A day off last week and the weather was still, and bright but not too sunny, so I took up my macro lens and went out to capture the colours of spring in my back garden. Inspired by all your spring posts recently, I really wanted to write this one.
Clematis, wonderful colours in this close up
One of my favourites, Sisyrinchium striatum
Above and below are my scented geraniums-just outside the office door. The pale flowers below attract early bees (as frost is not a problem here).
Olives and strawberries
Aquilegia-which has self sown all over the back garden, I must collect some seeds and get it into the front garden
Geraniums ready to burst into flowers possibly Geranium Rosemoor as it's a deep shade of violet, with stripes and the bees love it.
Grass moths I think!
A beautiful soft pink rose climbing up the rustic arch
One I brought with me Rose Rambling Rector, a present from my friend Kathy, fabulous scent and attractive to bees
Another unknown rose but with such beautiful pink striped petals when open
Cotoneaster horizontalis below whose flowers are irresistible to bees, I can't get enough of this planted around the garden, if you want happy bees make sure you have it in your garden
There you have it, a glimpse of the back garden in June, mostly plants that were already here-they just needed a bit of help. Clearing and making space and light has really brought this garden on. You may remember when it looked like this.....
and then in January 2016.....just starting clearing again. Can you see how much hedge was cut back? It was leaning all the way over to the arch in the photo above.
and the final finished plot, looking a lot smarter and larger with room to grow. Removing the fence panels really made a big difference and let so much more light through.
Now the front garden is in transition and a post will follow later this year with before and after photos. I'm making a wildlife garden, so everything I plant is wildlife friendly, especially for bees, butterflies and other insects.
I leave you with these pretty flowers and wish you happy blogging until our return.
SeagullSuzie signing out