Camassia time

I have been looking forward to this time for a few weeks now – its time for the Camassias to flower.  I love Camassias.  I love their height, the intensity of the blue flowers, their presence in the border. They make a nice change to tulips and I have no idea why more people don’t…

In a Vase on Monday: Yellow

I’ve never cut Forsythia for the house before and I really pleased I have chosen it for this week’s Monday Vase post. My forsythia bush is to be pitied.  It grows right up against the fence and has struggled for years in the shadow of a large sycamore in my neighbour’s garden.  With their clearing…

In a Vase on Monday: A Bowl of Hellebores

It seems inevitable that hellebores would feature this week especially after seeing so many at Ashwood Nurseries on Saturday. I have realised that I have quite a few hellebores in the garden particularly as I seem to be in the habit of going to Ashwoods at this time of year. This weekend I was looking…

In A Vase on Monday – Camellia

The vase this week is a simple one which doesn’t really require me to say much.  The camellia flower is from a small camellia I have growing in a pot.  It is a plant I rescued from one of those ‘bargain’ areas in a nursery and planted out in the garden.  However, it was apparently…

In a vase on Monday: Pretty in Pink

This meme has made me somewhat obsessive about seeking out something to put in a vase on Monday.  I realised that this was the case when I got quite excited to spot some bergenia flowers when my eldest moved his car yesterday and bored him on the subject all the way to the supermarket he…

In a vase on Monday – Winter Bear

As I am hopeless at sticking to things I will not start this post by saying that I intend to participate in Cathy’s weekly In A Vase On Monday meme. Instead I will aspire to take part more than I did last year, which shouldn’t be too hard to achieve! January is really not the…

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – April 2016

The garden is sparkling with colour, lots of spots of colour much like an impressionist painting and I have to say that this is certainly my garden’s best season.  The colour and shimmer is created from lots of small flower heads in a myriad of pastel colours.  So for this month’s Garden Bloggers Bloom Day…

Notes from the Garden – 10th April

I think we have had all four seasons this weekend with wind, rain and heavy sleet yesterday and frost overnight but today spring returned which meant I could get on with my planting plans. The focus today was the long border along the top of the wall.  I want it to have a sort of…

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day 15/2/2016

February is really becoming hellebore time in my garden although unusually I haven’t added to the collection yet this year although I am sure there is still time. Above is a selection of some of those that are looking good this week. Interestingly the colours don’t seem as strong this year with Anna’s Red looking…

Boxing Day Flower Count 2015

My Boxing Day Flower Count is becoming a real tradition now as this is the fifth year I have done it.  It is simply a case of going round the garden and counting how many plants are in flower.  Of course when you start thinking about it in detail, as no doubt some people will,…

Surprises and Expectations

What a surprise! 5th December and the first snowdrop is flowering in my garden.  Even more surprising is that it isn’t Galanthus Ding Dong which I know I have and thought was my earliest snowdrop.  I can’t find a label with it and I have been very careful in labelling snowdrops with substantial black labels…