It's the 31st January and the last day of Becky at the Life of B's JanuaryLights# square photo challenge. I've four for the finale today: Frogs are abundant in our pond, here is one caught in a spotlight! Sea holly in a sun trap, creating it's own starlight! A pathway through sunlight! And finally....skylight over … Continue reading Spotlight, Starlight, Sunlight and Skylight!
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
I'd got a few plans in mind for the garden in Wales this weekend (there's quite a bit of weeding and cutting back to be done), but rain and Storm Freya have curtailed them somewhat. Still, I'm pleased to see the mixed daffodils dancing on the river bank, including some of those I planted rather … Continue reading Wet & Windy Wales
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
What a welcome sight - during a brisk walk through the arboretum with Ollie on Sunday morning, I spotted an emerging drift of pearly white snowdrops robustly standing up to the prevailing cold wind. None are flowering as yet in the garden at home, so these were a lovely reminder of the pleasure now just … Continue reading Snowdrops