I had a look at some of the mini-species lurking in the undergrowth of the back garden. This is the Chrysalis Snail (Lauria cylindracea) - a common snail of woods, hedges and walls. It's only 3mm or 4mm long compared to the common Garden snail which is 35mm to 40mm high.
Goatsbeard (Aruncus dioicus) is one of the native plants I have in the garden. It has taken over a spot by the pond and doesn't seem to mind how much I cut it back to keep it in its place without overflowing too far. It's a very accommodating plant.
This is the gap in the front hedge that loss of the Fuchsia created last winter. Just clearing out the dead wood has been a massive job and I've left some in there to act as a support to a Clematis montana 'Freda' that I've bought to help fill in the hole as quickly as possible. To my surprise, in clearing out the dead wood I eventually came across the bottom of the main trunk and there were some new shoots growing from it so the plant itself has survived. Just twenty years to wait for it to fill in the hole again.
Fuchsia Dr Foster
I also bought a Fuchsia genii and a Fuchsia Dr Foster to help with the gap filling. I also have a successful cutting of Viburnum plicatum which I shall add when I can reach the spot I want to plant it. That's still buried behind more dead wood!
While at the nursery I bought another Fuchsia (F. hatschbachii) and it was my original intention to replace the Solanum with it. Jo has since mentioned how much she also liked the Solanum so for the moment I shall leave the space there in the hope of replacing it.
I also got two more Clematis and their future location has yet to be decided.
I was thinking of having one by the front door. There was a climbing plant there (before our time) and the trellis still remains. But the spot gets no sun at all. Would a Clematis flower there I wonder? I think I'll keep one in its pot for a year or two and let it grow up the trellis. If it fails to flower I can then move it.
The baby Great Tits have just flown their nest and this one was sitting in my Cox Orange Pippin. Mummy (or Daddy) was perched nearby cheeping - obviously telling the little one not to move while the big scary monster pointed a camera at it!
Last Winter's snow may have looked very pretty but it had a fairly devastating effect on my garden plants. I lost all my Cordylines, my Hebes, a Clematis, and a host of other plants. The two most unfortunate losses were the Fuchsia which provided much of the front hedge, and one of my favourite plants, the Solanum which hid the corner of the shed from view. However, there is always a bright side in any garden and this year has been exceptional for a few plants.
The Clematis montana was a huge mass of flowers - at least twelve feet high and sixteen feet across.
The Viburnum plicatum was a mass of flowers and will be covered in berries in the Autumn.
Similarly the Ceanothus thyrsiflorus 'Skylark' is covered in flowers. As always it attracts a host of bees.
A few years ago I began to grow a natural hedge with native British species in it and for the last couple of years it has been excellent. One disappointment was that my rose hadn't flowered in it. On 31st May that was put to rights and it has produced a few flowers now - much to the delight of the bumble bees.
The annuals, such as these Petunias, are looking good.
And Iris 'Victoria Falls' is splendid.
The yellow Iris Helen gave me have thrived in the marshy area and are making a good display.
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