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Vase OM and EoMV


Pan guards the entrance

flowers celebrate wildness

and happy buzzing bees


The little stone statue of Pan was found in a reclamation yard many years ago, and then found again yesterday whilst I was weeding, hidden under some rampant aquilegias. I thought he would be better placed guarding the fairy entrance to the underworld under the oak tree, but first he had a job to do – modelling as the prop for this week’s In a Vase on Monday, hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Pop across for a gorgeous floral feast and a tour of gardens across the world.


In the Vase: lavender, birdsfoot trefoil, cerinthe, lychnis, alchemilla mollis, and a purple thistle-flowered weed that I don’t know the name of, much loved by tiny bees.

My Flower of the Day is the BFT


with its tiny visitor


I’m staying in the garden to show you my EOMV hosted by Helen, The Patient Gardener

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Still lots to do but I’m getting there. I have moved a veg trug into the cage to get away from marauding sparrows. The wood was rotting so I have treated it and it awaits compost and plants.

Below is the view looking from East to West, complete with old bits of carpet keeping the strawberries clear of the soil.DSC_0003 (1)

The Autumn fruiting raspberries seem determined to take over the world – their lush growth is wonderful to see.

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On Cathy’s advice I did not cut back last year’s canes in February and I am getting a lovely early raspberry crop – Yum!!!! They are a bit smaller than last year and a bit more difficult to find under all the new growth, but worth it for being early.

The loganberry is magnificent and I have already had a few berries. It seems very happy with its north-facing position.DSC_0008 (1)

At last some decent gardening weather has turned up so I’d better get out there and clear more weeds.

Thanks for dropping by.

End of Month View: May


The fruit cage is nearly up – although the instructions for fixing the door is making my brain ache. You can see how the border looked last month by clicking here.

The loganberry growing up the fence is star of the show


masses of flowers, so hopefully masses of fruit to come


I plonked some strawberries in, not knowing how they would do here in this north facing border, but so far so good. (Aaargh, I’ve just noticed a bit of bindweed peeping through – a constant battle.)DSCF8913


The autumn fruiting raspberries have masses of flowers too – I’m following Cathy’s advice and waiting til they have fruited before cutting them back, I’m loving this method so far!

That is a marjorie’s seedling plum¬†tree to the left of the raspberries, which is fruiting for the first time.

There is a spindly looking blueberry bushDSCF8911

which although has some fruit on it, needs a bit of TLC and some ericaceous compost to cheer it up I think.


And although the area behind the caravan needs a lot of attention I’m pleased with the flowering of the white perennial wallflowers. I grew these from seeds from a friend’s garden and they smell divine in the evening. The honeysuckle grown from a cutting taken from a hedgerow seems to be doing well.

The two thornless blackberries continue to disappoint, but maybe they need to be moved to the South facing side.

The month of May is so full of promise.

Joining in with the End of Month View hosted by Helen, The Patient Gardener¬†which I discovered through Cathy’s blog, Rambling in the Garden.

A border I’m particularly proud of is the one in the front of the house, the planting is very Chelsea! It is mainly self-seeded, take minimum upkeep and has a wildness about it I love. This is where I hope to introduce some more alliums. I’ve struggled to take good enough photos but here are some of my attempts.

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I hope you are enjoying some wonderful gardens in your neck of the woods.


End of Month View: April

At last the caravan has been moved!!!

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To here – you can see the patch of dead grass where the caravan used to be and the frame of the roof of the fruit cage put in the position where it is to go (that is the frame of the cage door on the grass) DSC_1036 (1)– but first, digging over the ground….

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My lovely son turned up one cold windy morning at 8.15 to do a bit of digging for me; and the advantage of having a farmer for a son-in-law is that I have a huge pile of muck


to spread over the ground

and round the fruit trees, loganberry


blueberry bush and 2 thornless blackberries.

Joining in with Cathy and others in the EOMV on The Patient Gardener.

This is my fourth garden post out of 12 for ‘16 for 2016‘.

End of Month View



still not much to show in the way of change

A view in the opposite direction looking West.


However, knowing that I was going to be posting this photo has spurred me on to get some help. So my knight on a white charger is arriving at 10am this morning to talk about levelling the ground where the caravan will go, moving the caravan and removing the lace-cap hydrangea you can see on the right hand side, all pruned back ready to be lifted.

Fingers crossed – hopefully in a month’s time there will be something more interesting to share.

Inspired by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden – go see her beautiful garden if you need a better garden fix!