden was a blank canvas, This blog is a scrapbook of my gardening journey. Something I can look back on and remember the highs and lows, something that perhaps other people will enjoy reading and hopefully commenting on along the way.

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