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!

The Tuesday View in January

As promised, here is a picture of the Tuesday View under the snow!

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It is very frosty, so I didn’t stay out for long with my camera. But here are a couple of other images from today too.

Clematis tangutica – a tangle of stems with straggly seed heads, but the snow makes them seem quite comical!

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My beautiful Miscanthus ‘Adagio’ still looks pretty with some sun catching the top…

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There is no warmth in the sun outdoors today, but it does add some welcome sparkle…

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Hope you have blue skies this week, wherever you are!

The Rocks in the Rockery (and the Tuesday View)

If you have seen summery pictures of my rockery in this year’s ‘Tuesday View’, you may be forgiven for wondering why I call it a rockery… Apart from the large rock in the foreground on the right there is hardly a rock in sight.

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The rockery in early August

But when you see this view in December it is quite a different story, and the rocks become a focus when the plants are no longer able to provide interest.

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Shapes, shadows, moss and wintergreen ground cover create a very different feel to the summer abundance of flora… especially on a frosty day like today.

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When I first cleared this area, which was covered in thick layers of ivy, I remember smiling as each rock was revealed. I particularly like this one with the little ‘window’, and try to keep it free of growth for most of the year.

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And this one too…

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Others vanish completely in summer, and in the shade of the perennials moss gains a grip, becoming more and more visible in the autumn as the surrounding plants die back.

Even on a grey day I can take pleasure in the rocks themselves. But when the sun shines on them they are even more attractive.

If we get snow in winter it can turn the rockery into a moon-like landscape for weeks. However, in a snowless winter I often look at it despairingly, convinced everything has died and it will never be green again! Do you get that feeling too?

And then I need to look at some of the photos taken in summer, to remind me on a dreary winter’s day of what it will feel like to step outside, barefoot, and walk across the warm patio paving to the steps – those steps from which photos of the Tuesday View are always taken – and sit down with a cup of coffee and look and dream and listen to the sounds of nature.

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The rockery in June

To finish off, a short video from June last year at the bottom of the rockery…

Both summer and winter views are lovely in their different ways. But I know which view I prefer… 😉

What is your favourite feature in your garden on a dreary grey winter’s day?

The Tuesday View: 25th October 2016

This will be the last regular photo of my Tuesday view for the year 2016, as it will soon be so dreary and bare that I will get depressed contemplating it. If it snows this winter I will definitely show a shot of it though! 😉 Here it is, around 3.30pm today…

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The Perovskia will be trimmed quite low this week, and the red leaves of the acer in the background are starting to drop. There is, however, still the magical Persicaria ‘Firetail’…

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… as well as the Golden Euonymus (which I tend to overlook as it is there all year round), providing cheerful colour on days such as this…

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Slowly the rocks in the rockery are becoming visible once again – I will have to show a picture of them later in the year. I would like to thank those of you who have joined me, observing a single view of your gardens through the seasons. I have very much enjoyed seeing the changes – both dramatic and slight – in your weekly photos. It has certainly been a useful exercise for me once again, and I hope for you as well.

And, of course, also many thanks to the rest of you for visiting!

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The Tuesday View: 18th October 2016

I started planting some bulbs this morning, but the drizzly weather got the better of me by lunchtime today. 😦

The autumn light is lovely though, and the rockery is looking so colourful still.

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I think little has changed in the past week, except for some tidying up. The Perovskia was trimmed to give the Persicaria Blackfield beneath it some air, an old lavender plant was removed and another Calamagrostis acutiflora (‘Waldenbuch’) put in its place, and the peony foliage that has already flopped was chopped back to stop some ground cover Sedums getting smothered.

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The Ricinus I planted out in the rockery is still going strong, and the colours fit in much better with the autumn reds and pinks.

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Please feel free to join me with a weekly shot of one single view of your garden. I have enjoyed following the changes closely and hope to continue for a few weeks yet.

To close for today, a couple of shots of the Acer, which is possibly at its peak now and looks stunning even in the rain!

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I think I will give up on bulb planting for today… after all, we still have time, don’t we? 😉 I shall spend the afternoon in the warm kitchen making pumpkin soup instead!

Have a great week!