Firstly I'm still loving the Aquilegia. They've obviously seeded themselves far and wide and I've now found two different colours scattered around the borders. They are just about the only thing flowering at the moment and they do make me smile.
Having said that it won't be long before they are joined by these beauties. Daylilies. I can't wait for their golden yellow flowers to open up.
Despite not much in the way of flowering plants we do have a rather rampant Photinia which is rewarding me with its wonderful red foliage. It kind of makes up for the dead Acer earlier in the year, although I do have to keep chopping it back and losing the red leaves to keep it in check. They soon come back though.
Next to that is this rather neat looking Honeysuckle. Believe it or not this was a two inch high stump about three months ago. We had to chop it down following the collapse of the fence and we had planned to dig it up. DH put the wire conical around it to mark its spot but it rather loves growing up it now. I'm not kidding when I say it grows daily and we have to keep trimming bits off. It really needs something bigger to grow up but I'm reluctant to let it use the fence as I think this is why it fell down in the first place and I'm not prepared to deal with that again!
Lastly (and especially for Annie), I managed to get some good pictures of our Regal Fern which is now huge. It is quite different to the other ferns as it unfurls. I love the way it looks a bit like broccoli here but then the fronds become flat. Sort of like the pop up tent of the fern world!
That's about it on the garden front, although I didn't want to let another week go by without mentioning that we attended the Ideal Home Show in Manchester a few weekends ago. I was under no obligation to blog about it although I was sent the tickets but we had a fabulous day and saw lots of interesting things, including some garden related stuff to die for! My mum and I fell in love with something called a Breeze House which is like a little grass roofed hut with seating inside. It doesn't sound very exciting but they really are luxurious
I also didn't take a proper camera as I'm such a noob (to coin a phrase used by DS1) and so when I actually spotted a real life famous gardening person giving a talk I only got this shot:
|Look it's Diarmuid Gavin!|
Never mind eh? We had a blast though and it gave us loads of ideas (and blisters on my feet!).
As an aside, I'm using a different camera for my garden pictures this week. What do you think? Better or worse than usual?