A tiny, modern cottage garden

On our wander around Orford recently there was one tiny garden that stood out for me. It wasn't in my last post as somehow, despite its part in the pretty village, I didn't want it to get lost in the traditional-ness of those photos. So I'm sharing it alone today:  

A modern cottage garden in Orford Suffolk

It is a small space, but one that packs a lot in and I'm sure makes the short walk from road to door delightful. I can't decide if I like the iron gate and railings, the planting or the mix of render and brickwork and use of traditional materials in a contemporary way.

But I definitely like the overall effect and it shows you can put your own stamp into even a small space.

 

Post Comment Love 18 - 20 August 2017

Hello there and welcome to another Friday and another #PoCoLo - I'm sure the Friday's roll round ever quickly right now, and I'm not sure where the weeks go, or what I do - hopefully I'm not the only one?  If you were here last week it was great to see you, thanks for joining in. If you're new here this week then it's great to see you too and Morgan and I know you'll find some great posts to read.

I've had a bit of a bike week, and not in the way I'd expect. I took it in for a service and was due to collect it on Saturday so of we walked to Halfords. MOH collected his new bike, we bumped into some friends in the queue - like you do - but my bike wasn't ready, but they promised me it would be ready the next day. So MOH cycled back home and I walked - he offered to walk with me, but I knew he was keen to try his new insurance payout bike out.

Sure enough Sunday my bike was ready, but I was having a day of domesticity and so opted to collect it Monday evening instead. You can read about my day of (almost) domestic goddess-ing as that's the post I've linked up this week. Just like when you take your car in for a service and they move your seat position, when you take your bike in they faff about with the saddle height. And let me tell you that's an even bigger pain to get right again. 

When I left the shop it was a touch on the high side, so after a ride around the car park to test the height and seeing the sheer panic on my face when we stopped MOH readjusted my saddle.  Only this time it was too low, so by the time we got to the traffic lights - and our next stop - I already had a pain in my knee. We tried again, too high.  And again, too low. 

Running short of patience I was all for walking home, but MOH is more persistent than me and so we tried twice more. We ended up cycling back a way we'd not been before - goodness knows how, it's only twenty minutes or so from our house - but I've found another hill I can cycle up. Thank you Eastcombe Avenue.

The plan was to cycle to work again this week, but it hasn't happened. It's been a bit too warm for me to cycle if I'm honest, and I'm not complaining. But I'm always aware of the fact that the journey home is uphill!  Maybe next week (as long as it's not raining!)

My photo this week is another of the giant fuchsias. I was admiring its frilliness and it came off in my hand, oops.  It was too pretty to just throw onto the compost heap though, they're such pretty flowers.

A pretty ballerina fuchsia

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July's flowers: Fuchsias, agapanthus and succulents (yes succulents)

Remember those giant fuchsias I had a while back? Well they've grown, and flowered.  And while the flowers could be described as giant, the plants are still not quite in the giant category. They have grown tremendously since even the end of May, but I think that (assuming they survive the winter) next year they'll be brilliant.

The buds of the flowers gave a hint of the fullness of the flowers within, looking fit to burst at any moment.

My giant fuchsias getting ready to flower

And when they did, pretty ballerinas with frilly skirts were on display. I don't think there's been more than a couple of flowers on each plant at a time, but given there's so much flower that's not surprising is it?

giant fuchsias in flower - pretty ballerinas

They last pretty well too, and still have a certain elegance even as they fade.

Even as they fade the giant fuchsias look pretty

Elsewhere in the garden the hardy fuchsia bush was up for the chop. It looks dramatic - and quite a bit was cut off - but it was the lower branches which were starting to swamp the grass. Seeing it in the trug waiting to go to the compost bin looking so pretty almost made me regret it, but then looking back at the bush that looks way better too.

Trimming the hardy fuchsia bush

July was also the month that deadheading also came into its own with gazanias, sweet peas, giant fuchsias and roses all combining to make this striking photo - helped by the pretty pink trug.

DEADHEADING!

DEADHEADING!

By the conservatory our agapanthus buds were finally opening, there was a while to go before the flowers started to open but watching these is fascinating. 

Agapanthus starting to flower

And when they open, they're breathtakingly stunning.

agapanthus with the flowers starting to open

Outside my greenhouse something quite remarkable has taken place in my succulent trug. Some of my succulents have started flowering, and they're the most delicate flowers. 

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I've never seen succulents flower, especially any of my own. And if I'm honest I'm surprised they have because I do very little to help them. Most of these were pretty neglected last winter, as I forgot I'd left them in the hanging basket on the cherry tree. But I do wonder if that contributed to this year's flowers, as after all they are alpines, who knows?

and there were plenty of succulent flowers too - the first time I've seen them flower

There's been plenty more flowers in the garden during July but these three are my favourite plants, so it's good to see them all flowering at the same time.  What's your favourite plant?