The Patient Gardener


How can you not be tempted by a plant with a name like Molopospermum peloponnesiacum?  I am becoming increasingly fond of this plant.  It was bought in May 2012 from Crug Plants and so right from the start it has fond memories associated with it of time spent with gardening friends.  I feel for the ferny foliage and although it was a little pricey for my budget I succumbed. The plant is… Read More

Wollerton Old Hall in Shropshire is a garden I visited about 6 or 7 years ago, it maybe even 8 years ago.  I remember thinking the garden was rather nice then and recently I have been musing that I really should go back and see how it was developing.   The garden is a two-hour drive from my house so needless to say there was always a reason for not going and whenever… Read More


I love Aquilegia as anyone who reads this blog will know and particularly the ones with long spurs.  I have a new love – Aquilegia canadensis.  It is a real firecracker in the border singing out across the garden.  To be honest, being somewhat forgetful, I wondered what the small orange and yellow flowers shouting out from the gravel border were.  I remembered that I had grown them from seed last year,… Read More

One of the joys of tidying up the garden last weekend was rediscovering various gems that I hadn’t actually forgotten about but which had slipped my memory.  A real gem at the moment is my Helleborus Argustifolius ‘Janet Starnes’. The pretty variegated leaves really stand out at the moment amongst all the leaf litter and general brownness, to me they look like they have been splatterd with glitter. I bought the Hellebore… Read More