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A semi-mature, hardy individual who tries to get away with doing as little as possible in gardening as in life, still expects the best results & wonders why she is frequently disappointed! She likes to keep a photographic record of everything, good & frequently bad!

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Home Sweet Home

Who needs to travel the highways & bi-ways of the country on garden visits when you can stay at home & hide away in a veritable oasis of greenery, cup of tea in hand, the tinkle of the fountain in the background, the scent of lilies filling the air, a cat purring happily close by........ actually that last bit should read cat escaping over fence as if pursued by rabid dog but lets not be picky.

Not bad for a little terraced house, even though I say so myself. You see even lazy trollops can be proud of their achievements, even more proud than most in fact as these are gained at great cost to the individual!

This little bout of self-congratulation was brought about as I spent a large part of the day wandering round Borde Hill gardens with a good friend. The weather was lovely, the company was scintillating (I really should check the meaning of that word) & the award winning gardens were, well, disappointing. Now purely by chance we had got into the garden for nowt: free to RHS members until the end of July. Think how much more disappointed we might have been had we paid £7.50. I expect the place looks much better in the spring when the azaleas & rhododendrons are out but it really looked quite neglected. Even the borders round the very nice pond were half empty when they should have been full of colour. I don't expect perfection but I expect something better than that. I am not posting any pictures of it. You got mine instead.

Now for a little advice for other lazy gardeners. Grow Group 3 clematis: they grow, become a mess because you failed to carefully train & tie them in, they flower beautifully, you cut them right back in the late autumn/spring & make all sorts of resolutions to do better the next year & so the cycle continues. Here are some of mine.


  1. Dear MS B (got it right this time, just call me madame!)

    It is indeed an oasis of peace and beauty, all that with a cup of tea too.

    I like nothing more than travelling on a train in the UK and having a good look in people's gardens as I pass. This is the country of the high manicured hedge which is very frustrating to a peeper.

    I don't have much success with clems so am envious.

  2. Madame Graisses Coquin, thank you for your kind comments about the small section of garden I was prepared to show.

    I too love having a good nose in people's gardens: from the street, the train & the tube. It is also why I love visiting 'Yellow Book' gardens. Dusk has the added bonus of being able to nose indoors too!

  3. I really love your garden -very beautiful and it looks a fabulous place to relax in (although I would have to swap the cup of tea for a glass of wine ;o) )

    Great clematis photographs too!

  4. What's the little white Clem, Ms B (the first one)? - it's pretty.

  5. Juliet, hello. That is 'Gazelle', a non-clinger with a light scent. Very pretty indeed.

  6. Thank you! - I will nip over to the Hull site and look it up :)

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