Old house garden round up: 6 on Saturday 21/10/17

It’s a quick round-up today of 6 things in my garden. Storm Brian is about to hit this afternoon but I took these this morning in the old house garden.

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I captured this lovely Red Admiral butterfly that seemed to follow me before settling on the wall.

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Tilly loves outside most of the time but likes to follow me when I’m in the garden as she likes a cuddle!

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The new rose garden is looking very Autumnal! I still love this new area though. My pumpkins are ready too.

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I moved this Hydrangea 3 weeks ago and was worried that it wasn’t happy but it seems to be fine now. Phew! I will trim it back in the Spring.

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The recent windy weather has blown the last of the Bramley apples off the tree!

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I took this last night as there was a beautiful sunset.

Well there we have it!

My 6 on Saturday.

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#MyGloriousGardens October Round Up Post. Grab a coffee for a great read!

Here we are and I’m a little late with my round-up post as I’m recovering from flu. Like, proper flu so am wrapped up in bed with my laptop whilst I write this! After a week off work I’m feeling a bit better so thought I’d better get around to the blog!
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Anyway…moving along to the October Link Party…..
We had 14 linkers which is not as many as last month but heh? I’m sick right? so I’m ok with that! Thank you to everyone who did link up and comment on the other blogs.I’ve added a few lovely photos too…..love a great photo.

I’ve also gone back to using names if possible as it’s just so much nicer, don’t you think?

Karen

Karen is a regular linker over at thenextbestthingtomummy and linked a lovely post about collecting Autumn treasures with her little charges. As an Early Years teacher myself, I love getting outside with children and showing them the amazing things that nature holds. Thank you Karen. Do check out my Pinterest pages as I have loads of Early Years things that may interest you.

Paul

Hello again to Paul who also linked up last month. This month, Paul takes us to Tredegar House near Newport. I agree with Paul in that visiting gardens is a great way to inspire our own gardening and is one of the reasons I started this linky! I love the way he has gathered his own thoughts about the garden into useful ideas for our own gardens. Thank you so much Paul.

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Sarah

Hello to Sarah; a new linker. What an uplifting post about the bulbs she has in containers in her garden. As she is in Southern Australia it is Spring there so it is so lovely to see her blooms whilst we are preparing for Winter here. The colours and underplanting she uses are truly inspiring. Do check out her wonderful website; I especially love the posts about her own garden. Wonderful.

Jane

Lovely Jane. How are you? Another linker from the Southern Hemisphere…we need your light and flowers here in the UK as it’s so dark today! In Jane’s post she delights us with Hybrid Musk roses and there are so many to choose from. I especially like the sound of ‘Cornelia’. As you know, I’m on the look out for some new roses to plant in the Spring so thank you for these ideas.

Brigid

Brigid has a new camera and in this lovely post,she shares some of her photos with us of her garden in September. Thank you Brigid for being a regular linker. I love seeing how your garden changes over the seasons. Do go and take a look at Brigid’s site. It’s a wonderful place to sit, read and stop a while over a coffee.

Gill

Hello again Gill….lovely to see you linking up. Gill shares a fun post about the mystery of who has been getting in the new orchard….great fun post. Do go over and read for yourself. I wonder if Gill did get to find the culprits!

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Here’sa wonderful Autumn canopy shot I took at the beginning of October to keep you interested!

Joshua

A lovely post about how Joshua will be preparing for the Spring this Autumn. He talks about the bulbs he will be planting and I agree with his choices; alliums. I love the showiness of alliums. Thank you Joshua for linking up again this month. I love seeing what you are up to in your garden.

Craig

Any post about food is ok with me! This is a great post by Craig about harvesting blackberries with his gorgeous dog, Mollie for company. Autumn gives us such wonders doesn’t it? I love blackberry picking don’t you? I think it’s just part of our country heritage in a way. I wonder what you made with all those blackberries, Craig? Yum!

Craig also posted about his trip to The Sussex Prairie garden using his RHS membership. I must admit, I haven’t heard of this garden so all the more reason to read this post! This is a must post if you love visiting gardens.

John

Great to see you linking this month, John. Six on Saturday is a great thing to get involved with other fellow garden bloggers. It’s a way of sharing 6 things that are happening in your garden at that moment on a Saturday and was started by The Propagator. It’s a fun thing to be involved in so thank you, John for linking your post.

Ann

Hello to lovely Ann, so glad to see you this month. I love this post about decorating pumpkins. I’m very into looking at flat lays on Instagram at the moment and so using mini pumpkins is key! Getting crafty with pumpkins and other Autumn harvest produce is such a great way to get children involved too. Thank you Ann for linking this.

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Thomas

Lastly, we have a post by Thomas. Good to see you here again, Thomas. Thomas linked a post about using a Wrist support whilst gardening. It’s true that many of us gardeners do not think about the overuse injuries that may occur when gardening. Thank you for linking Thomas.

Well there we have it! The October Round up post for #MyGloriousGardens.

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#MyGloriousGardens: Stourhead in Autumn.

Stourhead is a National Trust property and garden that we have visited on numerous occasions. As National Trust members we thought we would visit in the Autumn as the trees are looking glorious at the moment. I love that with our family membership, we can explore an area for a day or for a quick dog walk.

 

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The view towards The Pantheon is like a work of art.

Stourhead is a national treasure with a famous garden. It has been described as a work of art and I can see why! Visiting in Autumn allows you to see the landscape with all it’s beautiful colours on display. We visited on a rainy day but it was still glorious!

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This is the Rock Arch which is fun to explore. It leads up to the Temple of Apollo. 

The Stourhead garden was made by a wealthy English banker, Henry Hoare II who owned the nearby house. The garden was made in the valley behind the house and you can see the influence of his trips to Italy within the garden. The Temple of Flora at Stourhead was made in 1745 and the grotto in 1748. The lake and the Pantheon were made in 1754. It is based on the Pantheon in Rome and the planned walk through the estate is based on the journey of Rome’s legendary founder, Aeneas. The five-arched bridge was made in 1762 and the Temple of Apollo in 1765. Various other features such as the gothic cottage and the Rhododendrons  were added later adding to the wonderful yet unique atmosphere that is Stourhead.

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The Pantheon

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Inside the Pantheon with it’s statues

 

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View from the Pantheon towards the lake.

In October there are various Autumn tours to take and warming refreshments offered in The Gothic Cottage. There are also trails for children to follow. The paths are well laid out and accessible for wheelchairs and buggies a like.

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The Gothic Cottage with it’s gorgeous Acers and Maple Trees outside. Inside you can buy warm refreshments.

The Grotto resembles a cave and was built as a summer retreat from the heat. We found this statue of a river God inside as well as a Nymph.

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River God statue inside the Grotto

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View from the Grotto of the Autumn colours.

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The Temple of Apollo in the distance.

We really enjoyed the few hours we spent here. We didn’t visit the house this time but we did grab some lunch in the main restaurant which was excellent. Nearest the gardens is the quaint little pub called ‘The Spread Eagle’ which provided food and picnics to take away. There are toilets, an ice-cream parlour, picnic tables and an Art gallery here too.

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The Spread Eagle pub

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Stourhead; a national treasure and a lovely walk!

We would recommend visiting Stourhead soon as the trees are looking splendid at the moment. It is a great day out for all the family. Dogs are only allowed after 4pm though.

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#MyGloriousGardens Westonbirt Arboretum in Autumn.

This weekend we decided to visit Westonbirt Arboretum as the weather was so good and it is the perfect time to go to see the Autumn colours. The Arboretum is 3 miles from the lovely town of Tetbury in Gloucestershire and has over 15,000 trees in it’s 17 miles of pathways through the woodlands. There are 2 main parts to the Arboretum; the old Arboretum which was planted in the 1850’s and Silk Wood which is a semi-natural woodland. Silk Wood welcomes dogs so we took Dottie with us. it costs £10 per adult and £4 for children which we thought was excellent as you could easily stay all day here. There are restaurants, cafes, a shop, toilets and picnic areas plus a playground for children.

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Dottie could be off the lead in Silk Wood

The trees were absolutely stunning and many were showing beautiful Autumn colours. It was busy with lots of visitors but we could still find places to walk alone. A map guides you through the best parts and the walks range from 40 minutes to over 3 hours depending on what you want to see.

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The treetop walkway allows you look across the tree tops.

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Crows nests allow for a better view!

The Treetop walk was great fun and allowed you to see across the Arboretum. There were different maps and trails for children including lift the flap type information along the walkway.

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Dogs are welcome in Silk Wood

Dogs are welcome in Silk Wood and there were lots! Dottie had a great time meeting all the different dogs. The paths are well signposted and easily accessible for people in wheelchairs and babies in buggies. There were even lots of children on scooters and bicycles which was lovely as it is quite flat.

I will leave you with lots of photographs but do visit if you get the chance as it is well worth it! They are also planning an Enchanted Christmas show there which is when the Winter woodlands are lit up in the evening and look amazing.

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The Autumn light was beautiful; just look at the shadows of the leaves on the tree here.

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I love the way the light filters through the needles.

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The light hitting the bark on this Maple is stunning.

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My favourite place was The Acer Glade with lots of mature specimens.

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Acer Palmatum.

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The ground looked like it was covered in jewels.

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I loved this combination of yellow and red.

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Some of the trees were quite mature.

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October is the perfect time to visit.

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It was a beautiful sunny day -perfect for taking photos!

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Views through the Acers.

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Autumn Light

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Lovely place to visit!

Visit soon as this Autumn display will soon be over.

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#MyGloriousGardens October Link Party!

Can you believe it? It’s flown into October and I’m even a little late with the Link party this month! It’s been a busy, busy month with full-time work, kids, garden………etc etc

However enough of me! Let’s get linking….

Some Guidance for all your lovely linkers!

If are a new linker, the rules are simple…..just click on the blue link up button at the bottom of this screen and it will take you to a new page where you can copy and paste your posts.

Please add the #MyGloriousGardens button to your post -you can find it in my sidebar (widget). This helps me track who has been reading the other bloggers posts.

Tweet me @oldhouseinthes1 for a retweet. Retweet any posts you really love using the same hastag.

Spread the linky love by commenting on some of the other bloggers posts, including mine please. Please don’t link and run! It’s not what this party is all about. As a guide, try to comment on the post directly before your and one of the hosts post as a minimum.

I will comment on every post linked up and share on all my social media sites. I will put all posts on Stumbleupon as well as Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook -do check out my pages. I always post a round up post after the link party has closed so that you get further traffic from that. What’s not to love!?

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Six on Saturday

Six on Saturday is when you share six plants or things that are happening in your gardening and was started by The Propagator

I haven’t joined in before but after lots of bulb planting today, moving some perennials and sorting out the Greenhouse, I managed to take some good photographs that I am happy with.

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David Austin ‘The Generous Gardener’

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Nasturtiums

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Japanese Anemones

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Cyclamens under the old cherry tree

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Purple Asters

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Salvia Amistad

We enjoyed a cloudy yet mild day today in Wiltshire but there is a storm coming tonight so I’m not looking forward to that!

Happy Saturday everyone!

Apples, apples everywhere!

We are lucky to have a rather lovely, old apple tree in the old house garden which is groaning with apples this Autumn. I expect it is the sole survivor of an apple orchard planted in the 1950’s or so but it is very welcome and we have been harvesting many, many apples this weekend. We had a cold spell in late Spring here in the UK and I have read that this has affected this year’s harvest. I think the old house garden is so sheltered that our apple tree was covered in blossom and didn’t seem to be affected hence the great apple crop.

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The old house garden apple tree is groaning with fruit

So what to do with all these lovely apples?

Last year, we failed at making cider or juice for that matter….I think as the apples are Bramley apples this was doomed from the start! This year, we decided to try Apple sauce.

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Washing the apples in the wheel barrow

After climbing a rather large ladder we managed to collect about half of all the apples on the tree into a wheel barrow. We couldn’t reach the apples on the top branches so we have left those. We washed the apples and selected the best to use in our apple sauce.

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Chopping the apples

We chopped and sliced the apples and put them in saucepans.

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We had 4 large saucepans in total.

We added lemon juice, water and caster sugar to each saucepan. I have no quantities for you as we just went with the amounts we thought were right! We brought this to a gentle simmer which we left, stirring occasionally as the apples softened.

Meanwhile, I made an apple and blackberry crumble with some blackberries we picked on our dog walk this morning.

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Lots of blackberries in the fields at the moment.

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Make sure you wash the fruit

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I admit that I bought a crumble mix from the supermarket! It cooks in the oven for about 30 minutes and its so easy.

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Apple and blackberry crumble doesn’t last long in this house (and it’s mostly eaten by me!)

Meanwhile, the sauce was coming along nicely. We added more sugar for taste and also some sweet cinnamon.

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The apple sauce was ready and left to cool.

After we had left it to cool, we put it into sterilised jars ready for the fridge!

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Lots of jars of apple sauce -yummy!

And what to do with all the leftover apples?

Help yourself!

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Free Bramley apples at the old house!

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Bulbs to plant this Autumn

On a trip to the garden centre or DIY store at this time of year you will find a wide variety of bulbs that can be planted now for a wonderful Spring display. My favourites for planting right now are daffodils, snowdrops, English bluebells, Fritillaria, iris, hyacinths and crocus. You can plant tulips too but I tend to leave these until late October. This is because they can rot in the ground if it is too warm and you want them planted about 4-6 weeks before the ground freezes for winter.

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Pink and cream tulips in the old house garden last Spring

How do I plant bulbs?

  • Choose bulbs that are firm to the touch, free from any mould and make sure they are not rotten. I know this sounds common sense but I have bought packs of bulbs before that I didn’t notice were a little mushy! You can also plant bulbs left over from last year that you have stored in a dry place. As long as they are healthy, get them in the ground!
  • Choose you site and clear it of any weeds. You can plant amongst the other plants too to bring added colour in the Spring.
  • Dig according to the depth on your bulb packet. Make sure the hole is wide and deep enough for your bulb.
  • Your bulb needs to be planted ‘nose’ up and with the roots pointing downwards.
  • Replace the soil around the bulb and firm it down.
  • I always water the bulbs too so they can put down roots before the winter.

 

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Snow drops are such a welcome sight in January.

For a natural look, throw a handful of bulbs in your space and plant the bulbs where they land. This is great in larger areas such as woodlands.

My Favourite bulbs are:

For woodland or shaded areas: snowdrops, English bluebells and Fritillaria.

For cottage style planting: iris, daffodils.

For formal planting: globemaster alliums, tulips.

In pots: hyacinths, iris, tulips.

There are some lovely combinations that you can achieve with bulbs and it is so satisfying when they flower in the Spring.

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Which combination to choose?

Bulbs to plant this Autumn

 

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Creating a Rose Garden

I haven’t posted a roundup post for the old house garden for a while because we have been busy creating a rose garden in the middle section of the old house garden.

I have blogged about the middle section of the garden before here

When we moved into the old house, the garden had been badly neglected but we could see what an amazing place it could be. It was dark and gloomy and we have spent the past 18 months concentrating on the garden before we can tackle the house.

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The sad and gloomy greenhouse Feb 2016

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The same greenhouse looking happier in Sept 2017

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The dark and gloomy middle garden Feb 2016

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The new rose garden Sept 2017

Now I could write a post explaining about how we created this garden but I must admit I find those types of posts a little tedious so instead I am posting lots of photographs so you can see the different stages. Do feel free to ask any questions though.

We tried to recycle patio slabs we already had but we did need to buy red pavers, a patio circle, cement, gravel, stones, compost and plants. As we did it all for ourselves we think we have spent about £800. We also saved money by going to a Nursery plant fair at the end of their season which saved us money on the roses and lavender.

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The space in August

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We used spray paint to divide the space and began to dig out.

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This was tough work but it soon took shape. We borrowed a laser level at this stage to make sure we had our levels correct as the garden is on a slight slope.

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The soil was added to the woodland area so that we could reuse it later (in fact we decided we quite like this ‘hill’ in the woodland area so have kept it and I have planted snowdrops and bluebell bulbs here.)

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We added hard core to the areas and compacted it using a compactor. This was tough work as it all had to be brought in with wheel barrows. We then started on the retaining wall at the back.

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We made the path next using pavers. The key here is to make sure they are level from the beginning. We had to use more hardcore and cement as we went along as the area was sloping and we wanted the path to be level.

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We carried on laying the pavers working into the seating circle near the raised planters we had built in the Spring. Luckily our calculations were spot on!

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We laid out the patio circle to see exactly where it had to go. It was important to match the lines of the slabs with the lines in the pavers.

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We laid the patio circle in cement using a plumb line from the seating circle to make sure the centre of the circle was in the correct place. We then added brick pavers around the edge to link the two colours of stone.

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We used gravel around the seating circle to neaten the edges here. The colour of the gravel and new stones matches the stones used in the raised bed.

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We added a stone edge to keep the soil and gravel neatly in place.

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We finally took the turf off and added manure and peat free compost. The area was almost ready for planting! At this stage we downed tools and went to a plant fair to buy our roses.

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We wanted to incorporate an old bird bath that we found in the garden so decided to make it a focal point by raising it onto blocks. These were cemented in.

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The bird bath was rolled into place -it is REALLY heavy!

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I love the bird bath here and the birds are already using it!

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The other seating circle was finished last.

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Planting is always fun and I love the traditional look of roses and lavender together. All our visits to other gardens really helped us design this section of the garden.

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The finished Rose Garden.

The roses we bought are: David Austin Olivia Rose, Generous Gardener and Brother Cadfael. I love the fact that these roses have peony type blooms and are pale to mid pink with a lovely old English scent. We also planted lavender. We have room for more so I will look out for other roses in the Spring but would welcome suggestions.

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Oliva Rose

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Dottie loves it too!

Already, I love this area! We hope to buy a couple of benches for the seating circle so that we can sit and enjoy this area. We are not sure at this point whether to add a table and chair set to the patio circle or we did think a large urn on a plinth may look better. What do you think?

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#MyGloriousGardens September Round-up Post

Hello everyone!

This is the September Round-up of #MyGloriousGardens. What a busy month it has been in the old house! Back to school and work, my school had an inspection, my poor mum has been ill and we have been hard at work developing a new part of our garden which is almost ready to share with you! Phew….

This month we had 18 lovely linkers.  I will be sharing these posts on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Stumbleupon. I hope that this brings you more blogging love!

Not every linker is commenting on the other blogs so that is something that you may like to do in the next few weeks. Please don’t just link and run. It makes it easier if you could please add the #MyGloriousGardens tag after you comment so that bloggers can see where you came from. Thank you.

Now to the linkers:

Mudcakesandwine

A lovely post about adding annuals via seeds to a border. I think the author was disappointed but I think this border looks great and will possibly reseed itself for next year. A little bit of colour in a dull patch is always welcome! I’m sorry I couldn’t find your name on your blog but welcome to this little community of the blogging world! I hope you can return next month.

thenextbestthingtomummy

Karen posted 2 posts this month. She has worked in Early Years and posted a post about being a childminder as well as a post about The North Devon Mini-run. Thank you Karen for these posts and for linking again this month. I couldn’t find any share buttons on your posts Karen but I have put these on to Twitter and Stumbleupon.

allthingsspliced

Nicola shared a post about her lovely holiday in Cornwall in a caravan with her family. I loved the photographs in her post and it actually looked like she enjoyed good weather! They stopped off at Dyrham Park, one of my favourite places near me, to visit. Thank you Nicola for linking again this month.

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Hello Thomas. Thomas is a regular linker and gives us gardeners lots of great advice! This month he talks about hedge trimming with practical tips and do’s and don’ts which has proved very useful in the old house garden. We have a large beech hedge which is now looking trim and neat!

Growingself

Hello Roda. I am an avid reader of Roda’s blog which is so uplifting and positive. This post is no exception. She always includes beautiful photographs to brighten the soul which you can also find on Instagram for further inspiration. Thank you Roda. I’m glad I was a post-it note reminder for September! Hope to see you again next month.

CandeloBlooms

Jane is a regular so welcome back Jane! I love the fact that Jane lives on the other side of the world so she is just approaching the excitement of Spring whilst we are heading into Autumn. It will be lovely to watch as her growing garden in months to come.

greenfingeredblog

Welcome to Paul as a new linker. Paul’s post is about a visit to a garden I don’t know about called, Kingston Maurward. You know me readers, I love a good garden visit as they were the inspiration behind #MyGloriousGardens. I love the way posts like this one enables us to take away inspiration for our own gardens and this one is no different. Do take a look. Thank you Paul for joining in with the Linky! I hope you pop back next month.

Mypottingbench

Welcome to Craig and his wonderful post on the amazing RHS Wisley. I haven’t been yet but this special garden is on my list! I love the Exotic Garden with its straight lines and central pond….glorious! Thank you for linking this month. We hope to see you again.

30daysofwildparenting

Joshua is a regular linker so thank you for linking this month! I love the way Joshua blogs about jobs that are easy for fellow gardeners to be getting on with and his shed is one such project. I hope to see you again next month.

offtheedgegardening

This is such a cute post about Gill having little helpers in her garden and the lovely nature collection they made into a piece of art. Lovely to have you with us this month, Gill. Hope to see you again.

Vegplotting

Michelle linked last month so thank you for linking again. In this post, Michelle talks about the fact that we can sometimes be too critical of our gardens when we really shouldn’t be! After all this rain, my garden is looking a little windswept but it is still glorious. I’m sure you garden is too. Michelle.

Watching the Daisies

Hello Brigid and thank you for linking again to #MyGloriousGardens. Brigid has linked 2 posts and I love them both. If I had to choose I would say I love seeing her own garden and the changes that the seasons bring. Thank you for linking this month and hope to see you in October.

dogwooddays

Nic was a first time linker so welcome! I loved this post about the benefits at this time of year of having a cutting patch. I must admit that I may have to do this for next year! I love all the colourful Gladioli and Bells of Ireland that Nic is now enjoying in vases in her house. Right…now where is that bulb catalogue? Hope to see you next month, Nic.

Urbanvegpatch

A lovely round-up post from Caro about her garden and its fruit and veg. Like all of us gardeners she is excited about planning for the spring with….seed catalogues! We all love them don’t we? Lovely photographs in this post too.

 

Well that’s all folks…..See you in October.

Just one teaser photo for you….I can’t keep it to myself anymore…..Our new rose garden…almost finished!

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The old house new rose garden

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