One advantage of not posting to the website for a while means that I have lots of photos that show progression of time in the garden.
After a couple of years trying to get nutsedge weed out of my lawn, I gave up and agreed with Chris’ plan to rip up the turf and start over. Of course, we initiated this project right before the month of storms that hit central Texas so this ‘miniproject’ became a long, drawn out process.
once we had a weekend of sun arrived, the new sod was placed in an afternoon:
Last year, I didn’t bother putting together any pots because of having our new puppy, Delilah, and her habit of chewing up all the plants (and sometimes the pots themselves). As Delilah has matured a little bit, I thought I’d take another stab at a combination of plants and bulbs in pots on the backyard patio.
My third or fourth attempt at growing hydrangeas. Katie has a number of these scattered throughout the Broxwood garden and they look lovely. They are really too delicate for Texas, but I thought I’d have a go in pots:
An oldie but goodie. These cannas were in the house when I moved in almost 15 years ago. I go through phases of thinking about taking them out but then they go and provide such a burst of color that I decide to let them keep going:
So, part of cloverleaf corner are now getting quite established where I am actually removing plants rather than adding them. Of course, there are always a few spots that need some new purchases!
And in order to find space for new plants, sometimes you have to thin out some of the more established plants. Tom made a sign to invite neighbors to take some extra sages and salvias…Tom was chuffed that someone decided to take his sign too:
Pottering in the garden at Broxwood is always enjoyable because I get to enjoy flowers that would never survive in Texas. This year, I’ve seen the Broxwood garden in winter, spring, and the start of summer. Here are just a few of the photos.
A snow storm hits the back garden and showcases the poppy from the Tower of London exhibit. I took this photo to show Tom and by the time I stepped back inside to send it, the sun was out:
It took Katie and I three attempts to be brutal enough with trimming down the roses in the back garden. We made our first attempt, watched Monty and then hacked off some more, and then got advise from Tony, Albrighton’s Master Gardener, before ending up with this brutal result. Katie assures me they are back on track to be lovely again this year, but I haven’t seen any photos yet:
I always get mixed up whether these are primroses or primulas (or something else entirely?!). Here are a few shots of these lovely bright plants over a couple of months. They grew to be so big and vibrant and I think Katie may have to divide some of them for next year:
A couple of random shots: a vase of blooms from the garden, the newly painted garage door (thanks to handyman, Roger), and a pressie for me from the Codsall and Wergs garden center that now sits on the potting bench at Cloverleaf:
Katie told me the name of this shrub on a daily basis because it wowed us every morning when we opened the lounge blinds. Of course, I’ve already forgotten, but it looks lovely (Update–just got off the phone with K…it’s a pieris). And Katie’s tip is to take off all the flowers so you get the vibrant red foliage (although the pale pink blossoms aren’t the end of the world if you forget):
I have six months of garden stories to catch up on as I realized my last post on here was from January 2015. The write-ups may be brief, but I am going to try to give you a quick overview on what has been happening on cloverleaf corner.