This Week in the Garden in Photographs.

It has been a beautiful week, a week of marvellous weather and long days outdoors spent in the gardening. I was going to write “working” in the garden but it is more a pastime, a gentle time of light jobs, of bits and pieces, of this and that but no major projects and plenty of time to enjoy what the garden has to show this week. I did cut the grass midweek but sitting on a lawnmower hardly deserves to be described as work. It was a job I had put on the long finger to conserve petrol as I don’t wish to have to travel to stock up on supply so the grass had become a little longer than I would usually allow and the cut made a big difference, bringing the appearance of order and tidiness to the garden again. I like to have the grass well tended, regularly cut and the edges tidy.

This spot in the garden is a favourite as is the featured tree, a crabapple, Malus floribunda.  It has a magnolia behind it, rhododendrons around it and wood anemones beneath.

Last autumn I bought a new battery-powered strimmer to cut the grass edges but it stopped working on its second outing this spring. It was under guarantee so the supplier took it back to check it out but the restrictions imposed by the Coronavirus pandemic prevented the supply of parts and the return of the strimmer so I am without one at present. This has left me using a hedge clippers, a manual shears, to cut the grass edges, a slow and uncomfortable job. However, time is on my hands so there is no rush and it will be done bit by bit.

These are all forms of tulip species and are long lived in the garden. Their return each year is especially treasured as so many tulips are little more than annual flashes in the pan – a quick show and they are gone forever.

Otherwise, this week’s activity in the garden were those of routine maintenance: weeding and freshening the surface of the soil. This is the time of year when we have a rash of ash seedlings, a gift from the line of ash trees growing along one of the garden boundaries. Ash seedlings and willowherb are our two most pervasive weeds but we keep on top of them and keep them in check. Gardening without weeds, now that’s hardly to happen ever! Sure, what would we do with the spare time?

New Trilliums continue to come into flower

Everyday allows time for a walk with the camera – actually, sometime twice, or more, in the day as something catches my eye. Seize the moment!

I looked back at last week’s subjects and see that some, though photographed anew, remain favourites again this week and I thought that it might be repetitious of me to show them again but then considered that repetition is part of gardening and included them.

Enjoy!  If you click on the grouped photographs you can view them in a larger format and as a blogger I read always says:  “Please don’t be shy about adding your comments.”

I especially enjoy Paris especially Paris quadrifolia. It is an uncommon plant and I have the good fortune that it grows extremely well in our garden. 

Narcissus 'Pipit' Ash Bed just above bird bath
Narcissus ‘Pipit’
Narcissus 'Limerick' (1)
Narcissus ‘Limerick’

Two daffodils still looking good late in the season – I wrote of Narcissus ‘Limerick’ in my last blog. 

Paeonia 'Feng Dan Bai' (3)
Paeonia ostii ‘Feng Dan Bai’
Paeonia 'Feng Dan Bai' (2)
Paeonia ostii ‘Feng Dan Bai’
Paeonia 'Feng Dan Bai' (2)
Paeonia ostii ‘Feng Dan Bai’

Finally, the highlight of the week: a tree paeonia with an exquisite flower. 

17 thoughts on “This Week in the Garden in Photographs.

    1. Hi Ken, We can continue “gardening” even when we come indoors in the evening. It passes the time very pleasantly and is certainly better than watching tv! Hope the gardening is going well with you.

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    2. Paddy, this is the first time in my life where I’m not time poor in the amount of time I can devote to my garden. Am really enjoying having the garden to potter around in every day, it’s amazing how you can head out into the garden and find things to do everyday. It’s also been an interesting experiment in self sufficiency, propagating, splitting, taking cuttings, collecting seeds etc and using what you already have in the garden to make changes and hopefully improvements. It’s like a dry run for my future retirement.

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      1. The veg patch has always been your forte and I imagine it is looking well for you at the moment. We were caught a little unprepared and are without lettuce and scallion seed. Asparagus is brilliant at the moment; British Queens are into growth; Purple Sprouting Broccoli are out but they won’t be ready until next spring;garlic is doing very well – I grow a few different varieties; Mange tout peas are up and ordinary peas sown; Last year’s spinach has given a few helpings and this year’s is ready to plant out; we grow a “Welsh onion” which is like a spring onion which clumps up so you divide it and replant when you take some for the kitchen; rhubarb has been great this year and used well. Fruit is into flower so promise for later and French and Runner beans will be started shortly. We are far from self-sufficient and always gardened just to have something fresh from the garden. It’s a good pastime!

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    1. It’s a good interest to have these day, Gail. The garden is a blessing when we can’t be out and about. We miss our daily walk but spend the day in the garden quite happily. Best wishes and take care!

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      1. Absolutely! I am in Florida so the plants are different here. I do miss the spring flowers we enjoyed up North. We recently planted a small wildflower garden which we now jokingly refer to as “the meadow”, but it offers great relief, joy, and distraction. I’m glad you have all that beauty to enjoy, especially now.

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    1. We’ve had just on gladiolus in flower here – G. tristis, one of the species from S. Africa. It’s a simple and pretty thing that I like very much. We’ll have to wait longer for other species and varieties.

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  1. It all looks great, but of course the peony….
    I have yet to see Paris growing in a garden and putting on a show. I’ve seen it past bloom, but is the flower the big attraction? It is interesting though, and the DNA sequence to it is also quite interesting

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    1. The flower is quite different and interesting while the foliage is attractive for longer. P. quadrifolia looks well when the seeds ripen also.

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