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Twelve days away


Having been away from home for almost a fortnight, I was both amazed and pleased to see how much change has taken place in the garden.

When I left, this tall Aquilegia had a couple of buds and is now smothered in flowers.

Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’ has been divided a few times, this is the original clump. Not sure if that shocking pink Geranium is a total clash of colours!

These Iris appear year upon year, despite being treated with neglect.

I love this dark Heuchera amongst the brightly coloured Wallflowers, although the Wallflowers are coming to the end of flowering.

Another Heuchera, much shorter and a lime green colour

I am astonished at the growth on these Dahlias, tubers saved over Winter, and the Gladiolus shooting up.

Acer ‘Orange Dream’ was being over Wintered in this spot, obviously happy to be there! Along with a couple of Hydrangea cuttings for my daughter.

Many Roses have buds smothered in aphids, but the birds are enjoying them so that’s a good reason to not use chemicals, which I don’t!

The Sambucus has positively gone mad in the past fortnight, one of my favourite shrubs, especially when the tiny pink flowers appear.

This border is fairly low maintenance, with tall shrubs like Escallonia to hide the fence panels.

You may remember the Hostas coming in to growth on 23d April? Look at them now – three weeks on – fabulous!

Finally, beautiful flowers from my daughter-in-law to welcome me home.

I must get around to removing the withered Crocus foliage before long, also the fading Forget-me-nots and have two bags of chipped bark to spread on a border.

All in good time.

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It is a special feeling to come home to the garden after a holiday..yours looks very colourful Shirley...hope you are both well rested after your break.

13 May, 2022


It's all looking lovely ,Shirley, and I like the Geum alongside the Geranium ,it seems Tangerine is a welcome colour in your garden ? Lol.In fact it all looks so healthy ,and a nice surprise to come home to :o) I need to sort out my Forget me nots too,but they are a welcome sight in Springtime
.Thank you for your message today,and I will reply soon.,xx..

13 May, 2022


My garden never looks as neat as yours when I get back from a holiday, Shirley. It all looks impressively colourful, too. I hope you enjoyed your time away.

13 May, 2022


Welcome back to GoY, Shirley! It's really amazing just how everything kicks into high gear as May gets going! Your plants are looking fabulous!

13 May, 2022


Thank you all for your lovely comments. Sadly, I was not away on holiday, but in hospital(s) for twelve days having many tests prior to a heart procedure. All done now, just the bruising to fade, feeling so much better thanks to our wonderful NHS!

14 May, 2022


Sorry to hear that Shirley, but very happy that you are feeling much better.

14 May, 2022


What a relief Shirley, and so good that your garden is thriving … just right to raise your spirits 🙂.

14 May, 2022


Anget, thanks for your comment. I definitely feel better, with no fatigue or dizziness, long may it last!

Hi Sheila, it was lovely yesterday to sit in the garden. Rained for most of the day today, but great to se the birds on the feeders. I was allowed just one half hour visit to the hospital garden in twelve days ... :o(

15 May, 2022


Goodness, I bet you're glad that's over! and splendid that you're feeling better already. 0nwards and upwards...
Good to hear at least that your hospital has a garden. Ours just has a large carpark - not somewhere to visit for pleasure...
Don't go spreading that bark too soon...

15 May, 2022


Stera, I certainly am glad to have had the procedure, feeling 100% better than prior to it! The hospital garden is open to staff, patients and visitors alike. A small area, but such a tonic for folk!

16 May, 2022


It’s so good to hear that your operation has been a success Shirley and what a super welcome home from the plants in your garden. Everything looking lush.

18 May, 2022


Hb, thanks so much for your kind words ... after some rain last night everything is positively glowing ... :o))

18 May, 2022

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