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Friday, 14 June 2013

Garden In Progress

Earthed-up potatoes... Compost bin in the corner between lilac and elder...

Peppers, lettuce, cauliflowers, strawberries and beans in the early stages...

Under the kitchen window...

Clematis...

Courtyard... half-finished...

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

All looking brilliant, Robert.
Pam Moyle

The Weaver of Grass said...

Like the rose on the trellis - what is it?

The Solitary Walker said...

Golden Showers (A David Austin rose)

http://www.davidaustinroses.com/english/Showrose.asp?Showr=421

dritanje said...

Oh your garden looks lovely! I have given up on trying to grow vegetables, I lost the battle with the slugs for the past 2 years so now I simply enjoy the flowers that are there and come back each year, thankful that they have decided to make their home here.

Arija said...

Lovely clematis and such a neat veggie patch. Great work.

George said...

Very lovely, Robert. What a pleasure it is to bring beauty to the environment in which one lives from day to day.

Anonymous said...

Hi Robert,
What a gorgeous garden,all of it. Beautiful flowers, shrubs and new potatos! Yum.

Maureen

Susan Scheid said...

Wonderful garden!

Ruth said...

I'm impressed with the scope of your garden and how aesthetically beautiful it is. What a stunning clematis!

The Solitary Walker said...

Dritanje — we don't seem to have a massive slug problem here as the birds seem to keep them at bay. However, a ring of pebbles or a circular trap of beer around the slug-attractive veggies (runner beans, for instance) should do the trick.

And thanks for visting and commenting — Pam, Arija, George, Maureen, Susan and Ruth.

The garden had to be resurrected after 40 or 50 years of neglect, so we've had a lot of work to do this last year and a half. I think it's too neat at the moment — but a more grown and natural character should emerge over the next year or so, when the plants have had a chance to establish themselves...

My favourite gardens are English country gardens (a la Gertrude Jekyll), but I don't think ours is quite heading that way at the moment (too much lawn in relation to swathes of flowers). However, you can't have everything, and this year we've decided to devote a lot of space to vegetables. Pleased with the pond, though.

ksam said...

Like your garden. Envy your clematis! The rabbits clipped thru mine yesterday! :-(

Amanda said...

I envy your garden. I have but a slice of earth in the sun, and it actually is in my neighbor's yard - he kindly allows me my patch of basil and herbs!

Your outbuildings remind me of our house in England. I lived in Walton on Thames when I was a child and adored playing around those tiny buildings and greenhouse. Clearly you cherish your sacred land.

Vagabonde said...

We went on a trip to San Francisco so I am behind reading blogs again. I was surprised by your French quote and translated it as I am so used to be in America and speaking English, that sometimes, even when US people understand and say French terms, I usually translate them and say them in English, like “savoir-faire” or “bric-à-brac” “tête-à-tête” – terms like that.

You have a beautiful garden – where do you find all the time considering that you have more than one blog and that you take long walks? My days go too quickly.

annie said...

Lovely court yard, and I love the under the window photo. Your plants are beautiful!

The Solitary Walker said...

Thanks Karin, Amanda, Vagabonde and Annie for your comments.

Vagabonde, it's true, my blogs and walks have taken a back seat lately...