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Rain didn’t stop play

Saturday we opened the garden in support of the National Gardens Scheme.

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The day had a promising start with bright sunshine and not a cloud in the sky but the humidity heralded the torrential rain and thunder storm that was to hit mid-afternoon.

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5070d7f8-de42-48de-8e08-f0e1fafb81e5Some came armed with umbrellas and rain coats and some with nothing but a positive attitude and much laughter as they resigned themselves to getting absolutely soaked through!


Huge thanks to The Pot Place for loaning five ’emergency’ hanging baskets. We had ordered some self watering ‘cup and saucer’ ones which have an inbuilt reservoir and only require watering twice a week,  but they didn’t arrive and the courtyard wouldn’t have looked as good without the lovely flowers.

Thanks go to Phil’s Mum  who helped with last minute weeding, tidying and ticket sales and his Dad who counted legs, divided by two and kept the visitors entertained in the garden.

cd2f57da-8d0f-4451-88cb-76ce86d20bbcThanks also to our lovely friends who paid to come in although they have seen the garden many times before.

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We turned the summerhouse into a pop-up gallery to display some of Phil’s work.

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And we get to do it all again for NGS on Sunday 11th June 12-5pm … hope to see you then!

Late Bloomer

We received a letter yesterday informing us that the Open Garden event raised £1500 which will be split equally between our village hall and church. It’s a pity  that our flowers were a little late. Here are some that were not out or at their best on the day.

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Eryngium x Zabelli 'Jos Eijking'

Eryngium x Zabelli ‘Jos Eijking’

Hydrangea 'Blue Wave'

Hydrangea ‘Blue Wave’

Salvia 'Superba'

Salvia ‘Superba’

Scabious 'Pink Mist'

Scabious ‘Pink Mist’

Phygelius 'Devil's Tears'

Phygelius ‘Devil’s Tears’

Cotoneaster variety unknown

Cotoneaster variety unknown

Purple Speedwell

Purple Speedwell

Scabious 'Butterfly Blue Beauty'

Scabious ‘Butterfly Blue Beauty’

Garden view

Garden view

Hoster,Hydrangea and foxglove in the courtyard.

Hoster,Hydrangea and foxglove in the courtyard.

 

 

 

Comb raiders

Phil noticed a lot of bee activity around the abandoned comb left by our swarm yesterday and on closer inspection, it wasn’t Honey bees but Bumble bees, robbing out the pollen. We also spotted a wasp at the top of the comb and a couple of Honey bees helping themselves.

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Bumble bees collecting pollen from Honey bee comb. Bumble bee in flight bottom left.

 

 

 

Summertime Blues

We brought a Ceanothus ‘Puget Blue’ (also known as Californian Lilac), with us when we moved from Dorset 3 years ago. It’s a lovely evergreen shrub with very blue, very distinctive flowers – they look like little clouds of pure colour. Ours is covered with flowers, announcing to the village that the warmer, brighter weather is here. The leaves are small and dark green, so a good contrast against the backdrop of our Red Hazel tree. There are different varieties of Ceanothus – all with varying blue flowers (Puget Blue has the deepest, richest blue of all), flowering in spring or late summer and ranging from 1m to 6m in height – so check the label when buying!.  It’s a show stopper, a mass of vivid blue blooms and a magnet for our Honey bees, but particularly Bumble bees. So Phil took some macro photographs and here are the results.

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“Sheltered housing”

We have been  thinking of creating a logo for The Buzz Shelter that can be made in stained glass so that it has its own brand and identity and we quite like the idea of flowers as bee shelters or little ‘Buzz Shelters.’ I noticed a very large white tail bumble bee having a good drink of nectar from the daffodils by our front door. She spent ages inside each trumpet so I was able to get some good photographs.

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