The Tuesday View: 16th May 2017

It’s hot! A few summery days lie ahead of us before the next thunderstorms are forecast, and I shall make the most of the time I have available to do some weeding and cut back a few things. As you can see in today’s view, everything is growing like mad and getting greener and greener!

I think some of that Lysimachia needs to come out before the clematis obelisk on the left gets swallowed up! (The bell has almost disappeared already!)

The acer is the star this week. It is a lovely fresh pale green at this time of year…

And if we look through it we can see the first of the irises…

And look, a peony has opened! It looks a bit like how I felt this lunchtime in the hot sun though!

The lovely aquilegia below (‘Rose Queen’) is actually not quite within the Tuesday view, but it is one of the first to open. The others are almost all mixes that have spread around over the years and are only just starting to bloom. They seem taller than ever this year!

If you have a view of your garden that would like to focus on and share through the seasons, please join me and my fellow Tuesday View crowd and leave a link below in the comments.

Happy May!

The Tuesday View: 9th May 2017

Tuesday has come round once again – time to show my Tuesday view, although I feel not all that much has changed since last week.

If I look down to the spot where I am standing to take these photos I can see Geranium phaeum… the foliage is so lovely, as well as the purple flowers, echoing the reddish brown of a Heuchera planted here as well.

The acer leaves have unfurled further, the lavender is looking greener, and the early peony buds have got fatter…

From a slightly different angle you can see some of the remaining tulips in the top bed on the left. And down in the meadow on the right the day lily leaves and brownish green foliage of Aruncus dioicus can be spotted too.

Has your view changed this week? What is catching your eye most at this time of year? If you would like to join me in highlighting one particular view of your garden as it changes through the seasons, please leave a link below in the comments.

Happy gardening!

The Tuesday View: 2nd May 2017

It’s been raining all morning but it looks as if the sun might make it later after all. Nonetheless, I thought I had better take some pictures of my Tuesday view now (2.30 pm) in case it starts raining again…

The most noticeable change is the green trees in the background and how the Lysimachia and Geraniums in the foreground have grown.

Lysimachia on the left, Geranium in foreground

This lovely Geranium spreads like mad, but I pulled a lot out in early spring to give the other plants some breathing space. The Lysimachia also gets pulled up here at regular intervals to keep it in check!

Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Czakor’

These buds should be open by next week. 🙂

I have already got a few of my favourite Geraniums flowering – G. phaeum. Do you have a favourite Geranium sort in your garden too?

If you would like to join me in showing one particular view of your garden on a weekly basis, to follow its progress through the gardening year, please leave a link below!

The Tuesday View: 25th April 2017

After a beautiful spring Monday with warm sunshine and blue skies, we are back to cooler temperatures and rain showers for the rest of the week. The garden is extremely happy wth this weather, despite some frost damage to a couple of tender herbs that were optimistically planted out in our warmer than average March.

So today’s view may be under cloudy skies, but it is still full of colour – green!

The Acer has leafed out and the Geraniums and Lysimachia in the foreground are getting taller. The peonies are growing rapidly too.

A highlight today is the deep purple Heucheras. They were divided a few years ago from a potted plant invested with vine weevils. It seems the weevils leave them alone if in the ground. Their foliage contrasts well with the pink and purple tulips and white Narcissi (Thalia, I think). This combination was originally pure fortune, but I have added more of these colours in the past couple of years.

Finally a glimpse of the “old”, or alternative Tuesday View.

Golden Euonymus and Aubretia are taking the stage here at the moment. I am also looking forward to seeing the Aquliegias flowering here soon.

What is grabbing your attention in your garden today? Do join me in sharing one particular view each week. It can be an eye opener, as I have discovered! 😉

The Tuesday View: 18th April 2017

Heavy snow showers this morning made my ‘Tuesday View’ almost disappear from view. But I took a photo of it from the living room window anyway, worried it might be under a layer of snow later…

However, by the afternoon we had bright sunshine!

Thank goodness the snow didn’t stick around. It is nonetheless very cold still and there may be more wintry showers to come this week, along with frosty nights. (Tender plants on the patio have been covered with cloches, and the Cordyline is under cover again too.)

The Viburnum ‘Aurora’, which was in bud last week, is now open fully and smells heavenly!

The yellow tulips beneath the Viburnum are really pretty too…

I think they were in a mixed bag, and I can’t recall the name. Any ideas? They are quite tall. Here is one up close…

And the pink frilly tulips to the left (‘Weber’s Parrot’) are perhaps my favourites today!

Along with ‘Purple Dream’ …

I wonder what is flowering in your gardens today. If you would like to join me in choosing a view of your garden to share each week throughout the year, please do!

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The Tuesday View: 11th April 2017

This Tuesday I am quite excited about this view as it is blossoming and turning greener by the minute!

The highlight for me is definitely this Viburnum carlesii ‘Aurora’, in front of the Acer. I’ll zoom in a little…

Tricky to see in the midday sun, so here is a close-up…

The first petal of a flower is just about to unfurl! I planted this two years ago and it didn’t flower last year. In fact I thought it had died. So it got extra special attention (extra water and some homemade compost) last year and now it is rewarding me. I just hope it smells as good as everyone says. 🙂

Other highlights are the next lot of tulips…

The purple ones (‘Purple Dream’) have been in for years and still do well, and the pink one is, I think, a new parrot tulip. I will have to look up what I planted last autumn. The Heuchera leaves on the left also look pretty with the sun shining through them.

Now is an exciting time in the garden, so if you would like to join me in showing the same one view of your garden every week, to watch the changes that occur in that spot as the seasons progress, then please do! And leave a link in the comments below so we can find you.

Happy gardening!

The Tuesday View: April 4th

April showers have refreshed the garden after a very warm end to March. On April 1st the temperatures were well into the twenties (Celsius) and the suncream and sun hat were unearthed! Time to revive my Tuesday View and to thank the other loyal bloggers who have kept this ‘meme’ going over the past few months while my garden has been dormant. Each Tuesday I will show one or two shots of my chosen view as I watch the changes through the seasons, and would love you to join me if you can.

So the old Tuesday View is looking greener, although the early Narcissi and Crocuses have now faded. But the ground cover Sedums are enjoying the freedom to run riot before the other plants put them in shade, and there are lots of tulips and more Narcissi to come. The Aubretia is just starting to flower, and the Lavenders are just showing new growth.

I thought I would show you another view for the next few weeks though (and perhaps occasionally the old one too, depending on any changes worth noting)…

This view is photographed from the opposite side of the L-shaped rockery, looking south-west and downhill. This part of the rockery actually has only a few rocks, but is very steep in places. This means much of it is left to its own devices as it is a little tricky to get up and down there.

In the foreground, under the acer,  you can still see my Buddha, who completely vanishes beneath the surrounding plants in summer. A Clematis tangutica climbs this obelisk, but is only just showing signs of life again. The two plant supports are for the yellow Achillea and my pink Alma Poetschke Aster, both of which get very tall and straggly even with the Chelsea chop.

 Here we are standing half way down the pathway…

This is the spot where Golden Rod and Fennel take over in summer.

And now a look from below, back up the slope…

The pretty pink tulip in the foreground here is T. humilis Violacea Black Base…

Hope you enjoyed the view, and have a good week!