Sunday, 27 March 2011

Shoot(s) To Thrill...

It's been a very busy time in the garden just lately, with a lot of changes happening.

First off I thought i would share a couple of pics of my lovely little seedlings...

The little greenhouse

The seeds from the window ledge enjoying the sun
The temperature her has been amazing for this time of year, hitting the 80's and even into the 90's a couple of times. Not usual weather for spring. The good thing is I have been able to spend a lot of time getting things done that have been planned for some time. One of these was to build a pergola over the patio at the back of the house. I didn't have much room but I think I managed to get it to look pretty good.

Laying out the wood to see how it will look.

All built and looking pretty good
You will see that the two posts near the fence are closer together. That is something kind of done on purpose and kind of by accident. I bought 3m long beams for the top and they didnt quite reach the fence, but i didnt really want it to go too close to the fence anyway. It means we can now put something nice between to grow up nice and tall, we have Morning Glory growing from seed for this purpose which will be trained around the two far posts.

The pergola was finished off with Cuprinol wood preserver in woodland green and then we wound the jasmine and the climbing rose around the beams they would reach. They both look like they have been there for sometime, but will look even better by the summer as they both grow so well. Here's the finished shot...
Not bad, even if I do say so myself!
The bottoms of the posts were made into a couple of small beds as you can see. On the right of the picture, the bed has been planted with Potentilla x tonguei, Aquilegia vulgaris 'Black Barlow' and Oriental Poppy 'Royal Wedding'. The left bed has been planted with Polemonium caeruleum alba and Pratia pedunculata. We moved our Geranium x oxonianum 'Wargrave Pink'  over a little to sit against the farthest post on the left.