Where is the sun

June 2014 and we have not had much sun the odd day here and there. The Lilly plants seem to be getting taller and taller but buds are not opening yet.
There has been an abundance of bees in the trees feeding on lilac and elder flowers and of course the climbing hydrangeas flowers also many mating ladybirds.
The new grapevine needs the sun.


The May Garden

Well it’s May, and the garden is looking good, now that”s usually hard for me say because for me it’s  never quite good enough! My Bonsai are leaving out wonerfully, there are lot’s of tadpoles some with back legs, The decking project is ust about finished, all the lillies are up not in flower yet and i didn’t loose any to the squirrels this year, the Azaleas are in full bloom and stunning.

The sick Azalea i told you about is slowly coming back to health however it wont be this season, now there’s a story! after finding soft scale i had to take drastic action ( details are in past posts) I washed it with a mix of neem oil and horticultural soap, then over a period of weeks  i hosed it and sprayed it and hosed it and sprayed it then i read somewhere that non bio clothes wash liquid mixed with water would do jst as well so i tried it ( a lot cheaper than neem) it did the job beautifully all the black came of the leaves and the branches and the plant was trying so hard to come into flower and i had to keep cutting them off to give it a rest, i am talking thousands of flowers not just one or two. I persivered  and now i have lots of new growth which looks free from pests. i also purchased Diamatacious earth  to help bugs naturally i will post some photo’s then and now.

Lots  and lots of bees in the garden today despite the cat trying to catch them and of course the very large Clematis montana looking fabulous


In my garden I have 8 Azalea’s which are all approx 25 years old they are and always have been stunning each spring. However one or two I have noticed black sooty mould on stems and leaves , on closer inspection on the underside of the small leaves with a magnifying glass to my horror they have soft scale ( coccus hesperidium) I sat at my computer for hours reading about what can be done to help my plants naturally of course as I don’t use pesticides. So I think horticultural oil and neem oil which is going to be somewhat difficult due to the thousands of small leaves and the task of reaching each one is going to prove impossible and bering in mind it is in bud at the moment. It makes me so sad to think I might loose these magnificent plants due to a pest!

A mystery indeed

Having had a pond full of frog spawn, alas it as now vanished ! it could have been the very cold night we had last week, the pond is covered so it’s not land preditors i dont have newts, any idea’s would be welcomed.

White Strawberries

Well i never expected that frost this morning here in the northwest however the sun was with to warm the garden up quickly.

Yesterday i planted up my white strawberries, i purchased a parent plant last year and from this  i got lots of runners before the autumn, i now have a dozen. we shall see how they fair compared to the red.

The white strawberry (Fragaria Vessca) is suppose to taste like pinapple, why is it white, well it’s lacking in a protein called Fra a1 this protein is needed to turn them red