I've lost count of the number of times I've heard people bemoaning the end of summer over the last 12 days - almost as if the start of Autumn equates to a period of mourning! Alright, I agree that not every day is ideal for the gardening enthusiast in Winter (although there's always something to … Continue reading Five Reasons to Love Autumn
The first week of Autumn brings a sense of both old and new; sadly many flowers are now spent for this year and leaves are started to gather on the ground - but exciting preparation for next year is beginning with bulb planting season upon us! It's also time to plant out young specimens grown … Continue reading Six on Saturday – Old and New
Summer weather this year has been a heady mix for plants and trees in our garden in Wales, growth rates have been phenomenal! We hadn't been for a couple of weeks and as our most recent visits have been full of social gatherings, there's been little opportunity for garden maintenance. As a result we were … Continue reading Busy in Wales!
After a few wet days, the sun's out for what looks like a lovely August bank holiday weekend in Wales! I can almost smell the barbecue Chris is planning for this evening, but in the meantime, I've enjoyed a leisurely stroll around the garden with my camera. It's certainly looking great - after all the … Continue reading Six on Saturday – Oh what a beautiful morning!
Between showers, thunderstorms (and going to work), it's been a busy week in the garden - lots to cut back, deadhead or dig out! There's a distinctly Autumnal feel creeping in that's not yet welcome - I'm hoping for some warmer sunnier days during the next couple of weeks. So to remind myself that it … Continue reading Six on Saturday
Despite the wind last Saturday, we decided to take an afternoon out at the Trentham Estate in Staffordshire - it's a favourite of mine and I particularly wanted to see this years meadow planting around Capability Brown's lake. These meadows were originally designed by Nigel Dunnett and have recently featured on BBC's Gardeners World - … Continue reading A Windy Day at Trentham Gardens
What a dramatic few days weather-wise! We've been lucky enough not to suffer the power cuts experienced by so many, despite being in the Midlands. Friday was very warm but wet and the wind over the last few days has proved quite a challenge to my camera skills, but with patience in waiting for calm … Continue reading Dahlia ‘Bishops Children’
After a particularly painful nine holes of golf (I'm a beginner) yesterday morning, I decided to have an afternoon of peace and quiet, but after only a few minutes in the garden couldn't help noticing how many butterflies were fluttering by - I wondered if I could capture six on camera. Well I certainly saw … Continue reading Six on Saturday – Butterflies
There's only so much you can do in a greenhouse during a wet weekend and so after I'd taken our dog Ollie for a very damp walk this afternoon, I decided to try and identify the wildflowers I photographed last weekend in Wales - I think I've got most of them! Ferns, gorse and heather … Continue reading Coastal Wildflowers
After a sun drenched week interspersed with the odd thunderstorm, it started pouring with rain at around 9am this morning and as it seems to have set in, it'll be a greenhouse afternoon for me! My star plant this week has to be the delightful daylily - it's a hard working stalwart of the mid-summer … Continue reading Six on Saturday – Delightful Daylilies