The Old Rectory


Isle of Wight

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An occasional (depending on how busy I am gardening!) comment on beautiful plants or moments as they happen in our garden.

By roses382, Jul 26 2017 02:37PM

A couple of weeks ago, I found an aerial photograph (third photo) taken, I think, in the summer of 2005. It was fascinating as not much was recognisable, and it made me realise how much things are constantly changing and growing. Many of the trees that we originally planted (such as the Orchard) were just tiny dots on the original photo, and now the trees tower above my head, laden with fruit. So I wanted to record the garden as it is now, and managed to find who came and took some fantastic shots on a very lovely day. My timing was a bit off as a few weeks earlier would have seen the daisy meadow in full flower, and the grass looking a bit fresher than it did at the time of photographing (although today, after coming back from a few days in the Highlands, it looks as though we have had more rain since we have been away, than for the whole of the summer).

The photos make everything look neat and tidy, just like a model village. If you look closely, you can even see my garlic crop drying nicely in the sunshine!

We were really pleased with the results, many thanks to Pete Box for taking the photos.

By roses382, Jun 19 2017 09:42AM

Yesterday we opened the gates in aid of the National Garden Scheme. The afternoon was sweltering, but we had 337 visitors, and most of them seemed to stay for several hours. Deckchairs and tables were placed in the shade wherever possible, and it was lovely to see people relaxing in the hammock in the shade of the apple trees. My better half was very pleased about this - he says that it was nice that people felt able to do this; most gardens we visit we wouldn't feel quite so at home in.

The Brighstone Scouts provided amazing Cream Teas and homemade cakes, and as usual, ran things like a military operation, but with added smiles. They were very happy to raise £739, and we raised in the region of £1500 on tickets and plants.

So many lovely comments were forthcoming, such as 'an afternoon to remember', and one man said it was the best £4.00 he had spent in a long while.

Huge thanks to the Scouts, and to my wonderful helpers Jo and Mary on plant sales, and the rest of my family for mucking in where required. It is quite a relief to have a brief respite today where I shan't be doing too much at all, well, perhaps watering, and there's an awful lot to deadhead, oh, and I spotted a few things going over which need to come out......

A few photos taken in the peace of the morning after,

By roses382, Jun 15 2017 07:17AM

The Walled Garden was built by my father over 10 years ago now, but looks as though it has always been here. It was built to keep rabbits away from the vegetables, but now I grow a mix of everything here, from soft fruit to herbs to flowers for cutting, and of course, vegetables too. Currently it is very colourful; the dahlias have started to bloom already. Normally these would just be starting at the end of June. I left the Sweet Williams in from last year and they seem to be just as productive as the self sown ones that I moved into a new patch. The weeping standard roses 'Francoise Juranville' are stunning from June until at least October; so floriferous that deadheading is a major event! They have been planted about 9 years I think, and when younger were a constant source of worry when the high winds came. Now their trunks are so thick they seem to take any amount of wind, aided by the hedges which have grown thick. (The long side of the Walled garden closest to the house has a low wall, with Yew and Holly in front as I didn't want the wall to be a dominant feature).

This area will get more colourful as the summer goes on - the dahlias will get into full swing and the annuals sown in Spring will soon take over from the Autumn self-sown ones, such as Cornflowers and a big block of Orlaya Grandiflora.

By roses382, Jun 13 2017 08:03PM

The newest of the Wildflower Meadows got off to a slow start, but now in it's second Summer it is looking quite spectacular. There is a lovely mix in there, including Bird's Foot Trefoil, Self-Heal, Knapweed, Pink Musk Mallow (just about to flower), lots of Yellow Rattle, already setting seed, Plantains, Sorrel and fine grasses. But the Ox Eye Daisies are so prolific that, from a distance, it looks just like a field of snow, slightly incongruous in the middle of Summer! The photos don't do it justice; yesterday I had a lovely Horticultural Society for a visit, and there were lots of 'Ooohs' and 'Aaahs'. One lady had had Ox Eye Daisies for her Wedding Bouquet and said the sight made her quite emotional.

This Sunday we are opening for the NGS so come along and see it if you can!

By roses382, Jun 5 2017 11:09AM

The Rose Cutting Garden is situated just outside the main garden, on the edge of the wilder bits. It is flowering more profusely than ever this year. Tomorrow we are expecting 50 mph winds and heavy rain so it won't be looking this nice for long! This picture shows the Duck House in the background. I have planted dog roses to the side of this and the shell pink and glaucous matte foliage is a lovely foil for the soft green paint. I like the wild roses just as much as the colourful hybrids, especially the apple scented 'Eglanteria' which is in the hedges surrounding the Orchard and smells strongest after rain.

In the foreground is 'Rhapsody in Blue' and Young Princess (deep red) with 'Petite d'Hollande' (pale pink) and Rosa glauca (rubrifolia) behind.

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