summer

Foot off the Pedal

For various reasons, it’s been quite a long time since I last wrote and I have a terrible confession to make: I’ve done very little in the garden since the […]

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 […]

The Yellow Green Light

Goodness, has it been a whole month already!? Time really does fly, especially in the summer months when the days are long, hopefully warm and all free time is spent […]

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 […]

Mottisfont

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 […]

Tree, Meet Rose

A few posts ago I wrote about the dragons we had bought from a local garden centre. I had planned on leaving them in their pots for this season while […]

The Third and Final Act

Although there is at least something in flower for eleven months out of twelve in the garden, in recent years, I’ve come to see a pattern in the flowering that […]

The Star of India

It’s been the best part of a year since we made a particularly sinful trip to the local Garden Centre and came away with three climbers: A climbing hydrangea A […]

Update from Wisteria Watch

In the UK there’s a series of “watch” programs on TV that attempt to keep us in tune with the seasons: SpringWatch AutumnWatch WinterWatch Wildlife Watch Oddly, summer doesn’t get […]

The Annual Climax

With the long winter, lack-lustre spring and late arrival of civil weather, the garden has been slow and drawn-out in reaching its annual climax for this year compared to last. […]