Tuesday, August 05, 2014

What's in the garden?

My computer has been going slow and the brilliant Son-in-Law 1 worked out that it's something to do with the fact that I have 21,000 photos saved on it. Oh no, I said. I can't possibly have that many. But I do. This is a totally impractical number so I must do something about this (what?). Meanwhile he and Mr L have added some memory and the computer is happy again. And I took more photos today; silly me.

Daughter 2 is up from London for over a week, which is lovely except that it'll be all the worse when she goes away again. We all had a happy time in the sandpit this afternoon. (Except Mr L, who took the opportunity for a nap.)

Many of the herbaceous plants are over for the summer but this lily -

- and this phlox - are filling the air with scent.

These Japanese anemones, though they're attempting to take over the whole garden, are so pretty at this time of year (but some of them are DOOMED - I must reassert my authority).

Agapanthus. I know it's a weed in Australia and indeed it's getting quite big and I don't think I could ever dig it out of the garden in my decrepitude, but I love it.

More lilies - what we used to call Turk's heads but I suppose this may be politically incorrect now.

And the agapanthus outside my kitchen window. I'm very proud of its enormous blossoms and fortunately I shall be long gone before it fills the entire flower bed and escapes on to the drive.

I will not burden you or my poor computer with photos of my dahlia and lupin plants, nurtured with love and then stripped bare by slugs/snails. Grrrrr.


  1. I believe you can chop out your agapanthus, divide the clump into smaller pieces and plant them in different places......but as I have never grown any, I don't really know for sure! They are quite prolific seeders which is why they are weeds here, our climate ensures that they grow all year round.

  2. Yes, but you first have to dig out your agapanthus, for which I need a strong young man. I'll just leave it!

  3. Ahhh, the slugs LOL! Your flowers are so beautiful -- I was thinking about when we visited your garden -- just about this time of year! Have a wonderful time with DD2 -- seize the moment!

  4. Hang a sign out --- "Isabelle's Botanical Garden" --- Tours daily. Call for appointment. I'd come.

  5. I love all your photos and think it would be wonderful to see it - and you too, of course. My garden is so tiny and so crowded, and I do not suppose I will ever return to the days of yore when I had so much more space and very many more plants.

  6. Anonymous5:14 pm

    You could upload all your pictures to a hosting site, like Photobucket or Image Shack or Flickr and then delete them from your computer, or put them on a memory stick, you can get 32 GB ones for not very much money.

    Your Phlox sounds delicious, mine has no perfume at all, the same with the Philadelphus. Your garden is rather lovely.