Monday, 31 March 2008

Heather beds.

This heather bed was planted 34 years ago, the plants originating from North Wales, half spring, half winter flowering.

spring/winter heather

This heather bed was planted about the same time, but is soley spring/summer plants.

spring/summer heather

More as the season unfolds. We are promised milder weather this week, so things should start bursting out with a vengeance!

14 comments:

headless chicken said...

I bloody love your blog John!
I love the way one post can be full of expletives and extremely naughty, making you come across as a sexist(though very funny) male chauvenist yob and another post you come across as all grown-up and sensible,talking about the garden!
You make me laugh.:)x

john.g. said...

Thanks, HC, I think! Male chauvenist,me? Where's my dinner wench!

sablonneuse said...

Oh, does this mean there's hope that my wispy bits of heather (planted three years ago) will someday burst into flower like yours?
P.S. my gardening knowhow is only marginally better than my sports knowledge. . . .

zoe said...

I think heather is a beautiful plant - pungent, colourful and full of character (don't ask me why). I have tried growing it but the soil here is crap. I'll try again now that the boy has grown up (sorta).

Keef said...

The trouble with flowers is that you can't eat them, so whats the point of growing them? If I want any flowers I can get as many as I want from the cemetery or the local park, and just keep my garden for growing veggies and fruit!

john.g. said...

If I want fruit and veg, we dig them up from next-door neighbours!

ChrisB said...

I would say these beds are the wow factor. I love lavender but only have one plant and that practically fills up a whole bed!

john tell keef you can cook with lavender!!

Karmyn R said...

That heather is gorgeous.

My one plant looks like crap.

Mickle in NZ said...

Heathers and heaths and hebes - my favourite garden shrubs. They lurk in their wondeful foliage for months, then flower so beautifully just when you want garden colour, and are so hardy.

Well done John and your Dear Dad for this beauty

Note for Keef - the veggies and the fruit trees have to FLOWER and be pollinated first B4 you get the fruit and vege stuff.

Huggles to John G

Mickle in NZ said...

Mickle again - why does the wee lean-too's roof have a table or something similar yet odd on it "roofed" with wooden shingles or slates?

Are you doing a "guess the object"?

john.g. said...

Mickle, that is the old fashioned coal bunker. Now defunct, and with a bird table on it!

john.g. said...

Mickle, get your damn blog sorted!!!

PI said...

My BIL was president of the North American Heather society for years. We have some in the garden that he planted. Not nearly so good as yours.

Jayne said...

Beautiful john, as always. Tell your dad he's doing a truly wonderful job in his garden :-)