They will be inside the computer then? I look forward to seeing them and will return the compliment with a few pics of the parents garden too if thats ok? With all the heavy rain here in the last 2 weeks the garden has gone ballistic!
My garden is growing like crazy! Considering that the 2 flower beds dissecting the width are only about 80cms wide I have a lot of flowers and colour. This is because I have planted pelargoniums, petunias, lobelia, and verbena in many terracotta pots. During the winter there will appear to be nothing in these pots (but there will be spring bulbs) and then the box hedging will be more apparent.
All of the pot planting will be white next year.
It may appear that there isn't much space but in fact there's a lot of room for the table near to the house and the garden seat at the far end of the garden.
My parsley plants on a seat made out of old stones that were already in my garden. They belonged to St. Thomas' Church that was demolished in the early 1800s. Some of these stones have been incorporated into the structure of my house.
When I was planning the garden I didn't know what to do with them. It seemed a shame to throw them out so I devised a way to shape them into a seat. The stonemason cemented them together in a very rough fashion; I'm a little disappointed with his handiwork.
Spindrift! Those parsley plants look great. I was envisioning some stringy, skimpy little things, but those have done wonderfully, especially considering the extended rainy cool weather you had this year. Grow on, little herbs, grow on!
I rather like the rusticity of the stone bench. It suggests that the garden has been there since the demolishment in the 1800s, which gives a nice feeling of historical continuity.
C'est magnifique! You've managed to create a wild and rather riotous garden with potted plants. I love the magenta peony. The bench looks very at home and is a great use of the old stones. I like it very much. There are five different types of stones in your photo, which adds texture to the overall lushness.
Well....the small stones under the seat have been specially gathered by me. I've slowly collected colours and shapes that appeal to me...most are from the stony beaches of southern england and some are from Dartmoor (granite in Dartmoor).
Actually it's a magenta (crimson even) old rose. It's from David Austen Roses and it's an old English variety called Shakespeare. I prefer pink and white roses but thought I'd try and be fashionable, hence the crimson. That rose might also be a Falstaff.... I also planted a Tess of the D'Ubervilles but I don't like it much. I am thinking of giving most of my climbing roses away and re-planting but the trouble is that there are few white roses that are climbing, (not ramblers which are too exuberant).
Oh yes, what a magnificent garden! You have a gift for layering the flowers and foliage. I too thought a clematis would add another layer of height and coverage. Your pots are beautiful Spindrift, I have always envied how some can pick the seemingly perfect arrangements. Some years my deck boxes overflow and some become sparse. Lake weather makes it difficult to keep a balanced garden.
We started a third garden on our property a few years ago and are slowly filling it with perenials, it is costly because it is such a large area to fill, but we are enjoying it.
It will be very nice to see how the bulbs come up this spring. Cheers, Mich