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What a rewarding weekend in so many planty ways.  I spent Saturday at the annual HPS Variegated Specialist Group meeting which was held near by and was fascinating.  The attendance was much smaller than at the annual Galanthus group meeting but being  smaller number, possibly 30ish, the welcome to a new member was wonderful and the day was good fun.  There was an informal AGM, followed by a fascinating talk by the… Read More

Due to the amount of rain and cool temperatures we have had in recent weeks the plants in the Cottage and Big Border have grown quite big and lush but the flowers are being slow to show their faces.  The Aquilegia are almost over but the Delphinium and Roses are getting ready to take over in the Cottage Border.  On both sides of the path the Geraniums are forming buds and hopefully… Read More

We are have definitely felt that Autumn is upon us the last week or so although today the sun has shone and made people regret donning their warmer clothes so soon.  The floral display in the garden is decreasing but sometimes I think it is the flowers that appear at this time of year or in Spring that are so much more interesting or maybe its a case that we appreciate them… Read More

This is my favourite flower in the garden at the moment. Its a form of Salvia which I grew from some seed last year but as ever I have mislaid the label – any ideas?  My garden is going through a colour pallette transition at the moment.  We are moving away from the soft pastels of early summer and spring such this annual Phlox Leopoldii This plant is new to me and… Read More

Finally there are signs of Spring in the garden.  The Hellebore above is one of my favourites this week – I love the deepness of the purple flowers.  Unfortunately, if my memory serves me right the flowers are more washed out when they open.  There are bulbs appearing all over the garden, I never seem to remember planting them so they are a constant surprise.  I was pleased to see new leaves sprouting… Read More