Before and After 2015

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.

The shade garden under the oak tree: IMG_1175 (1) IMG_1915 IMG_1972 IMG_1975 IMG_1916 IMG_1971 IMG_1970 IMG_1974 IMG_1973

The David Austin rose garden: IMG_1165IMG_1173 IMG_1212 IMG_1219 IMG_1264 IMG_1226 IMG_1266 IMG_1263 IMG_1171

The experimental seed garden: IMG_1214 IMG_1166


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The Nassau Street side garden: IMG_1216 IMG_1217 IMG_1909 IMG_1910 IMG_1911 IMG_1912

The front garden: IMG_1174 IMG_1218 IMG_1249 IMG_1251 IMG_1252 IMG_1743 IMG_1163





The Great Back Garden Makeover

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 the old grass was removed, it seems as though we had to relevel the slope every time it rained: IMG_1839 IMG_1842 IMG_1840 IMG_1604 IMG_1896

And the granite that we put behind the pool got washed away a couple of times: IMG_1845 IMG_1844

It was hard to live with a building site in the back garden: IMG_1843

but there’s nothing like a power tool to let out some frustration: IMG_1405

once we had a weekend of sun arrived, the new sod was placed in an afternoon:

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Followed by the important step of admiring our work with a glass of wine: IMG_1933

Backyard Pottering

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.

With all the rains, some of the plants have overwhelmed their pots so I may have to move them into the ground: IMG_1983 IMG_1984

A stone turtle traveled across the pond with me from Sylvia’s garden and serves as a friendly reminder of our family’s love of gardening: IMG_1985

My calla lily bulbs are finally pushing through: IMG_1986

A transplanted gladiola survived her move: IMG_1987

Climbing purple spinach was a Chris’ purchase and he suggested using the royal crown ornament thingy that I had bought on impulse but never known how to use: IMG_1988 IMG_1989

Peeping over the fence are the sunflowers and texas star hibiscus: IMG_1999 IMG_1997

My potting bench shows off my blue storage containers and my tin mugs–thinking ‘gardening mugs’ may become my middle-aged English woman collectors item of choice: IMG_1991 IMG_1992

Wollerton Old Hall rose blooms and needs to be trailed up the fence:   IMG_1998

A begonia from our neighbors, Stephanie and Jill are guarded by a hedgehog (from Uncle Larry) and a very well-behaved, Delilah: IMG_1993 IMG_1996

Bits and Bobs

Upon our return from England in April, Linda had arranged some of the spring blooms into this beauty:IMG_1745

The front door surrounded by geraniums and the remains of buckethead, the beloved pet cow from Chris’ granddad’s farm:IMG_1918

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: IMG_1919

Uncle Larry is getting ready to sell his house and posted some photos of the garden. I spotted a bird bath that would be the perfect size for cloverleaf so I headed out and got my own: IMG_1962

The dining room window now has a couple of african violets and an orchid taking up space. Chris has done a much better job than I ever have at keeping orchids alive: IMG_1384 IMG_0022 IMG_0018 IMG_0019 IMG_0021

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: IMG_1982

Filling in the Gaps

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!

I”m still amazed at how many plants I can fit in the mini, but when I know I’m going to splurge, I take Chris car:IMG_1728

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:IMG_1838

The datura reseeded in multiple places this year. Here is a sad attempt at a transplant that amazingly resurrected and is now pride of place at a friends house:IMG_1890

And a purple datura went in opposite my more traditional white version:IMG_1977

You can never go wrong with an esperanza to fill in gaps and add a burst of color:IMG_1980

And an less common pink turkish cap fills in some of the shade garden under the oak tree:IMG_1981

An English Garden 2015

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:

Broxwood Snow 2015
Broxwood Snow 2015

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:

March in England is always full of beautiful drifts of daffodils. Here are the first blooms from the Broxwood collection:

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:
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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:
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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):
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Chris’ first stab at runner bean architecture. The tradition continues (although we all thought that his structure was probably not up to the exact standards of previous years…):

I was hoping to see this bloom before I headed back to Texas, and it did:

Catching up…long time, no post

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.

My Molineux rose…this has been a favorite of mine given it’s connections to my hometown. It means even more to see it bloom so well this year. And right next to it are the Golden Celebrations:
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A transplant from Chris’ grandfather’s farm in Knott, Texas:

Some blooms from bulbs I planted way back in October. It took a while to work out these were ranunculus:
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The magnolia tulip tree:
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My red bud blossomed:

Bluebonnets and yellow daisy-like flowers:
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Orange mallow that I had difficulty finding until last autumn:

My garden gets by with a little help from my friends (Aaron gets a bit of weeding in–and if he’s had a few beers, he’s probably chuntering away to himself in a British accent):