This week, a more normal world would have brought us the Chelsea Flower Show, either via the BBC or a personal visit. We have never been to this legendary show, mainly because I just can't see the attraction of the crowds and what looks like a lot of jostling and manoeuvring in order to see … Continue reading Six on Saturday #MyChelseaGarden
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
Trawling through photos for Becky at the Life of B's #JanuaryLight square photo challenge, I came across this one - I think the delight is written all over my face as I prepare to cut the ribbon on my new greenhouse. I was so delighted with this magnificent structure we even held a party to … Continue reading Greenhouse Delight
Isn't miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light' stunning with a backlight of sunlight in winter! It's a clump forming perennial grass growing to a height and spread of approximately 3ft x 3ft and although deciduous, the flowering stems can be left in situ and enjoyed over our colder months - they look magical when touched by frost. … Continue reading Backlight through ‘Morning Light’
The sun streaming down on the aptly named magnolia stellata brings just one word to mind - Starlight! The star magnolia is a deciduous small tree, with an eventual height and spread of approximately 2.5 x 4 metres. It's not fussy about soil types, but prefers a well drained sheltered spot in sun or partial … Continue reading January Squares – Starlight
Yesterday afternoon, minutes before dusk and as I was finishing off in the garden, the bird chatter and whistling I'd been listening to suddenly notched up a few decibels - hundreds of starlings had landed in trees on the farm land opposite us in Wales, it was unbelievably loud! Suddenly silence fell; just as the … Continue reading Murmuration?
We're in Wales for the last Saturday of 2019 and it's still rather dull and damp weather wise - the garden isn't terribly appealing from the warmth of a fireside seat. However, on wrapping up and donning hat and gloves, a close inspection amongst the borders revealed all sorts of newness springing forth, making for … Continue reading Six on Saturday – Goodbye 2019!
With just four days to Christmas, it seems only right to feature a festive six today and I think we're probably all eager to brighten up yet another damp and gloomy week! We went and collected our tree last weekend, it's now festooned with the baubles we've gathered over many years and is lifting the … Continue reading A Festive Six on Saturday