Sunday, June 29, 2008

Busy, Busy, Busy!!!

Has five days passed since I last blogged???? I seem to have been so busy, yet I'm not quite sure what I've done?? We took T to visited Birmingham Uni and it was an exceptionally long day which we are all still recovering from. We have another Uni visit next week and one the week after too!

My garden is currently annoying me!!!!! Can you believe that! I seem to solve one problem and another occurs elsewhere! Which needs alot of thought and back breaking work to sort!!!! I don't mind weeding and double digging etc, but stuff that requires lifting slabs, digging out trees is now getting a bit beyond me! Which also annoys me to pieces!

So take alook across the patio

lots of growing going on here, I've moved all my Brugmansias up here so I can see the lovely flowera and benefit from the scent. Then turning round you can see how the patio has filled up

all mu indoor succulents are now outside enjoying the weather and growing like billy oh!!!
Through the arch to the veg part

the peas on the right are doing really well,behind them I have sweetcorn planted and they are underplanted with Gem Squash, I grew these for the first time last year for hubby. They where so delicious I have planted five plants this year so hopefully will be inundated with them! The climbing french beans on the right are coming along slowly, with courgettes and potatoes behind them.

Now we come to the part that is annoying me

my flower bed area in the veg patch! My neighbours hedge, which grows over continuously (well they do don't they)the top of there already enormous fence, but I have to cut my side all the time otherwise it makes all my plants lean and fall over, which is exactly what has happened, all the alliums are lying down, as did the poppies and now the lillies.

the tree in the middle of the bed with the yellow leaves is an Indian Bean tree, these are quite beautiful and the leaves are enormous so I think in the autumn I will move it so alittle bit more sun gets to this bed. The main reason I planted it here was that it needed shelter from the wind, which it has certainly got. So I think I will move it further up the bed towards the camera so it offers shelter to the seating area but the sun can get to the rest of the bed.
Further down the garden

then over to the pond

which since we fitted the new pond pump and filter and added some new fish is looking sensational!
In the greenhouse the tomatoes and cucumbers are growing well. I also have my first ever aubergine flower

I'm growing aubergines!!!
A beautiful pink

I can remember mum growing pinks, she always had them and lots of them too, this one reminds me of a clump of hers!!!

I hope you are all OK, I will try and get round to visit you this week, but to be honest, I'm not sure I can blog for a few weeks as our diary is so full. So I haven't popped my clogs, just taking a short break!!


Allotment Lady said...

Its nice to be so busy though isn't it.

Enjoying the garden and the warm summer days - going out and about - and visiting all those wonderful Universities - I wonder which she will choose.

Your garden is looking absolutely perfect to me - really stunning

Have a wonderful summer - and come back and visit or write when the weather turns and you have to stay inside.


Ex-Shammickite said...

Oh your garden is such a delight!
I just came back from 3 weeks in England and as it had rained a lot while I was away, the garden here was so overgrown.... but I'm gradually thrashing it into shape.
I just posted a long long story.... it might take a while to read, see what you think!
Love the colour of that pink!

ChrisJ said...

Your garden is looking wonderful -- but it does look like a lot of work! Still, since I am now retired anything that looks like a lot of work is off my "To Do" list. I keep wanting to tell young(er) people "Do it while you are young"...not because I can't do it but I actually don't want to. It is SO good to not have a schedule or deadlines or do any tight planning. One big job a day is my new rule.

Vallen said...

So many things to comment on. The garden is a veritable paradise. So incredible in the summer.
We have neighbors who have a morning glory that jumps over their fence. I am forever pruning it back. But this year it has climbed all the trees and threatens the very clouds above.
Lastly - you have made my day, my month. Pinks are my favorite of all flowers and that one my friend, is a beauty!!!

A wildlife gardener said...

It all looks wonderful to me, dear Libby :) You grow such amazing exoticas, you clever thing :)

Just Between Us Girls said...

oooh my gosh!!!What an incredible garden you have. Love it all especially the pond with those great big goldfish. Remarkable. You must work all day every day to achieve such amazing results. Love your blog. Please visit mine and sign up for the free give away in the post that lists the black trays. Have a GREAT FOURTH OF JULY.
With all good wishes.

Yolanda Elizabet said...

I'm back from my holidays and just popped over to see how you were. Busy it seems, very busy. ;-)

Your garden looks lovely at the mo Libby. It is amazing how much work you have done in such a relatively short time. Well done you, give yourself a (soft) pat on the back.

And you know the old saying, don't you? A gardener's work is never done.

Have a great weekend!