I can’t believe it has been two weeks since my last post and I am amazed myself that I haven’t had any time to sit down and write but there it is.
So you may well ask what have I been doing?
Two weekends ago we had a flying visit to Scotland – the weather was just right for gardening and I spent the whole of Saturday in the undergrowth with my little furry friends here uncovering signs of life on my woodland walk.
Come and have a little wander…
Remember this is in Scotland and even though we pick up the milder weather of the Gulf stream everything is much later coming out up there. Soon this part of the garden will be covered in a mass of Dicentra, Heuchera sanguinea and Solomons Seal.
Even the Fatsia along the stream bank has survived the harsh salt laden winter winds and has kept its glossy leaves.
Below is the site where the large Pines once stood before the gales a couple of years ago – I actually like the old tree stumps although I would have preferred to still have the trees of course. It would weaken the stream bank to remove the stumps but it is almost impossible to mow the grass and using the strimmer is extra work so I have ideas that I will turn this into a stumpery and plant different species of ferns here mingled with suitable stream bank plants. I love the way the moss is spreading over the mounds.
In my garden at home here in Yorkshire I have put the bulbs I bought a few weeks ago into pots to brighten up the front garden.
…and this little beauty below is a primrose coloured Rhododendron – it is very special to our family and has pride of place in our garden. It was specially bred and named after my hubby’s grandfather, R W Rye, when he worked as head gardener from 1921 at Lochinch Castle, Stranraer for the Earl of Stair (whose mother Davina Bowes-Lyon is a first cousin of the Queen). It received the Award of Merit at the Royal Horticultural Society in 1951. We have taken a few cuttings over the years as it is not widely available in garden centres and I will be planting one at the cottage very soon.
The rest of my time apart from another trip to see our kitchen planner has been spent decluttering and cleaning my house and it is finally beginning to take shape and any month now I will be ready to begin the decorating!
More about that another night. I have a bit of catching up to do with everyone – I have been reading most posts but apologies for my lack of comments recently.