Blooming Heck! It's Spring!

I don’t know why I get so surprised when the garden bursts into flower. There are flowers in the garden every day of the year but it really gets noticeable […]

Buried Treasure

Keeping with the recent theme of gems, I recently caved and did a bulb order. A very large one. The largest one yet, in fact – and that’s remembering the […]

Keukenhof Tulip Garden

There is a garden in the Netherlands, just outside the little town of Lisse. It opens for just two months of the year in the spring and in this short […]

February, Highs of Fifteen

It’s meant to be the coldest month of the year, but it doesn’t feel like it. We’ve had some really stunning, warm sunny days. I’ve enjoyed looking at them from […]

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 […]

Slim Pickings

I hate the fact that Valentine’s Day falls in the middle of February. For an event centred on giving flowers (and chocolates), why on earth couldn’t it be in any […]

April Amaryllis

We have an amaryllis “Apple Blossom” that last flowered in September on a short, stubby pole and it was unexpected and disappointing that it was all over rather quickly. Since […]

Last-Minute Tulips

Well, I’ve had the most wonderful two weeks on the beautiful sub-tropical paradise island of Maderia. The holiday meant that things have gotten rather behind on here so there’s some […]

Early Amaryllis

There’s been a bit of an upset with the Amaryllis; it’s in mid-flower, right now. It’s four months early, it’s supposed to appear in the middle of winter. When everything […]


I’ve now got quite a few different types of lilies in the garden. They emerge, grow, flower and die at different times. At this late stage of the year, all […]