Day 143 in our Garden

Day 103 in our Garden was the last blog post in the Day in Our Garden series. I had tried to create a blog post each day for the series but around the time of that blog post was when I had ventured outside the garden for the first time for a few weeks. If you have been following my blog you will have seen that I have now been out and about a few times – Baildon Moor, Denso Marston Nature Reserve, Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits, Dalton Bank Nature Reserve, Shipley Glen, Potter Pits, Yeadon Tarn, Fish Pass at Robert’s Park. However not much has changed since Day 1 which is why I have continued with the format of the title. All trips out have been ones were I felt comfortable that I would be able to maintain my idea of sensible social distancing. From those experiences though I will not be visiting Yeadon Tarn or walking along the river bank near Charlestown for quite a while. At Yeadon, for some reason, people were happy to walk along side by side taking up the full width of the path even when passing others. And along the river in Charletown the slopes or plants and bushes along the narrow paths meant that passing people safely was difficult and needed quite a bit of back tracking. Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits has paths but quite frequent side paths so it is quite easy to maintain safe distances. Also there are signs suggesting that people walk around the reserve in a clockwise direction which reduces the chance of having to pass people.

Since March 13th the only shopping I have done has been at garden centres with plenty of space to move around in.

One of the things that has prompted this blog post from our garden is the variety in the Violas we have. Most plants, like the Clamatis, will produce many flowers but they are all almost identical. The Violas are similar shapes but the colours and shading varies surprisingly.

The Clematis Viticella Purpura plena elegans is another reason for this blog post. The spread of the plant through the rose, honeysuckle and hawthorn is amazing. Another Clematis Viticella, a pale one, has recently been flowering and has quite a spread but is not as profuse as the purple one. The Cadfael Rose is still blooming even though I accidentally gave it a drastic pruning earlier in the year. The Thistle is not the sort of plant I want much of and is really long overdue being pulled out. The Sow Thistle was pulled out soon after it showed itself.

The Rosa Bonica has featured in several post of the series and is still going strong. It has lots of flower buds on it still. We have cut quite a few Sweetpeas for the house and they are still going strong. Self seeded Nasurtiums in the vegetable plot are looking pretty.

Apparently, when out on one of my reserve visits, I missed our patio being covered in ants, many of them with wings. By the time I had got back most of them had gone but I did get this photo of a small group of them. Many of the flower heads on our Buddleia have turned brown but the purple ones that remain are still attracting butterflies.

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This is the index to the Days in our garden series.

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