End of Month View: Ready(ish) and Waiting

Was it only a week ago that there were collywobbles loitering with intent to unsettle? Well, they didn’t hang around for long, and the absence of our usual activities due to a Bank Holiday weekend meant additional time to crack on and complete all those lingering tasks. It was therefore only a few days later that I could ramble round the garden and feel that we were all but ready for our garden visitors, give or take some cake baking, label writing, poster putting-up and ongoing maintenance such as deadheading, tying-in and path sweeping. Coinciding with the start of the main rose season and the bulking out and budding up of perennials, this has produced something akin to smuggish satisfaction – no let’s be honest, I have felt quite proud of how the garden looks and the part I played in this achievement.

It won’t look as good in the photographs, but nevertheless have a look for yourselves (and remember the map under The Garden tab above), starting above with the view from the back of the house (the seagull isn’t real, by the way, he is just looking for another home, or perhaps waiting for cake crumbs), and the adjacent streamside area and shrub border (below), the latter from both ends:

Walk through the woodland, then look out over the main borders and clematis colonnade from the bothy:

The main borders from ground level with some fairly slug free (so far) hostas in the foreground:

You can begin to see the effect of the new roses at the base of the post of the colonnade, with roses starting to bloom in three of the four beds:

Through the woodland edge border, then looking back in the opposite direction (ignore the long, slinky but harmless snake):

Three bold borders, mostly bursting at the seams:

Cutting beds, one or two things beginning to bloom (cosmos, crepis rubra, limonium), and buds on some of the dahlias:

The blue & white borders, always difficult to photograph because of the two sections on two different levels:

The rose garden, with brick edging to the main beds and terraces either side of the bus shelter:

Looking back toward the house with the snowdrop border and its white annuals on the right, then down past the Coop to the not-quite-as-shady-as-I-thought-it-was-going-to-be border:

And you don’t really want to see the wisteria again, do you? You do? Well, here it is, just about at its absolute peak and absolutely stunning:

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41 Responses to End of Month View: Ready(ish) and Waiting

  1. bcparkison says:

    Ready set go. But i am wondering how all of the different levels effect people. Are the careful?

  2. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    You certainly should feel proud of your garden. I can see all the hard work paid off in a lush colorful display. Your visitors are going to enjoy it immensely. The gull does look real standing there on the table. ha…

  3. rusty duck says:

    Not just the wisteria, the whole garden is stunning!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Jessica – I save added so much more plant-wise since last year, trying to fill gaps in borders, and this is what I am particularly pleased about (as well as the roses of course!), although the full impact of them is yet to come as few new things are ready to flower yet

  4. Donna Darlage says:

    Very beautiful!!! Donna
    On Sat, Jun 1, 2019 at 4:46 PM Rambling in the Garden wrote:
    > Cathy posted: “Was it only a week ago that there were collywobbles > loitering with intent to unsettle? Well, they didn’t hang around for long, > and the absence of our usual activities due to a Bank Holiday weekend meant > additional time to crack on and complete all those l” >

  5. janesmudgeegarden says:

    So much work Cathy, and it all looks splendid. I’m sure the visitors will thoroughly enjoy it.

  6. tonytomeo says:

    One would think that the wisteria should be finished by now. Hasn’t it been going for quite a while?
    Is campion naturalized? I mean, does it grow on its own, or did you plant it?

  7. It looks fabulous. I like your woodland walk and all the beautiful brickwork–wow! Best wishes for the showing.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Beth – I do like a good brickwork prohect and get itchy fingers when I haven’t done any bricklaying in a while… πŸ˜‰

  8. Pauline says:

    All your hard work is showing, time for a little rest before all your visitors arrive!

  9. You have so many areas of interest! It is looking lovely. Your wisteria is a joy – I could look at it all day. Your new roses seem to have settled in happily.
    After much wrangling, we have decided that now is not the time to open our garden. The parking is the main issue, but also time to bake cakes and the sort of non-gardening organisation that would be needed. It is one to save for our retirement.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Ali – I have done a lot of gazing myself! Working full time again was always goung to make it harder to open the garden, but the option will always be there for when the time is right, and you could always have an infornal opening for a local charity to give you a taste..

  10. Chloris says:

    Well done, it’s all looking wonderful. I know the feeling, I have been working long hours to get the garden ready for garden visits last Thursday and today. But it is not just for the visitors, you do it for yourself. It is fabulous to stroll round and see it looking at its very best. Just to be able to pause for a minute, stop working and enjoy. It makes every back breaking minute worthwhile.

    • Cathy says:

      You are quite right – it has to be aporoved by the very critical ‘Me’ judge first. How were your two visits? Have you been able to stroll round your garden at its absolute best too? What a wonderful time of year it is!

  11. Cathy your garden is a treasure, I love it. It is exuberant and full of flowers. You have worked hard and with your great knowledge have managed to create within a single garden many “different gardens that connect as if they were one, which is what it is: a wonderful garden that I love.” The rose garden, the forest, the Wisteria, the cutting beds, the bus stop … All the corners are magnificent, I am glad that the collywobles have disappeared, enjoy your garden, greetings from Margarita.

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you Margarita – I will definitely be enjoying my garden and am really pleased with how the different areas are establishing in recent years

  12. Cathy says:

    Oh yes, it is looking wonderful Cathy. You deserve a pat on the back for making so many lovely different little areas of interest. The work has paid off! πŸ™‚

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy – it’s when things start to bulk up and fill in gaps that I begin to feel it is coming together, even those that are not flowering yet

  13. Your garden rambles on in such a way that there always seems to be a surprise around the corner. I love how you have so many “garden rooms” waiting to be visited and explored and private areas for sitting quietly. Very lovely Cathy. I’m sure your visitors enjoyed their time in your garden.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, Cindy, and visitors seem to like this too and will ramble at length in case they have missed anything. Even though we have lots of benches, I rarely sit on them!

  14. Your garden looks fabulous, loved the tour!

  15. pbmgarden says:

    Really looks great! You have created wonderful spaces and plantings.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Susie- sometimes I try to walk round with an objective rather than subjective eye, and it sometimes surprises me what I see as I probably take parts of the garden for granted now

  16. Wow – what growth over the last month Cathy! That wisteria is positively dripping. Your open garden visitors are in for a treat.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, it is such a wonderful time of year and although the wisteria will be over the roses will be at their peak

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