Friday, 31 May 2013

End of Month View - May 2013

 It has been a beautiful sunny day and I intended to spend it at the allotment, unfortunately the sun lounger needed my attention!  I couldn't sit still for long though as I kept spotting weeds and things to tie up or snip back.

My favourite plants at the moment are the Aquilegias - so easy to grow and I love their self seeding ability.  I collected all the pale pink and white seeds last year to increase their numbers this year as the darker ones were beginning to take over. 

I'm also enamoured with the peonies.  I divided a large clump two years ago and they have filled out again this year.  The front garden is carpeted with saxifrage.  My mother and I visited her local garden centre two years ago and we found a brown, near dead pot in the bargain section.  Mum worked her magic and we divided it up a few weeks later.  We sold her house recently so I now have the whole plant .... everywhere! My bit has spread but hers went mad ... so I have pots of it! 

I did manage to get to the allotment later in the day and spent an enjoyable but unproductive half hour chatting to a friend and admiring the beautiful plot next to ours.  The grass is manicured, the raised beds are immaculate and the fruit cage is immense.  I have grass long enough to hide a large hare, weeds instead of veg and I know there are strawberries in there somewhere!! Lots of work to do then!  I've loaded up the car with everything I need for a full day tomorrow - my husband suggested a flame thrower but I think that was a bit harsh!  I'm too ashamed to show photos ... you MIGHT get a before and after shot once I've put some work in tomorrow .... who knows .... that sun lounger might need holding down again.

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  1. Your gardenpictures are lovely, the combination of Lupins, columbines and the soon flowering Papaver look together like a real cottage garden. Wish you happy weeding on the allotment, weeds are growing like mad at the moment. Sometimes when I make photos I just pull the weeds out for the photo, haha.

  2. I did laugh at the flame thrower comment, its why I gave up my allotment! My mother's is immaculate and she reckons she will have potatoes soon!!

    Thanks for joining in this month

  3. Patricia your garden is looking very summery and bright. I wish my mother was as practical as yours. Mines brings me home tender plants she has fallen in love with and expects miracles up here in Scotland. For the record my mother stays with me, knows nothing about gardening but does enjoy having contributed ;) She means well!

  4. I can see why the Columbine are your favorites, they are lovely. I grow A. canadensis.