flowers

Flowering Interlude

One of things I’m obsessed about in the garden is the continuity of flowering. It simply means there must be something in flower in the garden at any time of […]

Clematis

We have a lot of Clematis in the garden, it’s one of my favourite plants, specifically the large-flowered hybrids with spectacular dinner-plate sized blooms. The only trouble is that Clematis […]

Midsummer Musings

It’s mid-summer, with late summer creeping in and the garden has been baked with hot sunshine for the last several weeks. I declare the borders officially out of control, but […]

Impossible Chelsea

In a double whammy of gardening gloriousness, I went to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for the first time. It was an incredible, exhausting, overwhelming, heaving, wonderful day. Thankfully I […]

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 […]

Million Flowers

I’ve been working through a list of winter jobs that has had me about the garden on sunnier days. It’s evident in the sunshine that we’re now well into late […]

And So it Starts Again

As I looked out of the kitchen window on an unusually sunny winter morning, a glint of bright yellow among a sea of brown caught my attention. Dressed but still […]

Blooming Marvellous

Well, it’s been a few weeks since the two flower heads on the strelitzia tipped, ready to open and we now have the first set of flowers on display: This […]

Seven Years in Waiting

Seven years. Gardeners are a patient lot, they have to be. Many plants work on the timescale of years; a year to germinate, a few years to move on from […]

Cordially Made

A couple of years ago we made an island border, it was the first large border in the garden to be dug. We planted it with various shrubs, one of […]