Thursday, 28 June 2012

After the rain.

When I pulled back the curtains this morning it was to a world bejewelled with raindrops glinting in the low morning sun.  I couldn't wait to get out and take some photos.

Cotinus coggygria Royal Purple - otherwise known as the Smoke Bush.

Climbing rose Compassionis had been neglected over the last few years and was cut hard back this spring.  It's never flowered so well.

This wild rose sprang from the roots of a sad old climber that was in the garden when we inherited it 35 years ago. I had cut it to the ground several times bt the wild rose persists. I now leave it to ramble 20' up to the top of a neighbouring silver birch - causing much comment from visitors who have never seen a flowering birch!!

A rather fragile clematis which snaps when attempting to wind it into place, has eventally found its way with a lot of persuasion onto the patio trellis.

Geraniums are happy in the shade of the apple and birch trees

Fuchsia genii has startling colours which really zing planted next to a purple-leaved berberis It' supposed to need full sun to retain its colours but this plant is lucky if it gets a couple of hours a week!

The Fairy rose is a fantastic bloomer. This one has been in a dustbin for about 15 years and I think I may have fed it just twice in that time. It's so good that I'm buying another one for the front garden.

One plant in a large pot of lilies growing well in the shade of the cotinus

The plants below the kitchen window can only be seen from the garden, unfortunately!

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