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Not a lot of gardening has happened today; the wind and cold were not really conducive to pottering. Despite the skies being heavy with wintering clouds, there were moments when the clouds cleared and the sun shone through making the Anemanthele lessoniana glisten. The Phormium, growing in the same border as the grass, is one of those plants that I am in two minds about.  At this time of year I love… Read More

Saturday was a much needed sunny day, finally after weeks of grey and damp; the garden positively zinged with freshness. I think green comes into its own in Spring.  More than any time of the year it acts as not only a foil to the spring flowers but the emerging shoots and leaves have their own vibrancy. I am particularly pleased with this combination of epimedium and drumstick primulas.  Orange and purple… Read More

I think that Spring has definitely sprung in my garden, there is certainly a lot of colour, lots of pastels. The hellebores are certainly beginning to go over with the colour starting to fade although the yellow hellebore seems to retain its strength of colour and picks up the yellow of the Forsythia well. The garden is animated by the clumsy wanderings of the Bumble Bees bouncing from one spring flower to… Read More

My apologies for the delay in this post which should have been published yesterday. I have been somewhat distracted by a lack of heating, hot water and reduced cooking appliances since Thursday.  I won’t bore you with the details suffice to say it’s not due to am oversight on bill payment. The situation should be resolved on Tuesday but in the meantime I have been unbelievably distracted with staying warm.  The persistent… Read More

What a beautiful morning we have had today; blue skies and mild temperatures. The garden was positively sparkling this morning and it was a delight to go outside first thing to explore what had happened over the past week while I was at work. The week has seen the Eranthis appearing around the garden.  I have three varieties: Eranthis hyemalis, Eranthis schwefelglanz and Eranthis cilicia. Finally, the Eranthis hyemalis is starting to bulk up… Read More

I have been looking forward to this time for a few weeks now – its time for the Camassias to flower.  I love Camassias.  I love their height, the intensity of the blue flowers, their presence in the border. They make a nice change to tulips and I have no idea why more people don’t grow them. I have had these bulbs for probably 6 years now. They used to be on… Read More

The front garden is beginning to come into its own with the small narcissus and Euphorbia flowers bringing some real zing to the border.  You may recall that last month I said I was thinking of filling the bigger border with small narcissus. Well I am rethinking this as if you look very carefully you will see that the narcissus are all facing away from the house which means I am looking… Read More

Well it was only a matter of time before daffodils were the subject of the In a Vase on Monday post.  Many of these were blown over in the winds at the end of last week and some had to be rescued from under shrubs and perennials which have grown larger than I expected! I have had to make a note to dig up the bulbs and move them into a more… Read More