Friday, 16 July 2021

A Bit Of Garden Chat and Other News

 I'm quite restricted about what I can grow in my garden because the soil quality is so poor.  I have heavy clay soil and very little of it, when I dig down I'm lucky if I find a spades depth of top soil before I hit hard clay, bricks and rocks underneath. I have also got trees on the rear outside boundary of my property and the roots have spread a good distance into my garden so they make digging any sort of substantial  flower bed impossible.

I had great plans for this corner, I intended to dig a corner bed, I had it measured out and had even bought the edging for it.  When I tried to dig however I was met with hard thick roots far too difficult for me to deal with and so I had to compromise.  I have found that unless you have unlimited cash or a strong man at your disposal compromise is key.

All of these plants are in containers, the conifer at the back is in a planter and I'm hoping that the roots will be able to penetrate down through the mangle of tree roots underneath. The fatsia is planted in a trug, after reading Linda's post about open bottomed pots it gave me the idea of cutting out the base of the trug which was cracked anyway and planting the fatsia in that and hopefully the roots will find a way. One advantage of having pots is that they can be changed around to give each plant a spot in the limelight.

As you can see I am letting my lawn grow and I love the clover, I used to cut the grass every week to ten days or so and now I'm leaving it for three weeks, it's lovely to see the bees flitting from flower to flower. Can you see the flower spikes on the cordyline? They are very pretty when they first open and the scent fills the garden it's quite powerful and the bees love it. I remove the spike as soon as it has stopped flowering as the plant looks very tired and looses lots of it's leaves, unfortunately I can't reach those at the back so I have only managed to remove one this year.

It's amazing how quickly the garden changes even from day to day at this time of year. This is my garden today, the pictures above were taken a week ago. Can you see the purple clover next to the little apple tree? I left it to grow and cut around it when I did cut the grass, I'm going to see if I can add clusters of wild flowers into the lawn for next year.  The apple tree has only a few apples this year it's usually laden but it means that the apples will be bigger and they usually taste lovely.

The three stone tortoises have had a make over this year as they were looking very tired, I painted them with acrylic paint and then varnished them to protect them from the elements, and waiting in the wings....

The rabbit family, I'm trying to decide which colours to paint them, all suggestions welcomed. 

This is the third year that little pot of yellow pansies has flowered, I think they look lovely with the hosta as a backdrop.
This morning finds the sweet peas crying out to be picked, the orange lilies shining in the background  and my tumberlina tomatoes ripening quite nicely I should have a harvest very soon.

A little posy of flowers from my garden

In other news
  • I lost a hearing aid! it's so easy to loose them when wearing a mask, every time you take your mask off the hearing aid comes out too so you have to be so careful, obviously I wasn't careful enough this time, but luckily I didn't have long to wait for a replacement and it was free but next time I'll have to pay £75 I hope that there won't be a next time!
  • I still haven't got my refund for the treadmill! it wasn't on my credit card statement again this month, I have been in touch with them and they have asked for statement evidence which I have given them. I await a reply.
  • I have been to Manchester with my daughter to visit my nephew and his family, it was lovely to see them and we stayed in a nice hotel overnight it had an amazing view if the city, it looks quite drab in the photo as it was a dull cloudy day. It's amazing how going away even for a short break does you the world of good especially if you can connect with loved ones.

  • For yesterdays walk, Baz and I took the train to Seaton Carew which is about a 25 minute ride away and walked along the promenade back to Hartlepool, we stopped half way for coffee in a lovely café right on the sea front and then continued on to Hartlepool where we had lunch of fish n chips, not exactly healthy when the whole purpose of the walk was supposed to help us keep fit! we had a walk around Hartlepool Marina and then took the train back home clocking 18,450 steps not bad at all I think. 

The weather has been lovely of late cloudy but nice and warm long may it continue! I hope that you all have a lovely weekend. 


  1. You have a lovely garden, we're so lucky to have outdoor space to enjoy when the weather is as nice as it is at the moment. I did take a second look at your tortoises, they look quite real at first glance. I have a family of pigs on my lawn. I enjoy seeing your walks, it's always nice to be beside the sea.

  2. Lovely garden and beautiful pictures !
    Nothing like being outside...when it's not raining ;) or too hot ! (we have 36ºc today)
    Have a shinny weekend !

  3. Your garden is looking lovely, Linda and the cordyline is amazing! I'm afraid I can't quite bring myself to let my lawn grow! Once it starts to look long, out comes the mower - and I have to say, cutting the grass is my least favourite gardening job! lol. Enjoy the weekend - if you can bear the heat! xxx

  4. Your garden is looking lovely. I love how you put pots of bloomers in various places, that is one way to overcome the clay soil. What a gorgeous walk along the waterfront. The garden ornaments are cute, I've got a couple of bunnies to paint too but can't decided on a colour. I think I might go whimsical instead of the brownish colour.

  5. I love your yard and the plants and flowers are growing great. I thought the turtles were real Linda! I love the view of the beach and I hope you have a nice weekend.

  6. Your garden looks lovely and I never would have guessed all those plants are in pots. I've started putting some of mine in pots now because, as you say, they can be moved around so easily.
    I thought your tortoises were real for a moment. I must go and put my lenses in :)

  7. Your garden is so beautiful Linda and I love, love , love the photos of the beach. Sounds like you have been having some great adventures. Stay safe.

  8. Your garden is just beautiful. I am inspired by all your container plants. I'm doing zero gardening here this year, but I'm storing up idea for the future. ;^) I thought those tortoises were real at first. Amazing paint job. can't wait to see the bunnies transformed. And what lovely pictures of the sea. Sigh.

  9. I always enjoy seeing your photographs and once again you've shared some lovely ones. Your garden is looking very nice and I do like the three stone tortoises.

    My good wishes.

    All the best Jan

  10. Your garden looks wonderful! It just goes to show what you can grow from a pot. Your garden actually inspires me to think out of the box a bit more where my mini balcony garden is concerned. The soil in this area is very poor too and of heavy clay consistency. When they were building the apartment complex (we bought it before it was built) we used to come around to see how our future home was progressing. I remember seeing huge lorries filled with soil to spread across the clay like soil where all the gardens were going to be;layers and layers of it. If they hadn't have done that I think it would have just been all concrete. I must say your tortoises do look very lifelike. My first thought was that you had three real tortoises to keep you company! Lovely walk along the seafront! Surely you burnt enough calories from your walk to merit the fish and chips lunch! Take care Amanda x


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