An Artist’s Garden

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The gateway invites us into the garden

I’m lucky to work in many different gardens, owned by many interesting people; n one more so, than a garden which belongs to an artist. In keeping with my policy of ensuring my customers’ privacy, I will not name her, but she is much appreciated for her work.  She is also much appreciated by me for creating such a great garden to work in.  Throughout the year, I enjoy colour, form and texture that only a true artist can create.

We have spent many a happy time wandering around the garden, admiring the flowers,  shrubs and trees, and I have recently filmed a video of this garden to share with you.  Entitled, ‘An artists garden in Kirkcudbright’, it features many wonderful plants for your entertainment. Just to whet your appetite, here are a few photos from the garden.

 

 

Here’s  a link for the accompanying video ‘An artists garden in Kirkcudbright’

Please enjoy both this article and the video and feel free to share them with your friends.

All down hill from here on 

Once we are past Midsummer’s Day, and of course the first round of hedge cutting, life in the garden feels easier. I know I’m on my way to Autumn and things will finally slow down. Before that however, I have a whole two months of late summer to look forward to. Now come the Dahlias, Crocosmias,  Alstroemerias, Sweet peas, Agapanthus and Hydrangeas to name but a few. So enjoy the journey!! Here are a few pics to help us on our way.

 

 

So far so good 

It has been an excellent first half of the year. Everything with one exception, has flowered exceptionally well. I feel this was down to the fact that the winter was so long. Cold temperatures persisting right into April, meant buds were delayed in flowering. By the time things did flower, they put on an excellent show. It was the same for fruit trees. Sometimes in this part of the world, we have very mild winters, causing blossom to flower much too early, resulting in frost damage and lack of pollinators. It is the absolute reverse this year, and fruit trees and bushes are laden with fruit. It should be a bumper harvest so long as the sun continues to shine in August and early September.

 

Good harvest on the way!!!!

 

Now the exception, the one shrub which fared really badly in and around Kirkcudbright, was the hebe. Many were devastated by the cold easterly gales and many will not recover. I have had to remove quite a few already. Depending on what you decide, hebes can either be taken out, or cut back to fresh growth if there is any to be found.

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Poor hebes

Down to the ground   

The plants which gave us such a good show in early summer are now looking bedraggled.

 

 

The solution is to chop them to the ground. They will soon regrow and in some cases     re-flower before the end of summer.

 

 

Quiz question answer

The answer to the last blog quiz question was Crinodendron.

 

 

It is also known as the Chinese Lantern Tree, favouring semi-shade and acid soil. This  shrub will brighten your garden in early summer.

This time, instead of a quiz I thought you would be interested to see the progress of one of our earlier contestants. You may remember my blog post ‘Beware  Swamp Monsters’ published at the end of April when I asked you to identify Gunnera as our mystery plant.

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Fast forward two months later and we have this.

 

 

 

 

After just two months, I would say it is now over seven feet tall –  truly amazing!. I will update you again in September.

Well that’s all for this blog. Thanks again for joining me. I really appreciate your company. If you’d like to get in touch, contact me by email at davesgardeningtales@gmail.com or join me on my facebook page davesgardeningtales.

Thanks once again and I’ll return on Thursday 19th July 2018 with more gardening tales.

Until then, happy gardening.

Dave