Thursday, 20 May 2010

Wisteria hysteria.... and garden love!! ;-)

We are lucky enough to have two beautiful Wisteria in our garden.

One runs along our boundary, towards the church.

The other Wisteria is running rampant at the back of our house!

A lovely sight...and it's quite sad to hear that Wisteria is in trouble in some parts of the country.

There's not a day goes by when I don't think how lucky we were to have found this lovely piece of heaven, in 2001. I recall that we viewed it at exactly this time of the year . We very nearly didn't bother to view it because the estate agent's details contained a pretty ropey photo of the garden! I remember saying, 'Huh the garden looks crummy!!'

I could not have been more wrong!

On the day that we viewed what was to be our new home, the Woodpeckers flew down to greet us ; it was as if the owner had them on some sort of string and he was pulling it to get them to perform!

At that point, the property had a different which we did not really like. It was called 'Dumblederry'....!
Previous to that, it was called 'Buzz Buzz'! No prizes for guessing why!
And so... we put our heads together and, 'Woodpeckers', seemed the obvious choice!
Woodpeckers were in abundance.
The Greater Spotted Woody frequently visits and feeds on the nuts. The Green Woody forages
for food, on the lawn.

I loved the garden instantly and I took little notice of the rest of the house when we came to view it!
It was also a bungalow then ...but we've added a loft room and knocked a few walls down to alter it somewhat!! (Like you do!)

It is at this time of year when the garden comes into its own.
Just to sit in it and watch the world go by, is sheer delight. I can take photos til the cows come home (we can hear those from the garden too as we live very close to a fact last year one or two 'escaped' and came into the garden!!) but what I can't give you is the incessant noise of birdsong. It does not stop until the last blackbird sings its final song of the day, which is often quite late into the evening.
It is beautiful.
Waking up at around 5am to the dawn chorus and of course the call of the newly acquired Pheasant, means that we are only free from birdsong for about 7 hours of the night. Then it starts all over again.
Endless. Joyous.
...and all for free!

The garden is not without its animal life either. We've had Badgers and Foxes, (Deer in the lane nearby but not in the garden... yet) ....oh and I must not forget ...Rats!

We're in the country and so we have to fit in with whatever nature throws at us.

Another feature of the garden ... trees.
Trees give us our privacy...and that is at its best, now through til the autumn. A grand variety of trees we have too!

My garden is such that I don't have many borders . I tend to grow most of my plants in containers and now and again I have the 'occasional grumble' about this.

I should not grumble at all , with a garden like this!

Having a greenhouse and always having loved greenhouse gardening, I do find it slightly frustrating that I have not got the large herbaceous know the sort they have at Wisley!!! ;-)

However, I do adore herbaceous borders.

And so, at the weekend, dear Mr S dug over a smallish border which I started to cut last year and so now I have a mini border, to garden.

With a nice curve...cos I hate straight lines in gardens!!

So that's my garden.. these pictures were taken on a gloomy day and yet it is beautiful !

We've often thought about cutting into the grass and making veg plots, fruit plots, building a

grand patio, pond etc etc etc...but the truth is that we just don't want to spoil what we have!

And so, for now, it remains just as it was when we stepped out into it in 2001.

Hope you are all enjoying yourselves in your gardens!

T'is not quite the 'Ice Cream' weather they were least not in South Devon...yet!



Anonymous said...

Your garden is simply divine - lucky you.xx

Guenievre said...

Hello Sal !
What a lovely garden ! You have chance to see wild animals !
Our garden in our first house is not as big as yours (we live in "town") but I like it. It's so nice to hear birds singing, we've got lot of flowers and a wisteria too !
Our garden in our second house in St Malo is bigger with grass, flowers, berries. Few years ago we had a cherry tree but it unfortunatly "died"
Have a nice week-end !

Menopausal musing said...

Sal: you have NO idea just how much I envy you that Wisteria! Know what you mean about the birdsong, it is just wonderful here too. If other years are anything to go by though, we shall soon be hearing the noise of owls and their babies all night long..... We have had deer in the garden recently (investigating the vegetable plot). Lovely to get a peep at your garden. Definitely NOT ice-cream weather here either.

Tilly Rose said...

Wow! What a fabulous garden! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your wisteria...
What a lucky lady you are!
Fab post hun
Karen x x x

Puppet Lady said...

What a lovely garden and beautiful wisteria. Sadly I've lost part of mine this year, but I don't think its the bug - I think the bark was damaged by some retaining wires. Still, gardens have to evolve, don't they? Your post prompted me to look over pictures of our garden over the four years we've been here, and even though you think it stays the same, like ourselves, things move on...

Hope you get some sunshine soon

Janet x

KC'sCourt! said...

Beatiful just beautiful! May I come and visit your garden?
Funny I took a photograph of Wisteria outside the castle in Taunton on Monday it is beautiful, you are really lucky to have some.

Isobel said...

Your garden is looking amazing, Sal!
Love it!

melanie said...

What a gorgeous garden you have. We have a wisteria over our front gate, we planted it last year, the leaves are there now, but no flowers as yet. xxx

Lalabibaby said...

Oh my I have wisteria envy!! What a beautiful house and garden you have Sal ... please share it with us again as the seasons change. x

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

Hi Sal

You have such a beautiful garden! I like trees in a garden. I'd love to plant several trees in the back garden but it would block the view overlooking both fields. I can't have it all! I can imagine how relxing it must be sitting in your garden. Our wysteria died last winter, just about to plant a climbing hydrangea instead. I hope that will live.

Warm wishes
Isabelle x

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, Wisteria! Beautiful, relaxing garden; I love the privacy of the trees.

Shirl x

A Country Girl said...

What a beautiful garden you have.
The sunshine is in Suffolk today!

Pixiedust said...

What a beautiful garden, I love the wisteria. Friends of ours have plaited the trunk of theirs over the years and it grows over their summer house and is stunning! Your so lucky to have such an abundance of wildlife visit your garden. Its not ice cream weather here today either. Have a lovely day. xxx Pixie xxx

Rosie said...

You are so lucky to have not one but two Wisterias - I love to see them at this time of year and was concerned when I heard about the bug threatening them on the news recently. I do hope yours stay safe and sound - you have a beautiful garden:)

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Bobbie Lynn said...

What a blessings Sal. Just beautiful and thank you for sharing your garden with us. Have a wonderful day.

galant said...

I would swap half our walnut tree for a half of your wisteria! Seriously, you have a delightful garden, Sal, and I like the new mini border! Hope you will show us what it is like when it all flourishes.
Margaret P

Ellie said...

Mmmnm, beautiful, can just imagine afternoon tea under your wisteria!

summerfete said...

Aah the Borders of Wisley!!!!!
They inspire me soooo much.

Sal it all looks lovely. You are so lucky not to be overlooked.
Our stupid neighbours cut down a huge sparrow tree yesterday. Oh you know that cos of facebook!

Enjoy that new border!!

Carol said...

Fabulous garden Sal.
I see you are just starting to suffer from the well known gardening syndrome of the shrinking lawn/growing border variety. I have to tell you......... the addiction can only get worse!
Carol xx

Ann Flower said...

You have a very beautiful garden. Nice to see pots of flowers and greens along the steps.

Cowboys and Custard said...

Oh the joys of gardening Sal.. and what a beautiful plot you have too!
I know what you mean about taking photos.. my garden is only a fraction of yours but I sit out in it every day and just stare at the wonder of it all. Our gardens give so much pleasure and as you say.. for free.. other than the ££££'s I have spent on plants in the past!
Enjoy your lush leafy corner of Devon this weekend.
Michele x

dosierosie said...

Your garden is fabulous and I love the Wisteria.

this is my patch said...

A lovely tour around your garden Sal. You've a lovely woodland area there, and I am by no way surprised to hear of the beautiful birdlife that visits you. Regarding pots, I'm not very good at keeping them watered! Can you believe I chose our bungalow for the garden! Even the estate agents made more of it, by including photos in their advertising. I've changed our garden a lot over the years, and I like how you've added a border to yours. I can see another one, just opposite by your bench! x

Country Cottage Chic said...

What a beautiful garden Sal! My poor wisteria doesn't have anything to grow up at the moment but it's still flowering beautifully.


Anonymous said...

Our wisteria doesn't even have a leaf on it yet - it was planted by the previous owners and we think it is simply in the wrong place, so we are going to move it .....
Your garden looks fabulous - we have a small courtyard garden now, but the trade-off for having a much smaller garden is that the house had an outbuilding which has been converted into my studio!!

Andi's English Attic said...

So pleased to read you've got your wish for a flower border. You will enjoy taking your tea beside it.
Sorry to read that wisteria is in trouble. I have just planted one in the hope it will grow up one of our apple trees. xx

silverpebble said...

Your garden, and especially your wisteria and that lovely new bed are an absolute treat to see Sal x