Garden Snippets

With so many things going on in the garden all at once I’ve got snippets of pictures and tag lines; almost like the news headlines. We start with a daylily; […]

On the Opening of Roses

A few posts ago I wrote about a June trip to Mottisfont, home of the National Collection of old-fashioned roses, where the overall effect was so overwhelming, it gave me an out-of-body […]

Unmixed Lilies

A while back I cleared out a very small border that had become choked with carex grass and stumps of old buddleia. It was only a few feet long and […]

Another Unwelcome Visitor

There are many unwelcome visitors in the garden; greenfly, rose sawfly, aphids, blackfly, pigeons and deer to name but a few. More recently however, another entry was added to this […]


Deep in the Hampshire countryside, in the midst of quintessentially English villages with thatched roofs and timber frames lies an unassuming place, where the crystal clear waters of the River […]

The Clematis Montana

People are continually reminding me how dreadful I am with Clematis and how they always die – sometimes before I even get them to the check-out. Well, this particular clematis is […]

Magnolia Hill

I’ve been building up to this for some time. Up until now I’ve been dealing with small borders around the house; the side border: a narrow strip between the dividing […]

Pictures and Stories 3

This is probably the finally instalment of “Pictures and Stories” for now. I’m almost caught up with garden progress but there is still the “grand reveal” coming sometime in the […]

Pictures and Stories 2

This post continues on with the theme of pictures and short stories. Here is another set of five; again, in no particular order with no particular pattern we have foliage […]

Pictures and Stories 1

The last few weeks have bought about some incredible changes in the garden. With the weather trying to warm up as we move into a supposed summer, all the previous […]