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Sunday
Aug072016

August is here.

So it´s August... and this past weekend felt definitely fall-ish. Where did summer go? But tomato season just started, so there should be a bit of summer left for us, yes? 

I am bringing lots and lots of flowers in these days... this cutting garden was the best idea ever! This week we had no less than four bouquets in the kitchen alone. 

A particular nice spot in the walled garden. 

My lovely stray Mathilda. She is just the cutest. I am already thinking of ways to make their lives more comfortable this winter. 

Long time no chicken picture! Let´s remedy this situation. 

A few years back we planted my husband´s favorite flower, Rudbeckia nitida, on the border to our neighbor. They love it there, and I think at this time it looks so nice. It´s just a riot of yellow. Especially nice if you squint your eyes. I did that for you in this picture with a wide aperture. You´re welcome.

I´ll repeat myself and say again that this cutting garden was the bestest idea ever.

Chard. I have a feeling that chard will be one of the plants that survive the apocalypse, if you know what I mean. (Sorry if that was mean, chard. Love you.)

This tomato ("Tigerella") is the surprise winner this year. So pretty, so tasty and while all the other plants already have a touch of the blight, these still look pretty good! 

The first orange pumpkin! Hello little fellow! 

Last but not least, Ludwig says hello. Have a happy week!

Monday
Jul252016

Summer days.

We had a few especially nice summer days around here, so beautiful that I´d like to bottle them up for January when we´re in the depth of winter misery. Ah well, better not to think of January but enjoy the goodness of July! I do realize that my pictures are very repetitive but here are a few from an evening walk through the garden. My cutting "garden" is above - spot the cat? 

My adorable Emma girl enjoying the evening... on top of the pumpkin patch, as you do! 

Last autum I planted hydrangeas along the fence to our neighbor. They are of the "Limelight" variety and while they´ll need a few more years to really shine I think they´re so nice already. 

White echinacea, my love - and that thistle again! In how many posts in a row can I include a picture of it? We will see!

...and last but not least, a few pictures from the walled garden where the phloxes are so pretty now! We did a little summer movie screening this Saturday (hence all the chairs in the background of the third picture). It was a lovely evening all around. How I love summer. 

Monday
Jul182016

Around here lately. 

Here are some pictures I took over the weekend. It was a good one. First of all, memo to myself, plant snapdragons again next year. I´ve had them in my house for weeks now and I love them so. 

We got a new dining room rug. The back story is here. The rug is technically a true grey but in this light is has some blue and green in it. I love it. (It´s from Urbanara like almost all my rugs - they have a sale until Wednesday! Not sponsored, just a fan!)

I baked a huge Mohnstriezel. It turned out perfect.

I usually love the walled garden in July, but this year honestly it´s not great. It has a lot to do with the drought we´ve been experiencing for months now, but I also think the beds are getting too crowded. I actually re-shuffled things in here last year but I think I need to be even more ruthless this autumn!

Beyond the walled garden - my favorite Origanum.

The big new border beyond the walled garden, coming along nicely I think, and on the left is the lavender border I was talking about in one of the previous posts.

Illustrated here by Ludwig. (Chasing butterflies). 

Oh man, I do love these. 

The veggie garden however is exceptionally pretty this year, if I say so myself. I´ve never received so many compliments from my neighbors and even my husband keeps telling me how nice it looks. 

The thing is I have lots of flowers this year in here and the combination is just especially nice. I´ve always loved the concept of a cottage garden where veggies and flowers grow side by side.... Don´t you love the hollyhocks?

This here is my little cutting "garden" - snapdragons, corn flowers, marigold and the huge pink/red flowers are Clarkia Unguiculata (Mandelröschen in German). I technically grew them for cutting but they basically drop dead five minutes after putting them in a vase so I just let them do their thing in the bed and enjoy them here. (Do you have any experiences with Clarkia? Am I doing anything wrong?)

So so so happy with the sweet peas this year. I´m able to bring massive bouquets in the house every few days. What a joy. Also, I love this picture. 

Also, Lutz says hi. Have a happy week!

Thursday
Jul072016

Another garden trip to England.

So I went on another garden trip to England, this time with my mom who enjoys gardens as much as I do while knowing a whole lot more about plants than I probably ever will. We started our tour with Nymans.

I liked it well enough there, what´s left of the house is really pretty and the rose garden is truly fantastic. However it´s a bit noisy with the highway so close - but on the plus side it´s only a 20 minute drive from Gatwick which was very convenient on that first day.

On day two we went to Alfriston Clergy House which apparently was the first building to be saved by the National Trust. Alfriston turned out to be one of my highlights of the trip. The village itself is very cute and there´s a tea shop that serves the most giant scones I have ever seen (we couldn´t try them since we ran out of time but you should if you ever go there!). Clergy House itself isn´t very spectacular (edit: by that I mean that it´s still a "preserved" ruin with a few mostly empty rooms - unless you are interested in the construction of old houses you probably won´t spend hours there) and also tiny, but the flower borders were lovely and they had the most wonderful kitchen garden I ever did see.

There were poppies everywhere, I have never seen anything like this.

The kitchen garden was a jumble of flowers and veggies, with overflowing raised beds and so much to explore in a relatively small space. Seriously gardens like this make me regret that I am such a neat freak; my garden will never look anything like this but oh man, I do love it elsewhere.

Later on that day we went to Charleston. Since I had loved it so much when I first visited last year I wanted to show it to my mom and the garden and house were as pretty as I remembered. I find the Bloomsbury group endlessly fascinating. I am currently reading Angelica Garnett´s "Deceived with Kindness" which is quite good. And I urgently need to watch "Life in Squares".

We only had a few hours to kill on the third day, so we went to Borde Hill which honestly I didn´t think was very special, but it had a nice rose garden and some killer Sussex views. (Edit: The garden at Borde Hill may not be my cup of tea but that doesn´t mean it´s not a great garden! I am sure it is greatly enjoyed by others every day.)

On day four we went to Wakehurst which originally wasn´t even on our list until we saw the highway sign. I´m so glad we went though because I thought this place was just fantastic. You could spend days here. The walled garden was just picture perfect (I am running out of superlatives here).

This is "Rosa Veilchenblau" on that wall there and I have been wondering where I could plant it in my garden ever since. So pretty against those stones!

We also went to Standen House on that day - a must see for a Morris fan like I am! Swoon! See that wallpaper in the first pic? It´s the same as I have in one of our bedrooms, just a different colorway. Standen also has a very nice kitchen garden and a pretty café in a converted barn.

Not pictured is Hever Castle which we visited on our last day before catching our respective planes (again, located conveniently close to Gatwick). I don´t have any pictures since I had already packed my DSLR, but the castle was very interesting and they had some fantastic rose-covered archways in the gardens. Lovely!

Sunday
Jul032016

A stroll through the garden. 

I took a little stroll through the garden this morning and here are a few pictures. Above are snapdragons (a favorite of mine) in my little cutting garden. 

I´ve planted a loong lavender border over the past years (a surprisingly expensive undertaking so I had to do it in stages) and this summer it finally looks like I´ve always imagined. 

Poppies by our barn. I have so many poppies in my garden this year, very happy about it. 

Echinops ritro "Veitch´s Blue" in its third year, also finally looking like I imagined. 

My sweet peas are looking surprisingly good this year! Seems it only took some complaining on this blog ;-)

Hollyhocks by the fence in the veggie garden, also finally happy again this year. Sadly only the white and yellow ones survived the winter.

Bonus picture. Ludwig sleeping in a sunny spot in the library. Love this redhead so much.