A Walk Round the June Garden.

I have tried several attempts to make a video of the garden. The first made me feel sick to watch it. The second one invaded the Pianist’s privacy. I walked straight past him sitting in his chair reading and didn’t notice I was filming him as I was so focused on my Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’. I said did it really matter, he wasn’t picking his nose or anything. He said that wasn’t the only problem, you could hardly hear a word I said and why was I whispering. I was whispering because I felt a silly chump walking round the garden talking loudly to myself. Anyway I had another go, avoiding the Pianist in his hammock and declaiming loudly.  This time after hours of trying, I couldn’t upload it to YouTube, ( or is it download, I can never remember the difference?) Apparently, it was too long. So here is my fourth effort; it’s still jerky but perhaps not quite as bad as the first one, there is no sign of the Pianist and I am not whispering. I haven’t shown all the garden and I finished rather abruptly when I realised I was running out of time. And I missed out lots of roses that are looking great right now. But maybe, if I can get this onto YouTube I will try again another time and show you the the parts I missed. You never got to see my vegetable garden or my greenhouse.

By the way, the hosta I showed you just before the abrupt end is ‘Sum and Substance’.


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37 Responses to A Walk Round the June Garden.

  1. bcparkison says:

    For your first time out you did very well. Really large space to care for and it is lovely.Thank you for sharing .

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you. I will try again and hope to improve. It is a large garden and I had to leave quite a bit out. Maybe next time I should concentrate on just one area.

  2. Jo Shafer says:

    “June is busting out all ovah . . . “

  3. Kris Peterson says:

    I knew your garden must be large but I don’t think I had a clear concept of how large it really is until now, nor how many roses you have! I was also surprised to see your Scilla peruviana still has flowers when mine has been done for months already. I think you did very well with your video and narration, and I’m impressed that it only took you a few tries. I’ve done no more than briefly think about doing a video someday. I cringe at the thought of how I’d do, as I dislike public speaking and don’t expect it would matter if none of my audience was physically present. I look forward to seeing a video of your garden posted on Gardeners’ World – I understand they’re accepting viewer input during the pandemic 😉

    • Chloris says:

      Ah and you haven’t seen all of it yet. I dislike public speaking too Kris but a video is a good way to share the garden. Years ago an Irish friend of mine was on Gardener’s World, not only did she talk about her garden with great confidence but she sat on a garden seat and declaimed poetry in loud poetic voice. Can you imagine doing that? My video is just for my blogging friends who I hope will make allowances for my amateurism.

  4. It looks fabulous! I enjoyed your description of your attempts as much as your tour. Tee hee.

  5. Amanda Clowe says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this Chloris – and I hope you will do more as the season progresses !
    I love your garden and will miss seeing it so much this coming weekend, so the video tour was a great idea. I’ve been posting my images of your beautiful roses on Instagram over the past few days – Grace, Mutabilis & Phyllis Bide.
    Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful flowers …
    Ps You have a lovely voice – perfect for a video commentary 😁
    Amanda x

  6. Shirley says:

    Good morning Chloris, what lovely garden tour to start the day! Gosh what a space you have had to work with and what a brilliant job you have made of all the different areas, so many different roses too. Your plants have grown so well, guessing you don’t move them quite so much as I do. Choisya sundance caught my eye, what a beauty. I just love your iron garden seat with the spider’s web on the back.So many nice details throughout the garden including the range of plants in pots outside the summer house. Your trial on YouTube and the difficulty of walking around the garden with a camera was worth it. A great garden record, thank-you for sharing your garden with us in this way 🙂

  7. It is always fun and interesting to see others’ home gardens.

  8. well done Chloris! really enjoyed seeing around your garden. I knew you had lots of interesting plants. Your garden seems to be so dry from the sound underfoot? Sum & Substance is a fave of mine. I planted Pauls Himalyan Musk along my boundary fence and it is covered in buds but has yet to open. Looks like you are a good couple of weeks ahead of me.

  9. Eliza Waters says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed the tour, Liz. Lots of roses – how you manage all those thorns, I can’t imagine. 😉 Now that you’ve mastered YouTube, you’ve learned a lot and I hope we’ll be seeing more of your lovely garden!

  10. Cathy says:

    A lovely tour of your extensive garden. You must be working out there all hours to keep up with it. A joy!

  11. snowbird says:

    You had me laughing at your various attempts to get some video footage! Oh…I say! What a wonderful, huge, mature garden full of endless delights! As a previous reader said, you really need to get some video on Gardener’s World. How you keep this all watered makes my mind boggle!
    So lovely to hear you, great commentary, you are a natural. I was surprised to discover that you have such a lovely, gentle, posh voice!!!xxx

    • Chloris says:

      Next time I will show you more of the garden, I missed quite a lot out.Thank you for being so nice about my voice, you nearly heard some very unladylike language when I tripped over the croquet hoop. We keep them out because we play every day but I never learn and trip over one most days.

  12. It was lovely to see your roses in all their glory and interesting to see all the many different ways of growing them you use.

  13. Cathy says:

    Oh hurrah, and well done Chloris! Having learned how long they take to upload I am conscious of keeping the time down when doing mine too. Mind you, it is quite disorientating walking round a garden with someone who is familiar with it, and I felt was tying myself in knots keeping up with you – I know I have seen your garden but of course it is very different from our last visit! Your roses are wonderful – such banks of colour. You will be pleased to know that I added Phyllis Bide here after seeing yours last year, replacing Pink Perpetue at the front of the house. How have you trained your standard wisteria? ps I am planning on doing a video just of roses, but want to try and add labels and perhaps some music, which is a new challenge…

  14. Chloris says:

    Thank you Cathy, I haven’t mastered the smooth professionalism that you have but I hope to improve in time. I missed out lots of lovely roses though, I couldn’t get round to them all. I think I will write a rose post. Glad you got Phyllis Bide, she is a beauty.
    I trained my wisteria up a sturdy post but the post rotted and broke so now it’s listing rather.

  15. Liz, the roses, the roses…so gorgeous and how wonderful to hear your voice!! The garden is spectacular and I loved seeing it..we say Schef a leeera here!! how amazing you can grow them in your garden – or do they live inside for the winter?

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Amy. To be honest I have no idea how to pronounce Schleffera, like many plant names, I’ve never heard anyone say it, just read the word. They have lived outside for two years now and so far, so good.

  16. Anna says:

    It felt the next best thing to having a personal guided tour Chloris and how lovely to put such a soft gentle voice to the name. You must be able to disappear for hours at a time in your earthly paradise. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Anna, what a lovely thing to say. The weather has been disappointing here in my paradise, for the last few days, cold, lots of wind and a bit of rain, but not enough.

  17. Meriel in Wicklow says:

    Thanks Chloris. Unfortunately I couldn’t manage to get your commentary, however I will try again, as i know it would make it so much more interesting and I would love the names of some of the roses, in particular. I have trouble taking photos on sunny days as I find the pale colours reflect too much light. I am definitely not an early riser, however I think the light is best around 6am and have occasionally resorted to get up then! Since “the lockdown ” I’ve been doing a similar blog to yourself once a week or so and sending to friends. They seem to appreciate it – so far!

    • Chloris says:

      Hello Meriel, I’m sorry you couldn’t get the commentary, I can’t understand why not. Perhaps if you go to Youtube and find it, it might be better. I agree about the early morning light, but 6 am is not something that I can manage. I would love to see your blog, could you make it more widely available ?

  18. Jason Kay says:

    Great job. You give me courage to try a video of my own – I have been tempted, but too nervous. Love all your roses!

  19. pbmgarden says:

    Magnificent. When you first posted I saw a few minutes of your video before having to run off to do some errand or other and finally got back to finish your delightful tour. So happy to hear your voice and see the scope of your garden. I knew you loved roses but it took me by surprise how many you have–all glorious but I especially liked Grace. Thanks for giving us a peek.

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