Gardening with Mum

Mum in her garden

Mum in her garden

A couple of times a month I pop down to mum’s on the other side of The South Downs to help out in her garden – my visits are usually timed to coincide with the council emptying her green bin.

She is a brilliant gardener with a good eye for colour and texture. Like me, she loves perennials and cottage garden plants so we are always dividing and swapping each other’s finds.

Now that she is getting older, one of mum’s biggest frustrations is the difficulty she has with the simplest garden tasks. She can no longer  kneel down to weed, nor can she take the loppers to her shrubs (which could be a blessing). I’m down here for the weekend with my tool kit, so I’ll see what she wants doing.

Her garden looks wonderful at this time of year, with borders crammed full of forget-me-nots, aquilegias, hardy geraniums, Welsh poppies and lots of interesting foliage.

heuchera-pots

Okay…they do look better in pots, mum

Mum’s favourite plants are heucheras, and she has lots of them in the borders and even more in pots. I’m not a fan myself, though I really do like this one…

Don't know this ones name, but it looks nice when backlit by the sun

Don’t know this ones name, but it looks nice when backlit by the sun

oh, and this.

Heuchera 'Lime Marmalade' - I've taken some of this one for my garden

Heuchera ‘Lime Marmalade’ – I’ve taken some of this one for my garden

eunonynous-beforeHer Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald n’ Gold’ has been here for years – it is heavy with new growth and needs to lose some weight off its bottom.

euonymous-after

There – that’s better, and the council bin is now full again – that should keep her quiet for two weeks…bin-full

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