Changeover time in the garden

Six on Saturday this week comes from The Fortnight Garden towards the end of July – changeover time in the garden! When I have to cut down the early flowerers and suddenly feel I have to ‘do’ something, rather than just ‘enjoy’, we have reached ‘changeover time’ in the garden. This means another spell of hard work. This year I have to be very careful as my back injuries have left me ‘fragile’ in the words of the chiropractor.

Six on Saturday in The Fortnight Garden

There has been some rain, and some sunshine, and The Fortnight Garden is looking ok, although perhaps a little weary? Anyway, I have some new sights to share with The Propagator this week!

Six on Saturday in The Fortnight Garden

I am in The Fortnight Garden again to go to a concert over the weekend and that also means baking, and because baking takes gardening time the cakes are going to be included in ‘Six on Saturday’!

Six on Saturday in The Fortnight Garden

This week I am joining Six on Saturday with ‘Six Views of Echinacea’ in The Fortnight Garden. Saturday has turned wet and chilly and it was a good opportunity to play!

Bumblebees & Echinacea

I popped into the Suffolk garden at the end of a hot day and found this bumblebee in the echinaceas – wonderful!

Bumblebee on the echinacea
Echinacea with bumblebee

Echinacea with bumblebee
Echinacea with bumblebee

Easing into autumn in the garden

I still can’t believe the garden was only planted in March/April 2011. Despite my long absences in South Africa, and the viciously erratic weather in the UK during 2012, I looked out this morning on plants which have supported me by thriving. In this dreadful year, when I feel at times completely overwhelmed by my mother’s death, the re-emergence of cancer in Jeremy, and the need to sell a beautiful home in London, I find a peace amongst the plants.

Beautiful flowers

Don’t you think these are just beautiful? Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan’ and lobelia ‘Bee’s Flame’. The echinacea came from the wonderful Woottens of Wenhaston, http://www.woottensplants.com/index.html, and the lobelia was found in Middleton Farm Nurseries in Weybread, Suffolk.

A quiet Sunday morning

It is going to be a very hot day again so I watered the shady parts of the garden. And while standing there I remembered my mother. She loved plants and always urged and cajoled and nurtured them to achieve their best possible efforts! She saw pictures of my garden in Suffolk, but it was too late for her to travel to the UK to actually see it. I would have like to talk to her about it this morning, but of  course she isn’t there anymore. And then I thought I can still talk to her, and I am sure she will hear, and so I did. And I will send her some pictures too.

Hydrangea 'Annabelle'
Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’

Anemone 'Hadspens Abundance'
Anemone ‘Hadspens Abundance’