May in the Wild

Whilst walking locally during lockdown, we've recognised that nothing can beat a leisurely stroll in the midst of British wild flowers on a warm sunny day. In taking our time, we've noticed so many wild flowers that we may previously have hurried straight past. This is the first of a series of blogs featuring the … Continue reading May in the Wild

Viburnum plicatum’Marieseii’

Viburnums provide the gardener with choice from a wide range of either evergreen or deciduous shrubs and one of them is the elegant viburnum plicatum 'Mariesii'. I look forward to this plant flowering every May, with its horizontal structure, vibrant green leaves and the pure white lace cap arrangement of its petals, it's really worth … Continue reading Viburnum plicatum’Marieseii’

Six on Saturday

Tuesday this week saw May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightingale. Marked by International Nurses Day, it's also our daughter Sophie's birthday, a nurse who has been working on the front line during the Covid 19 crisis; we're so proud of her. It was heartwarming to witness the outpouring of appreciation for the nations nurses … Continue reading Six on Saturday

Between Showers in Walsall Arboretum

With such a dramatic weather change (coinciding with my week of annual leave!), I've been in the house or greenhouse all week. But this afternoon, in between rain showers, we walked Ollie in Walsall Arboretum - and having benefitted from days of refreshing rainfall, the trees and shrubs are just stunning... It was very quiet … Continue reading Between Showers in Walsall Arboretum