Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’ AGM

Now and again, a plant strikes me as having so many attractive characteristics that it's a must grow - hardy, easy to maintain, vibrant colour, a long flowering period, attractive to pollinators and generally unfussy about where it lives. For me, rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm', awarded an Award of Garden Merit (AGM) by the RHS, is … Continue reading Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’ AGM

Six on Saturday – Goodbye 2019!

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!

Six on Saturday – Basking in Bark!

With Autumn well and truly over, deciduous trees are almost leafless and the eyes are now drawn to a plethora of fascinating bark. Many trees sit through winter looking distinctly lifeless, but others continue to shine, providing interest in our parks and gardens during the darkest months. These six caught my attention today, both at … Continue reading Six on Saturday – Basking in Bark!

Six from a Wet Walsall Arboretum!

Late this wet and windy afternoon and with very little enthusiasm, I ventured out with Ollie for a walk in Walsall Arboretum - and it turned out to be surprisingly pleasant. The wind dropped, the rain stopped and we meandered through the trees and ignored the muddy terrain, sticking mainly to the pathways. The trees … Continue reading Six from a Wet Walsall Arboretum!