Hello Kath. The weather has been kind to us here in the North East, hasn't it? I've had a couple of replies to topics I've listed - I'm amazed at people's knowledge of plants - I know the common ones but that's the extent of my knowledge. When we moved in April, after being gardenless for 9 years, I decided to leave the garden for a season to see what it would yield - so far three clematis, two russian vines, some assorted shrubbery with pretty, varigated leaves , a couple of peonys, some lavender, poppies,campanula, aquilegia, nigella, saxifraga and some low growing succulent types with pretty deep pink and white flowers. There are also several containers (too many for my liking) with dicentra, another peony, some alpines and loads of weeds. I manage to keep on top of the weeding in the main garden - most of my problems are with dandelions and couch grass but I've had to leave the containers for the moment as I had an operation on my thumb recently which has limited me somewhat - the russian vines have gone crazy. I can see why they're called 'Mile a Minute'. I'm looking forward to the winter when I can make plans for the garden - it's too overgrown for my liking and then the spring to see what comes up.
Thanks for your kind regards,