Rāhui Day 51

These are pictures from the second, most recently created, part of the garden. I call it the ‘Hornbeam Gardens’, because I planted hornbeam hedges in 2015 to make two garden ‘rooms’. The top is a cut flower garden, the bottom is a spring shrub garden and ‘meadow’ later on. The pictures are from the ‘meadow’ … Continue reading Rāhui Day 51

Rāhui Day 45

My Salvia ‘Mystic Spires’ are budding up nicely (S. longispicata x S. farinacea; said to be dwarfer than ‘Indigo Spires’, but it always seems nice and tall to me). I’ve treasured them for 3 years now and they over-winter in the greenhouse. Since the Rose Walk doesn’t look so flower-filled from July, I’ve dotted these … Continue reading Rāhui Day 45

Lockdown, Day 23

The landscape around us is much more beautiful than my garden. But I should be doing what David Hockney recently suggested when he shared his new series of iPad drawings, created in the midst of a beautiful Normandy spring. I should be putting down my camera and taking up my pencils/brushes (or iPad). Continue reading Lockdown, Day 23

Day 20. Lockdown

The sap’s been rising for a month. And now our grapevines are bursting to go … From The General Prologue to The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer Whan that Aprill with his houres soote [sweet] The droghte of March hath perced to the roote, And bathed every veyne [vein of leaves] in swich [such] licour … Continue reading Day 20. Lockdown