Here we are in early summer. There have been a good few warm days so far and also some very heavy rain yesterday. This means that the garden is having an explosive growth spurt. All of the spring bulbs are spent, as are the primroses, although a few yellow pansies remain.
Hydrangea with new growth.
The lavenders have doubled in size.
Hydrangea at the other end of the garden bed also looking healthy.
Last week I planted this new Japanese maple to replace the other one that was planted last year. This one has more robust leaves so I hope it will withstand the exposed position a little better. The other one kept drying out as its leaves were like little feathers.
This is what the front garden looked like a year ago when we were right in the middle of Stage 2 of the renovation.
It’s good to look at photos like this and see how far we have come.
Out the back the fern garden is coming along nicely. You can see that I have moved the Japanese maple with the delicate leaves to this more protected postion.
The view from the kitchen window is improving. Avert your eyes from the crazy paving path and the leaning fence. All in good time…
With the new fern garden in place, we decided it was time to scatter the ashes of dear old Doris and Orlando. Doris died in Australia in 2009 and Orlando in Liverpool in 2011.
We scattered their ashes in the garden bed around the Dicksonia Antarctica fern that was imported from Australia.
Doris and Orlando loved their fern garden back in Australia, so it’s only fitting that they should have one here in the UK too. You can also see a more mature Dicksonia Antarctic tree fern that Doris is lying under on the left of the photo.
Oliver and Ruby are well.
As is Rosie, who had her fifth birthday in late April.
I finally got around to framing this limited edition print by the artist Paul Bommer which illustrates Christopher Smart’s poem “For I will consider my cat Jeoffrey”.
It was one of the first things I bought for the Edwardian House when we moved in.
It’s a great piece and I could look at it for hours.
It is in the breakfast room right next to the cat tree.
In the back garden I have cleared one corner that was dominated by an overgrown holly tree and a shrub underneath it. The entire back fence will need to be replaced so I am just trying to clear it enough for access. The soil level is quite high here too as this was an old garden refuse heap, so we will need to do some digging to lower the ground level.
The lawn hasn’t been cut for three years, though I am managing to get a handle on controlling the bindweed that used to grow in the beds by the compost bin.
I am also tackling the other pest – the blackberries. It’s just about keeping the whole back garden under control until we can re-landscape it.At least you can still see the path down the other side of the house.
The wall of ivy has this year’s new growth too.
Our neighbour’s beautiful lawn. If only we could annexe her garden somehow…
Grey squirrel helping herself to the bird food.
In the guest bedroom we have replaced the single bed with a double, in preparation for summer guests.
In other news, we had a nice time on our holiday to the Cote d’Azur.
We stayed in Nice.
Lovely views from the Colline du Chateau (Castle Hill).
We had a day where we drove along the Grande Corniche past Eze, Monaco and Menton and went into Italy.
Eze from the Grande Corniche.
Dolceacqua in Italy.
We visited Renoir’s house in Cagnes-sur-Mer.
Built around the same time as the Edwardian House it was great to see that Renoir also had a quarry tile floor in the kitchen.
It’s just like ours except his tiles are hexagonal and ours are square.
Interestingly, when I visited Monet’s house in Giverny last year with Frogdancer, he also had a quarry tile floor. I’m glad we kept ours.