|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.
The view from my desk, complete with camouflaged cat, on a rare snow day on Walney Island.
I grew all my plants from seed or cuttings in the greenhouse.
The garden in early May.
My seedlings are now quite sizable and need to harden off.
June, the plants are out and hardening off before planting out.
A tour down the garden.
Looking back to the house and my desk window.
At this time of the year it is mostly Aquiligia, Lupin and Valerian in flower.
Onion bed, a raspberry bed, brocolli, rhubarb, and a strawberry bed. On the right are apple trees. We also grow plums, damsons and cherries.
A woodland area.
Wildlife pond with a stony beach for paddling hedgehogs.
Pond photo from spring.
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.
Brian the farmer's sheep and lambs.
The greenhouse is cleared for tomatoes and chillies.
My perennial wallflower flowered for three months!
My front garden is slate scree. I grow my herbs here.
The summer house is popular with my cat Tigger.
He's rather a fat cat, and takes up far too much room on the sofa!
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.
Late June the foxgloves take over.
Plus the Lupins are at their best.
July. The Gladioli and Geranium start to flower.
The red and white roses are flowering.
Just outside the main gate is our composting area.
The pond is home to newts, frogs, toads and various invertebrates. No fish... as they eat everything!
I have grown Primula vialli from seed and they are now starting to flower.
Last year's white foxgloves that I grew from seed are looking really good.
View from the bedroom window over to Blackcombe.
Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man.
End of July the Campanula on the steps are flowering
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.
A combination of Clematis, Malva and Catanache.
One fat cat!
The tomatoes have grown well. Sungold.
Chillies at the back.
A blue theme for the pots this year.
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
Front garden late July.
Front window boxes.
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.
We always have loads of Goldfinches.
My Chilies. These are Jalapeno.
Cayenne, Jalapeno and Bhut jolokia chilies.
I am also growing cucumber and a 10ft courgette plant.
Hawker Dragonfly on the top of a french bean cane.
One of the numerous Painted Lady butterflies that I've seen in the garden this year.
Female Gatekeeper.....with thanks to Mary Singleton.
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/