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I need to learn to love my front garden just a bit more. Its a lot better than it was three or four years ago before I dug up the lawn but the truth is I just walk past it every day and every so often I find myself thinking I need to spend some time tidying up and sorting it out . So today I thought I would include it in… Read More

The first Garden Bloggers Bloom Day of the year sees a interesting selection of plants in flower, albeit a small choice selection. There are numerous buds a plenty – Hellebores, Eranthis, Snowdrops, Iris reticulata and Magnolia – but as with many a garden visit they will probably look lovely next week. So what are we left to enjoy in the second full week of the year? Strangely, two Australian shrubs – Grevillea… Read More

It is a family joke that my parents, especially my father, loved to dome shrubs when he was pruning.  I often despaired as to me the beauty of many shrubs is their ranging wide-spread form. Over the last few days I have been seeking solace in Christopher Lloyd’s The Adventurous Gardener and reading bits of mum which amuse me.  The passage entitled ‘Some Reactions to Cutting Back’ made her chuckle too.  In… Read More

I was thinking only yesterday that the garden is in a bit of a lull before the early summer flowers start but it was surprising today to see how many flowers there are at their best at the moment.  Now I don’t know what the plant above is.  I grew it from seed a few years back which I got through a seed distribution scheme and I know they were labelled wrong… Read More

Here we are at the 15th of the month again and time for Garden Blogger Bloom Day posts.  I was actually surprised when I went out to take photos that there wasn’t quite as much in flower as I thought there would be.  A lot of the late spring flowers are going over and the early summer flowers haven’t come out yet. Though saying that I am sure the Grevillea above is… Read More

I have a love hate relationship with my front garden as has been documented many times on this blog but I think the relationship is heading towards more love than hate.  There are two large plants in my garden which I adore: one is a birch tree the boys bought a few years back for my birthday and the second is my Grevillea Canberra Gem. I bought the Grevillea about 3 years… Read More