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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 redress as they are my favourite. The Camassias peaked but are still just about holding their own…. Read More

I had a delightful afternoon visiting Noel Kingsbury and Jo Eliot’s garden in deepest darkest Herefordshire within spitting distance of the Welsh borders.  I nearly didn’t go as I wanted to get on with the front garden but having planted up half the space in the morning and with unexpected blue skies at lunchtime I set off for what is always an enjoyable drive west. Noel’s garden is not what many would… Read More

Every gardener I know seems to be saying this last week ‘Goodness hasn’t the garden shot up this week’ and yes we have been blessed finally with warmer temperatures which coupled with the rain has given plants a real boost.  Needless to say having moaned about the cool spring for weeks and weeks those same gardeners are now moaning that they can’t keep on top of things!  Personally, with my more lackadaisical… Read More

Looking back on last month’s End of Month View it is amazing how much the garden has filled out in just one month especially given how dry May has been.  The temperatures have also been unseasonably low and I think this has helped to make everything seem so very green. As you can see the irises have started with Bumble Bee Delight just showing in the bottom of the above photo to… Read More

Today I went to the inaugural meeting of the HPS Shade and Woodland Group which conveniently for me was held near Tewkesbury where I go for my monthly HPS meetings and in addition to this the talk was by one of our committee members, Keith Ferguson with a visit in the afternoon to his and his wife, Lorna’s, garden. The meeting was attended by some 80 people at a rough guess which… Read More

For this week’s vase I decided to feature aquilegias which as I said in my last post are a real favourite.  The aquilegias in the vase are the real Granny’s Bonnets, as in one of the common names for Aquilegia, as opposed to the long spurred aquilegias I showed in the GBBD post which I believe hail from the US. But what foliage to use to show the flowers off?  I decided… Read More

Unusually for me I’m a day late with the GBBD post but I had a wonderful surprise on my return from Rome as the Alliums have just started to open their puff-ball flowers and there are a whole array of them dancing above the prostrate rosemary. Allium cameleon (above) is a new addition this year and I rather like the pink tones of the buds and newly open florets which then go… Read More

It has rained heavily for 48 hours on and off which is good as the garden has had a good soaking and the water butts are full or even overflowing.  However, it does mean there has been no gardening for me today.  In fact all I managed outside was to water the greenhouse, which seems somewhat mad, when the rain is bashing on the glass, and to take a few photos as… Read More

May is the month for Aquilegia in my garden.  They are amongst my favorite perennials and every year a few more varieties appear.  I know some say that they revert back to muddy pink ones but I don’t find this so.  In fact I don’t think this makes sense since it is unlikely that a plant’s flowers will revert and I think they are actually getting lots of seedlings from plants cross… Read More