The June edition of the RHS's 'The Garden' journal included a thought provoking essay advocating that gardeners should 'read (and write) more poetry'. The author Sarah Salway contributed this interesting piece - I'm not intending to review it here (suffice to say it's well worth reading), my purpose in referring to it is that it … Continue reading Creative Writing Exercise
I love visiting other people's gardens and I have never been anywhere without finding a new plant or colour combination and a useful tip or two, but yesterday was exceptional. Mom and me had such a charming experience at Maureen Allen's 'Hidden Gem' garden - a delicious treat in itself, but what a warm welcome … Continue reading Walsall’s ‘Hidden Gem’ Garden
Last July, amidst plans for year-round colour in the garden (as I'd just got my much hankered after greenhouse), I sowed two varieties of wallflower, 'Blood Red' and 'Ruby Gem', for my hot border. These were planted out as very small young plants at the end of September, along with some white ones I'd grown … Continue reading Wallflowers – to save or not to save
Well, the recent mixed weather has persisted today as we made a trip to Gardener's World Live, but windows of dry sunshine in between downpours just meant we had to tailor our visit to indoor/outdoor viewing depending on conditions! Despite the rain, it's been really enjoyable, with a feast of eye-catching plants and garden designs. … Continue reading Six on Saturday – from Gardener’s World Live
One of the first sowings I made when the greenhouse was completed last summer was a white foxglove, digitalis 'Alba' - the seeds germinated quickly and subsequently thrived during early Autumn - they were soon ready for planting out. We've got the perfect border for these plants - at a higher level, there are three … Continue reading Digitalis ‘Alba’ (well mostly!)
Great day in the garden, planted out all the delphiniums I grew from seed last year, did a little weeding and feeding (but didn't get through my list, mainly as I took a break to go to a plant fair!). Here are six lovely flowers for Saturday: Self seeded centaurea I love this flower, the … Continue reading Six on Saturday
Earlier this evening, after a few hours of dry intermittent sunshine, I cut the grass. As it has been a wet and cold week here in the Midlands, the lawn was still pretty damp, but as the garden looked so untidy, I just had to do it. Such satisfaction! The smell of just-cut wet grass … Continue reading Cutting the grass!