Thursday, 31 May 2012

End of Month View - May 2012

My intentions are always good when it comes to joining other garden bloggers with longer garden shots and notes at the end of the month. I like this idea which was started by Helen at The Patient Gardener’s Weblog .


Spreading (lifting/dividing) small compact Geum around borders just now.
Mixing the Geum with dark Heucheras, becoming an orange fan :-)


One way or another, be it bad weather and no photos or lots of photos and times issues, disappointingly I keep missing this one out. I’ve been on a major garden catch-up during this past hot spell. Last year, parts of my garden saw little attention and I am rectifying this now.


Never tire of Alliums, this two are the larger Globemaster.
Have been moving other smaller disturbed Alliums around – fingers crossed there :-)


This past two weeks, plants have been travelling around my garden as I tweak one area of planting and it goes on to affect other areas. I find these mix-ups are what gardening is all about for me. I love the creative play with plants.


Red Campion in mixed borders works for me.
Need to be quicker in catching the seed pods before they burst though.


Weed level is where I’ve been at. My trusty, rusty wheelbarrow that travelled from my very first garden has travelled all around my garden paths and through borders ferrying plants to new locations and weeds to the green waste bins – I filled two!


Looking forward to sowing more grass mounds to edge pond and surround Arbour.


Yesterday morning, I went out to grab a few photos (seen on this post) with the intention of getting more border shots later. That didn’t happen and today we had a day of much needed rain – Yay!

So, my only end of the month view is of my new wildlife pond area which (all going well) should be completed by the end of next month. Perhaps this view is quite apt for this month as it will see the biggest change. I’m getting quite excited about this now.


Delighted to see the Acer (moved back in Autumn) is happy in its new location
and that division of a large golden grass looks like it has been successful.
Great news on the Wisteria flowers – lots about to open :-)


Other borders have seen significant change too and once all the plant moving is over I’ll grab some more long shots to compare them at the end of the June too. After chatting about my garden’s bird and wildlife visitors for the last 5½ years it has been great to reconnect to the gardener within again.

As per usual, my midnight(ish) posting is leaving it a bit late to head over to Helen’s post to read it now (browsed pics earlier) and see posts of others that have joined in/left comments there. I’ll enjoy browsing over breakfast tomorrow. Gosh, is really Friday tomorrow? Gosh, we’re into June too!

This weekend it’s the main Garden Show here up in Scotland. Gardening Scotland runs from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd of June. We’ll probably take a trip along at some point. I'm not too fussed to see the Show Gardens but I do like to see different planting combinations there and in the Floral Hall. The plant sales tables from nurseries in other parts of the UK I don’t get to visit is a bonus too.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend – enjoy. Rain or shine I’ll be out moving plants and come night fall I’ll be keeping an eye on the cam in Hedgehog Manor which has also seen a change of location recently. Tonight it has been both busy and boisterous with two hogs in at the same time and one bulldozing the other into a corner. Four hedgehog sightings were seen tonight.

Happy gardening and gardenwatching :-) Oops... I nearly forgot... for those joining events in celebration of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee... have a great time :-)


This post was written by Shirley for shirls gardenwatch in May 2012.

6 comments:

Christina said...

I love seeing work in progress as well as the final (is there such a thing with a garden?) view. It is so amazing the difference in what is growing, my first wisteria flowers have come and gone and now there is lots of foliage and secondary flowers. Christina

Pat @ Woodlouse House said...

Envious of your hedgehog activity - we had a regular visitor every night last year so I bought a Hedgehog House and haven't seen one since!
Your garden is looking great.

patientgardener said...

Thank you for joining in this month. I have been working hard this year on the garden as well as I neglected mine last year. It is amaazing how quickly a little attention pays dividends isnt it. I do like the acer by the new pond though I am hoping you will remove the barrow before filing:)

Crystal said...

The Acer looks really happy. Like how the wheelbarrow has been left there, it's got gardening in progress written all over it.

shirl said...

Hello everyone, thanks for your comments. Gosh I’ve just jumped from the end of the month to the middle of June!

Christina, I agree, I love seeing progress work in other gardens too. Oh no… my garden will continue to evolve as I experiment. Nope I don’t see it ever as being finished – where’s the fun there :-D Interesting to hear about your wisteria. The weird thing with mine for the moment is that the flowers are there (leaves too) but the flowers aren’t opening. Don’t know what is going on :-)

Pat, yes, I know I am lucky with my hedgehog visitors (as are they with the food and water I put out). Having the IR cams makes for interesting viewing. Thanks :-)

Helen, I’m delighted to join in. You had a very busy year last year so I can imagine keeping up with your garden and allotment would have been tricky and something would have to give. Absolutely – small actions/jobs really do make all the difference. LOL… the barrow is a taxi at the moment being full of soil, ferns and other plants waiting relocation when the weather is fair and I have the time :-)

Crystal, Yes, I think so too. That wheelbarrow still has a work in progress look – ferns overhang it just now ;-)

ShySongbird said...

Lovely photos Shirl. I love the blue and orange in the first one, very striking!