Today's torrential downpours have reminded me that British Summertime is only a week away, and what better way to mark the occasion than displaying some "before" photos for The Infomaniac Garden Photos Event that The Very Mistress MJ will be hosting later in the year.
Most of the following photographs are from mid-late May, and early June, so I won't be surprised if the bleakness means you need to pop off to fetch a nice warm cardigan. And possibly an umbrella.
You may wish to refer back to my 30th March post Spring (not to be confused with Norma's post of the same name) to see the difference a month or two has made to the garden.
|This is the wall-planter/windowbox at the front of Castlette DeVice features a Thunbergia alata "Black-eyed Susan"|
|Under the "rustic" rear window of the outbuilding is this wall-planter featuring a fuschia|
|And, finally, under the kitchen window, a wall-planter full of herbs: lemon thyme, chives, dill and fennel|
|This is the prep-zone at the rear of the house where once greenhoused plants acclimate to the harsh outdoors before being thrust into the garden borders|
|The box (buxus) border with bluebells and Aquilegias in flower. The hyacinths from March's Spring post have finished, and are now swamped under Aquilegias, Crocosmia, and Purple Toadflax (Linaria purpurea)|
|The view from the backdoor (which includes some of those lilies that were in the greenhouse back in March)|
|Ug. Doesn't it look dreary. Lawn could do with a mow, too.|
|This is the new waterfall to aerate the pond|
|Ah. Everything's coming along a bit, now. ::makes note to remove bucket from future photos::|
|A mowed lawn makes an awful lot of difference|
|The pond is coming along nicely|
|The box border is full - no more weeding!|
|Agapanthus, canna lilies, dahlia, fuschia, foxgloves, red valerian (otherwise known as Jupiter's Beard) and toadflax|
|Drat! That bucket snuck in when I wasn't looking!|
And finally, from yesterday:
|The panoramic gardens of Castlette DeVice|
(any blurring, or double images are my fault as I was a bit jerky with the camera)