Too Soon to End the June Tune!

We say it so often, but it’s hard to believe another month is over and that the garden has moved on thirty days since I last shared views and a video of the garden as a whole. Posting pictures every month is still helpful for me to assess the garden’s progress from month to month and year to year, but please skip through them to get to the video link at the end if you want. You can find an aerial view and a map under The Garden tab above which may help you orientate yourself within the garden.

Above is the usual view from the back of the house, with the streamside grass and shrub border below:

Looking at the shrub border from the opposite end:

The woodland:

The main borders form the bothy:

And the same area from ground level:

The clematis colonnade:

Woodland edge border:

Looking back along the woodland edge border:

The three ‘bold’ borders:

Dahlias and sweet peas in the cutting beds:

Other cutting beds:

Blue & white border:

Rose garden:

Looking back at the house:

And beyond the Coop to the Coop Corner and the mini hostas:

And finally, a link to the video, with some amateur editing this month! You can find it at


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23 Responses to Too Soon to End the June Tune!

  1. bcparkison says:

    Lovely visit…I feel like I have been there.

  2. Annette says:

    Aw, you’ve truly created a piece of heaven, Cathy! Everything is looking so neat and happy, even the dahlias are flowering. The first shoots of mine have been eaten completely, so they’ll be delayed and probably flower for the first time end of summer when they should! Hope you’re both well. I’ve been meaning to share a vase for ages but between all that has happened and work, I never felt like it…but I’m working on it and promised myself and Monsieur some quieter days soon. He’s laughing about this but I shall prove him wrong ;), happy summer days xx

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Annette – the volume of blooms in the garden seems to have suddenly multiplied, and I found myself particularly aware of this when I was taking the video. I would dispute that there was a neatness about it though, except perhaps in the cutting beds… 😉 Sorry to hear about the damage to your dahlias. I wonder what you have been busy with – have you been able to reschedule the garden tours you had planned?

      • Annette says:

        no way as the madness goes on and on and on…but the next book is in the last phase and then I had to go to Provence for yet another book, lots of magazine deadlines at the moment but after that I shall take a break, hopefully 😉

        • Cathy says:

          You are so talented, Annette, but modest with it 😘 What does Monsieur do whilst you are working on your literary creations?

  3. So many flowers! Beautiful!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks you -the cutting beds in particular are a real joy, even though they are relatively small. The clematis too are having a great year

  4. Would love to wander there, so lovely!

  5. Cathy says:

    Lovely! So now I‘d like a cup of tea and some lemon drizzle cake please! 😉

  6. Your garden looks so lovely and lush Cathy. I love all the different fences, walls, and sections that you have. Makes it so fun to do different things and color schemes when it is divided up. How large is your lot? It looks very big.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cindy, it just seems to have developed into different sections and because you can walk round it in different ways it might seem bigger than it is, especially with being an odd shape. It is around one third of an acre which is around 1600 sq yards

  7. Cathy your garden is magnificent, lush, wonderful, charming: I love everything. The forest, the roses, the clématide colonnade, the dahlias, the blue and white border, the cut beds … I love everything. The video is wonderful: it is as if he had been in your spectacular garden walking and listening to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Flower Waltz. What better music to accompany the walk in such a charming garden: I love it and I love it. Cathy enjoys the wonder you have. Keep you and the golfer safe and healthy. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you Margarita, such kind words as always. It is hard for me to be able to look at it objectively myself although I am very aware of how much is blooming at the moment! We are both well, thank you, and hope your health is improving

      • Thank you very much for your kind words Cathy. And so, you do not admire in its fair proportion the magnificent garden that you have because you are used to it. My health is somewhat better, thanks. On July 6, if there are no more unforeseen events, my dear mother is operated on for the right eye of glaucoma and cataracts. Perhaps it is absent, because then at home I have to be taking drops every few hours and taking care of it, because it has to rest. I hope the health of the golfer and yours are very good. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.

        • Cathy says:

          Good to hear your health is improving and I do hope your Mother’s operation goes ahead and successfully improves her quality of life

  8. Anna says:

    All looking good Cathy. Your little hostas seem to be faring well in that corner. Will treat myself to the video tour soon.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Anna – the little hostas are definitely happier in this corner and have avoided slug and snail damage

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