After the Snow

and we certainly had snow, about 20cm deep in less than 24 hours just over a week ago.  Whilst we have had heavy snow in the past, some four or five years ago, we haven’t had so much snow in such a short period of time. And it was the best of snow; soft, fluffy,…

Fading Beauty and Hellebore Leaves

As I slowly re-engage with my garden it seems to me that this autumn has been unusually mild.  Even a couple of cold nights this last week seem to have made little difference to the garden.  It all looks as green and verdant as ever with some plants seemly thinking it is Spring like the…

A hint of summer

We have been truly spoilt this weekend with temperatures more akin to June than early April.  It has been a wonderful opportunity to get on and sort out seedlings that have overwintered in the cold frame which in turn has made space for seedlings from the greenhouse.The sunshine this weekend has been an early indicator…

End of Month View: March 2017

The front garden is beginning to come into its own with the small narcissus and Euphorbia flowers bringing some real zing to the border.  You may recall that last month I said I was thinking of filling the bigger border with small narcissus. Well I am rethinking this as if you look very carefully you…

The Blossom is Go!

How did the garden get away from me so much already?  It might look nice in these photos but lurking in the borders is an army of Hairy Bittercress, Creepy Buttercups and Nettles. I’m normally well on top of things in the garden, and often twiddling my thumbs waiting for the weather to warm up…

Early Spring at Ashwoods

Having had a less than good start to the year I was determined to go on a garden visit to John Massey’s garden at Ashwood Nurseries organised through my local HPS group.  Not only was it a chance to get some horticultural inspiration and partake of a bit of retail therapy but also catch up…

Notes from the Garden – 5/2/17

What a glorious treat, two whole days of gardening, in fact the first real gardening time this year.  What with injuring my arm just after Christmas planting a Sorbus in the front garden and the icy or wet weekends January was a very frustrating month.  However, it did allow a lot of time to ponder…

End of Month View – January 2017

This time last year I started the year’s End of Month meme with a post about the front garden.  By the time I had finished writing it I was completely certain that my argument that I had a love/hate relationship with the garden was flawed; I did in fact hate the front garden. Readers were…

Thoughts from the Garden – 8/1/2017

At this time of year any time snatched in the garden is a welcomed treat.  Here in Malvern it has been mild but also very damp with heavy rain on Friday and rain again overnight on Saturday and most of this afternoon. I have a lot of tidying to do and I am prioritising those…

Despite the Odds

There are some things that just seem to defy the laws of probability and my son’s wood store is one; it really should have completely collapsed some years ago.  It was built 6 or 7 years ago before he started his career as a cabinet maker in order to store the green wood that he…

Do you need a garden style?

  It’s a strange thing that my thoughts about the garden are at their most clearest in the early hours of the morning when I am supposed to be asleep. I find myself seeing, with what feels like surprising clarity, exactly how a problem should be resolved and there is inevitably, as the birds warm…

Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion)

Ginkaku-ji (The Silver Pavilion) was our first Japanese garden of the tour and delivered on many of the archetypal Japanese garden elements. I’ve already shown you the Golden Pavilion, the garden of Yoshimitsu, and the Silver Pavilion is the garden of his grandson, Yoshimasa (1435-1490). Ginkaku-ji is home to some early examples of the dry…