I've lost count of the number of times I've heard people bemoaning the end of summer over the last 12 days - almost as if the start of Autumn equates to a period of mourning! Alright, I agree that not every day is ideal for the gardening enthusiast in Winter (although there's always something to … Continue reading Five Reasons to Love Autumn
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!
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
After a sun drenched week interspersed with the odd thunderstorm, it started pouring with rain at around 9am this morning and as it seems to have set in, it'll be a greenhouse afternoon for me! My star plant this week has to be the delightful daylily - it's a hard working stalwart of the mid-summer … Continue reading Six on Saturday – Delightful Daylilies
I've made quite a decision this week after visiting a friend's charity garden party last Saturday - the bed below is going to be filled with roses! The great bonus to visiting other gardens is that there is always at least one eureka moment when you suddenly see a solution you can apply to your … Continue reading Which Rose? Dilemma!
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
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
We've spent a few days in Wales and not surprisingly for this time of year, a few weeds are attempting to take hold in the garden. One of these, Galium aparine, more commonly known as 'cleaver', 'sticky bud' or 'goosegrass', really irritates me because it insinuates itself through it's neighbours in a stealth like manner. … Continue reading War on Cleavers