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Whilst I was away having a jolly time in Austin the garden was busy getting on with life and a new cast was waiting to surprise me. The first Aquilegia flowers definitely signify the imminent arrival of summer. Sadly over the years the number of long spurred Aquilegias seem to have diminished, something I must redress as they are my favourite. The Camassias peaked but are still just about holding their own…. Read More

May is the month for Aquilegia in my garden.  They are amongst my favorite perennials and every year a few more varieties appear.  I know some say that they revert back to muddy pink ones but I don’t find this so.  In fact I don’t think this makes sense since it is unlikely that a plant’s flowers will revert and I think they are actually getting lots of seedlings from plants cross… Read More

Anyone who follows me on twitter regularly will know I have been whining about being ill since Wednesday evening with a cold.  In fact we are pretty certain it was flu as I was completely knocked for six and hardly left my bed or the sofa until this morning.  It has left me feeling quite tired but the sunshine today was just what I needed to start recharging the batteries and get… 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

The colour has  really exploded this last week in my garden.  Typical, the plants could have shown their faces a week ago when I was descended on by the Malvernmeet bloggers but never mind this way I get to tempt you with small  glimpses again.  I love the delicacy of the Brunnera above (even if I can’t always remember its name!), it very similar to the forget me nots which I also… Read More