I Love My Patio – 8 Weeks On

On the 20th June I wrote a post called “I Love My Patio”. Then there was a lot of promise of things to come and wonderings if plants would flower as well as last year, or at all. 8 weeks on and the patio is bursting with foliage and colour.

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I have a beautiful white Agapanthus which disappointed me last year by not producing any flowers. This year it has treated me to three flowers as big as your head! Passing them on the narrow part of the patio is an art because I am determined I will not knock the heads off, which is quite easily done with Agapanthus.

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Looking spectacularly healthy and robust this year is the Clematis Jouiniana Praecox, which is rambling its way through the Compassion Rose (now finished blooming) and along the wall. The pale blue flowers are so pretty and delicate and belie that it is a tough plant.

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I need to cut back the Jasmine, it is choking the white Japanese Anemones. However, at the moment they look pretty poking through the foliage of the Jasmine.

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A vibrance of colour is added opposite the Anemones and Agapanthus courtesy of the Montbretia (Crocosmia). A great freebie plant which I regularly pull up at the end of the summer and replant in other areas of the garden adding splashes of orange throughout.

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I camouflage the slim line water butt next to the kitchen door with a Passion Flower which I cut back regularly every year. It grows in a pot and loves the sun baking on it. Earlier in July I had a number of flowers, although not as many as in past years, perhaps I have not fed it enough this time. I thought there was nothing to photograph for this post and then suddenly noticed one solitary flower at the bottom of the plant and there are a few more buds scattered around.

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Finally, a photo of the patio from the other direction and the seating area. I wish I knew what the Geranium (Pelargonium) is. I bought it because I loved the variegated leaves but it didn’t have a label, so if anyone has any idea please let me know. The plant next to it is a pink Centaurea which I have tried to nurture for a few years. It was growing in the bottom flower bed but has always fallen foul of snails. Determined not to lose it completely I dug it up a few months ago and placed it in a pot and would appear to be quite happy now.

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I have another two posts in the pipeline, one about my visit to Charleston, a Bloomsbury set house and garden where Vanessa Bell lived. The other is a fascinating garden in East Sussex open on charity days which left me full of ideas and even more convinced that I don’t need a lawn. Watch this space!!

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15 thoughts on “I Love My Patio – 8 Weeks On

  1. Your patio is blooming profusely, it must be such a pleasure to sit there and enjoy the colours and beauty of it all. Your photos are brilliant, as always.

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  2. Hi Ronnie,

    So very lovely, I really wish I had a space such as this rather than a decking just full of a jumble of pots that I regularly just want to get rid of. I’d also like to have the opportunity to have things climbing up my back wall, but because it’s decking, anything I did have would need to be in a very large pot, which of course then causes issues when I want to power wash/treat the wood. 7

    Your white Agapanthus is lovely, perhaps one day I’ll be successful with having some bloom! Never give up hope, eh??!!

    I know how you feel about trying to walk past it without knocking blooms off. I’m struggling getting anywhere in the garden at the moment without damaging plants, or knocking bees off blooms, and in some cases knocking caterpillars off! Everywhere seems to have a hazard! 🙂

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      1. I might have to do an ‘I hate my patio’ post instead 🙂
        The main issue is that I need to be able to treat the wood underneath, so any pot needs to be moveable i.e. not too heavy! In previous houses I’ve had climbers in pots – my passion flower was in one and I let it climb next to the back door. But that was on paving, so wasn’t an issue.

        Do you have any dodgy corners you hide away all your ugly bits in? Mine tends to be the decking, or round the corner near the bins/compost bin. This is most likely why I generally dislike the space. Plus, this year I haven’t got my summer chairs out to sit on (due to expecting to move, blah blah blah).

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  3. “Wow” was my reaction too to your patio and all the lovely plants. I especially love the Agapanthus and definitely want some in my garden. It must be delightful sitting out there on a warm summer evening.

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  4. Hi Ronnie,
    I think your garden looks wonderful.
    I haven’t planted any agapanthus since we moved here four years ago. You have inspired me to put some in my serenity garden, which is in the corner and so peaceful.
    Hope you are feeling better after your chemo.
    Love Susie Dixon (Cheshire)

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