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Members' Blogs - Week 8 of Lockdown


Looks as if the splendid weather might be over. If it’s going to be cooler it might as well rain!

The Wisteria this year has much more foliage than recent years in spite of following what I think was the same pruning procedure.

Last year I complained to John Guy (Garden Mania – Radio Newcastle) that the terminal flowers didn’t seem to be opening. He suggested more watering and also suggested feeding at strategic times since I had such a lot of blooms. I thought this might explain the additional greenery?

The Choisya  is a handy shrub. It doesn’t seem to mind being knocked about, recovering quickly. This one seems to be wrapping itself round the Mahonia.

The various saxifrage and phlox are lovely in a rockery. The Cymbalaria muralis (pale purple one in left hand corner) is a little devil spreading everywhere but very pretty. It is certainly very well adapted to walls!!

John and Kristin

Some recent visitors to our garden captured by our new toy, a camera trap. The deer was a total surprise!


Two early morning visitors in the border.


Another week goes by. Golf started again and walks continue in this glorious weather. Ah, but we will pay for it as my old granny used to say. Or I think that's what she was saying. The sad part is that I am now older than she was. Who would have thought that would happen? 

What the monkey was doing hiding in the hedge I do not know. But it was not far from the site of the infamous incident this week (Not Barney by the way).

The yellow field of buttercups was in the Woodland Trust site near what used to be "The Cock of the North". Wordsworth eat your heart out.

The river is the Browney wending its way towards Baxter Wood in Nevilles Cross before running into the Wear at Sunderland Bridge.

The flower is a magnolia. Somewhat unusual for a magnolia to flower when the leaves are out.

My wife Susan loves it. Maybe something to do with being called - yes you guessed it - Susan. 

Peter and Margaret

We saw a magnificent tulip on our walk through Washington Village.

Didn't look so good on an eye test drive through Barnard Castle.

Here are two of our house plants. One we know is an African Violet.

The white one we have no idea what it is and it only rarely flowers.

Fred and Pat

We're enjoying your little updates on the gardens and the photos sent in by members, and  thought I would take a few photos of our horticultural efforts this year.

Hoping to be able to enjoy the gardens again soon.


An explosion of poppies.


Just a couple to pictures. One is a collection of flowers taken before the winds arrived and blew everything over. The yellow plant I bought at the last plant sale and the fern is an evergreen. One winter it was broken by the weight of snow but I cut back and now it's a strong as ever.

The other was taken in a local front garden. it's a real treat to see so many obedient sheep.


Trying to find suitable areas of our garden to take photographs this week, following the storm, was not easy. There was so much damage.

The first photograph is of a lovely self seeded aquilegia. That stem was all that was left after all the other stems were flattened or broken off Below it were some strawberries and cream Geum Strawberries and Cream. It had looked lovely.

The next is a photograph of our pond, the yellow flag iris are just opening and there are few flowers of Iris sibirica, ones left after the combined efforts of storm and puppy damaged them. This photograph is also a reminder to me to dig out much of the lovely Rodgersia, it is ‘thriving’. Plants for next years plant sale, if they survive.

Finally, once again self seeded marsh orchids, dactylorhiza purpurella, hidden in the planting in and around the pond.


Mike C