Garden Open

It’s been ages since I posted anything. It’s been all systems go here for the past month or so. Mr Malc has been repairing fence post and trellis, getting the grass to look presentable and we have pulled so much spanish bluebell foliage up I don’t want to see anymore.


Even the greenhouse has had a makeover. Looking through the back windows you can see large clay pots looking like they are on a slippery slope. Well that has all changed, the shelving that was in the greenhouse has now gone behind it and a new staging rescued from the allotment now sits along the back of the greenhouse, this will accommodate all of the Auricula from the ladders during the summer. Note the wheelbarrow full of gravel, we had to empty the other staging before we could move it. We don’t do things by halves….


The greenhouse nearly finished.


All up and running much more usable space. Excuse the wooden window in the back….Talking of which I may even clean the windows…

Taking time out from all this work, around the garden, summer is proving bountiful already.



The Hay Basket is filling nicely with petunias and bijou sweetpeas and to follow, trailing begonia. The Birdcage is looking pretty with pink petunia and purple verbena.

I was a 60s teenager and the colours we wore then have in some way shaped the colours of my garden. I love putting orange with pink and purple, somehow it always looks right.


Pink peony and orange wallflower


Orange poppies and a purple iris


Orange wallflower with purple alliums and red salvia.

Also this year I have a good crop of apricots, keeping my fingers crossed, I don’t lose any. In the past 4 years since I have had this I have only had 4 apricots off, but this year I’ve counted 20+. Planted on a south facing fence and grown as an espalier with two tiers.


And to finish…..Last year my sister in law gave me a seedling of meconopsis baileyi…and look what I found this week. A perfect end to a busy week.


And for all my followers who are local here is the poster for the trail….hope to see you ….

Beeston Garden Trail


Filed under From The Sewing Room To The Potting Shed

24 responses to “Garden Open

  1. Good luck, I am sure it was be a brilliant weekend, just like your lovely garden! x


  2. Exciting times. Have a great weekend and bask in the visiting gardeners as they enjoy your beautiful gardens and greenhouse.


  3. I’m glad you are “back.” YOur garden seems to be coming along quite nicely.


  4. Next time! 🙂 (the trail) Sadly, my visits are usually only a couple of days, or I might. Looks like you’re having fun. Love the blue poppy 🙂


  5. Have a good day, I hope the sun shines for you. I would be there if it was a bit nearer. Your greenhouse is pristine, I wish you would come and do mine.


  6. Remarkable successes with the apricots and Meconopsis! I have tried to grow Meconopsis from seeds without success. Amelia


    • Thank you… I am really looking forward to the apricot…if the couple I had before are anything to go by I will be in apricot heaven. I sponsored Plant World Seeds last year when they went to Napal and received 12 pkts of seed one of which is a meconopsis. They have germinated 4 got eat by snails and I have rescued the rest. I’m keeping my fingers crossed…. Sue

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      • I think the germination is the most difficult part, lovely flowers. One thing I noticed with my apricots was that they are best eaten as soon as possible. One year I kept some carefully in the fridge for my daughter who was visiting later and they had lost all their special flavour.


  7. All looking good – i hope the meconopsis holds for the weekend 🙂


  8. Very nice! Enjoy your lovely space!


  9. Have a great weekend and I hope you have the chance to enjoy it as well!
    The greenhouse looks wonderful, great job, and my fingers are crossed for the apricots 🙂


    • Thank you. The afternoon goes so quickly I really do have to try to remember to take pictures and I always carry a notebook and pencil, people often want bits that I haven’t pottered up so I end up with addresses and phone numbers for plants later….love it really … 🙂


  10. I love the birdcage! And what a nice surprise when I clicked on it for a closer look – a visitor!


  11. Hope to be there, Sue – although we nearly came last Sunday by mistake! 🙂


    • Well my sister rang this morning asking if I wanted any help this morning for tomorrow… I said next week Mrs… I don’t know, what are calendars her really..Looking forward to seeing you and being as you will have come from far of counties a cuppa and cake will await you… 13/14 th Sue


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