Garden Photos 2019

Name of walk Garden Photos 2019
Date of walk 2019-08-11

I haven’t posted a garden blog since 2015. After a few requests to see how my garden was growing, I have finally gotten around to it! When we moved in in 1991 the garden was just a field. All the houses had previously bought the field behind the house. This is why my garden is normal width but 300ft long! Gardening on Walney Island is often a challenge, but I like a challenge! This blog is just my personal record of what flowers when, which allows me to maintain a succession of flowering, and to make improvements and tweaks for the following year.

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The view from my desk, complete with camouflaged cat, on a rare snow day on Walney Island.

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I grew all my plants from seed or cuttings in the greenhouse.

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The garden in early May.

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My seedlings are now quite sizable and need to harden off.

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June, the plants are out and hardening off before planting out.

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A tour down the garden.

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Looking back to the house and my desk window.

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At this time of the year it is mostly Aquiligia, Lupin and Valerian in flower.

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Onion bed, a raspberry bed, brocolli, rhubarb, and a strawberry bed. On the right are apple trees. We also grow plums, damsons and cherries.

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A woodland area.

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Wildlife pond with a stony beach for paddling hedgehogs.

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Pond photo from spring.

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There are just fields at the bottom of the garden. Beyond that is the airfield and then Blackcombe. Our seat gets the sun at the end of the day.

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Brian the farmer's sheep and lambs.

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The greenhouse is cleared for tomatoes and chillies.

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My perennial wallflower flowered for three months!

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My front garden is slate scree. I grow my herbs here.

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The summer house is popular with my cat Tigger.

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He's rather a fat cat, and takes up far too much room on the sofa!

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It is often very windy on Walney Island so having somewhere to escape from the wind, but still enjoy the sunshine is essential. It has a great view. I can even see out to the Coniston Hills.

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Late June the foxgloves take over.

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Plus the Lupins are at their best.

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July. The Gladioli and Geranium start to flower.

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The red and white roses are flowering.

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Just outside the main gate is our composting area.

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The pond is home to newts, frogs, toads and various invertebrates. No fish... as they eat everything!

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I have grown Primula vialli from seed and they are now starting to flower.

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Lupins

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Last year's white foxgloves that I grew from seed are looking really good.

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View from the bedroom window over to Blackcombe.

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Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man.

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End of July the Campanula on the steps are flowering

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On the patio I have two beds where I grew annuals to attract butterflies and bees, with the added bonus of being just the other side of my desk window.

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A combination of Clematis, Malva and Catanache.

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One fat cat!

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The tomatoes have grown well. Sungold.

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Chillies at the back.

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A blue theme for the pots this year.

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The bed on the patio is a combination of Ladybird poppies, Chinese Forget-Me-Not, blue salvias, dwarf blue cornflowers and Viscaria cardinalis. Plus Night Scented Stock

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Front garden late July.

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Front window boxes.

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The next two photos I took from my desk. The pigeons line up waiting for the smaller birds to drop bird seed on the ground.

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We always have loads of Goldfinches.

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My Chilies. These are Jalapeno.

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Cayenne, Jalapeno and Bhut jolokia chilies.

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I am also growing cucumber and a 10ft courgette plant.

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Hawker Dragonfly on the top of a french bean cane.

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One of the numerous Painted Lady butterflies that I've seen in the garden this year.

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Small Heath.

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Speckled Wood.

Here is the link to the ‘2015 Garden Photos’ which also include some photos from the 1990’s showing how the garden evolved. http://josweeney.net/garden-2015/

Jo.

 

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