Apparently we should have gardened naked today

Facebook reliably informs me that it’s World Naked Gardening Day today. Not in my garden it isn’t. Apart from anything else, it’s unhygienic, we have lots of plants with thorns, and if it’s very sunny you could end up with sunburn in some nasty places. Anyway, I’d already done my gardening chores before I found out, which is probably just as well.

This morning I weeded and did a bit of dead-heading, plus moving one or two self-sown things which probably didn’t stand much chance in their random locations. After lunch J mowed the grass, and then I took a few pictures. Some things are flowering well but really we’re at the point in the year where it’s all about potential and many plants seem to be covered in buds, just waiting for the right moment to burst into flower.

We finished our chores just in time as while I was checking the photos on the computer, the rain started. Still, it will do everything good, so I’m not complaining.

The front garden looks like this:

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So not a huge amount of colour at the moment but that will change of course. The forsythia and tulips have finished flowering and everything else is just getting going. The skimmia just inside the gate is doing well but its leaves are a little pale for some reason, so the flowers don’t show up as well as they might.

We have a viburnum just starting to flower, though I’m a bit concerned about the discoloured leaves and will have to look into that:

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The little spiraea isn’t flowering and neither is Salvia Hot Lips, at least not yet, but they have both settled in well:

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The ceanothus has a few flowers open and more buds coming, though it won’t be as good as last year because we were late cutting it back:

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Also producing buds:

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Escallonia

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Berberis

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Holly – this was overshadowed by the rhododendron and this is the first time in three years I’ve seen buds on it.

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Peony (of course)

The pelargoniums in the troughs seem to be settling in well. Glacis already has one or two flowers:

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And Stefanie has buds just starting to show a bit of colour:

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Meanwhile the back garden looks like this:

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Greenhouse bed, everything filling out:

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The ceanothus is a little ahead of the one at the front:

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Quite a few flowers open

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More buds just starting to show some colour

And the hardy wallflower has been going great guns for ages:

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The heucheras in pots are doing well:

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Paris on the left, Midnight Rose on the right, both new purchases, and Alabama Sunrise in the middle, perking up no end since we lifted it and put in in a pot.

And the apple tree looks lovely – I haven’t seen any bees on it yet, though:

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As at the front, lots of other things have buds just getting ready to open, or just getting going:

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Hebe

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Lavatera

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Cistus

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Centaurea (with spiraea in the background)

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Variegated ilex

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Callistemon

I hope you’re having a good weekend, whether you’re gardening (clothed or otherwise) or not!

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One Response to Apparently we should have gardened naked today

  1. ramblingratz says:

    It’s looking great! And I always wear gloves when gardening 😉

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