It’s been a few weeks since I posted about The Old House Garden. It goes so quickly! There have been lots of subtle changes in regards to growth of the plants we have and some larger changes too! We have enjoyed boiling hot and dry weather here in Wiltshire with rain coming in tomorrow. I have been using the water in the Water Butt to keep the garden looking gorgeous but we are in need of the rain that is forecast as the soil is so dry.
The Cottage border has changed quite a bit in 2 weeks with the lupins dying back and other plants taking over.
The Cottage border
The Cosmos are flowering madly in this warm weather.
Some of the plants that I planted last year (and forgot about!) are flowering now and look stunning together.
Salvia, Phlox, Cosmos, Astrantia, Astilbe in pinks and purples.
Pale Achillea loved by insects
This beautiful rose popped up in the back of the border too!
The roses around the archway are flowering now.
I can’t wait to see this all overflowing with roses in a few years time! This is after 14 months.
The roses around the arch are Felicite Perpetue and Albertine. I also have Compassion and Blush Noisette planted behind, against the trellis.
I read in John’s blog here
about a rose called Blue Moon which I am very interested in getting next year. There are so many lovely roses though aren’t there?
The vegetables have been much happier in all this sunshine!
The beans have gone bonkers!
The pumpkin seems happy.
Finally, some growth from the cucumbers!
We extended this border and added some new trellis behind it. I used to call this the Blue border until pink foxgloves appeared! I’m happy to let things self seed though.
The “not only blue” border
This also happened this week…
The dry stone wall fell down.
We had a lovely Empress Tree here but it needed to come out because it was rotten and in danger of coming down. In taking it out, it disturbed the Ivy which was growing in the wall and a hole appeared. We decided to take out the ivy so that we could repair this section.
The pond has lots of holes in the liner.
The pond was looking very low, even in this weather and we have discovered there are lots of holes in the liner! It’s obviously degrading and older than we had first thought. I’m quite upset as I had worked hard on this area but it looks as if we need to relay the liner! We shall wait until the Autumn to allow the amphibians that live here to come out of the pond but it’s very sad. We have decided to dig a new pond slightly further to the right to move it out from under so many trees. It’s going to be quite a job as we want to save as many of the plants and wildlife as possible.
I scattered meadow seeds here in April and you can see all the growth!
I am hoping to attract more bees and butterflies with these meadow type flowers. We shall see.
Is this a Harebell?
Lots of wildflowers have appeared.
Each night, I go and have a stroll in my garden and think how lucky I am to live here! In the warm weather at dusk, I have seen so much wildlife. Bats swoop down around the pond eating various insects, there are tiny frogs in the borders, I found a slow-worm living in my compost bin and this little newt was amongst my vegetables. I love it!
THE JOYS OF LIVING IN THE OLD HOUSE IN THE SHIRES.