End of Month View – April 2017

The front garden is really coming into its own now and delivering the vibrant colours I hoped it would. The tulips are just beginning to go over but I will definitely be adding loads more to the bigger border for next year.  I think I will add more oranges, rusts and reds probably including some…

RHS Malvern Spring Show 2016

I can’t remember the last time I went to RHS Malvern Spring Festival and it wasn’t freezing cold and/or raining.  This year we were treated with a beautiful sunny day which really bought the plants to life especially in the show gardens.  I took my mother this year as she is really getting into gardening…

Book Review: The Plant Lover’s Guide to Tulips

  I have to admit that I didn’t greet the new The Plant Lover’s Guide to Tulips by Richard Wilford, published by Timberpress in association with Kew, with the same incandescent excitement as I did the one on epimediums but then I am a bit of an epimedium nut.  To be fair tulips have had…

My garden this weekend – 19th May 2013

I have been completely immersed in gardening this weekend and its been wonderful.  The sun has shone and now on Sunday evening I have pleasantly achy limbs. I have been busy planting out plants that were waiting on the patio in the new border.  Tree peony (label lost its waiting so long), Paeonia lectiflora ‘Sarah…

Tulips

Any one who reads this blog will know that I have had a nightmare winter with a badger digging up all my tulips that I had planted in the back garden borders.  Luckily I had decided not to spend too much on tulips for the back garden this year as I wanted to see how…

Maybe too many bulbs?

I was watching Gardeners World the other week and they had a bit on tulips featuring a wonderful garden which had a stunning display of  tulips.  I had read about Utling Wick before and how the owner plants around 9000 tulips each year – makes my display appear quite pathetic. I was particular interested in…

Bulb Obsessive

Many a good gardener I know has a secret seed addiction, I say secret as its easy to hide those guilty unsown seed packets but bulbs? Well its not so easy to hide the sacks and packets bulging with bulbs and corms. I have noticed over the years I have been blogging that there seems…

I adore tulips

I am seriously chuffed with my tulips this year despite the colours not being quite what I expected.  It is all very pink and girly and the flowers are really working well with the blossom on the prunus and amelanchier. I think my Cottage Garden Border is beginning to look good. The variety in the…

The First Tulip

The first Tulips are opening already.  I’m sure that is a little earl but I don’t care as I adore tulips However, I have discovered, when going to write this post, that my record keeping is beyond useless.  I wanted to know the name of this tulip which I planted last Autumn.  I  looked at…

Tulips are go

The Tulips have been flowering in my garden for at least a week now and seem to be a good couple of weeks earlier than last year but then so is everything else. Every year I buy bulbs of a couple of different  varieties for the pots which go on the patio or by the…

The irritations of Spring

It’s been a stunning week weather wise.  The temperatures here in Malvern have been around 18/19C the last couple of days.  The garden has visibly filled out in front of my eyes to the extent that my peonies are obviously taller when I get home than when I went to work that morning. I stopped…