Mixed purple & white crocus

Mixed purple & white crocus

Oh my, how lovely to finally see some beautiful sunshine! How it makes everything look so much better. I was at a customers house on Monday & they have a lovely naturalised part of the garden full of Crocus, I had to take a picture, so I will add that later. The Spring flowers have really begun to show their heads, so lovely.  There are some jobs that can be done now like planting bare-root hedges & trees before the end of March.  Strawberries can be planted, Summer flowering bulbs can be bought now as well as Potatoes for chitting & onion/garlic sets. Spring really is arriving, so the lawns now that they are finally drying out can probably have their first mow & spreading lawn feed & moss/weed killer would be a good idea to start doing. Till next time, when things will really be growing with a vengeance. Lucy x

Boy oh boy, this relentless wind & rain is getting everyone down. I keep trying to get out there, I have done a couple of gardens, mainly tidying up late flowering Clematis, raking up excess leaves but it is so wet you can’t really do anything much. I’m sure Spring isn’t far away & as there is not much to report apart form looking at seed packets deciding on what to sow in Spring I will leave you with pictures of Spring flowers

 

Lucy

Camellia

Camellia

Beautiful Cherry BlossomBeautiful Cherry Blossom

Halloween Pumpkins 2013, a bat & a haunted houseHalloween pumpkins! I have mostly been carving them, had great fun doing so too.

The weather has been particularly awful, there are lawns to mow but they are so wet but long, I am waiting for a windy but dry day in which to mow them. The storm did blow down a few trees down in Broadbridge Heath, notably a lovely old fig tree & a Eucalyptus, both still had their leaves & so made them heavy so more likely to blow down. Felt very sorry for the old man with the fig tree as it was such an old & beautiful, well kept tree.

The autumn tidy up is still on going, but have to finish earlier in the day now as it gets dark earlier boo! I have to put some bulbs in for a customer this week, whilst no frosts are around and it isn’t too late. So better get on with that, till next time,

Toodle Pip,

Lucy

 

 

Autumn is here & I have been taking the dog to the woods, whilst there I have come across some amazing toadstools & various fungi. I don’t know all their names but I just love the shapes & colours so had to take some pictures with my Sony mobile phone, they come up beautiful. The dog got bored with me stopping & taking pics but I couldn’t help myself.

I have mostly been clearing debris away in customers gardens & starting the general Autumn/Winter tidy up, the leaves are starting to fall so their will be a lot of work in the coming weeks, & of course last mowing’s, as it has been warm & wet the grass is still growing, if only it would stop raining then I could get out there!

Till next time, I leave you with pics of toadstools of various shapes & colours

Lucy

 
Toadstool found in St Leonards woods, Horsham, W.SX
Fungi found in St Leonards woods, Horsham

Found in the woods in St Leonards, West Sussex Found in the woods in St Leonards, West Sussex

Long time no post! I have been very busy, tidying gardens, tucking things up for Autumn & Winter. Some of the late summer flowers are still looking great though like Perovskia ‘Blue Spire’ ( Russian Sage), Rudbeckia, Echinacaea, Lavenders, all still looking great.

Soon the leaves will be start to fall, in the mean time the last of the roses can still be dead headed, & maybe any late summer plants can be putin now for next year, while the soil is still warm.

Till next time I leave you with a picture of some Perovskia

Beautiful Perovskia

Beautiful Perovskia

Well summer is well and truly amongst us! The extreme heat has made everything flower & then fade very quickly, so lots of dead heading has been happening in peoples gardens. I think it is starting to feel Autumnal, the Liquidambar trees are starting to turn burgundy & the annual bedding plants are turning to seed a bit, although we are all trying frantically to keep them going!

The Echinacea, Lavenders & Hyssop are doing really well in my garden this year, & the bees are just loving it! There have also been some amazing moths around, maybe due to the hot weather, I am not sure. I found an Elephant Hawk Moth in a customers garden, stunning with its beautiful pink/grey colours.

I am already thinking about Autumn planting! That is the beauty of gardening though, always another season to look forward to.

Happy Gardening

Lucy

Wonderful Echinacea purpurea  with bee collecting pollen

Wonderful Echinacea purpurea with bee collecting pollen

Mushroom!

Mushroom!

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Beautiful Ecover garden at Hampton Court Flower Show

Phew! Melting in the heat here, but loving it all the same. I wanted to plant out in my own garden today but I am gonna have to wait till later to cool down before I do that! Haven’t written anything on my blog for a while, just been so busy. I did go to Hampton Court which was brilliant, my dear friends at The Plant Company in Coolham, West Sussex got me a ticket & I had a great time.  As ever there is never enough time to see everything, & I am sure I missed a few show gardens, but the ones I did see I loved. There was a brilliant orange garden with a very 1960’s feel to it, loved it, also the Ecover garden was great & full of bees! The Macmillan cancer charity garden was beautiful.

At this time of year a lot of the flowers need dead heading so the garden can look a bit ‘flowerless’ but if  you are deadheading you will get more flowers following shortly. It is difficult in this weather to keep everything watered, the plants will find water deep underground, so don’t worry if you are on a water meter and are worried about the potential cost of watering everything. Water the very needy of plants & leave the ones that look ok, soon we will have a downpour I can assure you!

Till next time I leave you with some pics from Hampton Court.

Fantastic garden at Hampton Court flower show 2013

Fantastic garden at Hampton Court flower show 2013

Peony & Stachys Byzantine

Peony & Stachys Byzantine

The month of June has definitely started off with sunny outlook which is amazing, the gardens are looking really full & beautiful, I think everything was just waiting to blossom and boy has it!  The Wisterias look amazing, as do the Peony’s & AWisteriapple blossom.  I helped to prune a customers Wisteria & am really chuffed with the results, I took a picture of it as it is stunning, just how a Wisteria should look!

I am also loving the crimson Peony against the silver fluffy leaved Stachys Byzantine, beautiful! Everything just looks so bright & bold in the beautiful sunshine.

Pictures included

Lucy

Spring did finally pay us a visit, although it seems to be temporarily suspended judging by the cold weather at the mo, not sure the plants know what is going on. When taking the dog for a walk in the woods I was in awe of all the beautiful English Bluebells, so beautiful on mass. Some of the tulips are also out & the cherry/apple blossom is looking great, although it was out a little late. I think everything was waiting in the wings, & then when the sun came out it all went berserk, esp the lawns!

Really hope the sun returns, my veg is ready to go out, well the beans and potatoes are, just hanging on a bit longer in case we get a frost in May.

I leave you with some pics of blossom and bluebells

Cherry blossom

Bluebells in Warnham woods Bluebells in Warnham woods

 

2013-04-15 08.37.04Well things have certainly warmed up, thank god for that! I have noticed that all the flowers have perked up, the trees & shrubs are greening up & the birds are singing sweetly. The ground is still very saturated though which is making it hard to mow even though the wind blew dry the tops of the grass underneath is so wet. I think Spring will be short & sweet though as it has been waiting for so long to appear, maybe Summer will be here early.

I shall post a picture of  my Spring flowers planted in an old belfast sink, beautiful!