June 2012

Clematis "Something Else"

The very first clematis I planted is now affectionately known as Clematis “Something Else” as I lost the original label. I was nervous about getting clematis, I hadn’t any experience […]

The Strelitzia

Strelitzia Reginae or the “Bird of Paradise” is one of my favourite plants and I am currently growing one from seed, expecting it to flower in the winter of 2015-2016. […]

The New Border

I’ve recently turned my attention to the front garden. I usually don’t spend a great deal of time on it as we barely see it, however, there is one area […]

Next Years' Digitalis

Digitalis (Foxgloves) are biennial, meaning they take one year to grow the leaves and then flower, set seed and die by the end of the second year. If you sow […]

Item of Interest

In my previous post, I talked of someone stopping by the front garden to take pictures even though the front isn’t really photogenic at the moment; it’s just masses of […]

Sometimes, it’s the simple things that can make me happy. For example, in the evening, as I was setting up the table and chairs on the patio at the back […]

The Most Photogenic Flower

The Rosa Gertrude Jekyll is quickly becoming one of those star plants where you wonder why everybody doesn’t have one. Despite regularly cutting the flowers to bring inside for the […]

The Ceanothus

We have a ceanothus (or California Lilac – unknown variety) that now has bright blue blobs of flower all over it. I’m not sure if it supposed to be a […]

Candy Spires

The other half likes lupins, so in order to make the gradual conversion of grass into border more palatable, I’ve planted several of the Gallery hybrids, which are a smaller […]

The Star of Persia

Onions; they don’t really have much glamour to them do they? They can make your eyes water but not in a good way. However, the humble culinary onion is part […]