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There is something quintessentially English about a flower and veg show that I doubt you could find anywhere else in the world. I love Malvern Autumn Show as it heralds the start of Autumn, a season I love with its colours ad abundance. The show as so much to offer for everyone with all the key components of the traditional country show: giant vegetables, tractors, llamas (well this is Malvern), agility dogs… Read More

Here we are at the end of August and I have been lamenting the lack of colour in my garden.  I have been more interested in foliage in the last year and I wondered whether this has had a negative impact on the floral display however looking at these photographs it is clear there is plenty of colour but much is in the cooler tones rather than in the rich colours that… Read More

For a change the weather gods have been kind to me and the forecast rain has  held back and allowed me to garden to my heart’s delight.  In fact I stopped when my back was aching after some five hours of happy pottering and contemplating.  The garden is going through one of its lulls of transition from the spring bulbs to the summer perennials.  All the colour seems to be coming from… Read More

Another month has passed and the greenhouse is full to bursting although the winter occupants are beginning to move out and the new spring tenants are starting to move in.  There has been a slight swop over with the succulents moving across the greenhouse to the slatted benching and the seedling trays moving to the gravel beds.  I think the seed trays do better with the humidity around them.  I really need… Read More

I don’t feel as though  I have spent much time in the garden this weekend.  Partly, as you can see it has been raining and when I say raining I mean a lot of rain.  Which is excellent as the ground has been so dry for so long. The dahlias are really coming into their own and I am so pleased with the choices I made this year from Sarah Raven.  I… Read More

This weekend saw a slight increase in temperature and on Saturday the sun was shining.  There was still a nip in the air so I decided that if I was going to spend some time out side I would need to do a strenuous job to keep myself warm. As I have intimated before since the New Year I have a whole host of projects set up for the house and garden… Read More

Having shared with you some long shots of The Garden House which I visited last week I thought I would now show you some of the plants that  really took my eye.  The main ones were the hydrangea which was simply gorgeous as you can see in the previous post, but I suspect I am in a minority of liking hydrangea. Anyway, the best flowers were in the walled garden and there… Read More

It was more of a challenge to find nice blooms for GBBD this month.  Lots of the plants are beginning to look tired and a little worn around the  edges but there are still some blooming their socks off.  The Rudbeckia above is very bright and I am actually struggling to find the right spot for it,  its definitely in the wrong spot at the moment colour wise but I am planning… Read More

A couple of years ago I decided that I needed more daisy type flowers in the garden to attract insects.   Well I can safely say that I have now addressed that, in fact I hadn’t realised just how many daisy type flowers I had until I bought the Leucanthemum Broadway Lights above yesterday.  I couldn’t resist it and kidded myself that I was rescuing the plant which was quite large and in… Read More