Leggy Irene Watts, creeping thyme and a very prickly visitor

Leggy Irene Watts

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Irene Watts is an excellent rose and deserves a place in any garden. These bushes had been in for around sixteen years and had got rather leggy. This year we took the plunge and cut them all down to around one inch in January! Adding some rose fertilizer and a mulch we then waited………….and waited………… and after eight weeks new growth broke through and the bushes took on a new life.07_07_16_2773

The bushes are compact again, have been flowering for over eight weeks and look set for another sixteen years.

Clematis of the week

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Clematis Ascotiensis

Clematis Ascotiensis is a very nice shade of blue, it has large flowers and they bloom from June to September. The height will be around 6 to 8 feet and the spread around 3 feet.

Creeping Thyme

Any paved patio area needs planting pockets.11_07_16_2866There are many low growing plants to consider but Creeping Thyme is my favorite.11_07_16_2865The drainage will need to be good but then it will look after itself, giving a great aroma when you walk on it and insects love it.

A prickly visitor

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It is not often we see hedgehogs during the day. This one was quite small so maybe it had lost its mother and was looking for a new home. We fed it some peanuts and ‘June drop’ apples which it seemed to enjoy. And then it left our garden, crossed the lane and went into a neighbouring garden. However, we do have lots of hedgehogs living in our garden as evidenced by the little black piles we come across on the lawn and we have a number of wood heaps where they make their home.

Another sunny day; another photograph

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The last week we have finally had some summer weather. With temperature at 32c in the garden and high humidity it has not been gardening weather.  The sun beds have been used a lot this last few days. As always in England the heat ended in a heavy rainstorm which can play havoc with the flowers. The rose growing over the arch is Rosa Ghislaine de Feligonde.  Clusters of small flowers bearing a sweet musky fragrance are produced repeatedly throughout the summer into the autumn. Blooms vary in colour going from orange/yellow to cream. The rose in the tree is Rosa Bobbie James, a vigorous rambler capable of considerable climbing feats, especially into trees or hedges. In addition in the foreground is Nepeta x faassenii, Osteospermum Tresco Purple and Rudbeckia Berlin.

 

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3 thoughts on “Leggy Irene Watts, creeping thyme and a very prickly visitor

  1. I had to check the date on your post because a blogger from London told me that London is in a heat wave. I have had no idea what weather to expect, so I packed many layers just in case. Your roses are beautiful and chopping them back was a good move. The hedgehog is adorable. I hope I see one when in the UK. As a wildlife photographer, I never saw one in the “wild”. I guess they run all over since I see it on the lawn. I have had thyme in my pavers years ago before I changed designs. The bees loved it. Now I grow it in containers for the bees. My paving was bordered by Hidcote and Munstead Lavender (like a small hedge). It was bee heaven, yet still is since my garden is a lot of native (Navitar) plants. With a changing climate, Lavender is a lot more iffy whether is will survive our winters with no snow cover. Beautiful gardens, just what I expect in the UK.

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