Saturday, 1 June 2019

June in the Garden

I have long admired the splendid Italianate rill and water channels at Buscot designed for Lord Farrington by the Edwardian Garden Designer, Harold Peto. 
Walking the rill takes you down a couple of flights of stone steps from the house,
 past this delightful playful dolphin and putti water feature, 
across this manicured stretch of lawn, and over a small bridge, until you eventually reach the lake.
This is just a taster of what is yet to come as soon we are heading off in a slightly different direction to view the garden designed by Harold Peto for himself.

Everything in our garden is currently growing like 'topsy'.
Today we have planted up the hanging baskets, and lots of tubs with various geraniums. I have made, what I am hoping, will be a blue flower pyramid. I have used some homegrown Ipomoea seedlings - heavenly blue 'morning glories' along with some bright blue Convolvulus seedlings - 'royal ensign'. Fingers crossed that they will mature and become established before any hungry creatures come visiting the garden.

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  1. Hello Rosemary, the Buscot gardens have just the right mixture of the formal and the natural. As does your garden, for that matter, although the overall feel is different. You must put so much work into your garden. It's funny, but in my Blogger Reader the post right after yours was Barbara Sarudy's post on "Indentured and Convict Garden Servants." I don't know how people in former times felt about the moral issues surrounding such "help", but at least it was someone else out there digging and mowing!
    --Jim

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    1. Hello Jim - we do have help in the garden as there is far too much mowing and cutting of hedges and trees for us to do. At first I did feel uncomfortable having help in the garden, but our 'helpers' do it of their own free will and of course they get paid.
      May and June are particularly lovely months in the garden, but as usual time is speeding by far too quickly.

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  2. It looks like your garden is a little more ambitious than most - and a whole lot more ambitious than mine!

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    1. We have four distinct areas of garden at the rear which we have split up into so called 'rooms'. The one above is a walled garden with a small pool, another is what we call the paeonia tree garden which has a tree in each corner and a central sundial. The other two gardens were formed using clipped box hedging in various shapes and designs.

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  3. So gorgeous! Enjoy all that colour, beauty and scent!

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    1. Love this time of year in the garden Debra.

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    1. Apparently the surname Peto is French in origin.

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  5. I remember that beautiful "Buscot" garden in your previous posts. How lovely your garden looks. All of the lovely Spring flowers have come into their own now. Sounds like a pretty blue feature display you are planting.
    Enjoy the season!
    Betty

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    1. Hope you are feeling recovered now Betty from your big trip - I have just been out to check the seedlings and they survived the night. If they can do that for the next couple of weeks until they are mature then hopefully they will be alright.

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  6. What a lovely time of year in the garden. I always enjoy seeing spring and summer gardens while we are heading for the colder months. It turned very chilly here yesterday due to snow in the South Island. 12 degrees Centigrade right now but a lovely sunny day.

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    1. For some reason I never imagine snow in NZ or Australia.

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  7. Really beautiful well maintained.
    Good luck with your seedlings and looking forward to the outcome :)

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    1. I am keeping my fingers tightly crossed.

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  8. Hello Rosemary,

    Thanks for showing us the Buscot Gardens, and must be so lovely walking around there.
    Your garden is looking fabulous also and look forward to seeing all the blue flowers.
    Great to see all that colour in your garden as winter is on its way here.
    happy weekend
    hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. I like this time in the garden with so much pretty colour around.

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  9. Oh, I remember the Buscot Gardens too, especially the statue. Your garden is looking spectacular in the Spring, and I like to see the little mermaid in the pond. I am always drawn to blue flowers, and the pyramid sounds intriguing - I look forward to seeing the results.

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    1. Fingers crossed that I will achieve what I am aiming for - I love blue flowers too.

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  10. Your garden is beautiful, Rosemary. Gardening is such a creative activity. One or our daughters in her spare time has started helping others tidy and weed their gardens and really enjoys working in bigger gardens as well as her own little courtyard garden. It's good to see everything looking abundant and healthy in your garden, especially the box balls. The blue flower pyramid will be a pretty addition.

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    1. I have a vision in my head of how the blue flowers will look, but whether it materialises as I hope will depend on just how the seedlings perform.

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  11. You have a marvelous garden Rosemary, a real pleasure to see ! I too have thrown some seeds of Ipomea here and there as it is definitely one of my real favorites, just LOVE the color.

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    1. I have grown a multitude of different coloured Ipomeas - pinks, purple, stripe ones, but the heavenly blue is by far my favourite.

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  12. Dearest Rosemary,
    You are so blessed for living in a tempered climate, suitable for the best gardens and also for having better soil that can be mixed and made rich and will have water holding capacity.
    A lovely garden is almost heavenly and is such a joy to have. Even though, the true blooming season of each year is rather short. Oh we long for it and hold on to it by taking photographs...
    Yes, we too have some garden help, at a certain age it cannot be done all alone or with the two of us.
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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    1. Dear Mariette - our garden is far too large, but as long as we have help then we can cope. These flowering months fly by far too quickly. You look forward to seeing a particular flower with anticipation and then suddenly it is gone until next year.

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  13. I like the way your photographs show the symmetry of the Italianate garden. I used to grow Morning Glories for my mother who was extremely fond of them, though I wasn't particularly ambitious with them, merely training them over the garden shed. I used to take her out to see them every day when I was caring for her.

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    1. Strangely enough you do not see them growing very much in gardens here, but I side with your late mother as I am fond of them too. In many countries, as I am sure you will know, they are considered to be weeds and a menace.

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  14. I always admire people who have "green fingers" as we say so in dutch. I had never a garden at home, because we lived in an apartment in Amsterdam. When we moved to our current home, we suddenly had a big garden. I still find it difficult to do gardening and I must admit I still have no clue how to do it .....:(

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    1. We try to keep our garden as easy to care for as possible, but of course there is always more work that needs doing than you think. Now that we have done the hanging baskets and tubs we are due a break from gardening, but the man will be here to cut the lawns tomorrow and then the hedge cutter will have to come soon too.

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  15. That third picture is so pretty with the manicured lawn. Your garden is beautiful as well. I am curious about what looks like the remains of a rock wall...?

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    1. We have four different areas of garden at the rear and that pool area is in the walled garden which was built for us by a Cotswold stonewaller.

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  16. The Buscot garden photo of the long stretch of green punctuated by the stone/cement edged pool looks so lovely and cool. What a perfect place for a hot day. Your own garden looks equally cool and welcoming, and full of wonderful colour!

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    1. I really love that area of the Buscot garden and to have it all to ourselves on that particular day was perfect.

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  17. Two lovely gardens. Someone obviously works very hard to keep them looking so perfect as I know how easy it is for weeds to creep in and wild nature take over. Only cut my own lawn three weeks ago and the grass is ankle deep again.

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    1. Gardens certainly take time, but I don't think that I would like to be without one.

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  18. I love the water channels and the manicured lawn surrounded on both sides by gorgeous trees at Buscot. Do you know if Lord Farrington did the designing himself, or was it all left up to the professional?

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    1. The garden was designed for Lord Farrington by the renowned Arts and Crafts Garden Designer, Harold Peto.

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  19. Dear Rosemary, your garden looks so lovely!
    Yes - everything is growing 'like topsy' - even on my balcony! In Berlin the roses were in bloom 3 weeks early - this is a real rose year, so beautiful. And then, when I came to Bavaria last week, I could not trust my eyes: they had a lot of cold and rain and two weeks ago even some snowflakes - and so now the chestnuts were still in flowers! Here they have quite big green fruits. Britta

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    1. Dear Britta - so good to hear from you, and welcome back. Imagine seeing snowflakes just two weeks ago in Bavaria, but how I love that particular area.
      The weather is fickle and strange - we now have two vineyards close to where we live, one down in the valley and the other a short walk away from our home. If my parents was still alive, they would never believe that we could produce wine here, but it appears that we can now.

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