Thursday, 7 August 2014

How My Garden Grows: 1. August

I love to have a quiet wander around my garden first thing in the morning. Just checking out what's starting to flower and what new shoots are beginning to show through. By no means is my garden anything special. There were no flower beds when we moved here. No plants, no colour apart from tree foliage, so for my first post linking up with How does your garden grow? hosted by Manneskjur I'd like to focus on the colour that I have introduced over the last year, all of which I have either grown from seed, or planted cuttings kindly passed on from family members.

A small garden, home to two guinea pigs who happily munch on my lawn on a daily basis, it doesn't leave much room for planting. However I have introduced some potted plants to my patio and dug out a small bed, which is home to Fuchsia, Hebe, Sweet Peas, Roses, Poppies (which have faded back now) and a 'Bleeding Hearts' plant.






Hello Mrs Butterfly!






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8 comments:

  1. You've got lots of lovely plants and I think you might have the same Hebe as me. Is it a Hebe Sapphire? Nice to see your guinea pig :) I used to have them when I was little, they're lovely pets.

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  2. Hi Gemma, I'm not sure what variety the Hebe is to be honest. It was already growing in my front garden and I took a cutting of it to plant in my back garden. It took really well and has flowered twice already this year. We adopted our two guinea pigs from a neighbour about 3 years ago. No idea how old they are! They are great pets. :)

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  3. We have guinea pigs here too - Nibbles, Crunch and Super-Pig, I know exactly what you mean about them eating the grass - they are demons! If I don't move them every day I'd have bare patches everywhere. They do love being next to my veggie patch though, reaping the goodies!
    Some great colour in your garden and I bow to your skillz growing from seed - something I want to try next year (and it's not an excuse to buy a greenhouse despite what my husband thinks!)
    Thanks for joining in and sharing x

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    1. Cool names for guinea pigs! They so can eat. Our g-pigs are definitely definitely bigger than the average g-pig. We wonder whether they are actually half prairie dog!
      My experiences of growing from seeds is somewhat mixed. Only a few of those planted this year actually made it. My sunflowers got eaten by slugs and my tomatoes just withered and died. Hope you get your greenhouse! x

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  4. Lovely garden, so much colour, which is always fabulous.
    I get what you mean about a wonder about the garden in the mornings, a lovely way to start the day. I've been so surprised how well some our grown from seed plants have done, feels very rewarding to see the results

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    1. Thanks Amanda. Glad to hear you've had success too. It is quite an achievement when they actually start to flower. Its worth all the effort you put in getting them to that stage.

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  5. It's so amazing that you managed to capture the butterfly! I tried to get loads of butterfly shots in the butterfly house in Disneyworld but couldn't get any to stay still!

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. I think this butterfly must have been a bit sedated as it stayed there for ever, happily allowing me to photograph it. I tried to do the same with a bee the other day and that failed miserably!

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