The Patient Gardener

For the love of gardening is a seed that once sown never dies, but always grows and grows to an enduring and ever-increasing source of happiness – Gertrude Jekyll



What makes a good border?

So what makes a good border these days? A thought that dogged me on my recent visit to gardens predominantly in Cheshire. And what do we mean by border? Is a good border classed as a typical herbaceous border as... Continue Reading →


Wordless Wednesday – Hellebore

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – October 2016

I'm amazed at how much colour there is in the garden at the moment, especially as there seemed to be very little back in August.  Of course some of the colour is courtesy of the autumn leaves and various berries... Continue Reading →

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – September 2016

  I've decided not to focus on the asters this month but to showcase four plants which have just started to flower and whose flowers I am always thrilled to see.  They all need to be sought out in the... Continue Reading →

Wordless Wednesday – Euphorbia x martinii ‘Ascot Rainbow’

Garden Blogger Bloom Day – November 2015

Who would have thought that a November Garden Bloggers Bloom Day from the UK Midlands would feature a rose in full glory.  I keep posting 'last roses' this year and still they continue. At the same time you have the... Continue Reading →

Plant of the Moment: Salvia Phyllis Fancy

There are some plants which worm their way into my heart quite unexpectedly and I become completely obsessed with them.  Melianthus major is one but it is getting tough competition this year from Salvia 'Phyllis Fancy'. Salvias are a family... Continue Reading →

In a Vase on Monday – Late Summer Glow

My vase this week contains some late summer perennials which are looking good in the garden at the moment.  I have to admit to being a little mean when I cut flowers in the garden.  I really hate diminishing the... Continue Reading →

In a Vase on Monday – Faded Elegance

This week's vase is a simple one of Agapanthus ardernei hybrids. I have two wonderful clumps of agapanthus, this one and a very dark blue one and they are situated in ideal conditions soil-wise. However, it seems the sunlight that... Continue Reading →

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