Thursday, June 16, 2016

Verging on Summer


 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.

8th May:

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)

21st May:

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

5th June:

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)

19 comments:

  1. Lovely borders darling. My only sadness is I was looking forward to seeing the garden boy!

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    1. Oh, I keep him locked up in the shed. After all, if everyone saw him they'd all want a go!

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  2. Your lovely green garden is so soothing to behold. The view from the bench must be very restful, being mindful of Beaky, of course.

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    1. I do quite enjoy sitting on the bench with a cup of coffee in the mornings. After Beaky has been to the garden for his breakfast, naturally.

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  3. I can see you've had that lass with the sexy pink mowing apparatus round to trim your overgrowth.And very pretty it all is!But where's Beaky???

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    1. Yes, and there were bubbles everywhere!

      Beaky is still around, but not so much at the mo. I think he's got his beak full dealing with the maimer of one of his clones. I saw him on the fence this morning instructing a tail-less blackbird in the art of war...

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  4. Your garden is coming on in leaps and bounds! Remarkably, so's ours - we already have Dahlias in flower, despite (or maybe thanks to?) some apocalyptic downpours of late, and loads of stuff that should be peaking later in the year is blooming already (Salvias, Fuchsias, etc). I really must do an update once the light-levels improve from "charcoal grey" to something resembling "sun".

    I do take umbrage, however, at the thought that Monday is the "start" of summer - despite all evidence to the contrary, it is actually the "Mid" of it. The nights start getting longer on Tuesday. And that is a scary thought. Jx

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    1. This global warming lark is playing havok with my garden almanac! And as for getting things done in the garden, frightening downpours alternating with scorching sunshine the like of which is normally only found on Mercury, has kept me at bay. Summer? Ha!

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  5. we know what takes up your time!

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    1. Don't listen to a word theGarden Boy says!

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  6. Wow! What an absolutely spectacular & stunningly gorgeous garden! Congratulations on a fantastic flourishing floral festoon! I am astonished at the amazing transformation & fabulous festive glorious glamorous greenery!

    The flowers certainly caught my attention. And I am particularly drawn to the plant with the amazing red & orange sunrise colored leaves. The arrangement of stones for the waterfall looks very Zen! And the grass curves & frills look divine, delightful, & dreamy! I like that the bucket is in the fotos, because it reminds the audience that this ecstatic enchanted expression of blossoming botanical beauty is the result of your hard work, wisdom, artistry, & talent!

    Your pond looks marvelous & adds majesty to your splendid views. The pond that formed in my backyard after the heavy storms looks awful as it adds mosquitoes that totally ruin the outdoor experience for now. Can't wait for the county to finish spraying to kill off those disease carrying pests. Your greenhouse looks very charming in the yard. The panorama is grand & magical. Thanks for sharing these awesome fotos!

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    1. Crikey! After that, I feel like I live in a stately home!

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  7. Stunning! I have sandy dirt behind the house, but the front garden has lovely green grass. don't ask. *sigh* the MITM and i have very different priorities when it comes to the garden. xoxoxo

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    1. Ah, yes. Priorities. "The garden must be done!" vs "Garden? There are a million-and-one other things ahead of gardening on the list!"

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  8. Hiya IDV, its been so long since I came to visit. The pics of your yard look awesome. Tidy and productive, unlike my messy bit of wilderness.

    I hope you are well! Hugs and such from Alberta.

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    1. Kyahgirl! How wonderful to see you! I am well, thank you. I hope you and yours are too? Hugs back

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  9. Oh hai, Kyahgirl!

    Mr. DeVice, your garden is so lush and lovely. I'm glad I scrolled down from the horrors of the newer post and, of course, the horror of the Brexit coverage.

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    1. Urg. Brexit is even more horrific than Apocalypse Oven!

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  10. Thought I'd sit on your garden bench and sob quietly. As we are British we are now persona non grata. No-one is talking to me.... my brave new blog post languishing in a desert being buffered by tumbleweed. I am over. I may as well take myself to a nunnery other than my smoking habit has increased exponentially so even the local convent will not take me.
    Sobs,
    Sx

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