Roses are probably my favourite flowers (certainly every June anyway!). They have such appeal to the senses; beautiful to look at, highly and deliciously scented and silky smooth to touch. I've previously written about roses on this blog, but today, I'm extolling the virtues of a particular favourite and one I look forward to every … Continue reading Rosa ‘Albertine’
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!
Some time ago, a friend visiting us in late Autumn remarked rather negatively on the presence of dead perennial stems in the garden (actually asked why we'd got so many weeds in the borders!). I suppose to many it probably looks very untidy, but notwithstanding the fact that seeds and stems provide food and shelter … Continue reading Frosty Beauty
The borough of Walsall gets a lot of poor press, often unfairly in my view. It has a diverse population, generally living comfortably together. Unfortunately there are also high levels of poverty and health, social and economic issues to contend with. Recently, the town centre appears to have entered a slow decline, with the closure … Continue reading A walk in the park – Walsall Arboretum
It's been a while since I've posted about the garden in Wales, and after a week of toil, here's an update! Fine weather persisted, broken only by just an afternoon of heavy rain before the sun came out again. The garden certainly needs water - we've never seen it so dry and after several years of … Continue reading A few words from Wales