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It seems I have a growing collection of Agapanthus in the garden more by luck than design.  It probably is because I have a weakness for all bulbs and at this time of year its seems to be either Agapanthus or Crocosmia.  Over recent years they have been moved to the big border which is in full sun, slopes and has a large quantity of gravel in, so good drainage. Most of… Read More

My vase this week contains some late summer perennials which are looking good in the garden at the moment.  I have to admit to being a little mean when I cut flowers in the garden.  I really hate diminishing the display and many of my plants are  to young to produce lots of blooms. This week’s bunch contains some perennial Rudbeckia which arrived in the garden, possibly via bird seed.  One of… Read More

I have been very remiss in participating in recent months in Cathy’s Monday meme – In a Vase on Monday. Life has been so busy at work and at home that it was one thing too many.  Anyway, the various things that have been challenging seem to be moving in a positive direction towards a resolution and I have felt the weights that have weighed me down lifting.  Today, I start two… Read More

It seems as though summer has finally arrived, the temperatures have definitely lifted into the 20Cs and the borders are very dry; not great given the plants I have planted out in the last few weeks such as the Echinacea above. I was lucky to receive a gift of a number of Echinacea from Rob Cole at Meadow Farm last weekend.  Rob is known for his breeding of Echinacea and he is… Read More

What a thrill just in time for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day my passion-flower has flowered.  This variety is Passionflower Perfumed Passion and I can confirm that it certainly does have a good perfume.  This is a tender plant and is in the greenhouse but there is quite a bit in flower in the garden. I have three Echinacea now and they seem to do alright on the slope border.  In fact the… Read More