Sunday 8 June 2014

Gardeners' World

It has been a busy weekend in the garden, as we spent both days tidying up and planting.  Although it is not huge, there is enough work to keep us busy throughout the season, mainly due to the fact that it was neglected and full of weeds before our arrival.  We still have the finest crop of weeds in our street and they grow at a phenomenal rate,

I still dream of my cottage garden, but it has taken a long time for the dream to become a reality and I have yet to achieve it.  These yellow flowers were in the garden before we moved here, but I don't know what they are called.

This year, I've been concentrating on building up a stock of perennials, as I have mostly grown annuals in the past, so the garden lacked structure.  I picked up a tip from a gardening programme to include fruit bushes in a flower garden in place of shrubs.  As I had some which I planted in the back garden when we first arrived, I decided to move them, as they did not seem to like their situation.  Having had no fruit last year, they are now both flowering and I have high hopes of some red and white currants this summer.

These white flowers appeared today.  Again, I have no idea what they are and when later this evening, I went outside to have another look, they had closed up for the night.

Chives grow profusely and spread everywhere.  I mostly leave them to grow where they will, as they fill up the gaps and their flowers are so pretty.

This is the view of the same bed from the opposite side, looking towards our drive.  As the plants are only just beginning to grow, there are still large gaps, but I'm hoping that it will fill out in a few weeks.


  1. Hi Marie,

    It looks very pretty indeed! I thought your white flowers could be a type of tulip (as there is a particular type of small species tulip that looks very similar and closes up at night), but I think they're actually "leek lilys / lily leeks" Allium moly. Whilst mostly yellow, there do seem to be white variants (break a leaf - does it smell garlicky?). Your yellow flowers are the most lovely ranunculous or "cabbage roses" - look after them, they're lovely!

    Best wishes,

    Tash from


  2. Hi, Marie! So lovely to catch up with you after our travels! We go back a few days ago after a wonderful time with family and days out & about. :o) So many pretty plants in your garden--shaping up so nicely. And LOVE the stone mushroom!! Happy Garden Days ((HUGS))