MarySmith’sPlace -What contrary Mary grows in her garden

Here in bonnie Galloway, we’ve had torrential rain for the last two days – much of it horizontal, blown by gale force winds. Not a blink of sun to relieve the gloom. I dread what destruction has taken place in the garden.

I’m glad I took some photos before the weather changed!

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What is this? I put a tiny bit in some years ago and have to keep digging up chunks of it

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Bees adore it

62 thoughts on “MarySmith’sPlace -What contrary Mary grows in her garden

    • Thanks, Rob. Most of the time I have no idea what I’m doing – like planting the big yellow thing when I don’t even know what it is – but it looks colourful and cheerful. I suppose I should grow vegetable and useful things but I need colour and scent at the moment.

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    • Thanks, Darlene. I wish they would appear and do a bit of weeding and tying up the plants which are being battered. My delphiniums were glorious but it looked like someone had come into the garden and beheaded them! I thought you might know what the big yellow plant is? It smells of honey.

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  1. Looking lovely Mary, it’s such a shame when wind and rain destroys things. Hopefully we’ll get some sunshine back – soon I hope, I’m fed up getting soaked whee were n out with dogs!!!

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    • Thank you. The delphiniums were beheaded by the last winds we had and I’m afraid the lupins might well have had it by now. We will see the sun again and I suppose the rain is what makes everything – except my lawn – green.

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  2. Your garden looked so colourful. I would love to know what the yellow flower is. I have never seen one before. We should have been in Scotland over the last 10 days & I was thinking the weather sounded good but maybe not now!

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    • Yes, it is a walled garden but it doesn’t seem to be very sheltered. The rain has probably done most of the damage, though the wind sliced through my delphiniums like a guillotine. Our gardens will recover – there’s a wee blink of sun today, though still windy.

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    • Thanks, Maggie. I do enjoy being surrounded by lots of colour and scent. I’ve not been in the garden yet today but I fear there will be quite a lot of clearing up to do. But it will come good again.

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  3. Gorgeous, Mary. Hope the damage isn’t too bad. We’re the same here, the wind and rain is horrendous. The garden has suffered. Is the yellow flower in the last two pictures some sort of thistle?

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  4. Mary, hope this wind hasn’t continued to decimate your beautiful garden. I think the plant your growing there is Knapweed, it’s beautiful and yes, invasive. Just googled its ‘proper’ name C Macrocephala, of the Aster family!.

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    • Oh, thanks for that, Steph. I’ll check it out. No idea where I bought it. It would take over the whole bed if I wasn’t ruthless. It’s next to an agapanthus, not yet in flower, which is also hell bent on taking over. The weather seems a bit calmer today.

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  5. Ahhhh … such beauty and tranquillity – did you hear my sigh of enjoyment viewing your wonderful garden. A true haven for you and also the bees! Fingers crossed the lupins et al survived the stormy weather – I’m still taken with the iimage of your horizontal rain!😀

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    • Thank you, Annika. I am not a proper gardener and have a tendency to stick things in, ignorant of their potential height and spread so then I have to try to re-distribute them. And I can scarcely name more than half a dozen but I do love my garden – and so do the bees. Soon, the buddleia will flower to bring more butterflies. I’m hoping to get into the garden later today and start tidying up. As long as the horizontal rain holds off!

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      • Mary, I’m just like this with my garden, pleasantly surprised what turns up from what I’ve planted, learning along the way, constantly forgetting plant names and making up my own for them! Now, buddleia I know well and our big one is flowering beautifully already and level with my study window upstairs. Idyllic! Always a treat. Happy gardening!😀

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  6. Lovely photos Mary. Shame the wind has claimed the delphiniums. I always loved them as they retained their colour so well when using as pressed flowers. We have lots of bees here too which is very lovely to see. I’ve loved buddleia every sine seeing loads of it near the park in Kirkcudbright years and years ago. I planted four a few years ago and none flourished here. Maybe they don’t like sea salt!! Although they’re near the Solway at Kirkcudbright! xx Janette

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    • Thanks, Janette. I lost the delphiniums last year, too. They grow so tall they have no defence against the wind, even when I’ve staked them. Sorry your buddleia hasn’t flourished. I’m surprised, too, because it’s practically a weed and grows in any little crevice it can find. Maybe you’re right about the salty air.

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  7. How beautiful, Mary! I could just see you enjoying tea in your garden in the sunshine 🙂 But how the weather did change from those glorious days of early summer, everything blown about in the winds. Hotter again soon though, looks like. I am not sure what that yellow flower is, but as you say, the bees love it! Having the garden to enjoy has been a life saver through lockdown hasn’t it? I have some garden pics too but blogging has been a bit hit and miss for me lately, not least of all because I have gone and broken my ankle 😦 I’m going to sign off soon for a few weeks to work on my memoir and submissions and recover but I wanted to catch up with you before I did so. Keep safe, Mary, and continue to enjoy tthat gorgeous garden of yours 🙂 xxx

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    • Thanks, Sherri. I was so grateful for my garden in the early weeks of lockdown, especially when the weather was good. Since the rain started it seems to have forgotten to stop and it has been grey and wet and miserable for ages. Odd, isn’t it, how the good weather goes by in a flash but the bad weather seems to hang around forever! So sorry to hear about your ankle. I imagine it must be really painful. I hope you make a speedy recovery. Good luck with the memoir – I’m so looking forward to reading that. See you on the other side 🙂

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