Emerging from the Elderberry

I am sure we all have bits of our garden that we really struggle with and to be honest turn a blind eye to.  I also bet that those areas are ones which are possibly in difficult to get to parts of the garden, or have difficult growing conditions.  My challenging spot is the top…

If we were having tea

If we were having tea right now there would of course be cake.  On a damp cold Saturday afternoon there needs to be afternoon tea with some treat.  My preference today would be a gooey Belgian Chocolate choux bun from my favourite local supermarket full of unctuous cream which squidgies out the sides as you…

New Year Day Delights

There is nothing better after what seems like interminable days of rain than getting outside and having a good look around the garden to see what the plants have been up to.  The real draw were the red berries of Bomarea salsilla which I can see from the kitchen.  The seeds heads have been hanging…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Depth

I have struggled with this week’s photo challenge theme: depth.   So I have decided to choose some images that show a depth of field, the depth of the garden so to speak. This photos were taken at Wollerton Old Hall in Shropshire in 2012.  A garden I must visit again as I have found looking…

End of Month View – January 2015

Another year and the start of another series of End of Month posts.  Time for some new views, projects and pondering. I plan to start with the view above which is the grass path between the Big Border and the former Bog Garden which is in need of a new name but first of all…

You say Amaryilis, I say Hippeastrum

When I was growing up we frequently visited my Aunt’s mother’s house.  Mrs Barker, as I called her, was the lady who inspired my horticultural passions.  They lived in a semi-detached in Hounslow on the outskirts of London and she had one of those long thin gardens with the concrete path down the middle to…

‘England’s Greatest Snowdrop Garden’

When I tell people that I am going to look at snowdrops they often look at me quizzically -” surely a snowdrop is a snowdrop is a snowdrop” they say. “What’s the fuss, they are just pretty small white flowers?”  And so it may seem until you start to look beyond the blanket of the…

My Garden this Weekend – 25th January 2015

With a little sunshine this weekend and a slight increase in the temperatures the first hellebores are starting to open.  This is the plant that hooked me on hellebores some 7 years ago.  I used to use it as my avatar on twitter and Blotanical.  It is one of the Ashwood hybrids and I love…

My Garden This Weekend – 18th January 2015

As you can see the garden has had a dose of winter this weekend albeit short-lived with the majority of the snow having melted by Saturday lunchtime. I can’t say I wasn’t disappointed that it was too cold to do anything outside as all I wanted to do yesterday was hide inside.  I have been…