Summer garden 2017

The weeds have waged a war on me………… and they’re winning……….but a few of the garden plants are helping me out..

Here’s some of the stars from this year.

A rose and astrantia that came all the way from England with me when we moved.
Geranium cloud nine, a new variety.
The very generous gardener
Flowers for the house
This may be another picture of the generous gardener
This is one of my beautiful moss roses, I forget which one.
Ann Folkard romping away. She absolutely loves it here on our steep bank.
Another old rose. I’ve too many to remember which is which
A hydrangea I rescued last summer from a garden centre. Isn’t it lovely.
Astrantia seem to like it here, but only in a few shady spots, they don’t seem to like full sun here

Another rescued hydrangea. They also seem to love it here
My beautiful agapanthus
Helenium and ammi majus in our newly created bed

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Building bridges

Since the ditch was dug along the side of our main field, we’ve been using a pallet to access the Willow field/orchard. It’s fine if your on foot, but if your using machinery, it’s a little tricky…..but no more…..

The before photo (with a wind casualty, luckily missing the new fencing)

After months we finally got around to purchasing some agricultural drainage pipe and some loose aggregate and set to building our first bridge…………

A reminder…….. the ditch being dug.
Trust me the pipe is gigantic….
It may not look like much, but it’s so much better than a pallet

To my amazement, the water actually flows through

This now means we can get the flail mower into the field and tackle the weeds that are competing with the grass. The field in the distance in the photo above is our Willow/orchard field.  My Bumbleandme spent most weekends over this winter unveiling it as it was covered in eight foot or so high brambles, which covered the entire top half of the field.  He did an absolutely brilliant job. Once unearthed we found several apple trees and oak trees, but sadly no grass.  This year we’ve been trying keep the weeds down so the grass can grow back, it is working, but it’s a very slow process.

One more job off the list……….. several more added……..