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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Walled garden

Ornamental Alliums

I love gardening, though it is certainly a challenge doing so near the coast, with the salt air, and high winds.  I mostly grow perennials in the walled garden as they just disappear in the winter safely underground while the weather rages above.  I still lose some plants especially if the weather is particularly cold, or wet, but they stand a better chance than trees and shrubs.

When I first moved into Sandside the garden was used as a sheep pen for newly lambed ewes. It's change a bit since then, though will always, like any garden, be a work in progress.


As there is a gale forecast for this week which will no doubt wreck havoc in the garden I took this short video (8 mins) to remind myself what my garden can look like in early summer! The sound of my voice on this recording is very faint - probably for the best!  Madam Button joined in for a brief period, but once she realised the film wasn't all about her she wandered off again!

My garden, via YouTube!


Here are some of the flowers in the garden.....

Fluffy headed thalictrum


Aquilegia (Granny's bonnets) and lovely Welsh poppies that self seed everywhere!


The browny/bronze is a geranium I think.  Not sure what the lovely yellow flower is, but it's another one that self seeds wonderfully!


Chives!!


And blurry aquilegia!


And borders that are coming along slowly




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    1. Thank you! Gale forecast tomorrow so most of it will be horizontal after that I fear!

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  2. Its looking really good and I would guess the walls help the plants a lot. Good luck with storm Hector and I hope there's not too much damage.

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    1. Thank you! Lost a few plants, and have been staking a few more today but all in all the garden did better than I had feared. The walls sometimes are a hindrance in some winds as they swirl around or hit the back of the wall and bounce off. But this time got off lightly I think.

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  3. Lovely! We have lots of gorgeous aquilegias in our garden too :)

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  4. Yellow one looks a bit like Mimulus (Monkey flower)?

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    1. Yay! Thanks for that tip. It's this one!! Self seeds like mad. Love it. https://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=https://www.anniesannuals.com/signs/m/images/mimulus_pt_molate_04.jpg&imgrefurl=https://www.anniesannuals.com/plants/view/?id%3D2916&h=702&w=850&tbnid=Y8lO5eRmFjzedM:&q=mimulus&tbnh=165&tbnw=200&usg=__qm766GLxdLmdK4-_j_xJdUfiaYg%3D&vet=10ahUKEwinjMSy5djbAhVqIcAKHeJbA24Q_B0IyAEwCg..i&docid=JaHGu2qoprYuBM&itg=1&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwinjMSy5djbAhVqIcAKHeJbA24Q_B0IyAEwCg#h=702&imgdii=Qt2DVzn_WsKjtM:&tbnh=165&tbnw=200&vet=10ahUKEwinjMSy5djbAhVqIcAKHeJbA24Q_B0IyAEwCg..i&w=850

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    2. Ooops sorry that's a bit of a long link!

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    3. This link is better https://eo.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dosiero:Mimulus_guttatus.Phrymaceae.jpg

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  5. I really enjoyed the wander around your walled garden. The big bonus from turning the sound up to hear your delightful commentary was also listening to House Sparrows, Starlings and Oystercatcher!

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    1. I absolutely LOVE my sparrows! Remind me of my childhood. And the starlings and Oystercatcher are great too of course.

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  6. What a wonderful garden. I know how difficult it is battling salt filled winds. My father was an avid gardener and lived right beside the ocean. He grew plants for wind breaks and managed to grow a lot, from zucchinis to roses.
    Your love of gardening shows to have achieved such a colourful result.
    I love those chive flowers. I have just found out that they are edible and am waiting for mine to flower.
    Hope the gale leaves your garden intact

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    1. Yes if you can get some shelter it is amazing what can be grown. I'm struggling to get my large rose to flower, but smaller ones do OK. And I've grown zucchini (courgettes to us) outdoors too. Our growing season is short here but due to the really long days everything zips through to be ready by the end of the season.

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