‘Bishop’s Children’ light the garden with colour
A family garden in Astley Burf, Worcestershire, with recently developed beds and borders.
Ilove this time in the garden, although it’s often our busiest. With beech hedges, both within the garden and along the front boundary, not to mention mixed native hedges around the orchard that all need cutting, there’s plenty to do.
It’s hard work, but satisfying when they’re all cut, clippings
cleared up and we’re just left with aching muscles and the knowledge that we don’t have to do it again for another year.
A more relaxing job has been taking cuttings, particularly from penstemons, salvias and some shrubs – it’s so satisfying when they actually root. The greenhouse is full of ripening Old fashioned shrub rose, tomatoes – both ‘Gardener’s ‘Reine des Violettes’, has a Delight’ and beefsteak ‘Costoluto few late flowers and rose Fiorentino’. I’m not too sure ‘Desdemona’ is still covered about this one, although it’s in scented, pinky-white tasty roasted and served on blooms. A hydrangea in a toast for breakfast. half-barrel is looking good
There’s plenty of colour and other hydrangeas around the garden from dahlias planted last autumn are in various colours. I sowed seed settling well into their of dahlia ‘Bishop’s Children’ and new positions.
have marked a rather nice red- Swallows and house flowered plant to overwinter. martins that have spent the summer here are now preparing to migrate. On my early morning dog walks recently, I’ve observed these birds lined up on electricity wires, stretching their wings.
It’s been a real treat as I’ve walked through the fields to suddenly find myself surrounded by the birds, swooping low over the grass. However, it was pointed out that I was probably disturbing insects as I walked that they were then feeding on.
Rose ‘Reine des Viole es’
Hydrangeas seem to be doing really well this year