On a breezy but (so far) dry morning, I'm surprised to see that five of the plants I've chosen for today are having a late floral flush - maybe this shouldn't be unexpected as it's been such a warm September, even during the rain this week. As I write, the sun's made an appearance - … Continue reading Six on Saturday – Tales of the Unexpected!
Summer weather this year has been a heady mix for plants and trees in our garden in Wales, growth rates have been phenomenal! We hadn't been for a couple of weeks and as our most recent visits have been full of social gatherings, there's been little opportunity for garden maintenance. As a result we were … Continue reading Busy in Wales!
What a dramatic few days weather-wise! We've been lucky enough not to suffer the power cuts experienced by so many, despite being in the Midlands. Friday was very warm but wet and the wind over the last few days has proved quite a challenge to my camera skills, but with patience in waiting for calm … Continue reading Dahlia ‘Bishops Children’
There's only so much you can do in a greenhouse during a wet weekend and so after I'd taken our dog Ollie for a very damp walk this afternoon, I decided to try and identify the wildflowers I photographed last weekend in Wales - I think I've got most of them! Ferns, gorse and heather … Continue reading Coastal Wildflowers
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!)