I didn't do much with the garden over the winter and spring, except plant out some things in pots, because I was thinking we would have moved by now, but we're still here, and the garden is just a little bit crazy but at least it's not overrun by nasturtiums this summer.
I have a kind of ad hoc herb garden (because some previous tenants had planted rosemary and sage) but the mint is (unsurprisingly) taking over the chives...
One of the Phormiums is flowering...
They always remind me of miniature bananas.
What remains of the Buddleia (the wind snapped a lot of it off) is flowering...
This variety is called Harlequin and is supposed to have variagated (green and white) leaves, but they all fell off about a year after I bought it, and it's never shown any interest in becoming re-variagated since.
Another plant put in by previous tenants is this Leycesteria.
We have a west facing garden and it had been planted against the south wall. This meant it faced north and got no sun. I moved it to the other side of the garden and it seems very pleased with the relocation; it grew nearly 6 feet in the first summer after I moved it. The birds love the fruits in the winter too.
These geraniums came with us from the UK, and I planted them out earlier this year...
They seem to be glad to be out of the confines of a pot.
I love Lobelias. They're just so blue, they're fabulous. I bought some in the spring (I have to buy plants and seeds even if I know we're moving - I think it's something genetic), and this is the only plant that didn't succumb to the slugs.
Raspberries. Delish. These were also in the garden when we arrived, and I didn't prune them back because they didn't seem to be doing very well (another victim of the north facing wall).
Well, this year, they've perked up and we have a raspberry jungle. And lots lof raspberries.
Double yum. I feel a pavlova coming on...
I have nearly as many pots indoors as outdoors. A large proportion of them are Sansevieria (Mother-in-law's Tongue). In retrospect, I was far too soft hearted. I bought one plant. It liked the windowsill so much that it produced a load of new shoots. So I divided it and repotted the plants. They all liked the windowsill too and produced new shoots of their own. Awww. I divided them and repotted them too.
Now I have TWENTY pots of Sanseveria. I will not be doing any more repotting, I can tell you! So if anyone is in Ireland and wants a free pot plant, you know who to ask.
And this one is about to flower...
I've never seen Sanseveria flowers before so I shall be interested to see how they turn out.
So not a nasturtium in sight this year. I do like them, but a garden is so much more interesting and rewarding (ummm, pavlova) when it has more than one plant in it, don't you think?
ooh! p.s. Second tooth through this morning!