GBBD June 2018 – Its all about the roses

Having wandered around the garden taking photos of what is in flower for the Garden Bloggers Bloom Day post I realised that the roses were stealing the show this month so I have focussed entirely on them. I think this is a good year for roses.  We saw so many bushes smothered in flowers on…

Austin – Tchotchke

I learnt a new word in Austin – tchotchke.  I think it is a Jewish word and it means a small object that is decorative rather than strictly functional, a trinket.  Just as when I visited gardens in San Francisco, I was intrigued by the amount of objects some of the gardens contained.  I don’t…

End of Month View: May 2018

A somewhat bedraggled garden for this month’s End of Month View post.  I stupidly thought at the weekend, when it was sunny, I’ll take the photos nearer the end of the month as the poppies may have opened.  Foolish me! So these photos were taken this morning in drizzle with mist hanging over the hills…

The front garden two years on

Its been two years, and a couple of weeks, since I, well my youngest son, dug up our front lawn.  It was  decision I laboured over for more than a year – what would I put in its place? Well plants obviously, but what? What theme would I have? Did I need a focal point?…

Pacific Coast Surprise

Its funny how things work out.  There I was thinking I would write a blog post about the gardens I saw in Austin when something caught my eye in the garden.  It was this beauty, a Iris Pacific Coast hybrid.  Now my American friends may think, what’s all the fuss about, but here in the…

A garden of inspiration

The trouble I find with spending a number of days visiting gardens is the sensory overload.  So many gardens, plants, owners, ideas and experiences and when you then start to try and think about how to distil your experience into a blog post; well sometimes it seems to be a challenge too far. I have…

GBBD May 2018

Whilst I was away having a jolly time in Austin the garden was busy getting on with life and a new cast was waiting to surprise me. The first Aquilegia flowers definitely signify the imminent arrival of summer. Sadly over the years the number of long spurred Aquilegias seem to have diminished, something I must…