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I’ve started re-engaging with blogs again and I came across a meme hosted by The Propagator; called Six for Saturday.  The premise is simply  just to post six photos relating to your garden in some way on a Saturday and link back to The Propagator. One of the reasons I didn’t blog much last year was because I was finding it difficult to find anything new to say; I think I was… Read More

and we certainly had snow, about 20cm deep in less than 24 hours just over a week ago.  Whilst we have had heavy snow in the past, some four or five years ago, we haven’t had so much snow in such a short period of time. And it was the best of snow; soft, fluffy, powdery.  So much of it weighing down branches, flattening the fragile grass stems, crystallising the Fatsia flower… Read More

Curiously the mild winter we are having hasn’t resulted in lots of flowers in the garden this Boxing Day.  Last year I had a bumper count at 35 and I put this down to last year’s mild winter but presumably it is more subtle than that. I do believe that some plants need a cold snap to help them start flower but that’s just wild guess work on my part. My Mahonia… Read More

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 which will stand out but there is nothing here at all.  I am completely mystified as to… Read More

The theme for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is Changing Seasons.  I thought this photograph taken last February was very apt as to me it shows Spring symbolised by the snowdrops emerging from Winter symbolised by the snow Spring is my favourite season – so much promise, freshness and excitement in the garden.

Looking back I didn’t bother to do a Garden Bloggers Bloom Day post last year which I am assuming is because we had so much snow for so many weeks that I was quite disengaged with the garden and there probably wasn’t anything to show anyway. How different it is 12 months later.  Today I spotted my first snowdrops almost in flower.   There has been lots on twitter and the blogasphere about… Read More

  Well today I was supposed to be going snowdrop peeping with VP at Painswick Rocco Garden.  Snowdrop peeping is a term we had made up along the lines of leaf peeping alla New England.  I thought it was quite an apt term giving the size of snowdrops. Sadly I had 5″ of snow overnight so there was no way I could get down to Gloucester or for that matter out of the… Read More