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I’ve been moving a lot of plants around over the last couple of weeks partly to clear the Big Border for edibles but also to address some of the plants that have outgrown their space or just aren’t looking great any more.  It has made be really aware of how dry the soil was becoming and I have found myself having to get the hose out several times a week to try… Read More

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

Given the wonderful display of camassias I have in the garden this year I thought I should feature some in a Vase on Monday post.  Following on from Christina’s idea I decided to add some blue pebbles in the bottom of the vase to help keep the stems upright.  I wanted to add variegated hosta but also added some geranium palmatum leaves to bulk it out.  I am quite pleased with the… Read More

Another lovely weekend and this time a three-day one as I had some time due to me.  I started clearing the slope on Friday although the rain stopped play after an hour.  I am moving the asters and grasses and a few other bits from the slope to the Big Border.  I want to plant up the slope with hardy exotics aiming for a jungley sort of look. I have the overall… Read More

They said that March broke records with being the dryest month in something like 50 years but I think that April has been drier.  We only seem to have had a couple of hours of very light rain all month and the plants are really beginning to show the effects.  In March the sun seemed to push them forward but now many of them seem to have stopped in their tracks.  I… Read More

The colour has  really exploded this last week in my garden.  Typical, the plants could have shown their faces a week ago when I was descended on by the Malvernmeet bloggers but never mind this way I get to tempt you with small  glimpses again.  I love the delicacy of the Brunnera above (even if I can’t always remember its name!), it very similar to the forget me nots which I also… Read More