Garden at the end of May

French lavender
Bottom of the garden
Geranium Phaeum
Blue geranium – this didn’t flower last year but it is looking super this year
Blue geranium from the back
Californian lilac
Honeysuckle and clematis – this covers a really ugly wooden fence
Wildflower patch

London planting

The other day, my husband pointed out that we have a couple of gaps in our back garden / yard in London and that I could plant something there.  This is quite exciting – although I have done loads of planting in the IoW, the garden in London tends to get ignored a bit.  However, other people around us are far more diligent.  I ended up taking some photos as there are quite a few plants that are looking amazing.

I love these poppies (Liverpool Road)
I didn’t realise that rhododendrons would grow in London as we have alkaline soil (Liverpool Road)
I can’t remember what this plant is. The flowers remind me of gorse and broom (Liverpool Road)
A really light Californian lilac (Liverpool Road)
A darker Californian Lilac (Almeida Street)

At present, we have a lilac tree which is beautiful when it flowers but the flowers are short lived (we completely missed them when we were away).  I’d always thought that I’d like another lilac, either darker or lighter (so like the lilac trees in St Petersburg) but maybe a Californian Lilac would also be very pretty (and perhaps the flowers would last a bit longer).

Plant buying!

I know I’m being a bit useless about posting – we are on holiday for Easter and my laptop in the IoW is the clunkiest, freeziest piece of crap ever.  So I’m doing this on my phone.

The other day I went to the garden centre for a little looky look and found SOME TEUCRIUM.


This is really exciting because I’ve looked and looked for it – so has my gardener – and no one has had it.  But there it was!  So I bought some.

I also got some Californian Lilac, white salvia and lemon thyme (to replace the stuff that died).  I’ve planted the Californian Lilac and the TEUCRIUM at the front where all my Calamintha Nepeta died.  The salvia plugged a gap where some thyme died (I think the bed at the front gets a lot of sea spray).  The lemon thyme replaced some…um…lemon thyme.

The problem with planting new herbs is that my husband, when cooking, tends to ask for massive fistfuls of rosemary / sage / thyme / whatever and that isn’t always possible when the plants are this new.  I am very territorial over the herbs as I am convinced that if anyone else cuts into them, they will die.  However, this seems to happen regardless so perhaps I should chill out.


My garden

Yesterday morning, my son got me up at 7am and DEMANDED to inspect his spring onions right away.  They aren’t looking all that great – although we did find one tiny carrot.

Spring onions - a bit weedy
Spring onions – a bit weedy

We are planning to sow carrots next but our builder needs to dig the bed up (including my herb garden) to locate and fix a leak in the basement.  He can’t do that until it has been dry for about a week so I can’t decide whether it is worth just going ahead and sowing them on the grounds that it is NEVER dry in the Isle of Wight for a whole week.  So it will never happen.

Looking round the rest of my garden, it’s looking okay.  Quite a few of the plants I whined about last month have started perking up – so they aren’t all dead.  However, I have a lemon thyme and some marjoram that needs replacing.  Also, all that calamintha nepeta I had at the front really is totally dead.  I’m considering putting a Californian Lilac in their place – bees like that well enough, right?  Or, perhaps a hydrangea?  Something like this?

One of my rosemary plants has suffered quite a lot in Storm Katie – massive great branches of it have been ripped off.  I hope it survives.  Yesterday, I saw a bee on one of my other (horizontal) rosemary plants, which made me extremely happy.

My son and I had a go at scattering some poppy, cornflower and wetlands seeds in the wildflower meadow.  I don’t know whether they will all take (particularly as my son tends to throw the seeds on top of existing plants, rather than the soil) but that is okay.  The wildflower meadow is an interesting one – some things seem to be doing really well but others (like the white rosebay, which I had been told was RAMPANT) have disappeared altogether.

I’ve had some fun putting compost around my plants and generally having a tidy up.  My new buddleia plants are doing really well but the hydrangeas don’t have leaves out yet – perhaps I pruned them too hard.  The plan for this weekend is to plant some sunflower seeds with the kids.  They should be more rewarding than the spring onions.