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Thursday, 7 August 2014

Norma’s garden

I was visiting my friend Norma in a village not far from Edinburgh the other day.  She has the most gorgeous garden, which I love to walk around.  There is always something at every season to admire.  At this time of year the herbaceous plants are still looking great, and I just had to take lots of photos!

norma's troughLooking from the back door you see ahead of you the garden shed, with this beautiful trough in front of it.  norma's meercats 03Turn to your right and the garden opens up in front of you, guarded by these guys…………………….

The large flowerbed is comparatively recent.  norma's back gardenThere was a large tree in the corner of the lawn, that had to be cut down so Norma’s husband created this bed around the old tree stump.  norma's..norma's toadstool

IMG_2395 Here are some of the plants and more of the quirky little ornaments around the whole garden.norma's                     

The butterflies hadn’t  appeared yet to flit around the buddleia, but the bumble bees were buzzing around instead.norma's bee2

norma's bumble bee





and this baby robin came to perch on the old tree stump, and allowed me to take several photos of it! norma's baby robin  No red breast yet, just a speckled brown.  He was so cute! norma's baby robin7norma's honeysuckle


The honeysuckle too was in bloom winding up over the old washing line pole.  The scent was delicious!

Looking across the large flowerbed are Norma’s two greenhouses, or as she says, her greenhouse and her detached conservatory!norma's greenhouses from arge bednorma's greenhouses and pond 

One is a working greenhouse where she grows seeds and plants cuttings, while the other has chairs and a table where she and Malcolm sit with their cups of tea to admire the garden.norma's fuchsia  Pots of fuchsia also sit in the sitooterie ( a place to sit out), norma's raspberry ripplealong with this geranium with the delicious name of Raspberry Ripple.norma's sitooterie





IMG_2377Here’s the view to the large flowerbed from the greenhouse.  IMG_2382There are tomatoes too, still green, but accompanied by three large wooden toadstools!

norma's wild gardenTo the left of the greenhouses at the back of the garden is a thin wild stretch where poppies had been blooming not long before.  The petals had fallen leaving just the pepper pot seedpods.IMG_2402  The Himalayan balsam is very pretty but has the habit of spreading its seeds in an explosion of the seed pods.  However, Norma has it kept well under control.norma's buddleia

Soon the butterflies will have hatched out and be covering the buddleia.  I saw one in my own garden yesterday.Norma's01

norma's pondIn front of the greenhouse is the pond, probably full of frogs, along with flag irises and reeds.  Norma's treeNorma has a lot of little garden ornaments in the rockery behind the pond, and hanging from the wiggly branched tree.  There she also hangs bird feeders.

norma's hydrangea corner

In the corner behind the kitchen are the most gorgeous hydrangeas.  IMG_2367You can’t grow them in Peebles apparently but here they do extremely well.  More buddleias and some grasses help to adorn this charming corner. norma's bonsi Then there are Norma’s bonsai trees, with their smaller than normal leaves.  The five fingered horse chestnut leaves here are probably six inches across whereas a fully grown tree would have leaves three times the size.

I hope you  enjoyed the tour of Norma’s garden as much as I did.  Next time I will be right in the centre of Edinburgh at night!  I wonder what you make of that!

Talk again soon.


Katrina said...

Norma's garden is gorgeous, I hope mine will look something like that eventually. I must look out for that Raspberry Ripple geranium.

Evelyn/Ev/Evee said...

Norma's garden is indeed beautiful, but I have an apology to make! That geranium apparently isn't Raspberry Ripple after all. I think it's one of the fuchsias! I'll check with Norma and post back here!
I'm sure your garden will also look fantastic once it has had the chance to mature! It's looking good already!

Evelyn/Ev/Evee said...

The Raspberry Ripple IS a geranium not a fuchsia. The picture of a pink geranium in my posting, with a blue petunia on the left, is the correct one!