Friday, 8 August 2008

Not Everything in the Garden is Rosy

The rose above is called 'Compassion'. The buds are a vibrant orange and yellow but when the flower is in full bloom it becomes a soft peachy pink. I don't grow too many roses as they seem to get plagued with blackspot. I don't use any chemicals in the garden so I am at a loss at what to do apart from cut off the offending bits!

When the flower is in bloom its beauty is short-lived as the petals fall off within a day.

A few posts back I was proudly showing off a profusion of fruit in my garden.

Not so proud now am I?!!! I still have some plums intact but the recent rainfall has brought out an influx of slugs and snails.

Look at the greedy monsters feasting on my fruit! Now I don't mind sharing but why do they have to take bites out of every plum and not just a select few?

The rain has been good for the fern but it has now peaked for this year. I think it is the most beautiful in the spring when it unfurls its fronds.

This old tree stump adds a bit of interest to the garden and is a hiding place for all the creepy crawlies.

And now for the cheerful part of the post! My Impatiens (Busy Lizzie's) have been doing extremely well and adding a welcome splash of colour to an otherwise dull garden.

I love this pinky purpley one.

This vibrant orange is a favourite too.

I think Mr Potato Head agrees with me too.

10 comments:

Simone said...

This is just a test to see if my comments box is working!

Sal said...

Shame about your fruit..drat those slugs and snails !!;-)

Amanda said...

Oh now your poor fruits!! My dad says the exact same thing as you when the wasps and birds take bites out of his apples :o(

Love the Impatiens in Mr Potato Head - what a lovely pot to put them in!!

driftwood said...

oh no, naughty slugs!

Gina said...

What pesty slimy things!...you'll have to set up some snail/slug traps.. I hear beer works the best!!
Love your impatiens and Mr Potato head :D Jem just walked past and loved him too. Gx

Katherines Dream said...

I have been plagued by the darn slugs too...I have now given in to them. This summer has turned so wet that I hardly get to use the garden...just peep at through the kitchen window!
Lovely photos of your plants.
Carol x

this is my patch said...

Those pesky slugs and snails, they have been doing the same to my cherry tomatoes! I love your tree stump, I like those in my garden, to encourage colonies of insects. Bizzies are one of my favourite bedding plants, great for shade, and go on and on and on. x

Lucy @ Attic24 said...

Love the changing colours of your rose, in the garden of our last house we had a climbing rose that did the colour change thing from bud to flower, it was beautiful.
And as for those slimy sneaky sluggy pests grrrrrrrrrrrrrr. I feel for you, I had the same thing happen to alpine strawberries last year, littel holes nibbled through almost every fruit. Funnily enough, the Little People still ate them (bleugh)
xxx

pebbledash said...

Great garden pics! And not so great slugs and snails....also, I hadn't realized you were back posting, how slow am I.... Diana x

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

SWEET SIMONE,
I`M SAD TO HEAR ABOUT THE SNAILS AND SLUGS...
MY FATHER IN LAW, IS HAVING THE EXACT SAME PROBLEM WITH HIS VEGETABLE PATCH!
BY TE WAY, I HAVE RECEIVED MY BEAUTIFUL MAGAZINE ON SATURDAY!
YOU WERE SO RIGHT!
IT IS PACKED WITH BEAUTIFUL AND INTERESTING PROJECTS...
I WANT TO START BUYING IT...
WHERE DID YOU GET IT?
(IF YOU DON`T MIND ME ASKING!)
I WILL MENTION YOUR GENEROUS GIVE-AWAY TOMORROW AND WILL ADD A LINK ALSO...
BY THE WAY... YOUR "THANK YOU" GIFT ITS ON IS WAY...
HOPE YOU LIKE THEM!
KISSES KISSES
DEBBIE MOSS
XXX