For many reasons, the hellebore is my favourite winter flowering plant. Although I love a swathe of crocus or a blanket of snow drops along a woodland walk (and their impact is undeniable), they are so short lived, entertaining us for just two to three weeks each year. Winter flowering shrubs provide a great backdrop, … Continue reading Hellebore Heaven
It's getting increasingly difficult to refrain from having a serious moan about the weather, but I'm going to try! We woke up this morning determined to get in the garden and do some jobs that are normally done in February and I set a target of six. So having taken Ollie to Sutton Park for … Continue reading Six Jobs on Saturday
Today (my day off), didn't quite go to plan, the game of golf and the rose pruning were off and there are no prizes for guessing why - the weather again! However, I had an alternative mission by lunchtime as the batch of seeds I ordered on Saturday from Sea Spring Seeds, arrived in today's … Continue reading Seed Sowing – All Systems Go!
If the forecast is to be trusted, it seems that today we had the calm before the storm - and it has certainly been a bright and sunny day! After a busy and challenging week, I've calmed down and taken stock - the garden needs my attention and seed sowing should be a priority over … Continue reading Six on Saturday
It's the 31st January and the last day of Becky at the Life of B's JanuaryLights# square photo challenge. I've four for the finale today: Frogs are abundant in our pond, here is one caught in a spotlight! Sea holly in a sun trap, creating it's own starlight! A pathway through sunlight! And finally....skylight over … Continue reading Spotlight, Starlight, Sunlight and Skylight!
For the penultimate day in Becky at the Life of B's JanuaryLights# square photo challenge, I've chosen three photos of blossom in sunlight - in anticipation of spring being just around the corner! Amelanchier lamarckii is a lovely small tree, growing to a height and spread of approximately 8 x 4 metres after 10 years, … Continue reading Blossom in Sunlight
I did think my commitment to using only plant and garden related pictures for Becky at the Life of B's JanuaryLights# square photo challenge might prove difficult, but in fact I should have been more confident - there's a plethora of choice! Today I've selected eryngium 'Miss Wilmott's Ghost' in a photo taken last September … Continue reading Starlight
In the last few days of JanuaryLights#, Becky at the Life of B's square photo challenge, it's such a shame that there is no word to describe lots of pictures I have where sunlight is creating a lovely warm glow through a flower's petals. So, as neither sunlight nor backlight do the effect justice, I'm … Continue reading Glowlight
Today's submission to the JanuaryLights# square photo challenge set by Becky at the Life of B, consisting of 3 pictures of bees alighting on flowers, could easily have been another delight, given that they all bring a smile to my face. Firstly, a bee alights on dahlia 'Honka Black', the glow from whose heart sets … Continue reading Bees Alight
One of my favourite gardens is at Coughton Court in Warwickshire - on a bright sunny day towards the end of September, the lime tree walk is at its very best. With a low sun streaming through their pollarded trunks, this avenue is certainly in the limelight! Becky at the Life of B's #JanuaryLight challenge … Continue reading Pollarded Limelight