A few more words (and pics) from Wales

We've spent a few days in Wales enjoying great weather and pottering about in the garden - as ever the weeds; particularly clevers, wood avens, enchanters nightshade, couch grass and creeping buttercup are all growing in abundance. As we are surrounded by fields and of course we're not living there all the time, it's not … Continue reading A few more words (and pics) from Wales

Impact or Invasion? My Love ’em or Leave ’em Plants

I've just been admiring a swathe of euphorbia amiglioides 'Robbiae' with its acid yellow flowers and glossy leaves glistening under a light drizzle. I say admiring, which is my immediate reaction, but really I should be asking myself why it's there at all, as over the years I've made quite a few attempts to get … Continue reading Impact or Invasion? My Love ’em or Leave ’em Plants

Flowers – come up and see me – and make me smile

I started writing this blog on Good Friday and was almost ready to publish this morning - with a blog about the fabulous weather and the amazing flowers emerging into this lovely springtime. However, at around 10:30, Chris appraised me of the appalling events in Sri Lanka taking place. It's difficult to go on and … Continue reading Flowers – come up and see me – and make me smile

Six on Saturday

Better late than never (Saturday was rather busy!), five pictures of the fabulous floral arrangements designed and created by Lavender Green Flowers for our daughter Sophie and son in law Tobei's wedding on Saturday 6th April. The sixth picture is courtesy of Rebecca Carpenter Photography and features the Bride & Groom in the gardens of … Continue reading Six on Saturday

Wet & Windy Wales

I'd got a few plans in mind for the garden in Wales this weekend (there's quite a bit of weeding and cutting back to be done), but rain and Storm Freya have curtailed them somewhat. Still, I'm pleased to see the mixed daffodils dancing on the river bank, including some of those I planted rather … Continue reading Wet & Windy Wales


What a welcome sight - during a brisk walk through the arboretum with Ollie on Sunday morning, I spotted an emerging drift of pearly white snowdrops robustly standing up to the prevailing cold wind. None are flowering as yet in the garden at home, so these were a lovely reminder of the pleasure now just … Continue reading Snowdrops