The Patient Gardener


March seems to have roared in like a lion, which hopefully will mean it will end like a lamb but we will wait to see if that old adage is true.  Today we had another day full of blustery winds and squally showers, intermingled with sunshine, which at first seemed a good day for gardening but that blustery wind was very cold, cutting right through me.  The result was about an hour… Read More

I had a sudden panic today when I realised that tomorrow is the last day of March and I had forgotten all about the End of Month post, not very good when you are the host of the meme! I am on annual leave this week and have managed to get a few hours in the garden between rain and decorating the living room.  The grass lawn has been cut and edged… Read More

This week’s Vase on Monday features just one species – the Prunus Kojo-no-mai. I wanted to capture the charming cherry blossom before it went over.  The flowers lower down the branches are already going over possibly helped on their way by the bees which seem drunk on the nectar. I knew exactly which vase I wanted to use.  I bought it many years ago when I was a teenager and we travelled… 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

Why are small white flowers so hard to get into focus especially when you don’t have an SLR camera? My Prunus incisa ‘Kojo-no-mai’ has just broken into flower and it has really lifted the garden. Until now this year all the colour in the garden has been low down: snowdrops, primroses, daffodils and hellebores but now the Kojo-no-mai is in flower everything seems more balanced. I didn’t realise when I bought this… Read More

There is lots appearing in the garden at the moment but the real star of the show is the Prunus incisa ‘Kojo-no-mai’.  Although it is definitely the plant of the moment in the garden it is not so great to photograph as you can see from the picture  above.  I  think it is because there are so many small flowers that the camera struggles to focus properly The shrub has a lovely… Read More