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Saturday was a much needed sunny day, finally after weeks of grey and damp; the garden positively zinged with freshness. I think green comes into its own in Spring.  More than any time of the year it acts as not only a foil to the spring flowers but the emerging shoots and leaves have their own vibrancy. I am particularly pleased with this combination of epimedium and drumstick primulas.  Orange and purple… Read More

It hadn’t occurred to me to use violas in my weekly vase until Saturday’s HPS meeting.  We have a display table on which more confident members than me display various plants or vases of flowers, foliage, berries etc.  These are then used for the morning discussion which is generally led by Bob Brown of Cotswold Garden Flowers and is the best part of the meeting.  You certainly learn a lot, the first… Read More

My Vase on Monday has been through a couple of guises today.  I wanted to feature the Ballerina Tulips which are really the only tulips I have.  They grow in the front garden so escaped the notice of the badger in past years – the badger hasn’t worked out how to get to the front of the house.  They are a form of tulip which will naturalise and they seem to be… Read More

The spring equinox has brought a weekend of heavenly gardening weather.  The sun has shone and there was a light breeze which wafted the big lumbering bumble bees around.  The scent from the hyacinths which are planted just at the top of the first flight of steps is absolutely wonderful. It is amazing how much the plants have come on in the last week.   I have two camellias both of them bought… Read More

As Spring seems to have arrived in my garden I thought I would join in with the Garden Bloggers Bloom Day post. I know I have said a few posts back that I wasn’t that keen on Pulmonaria but I have to admit that I do like the purity of the flowers of Pulmonaria Sissinghurst White. Of course at this time of year when the light levels are still low the white… Read More