Sunday, June 27, 2010

Before and after - but mainly after




Oh, when you stop blogging for a while, how difficult it is to get started again. I had a good excuse in the beginning - I was too busy gardening. At the beginning of June I went back to London for a fortnight. I had a couple of days work to do there, but the rest of the time was dedicated to sorting the garden out. I had my laptop with me, but the long evenings were too tempting - it seemed better to be doing it than blogging about it.

But then I came back. Must get a post up. But somehow it didn't happen the first weekend, and then the following week got taken up with work. And the same the week after.

So there we are - four weeks without a post. Will I ever be able to hold my head up on the internet again without shame? Will I find myself drummed out of the ranks of garden bloggers? Maybe - but not having time to blog has also meant I've not had time to catch up with other people. And if it redeems me just a tiny bit, I have to say I've missed you all ...



One of the reasons I didn't blog in the early days I was in London was that I couldn't face another what-a-mess-my-garden-is post. It was, of course. The borage was thriving, the grass on the lawn was knee-high and goose grass was smothering everything. The roses had blackspot and if London snails were edible, I would have been able to open a restaurant.


But amongst all the weeds and chaos, there were also bright spots ...

I curse the pyracantha hedge every time I have to cut it. But I have to admit it's glorious at this time of year. It must be at least twenty years since I've been in London in June, and I'd forgotten ...


The front lawn had daisies - and do I mean daisies ... Shastas, I think.


The pansies which I'd planted last year were hanging on in there ...


The roses were trying hard ...



And there were several little geraniums scattered around...







The weigela was past its best but still splendid ...


And when I finally got the weeds out ...



...I found that three of the runner beans which I'd thrown in in April, had made it. I imagine the rest succumbed to the unusually severe temperatures which England suffered in early May. Will they survive the current exceptionally high temperatures (it's 31°C today, a friend tells me) with no-one there to water them?



That goes for all the other stuff I put in while I was there. It's not fair - England is just not supposed to have drought conditions in June ...



But maybe the stuff which has had time to get established will be OK. When I was there last year, I carefully replanted all the Michaelmas Daisies, Golden Rod and other self-seeded stuff in clumps. And in April I threw in a few seeds - such as the nasturtiums Briana sent me when Bilbo cam to stay. Once I'd got the weeds out, they seemed to be doing well.




The alyssum seeds which I'd scattered around had made it and were holding their own against the borage ...


And I found I was growing potatoes on the compost heap ...




And finally, my favourites - little clumps of campanula were bursting through everywhere .



I shall be back in a couple of weeks. Here's hoping that they all survive the heatwave ...




6 comments:

Katarina said...

Hi Sue and thanks for the visit. 'Parade' is a lovely rose. I think it's a relative of New Dawn, but I'm not sure who produces it. Sorry!

JWLW said...

Hi Sue: God to see you back. Sometimes getting back up to speed can be a little tough but you did well.

Enjoy your gardens,
John

Jan said...

You certainly have your work cut out with the London garden, but you've made a good job!

The Redneck Rosarian said...

Sue, you have been missed in the blogsphere! Glad to see your post and your roses! It is HOT HOT HOT in Alabama, upper 90's each day with humidity to match... Hope your summer is going well.

AaronVFT said...

Miss your posts. Still, your flowers are beauiful!

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

Sue, we've missed you. Welcome back! No worries, no drumming here. We all need breaks from blogging...if only to have something to blog about! Your garden looks good...and yay for the runner beans! I hope they survive heat.

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