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Cleoriff
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The best part of summer for me is my garden.

I can't travel abroad now, so I put a lot of effort in making my garden as nice as possible during the summer months.

Not a big garden , although luckily, it's at the end of a cul de sac, so the builders gave us more than usual space.

 

We have lived here since 1969 (I know!) and had a garden makeover in the 90's.

 

The lawn is oval and pretty much destroyed by the cats! Round the lawn I have a variety of bushes, shrubs and trees. Winter, spring and summer flowering.

We also have a water feature at the side of the garden. We planted a cordyline in the middle of it. It was 2 ft tall when we planted it…and as you see now, it's over 10 ft tall.

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(I know the ivy needs a trim back...yet to find time to do that!

 

I made a decision early on that we would have a container garden on the patio area. I went rather OTT. I have a total of 24 pots. rofl

3 at the front of the house, and the rest in the back garden..

Summer bedding was a problem this year due to garden centres being closed during the Covid19 crisis.

Luckily I found a guy online who had his own plant nursery and I chose what I wanted, they were delivered at the end of May. 

 

My son helped me plant them up

A few pictures here (Excuse the quality...I just point and shoot)

 

Looking from the conservatory to the right

 

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At the back of this part is the bush that Ray razed to the ground when I asked him to trim back

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These are the pots at the front of the house

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 So that's a snapshot of my garden folks. Container gardens need a lot of watering, feeding and  'deadheading'

I do have rose bushes but that meant doing a 360 degree image and I had no time for it. 

So the garden has a water feature, seating areas, plenty of beautiful plants. When the sommer bedding dies off, each of those pots have winter bulbs. Snowdrops, tulips, daffodils etc etc. I usually buy some winter pansies and polyanthus

Each pot has a solar light in it and is lit up at night (Terrible photo...but there you go) rofl

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So this is my peaceful place. heart

 

Thanks for reading.

 

Does anyone else on the forum have a garden they love?

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LukasB
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That looks soooo nice! I wish I had a proper garden and not just my tiny balcony joy

 

And a bit of a specific question! What do you do about pests @Cleoriff ? I have these tiny black spidery bugs all over my plants expressionless

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Thanks @LukasB 

To be honest the only plants which get pests are the roses (blackfly)

You can buy a spray for it, but I prefer to use warm soapy water.
As for slugs, then I just pour salt on them. Disgusting pests.!

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I googled the blackfly and it is exactly what I have @Cleoriff - I used soapy water but they dont seem to be bothered by it - its more like a little shower for them joy

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@Cleoriff What a lovely garden you have

Thank you for sharing it with us

Such a lot of colour

I can admire the planning in your peaceful garden

I particularly like your oval shaped lawn

It comes across that you love your garden and enjoy working in it

Thank you particularly for the photos.

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Thank you for sharing the photos of your garden @Cleoriff 

I can now see why, and how much, you enjoy it. Looks lovely.

You should be very proud. 

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Wow! Enough there to put Padua (WRQ Anniversary question) to shame, @Cleoriff, despite Rayzer's best efforts over the years 😁

Love the solar lights, very twinkly !

Ace post, great use of pics, love it.
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Thanks @Anonymous and@Mi-Amigo 

You may notice we also have a bird table to the side of the gazebo. I didn't think it was a good idea with 2 cats but it works well. They just sit and watch the birds. Includes 2 robins which return every year . heart

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Thanks @pgn 

I love the lights. It means you can sit out in the warm weather and enjoy the evenings.

I did have a lot of lights on cords draped all over the water feature, the gazebo and the fence last year.....but Ray said it looked like Blackpool Illuminations rofl

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@Cleoriff wrote:

Thanks @Anonymous and@Mi-Amigo 

You may notice we also have a bird table to the side of the gazebo. I didn't think it was a good idea with 2 cats but it works well. They just sit and watch the birds. Includes 2 robins which return every year . heart


That's lovely @Cleoriff about the robins ... the bird table keeps the cats occupied but can't touch.

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