Some Tuesday Views

Monday was a bank holiday here (Whit Monday) and I paid my old garden a visit. So strictly speaking this is a Monday View on a Tuesday!

Anyway, for long-term readers of my blog you may recognize the Tuesday Views I used to show over the past few years….

First the south side of The Rockery…

The Centranthus is perhaps the main highlight, and as always is attracting the Hummingbird Hawk-Moths…

If you can grow it, do! The pollinators adore it and if it pops up in the wrong place it can easily be pulled up – provided you don’t wait too long and it gets established. One year I pulled out so much I was worried it wouldn’t come back. But within two years it was as rampant as ever!

The yellow Lysimachia seems to be taking over again on the south-west side of the rockery, but rough treatment seems to keep it in check. Note: if you want to plant Lysimachia it can be grown in a very hot dry spot without spreading too much. Otherwise, my advice is to avoid it!

The poppies are fabulous. And I now have three pink ones after fearing I had lost them all. (Most of them are orangey red). I must mark which ones are pink and leave the seed heads to ripen so I can collect seed to sow in the late summer. The pink aquilegia in the photo below is my favourite ever – when I bought it it was helpfully labelled ‘Aquilegia’. 😉

The peonies have suffered for the second year in a row from a hot and dry spring and have produced plenty of buds, but many are dried up and will not open. Still, there are more than enough to add white and pink highlights here and there.

Looking up the south-west slope you can see the Acer (which caught a late frost mid-May and sent out new leaves!) and the gorgeous lime green Euphorbia seguieriana.

I have planted some rather small ones in the new garden and it was good to see how this plant has grown so big in just a few years.

I was a few days too late to see my long-awaited yellow ‘Shining Light’ Itoh Peony flower… plans to visit last week were foiled by car trouble! Never mind. It will be carefully removed in autumn and given a prime position in the new garden. 🙂

The Shade Bed on the north side of the house has filled out beautifully – a lot of Geraniums have self-seeded and the Hakonechloa loves it there. In June and July part of the bed gets midday sun for a couple of hours and late evening sun too, but for the rest of the year it is humid and shady here.

The Hosta leaves are still intact! Sadly the slugs will soon start to discover them and the flowers usually get blackfly too due to the humidity. (The woods are just a few metres away).

Well, I have just realized it is now past midnight so it was a Tuesday View post, photographed on Monday and published on Wednesday! Still, hope you enjoyed it whatever day it was!

Have a lovely week!

Tuesday at Two (November 12th)

Yessss!

I kept it up for a whole year!

Here’s today’s view…

TuesdayViewNov12th

And precisely one year ago…

TuesdayAtTwoNov13

Not much difference, except for the rock, which is much brighter now since it had a clean up in the spring. And I haven’t cut back the tall Miscanthus yet.

Here’s a look back over the past few weeks, since my last round-up in the summer.

If you’d like to look back over the whole year, here’s the slide show…

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Links to Tuesday at Two:

November 2012 – January 2013 (Winter)

February 2013 – April 2013 (Spring)

May 2013 – August 2013 (Summer)

Today’s post shows August 2013 – November 2013 (Autumn)

~~~

My favourite shots were hard to choose… maybe this one from May?

TuesdayView21stMay

May 21st

Or this one in October?

October 15th

October 15th

I shall continue with a Tuesday View, at different times of the day this time, and a different view. Let’s see how far I get this time!

What time of year is your favourite in your garden?

Tuesday at Two (November 5th)

Just one week to go before completing a whole year of “Tuesday at Two”, and the gradual change from autumn to winter is very noticeable now.

TuesdayViewNov5th

A few winter pots are dotted around for some cheer when the sun doesn’t shine, but November has been wet but kind so far, with plenty of sunny intervals.

AutumnFrontSteps

Have you planted any winter containers yet?

WinterContainer

Tuesday View (October 29th)

Where have all the leaves gone?!

TuesdayViewOct29th

Well, a lot have already been raked up, a load that was dumped in our front drive by the wind on Sunday has also been tidied away, and the green sack in the lower right-hand corner of the photo contains another load! (The compost heap is looking very autumnal!)

😉

The ground on this side of the rockery now has a thick winter blanket to protect it over the winter, and I didn’t have to lift a finger! When the last leaves come down they will be spread over the top of the rockery.

Do you cover plants with mulch/leaves etc for the winter?

Tuesday at Two (October 22nd)

Lots of rain and even a couple of thunderstorms have caused the leaves to start falling rapidly. We can notice a difference almost daily now.

TuesdayViewOct22nd

The Acer, which we think we have now identified as Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Seiryu’, is dropping its leaves too, but beneath it my statue is now visible once more!

Statue

And the asters are also past their best, although that hasn’t stopped the odd bee drop by.

AsterAndBee

Are you still seeing bees in your garden?