Here be snowdrops …

My snowdrops arrived yesterday! They are wonderful, pot-grown plants from the garden and nursery of De Boschhoeve in Holland. I bought a collection comprising ‘Sam Arnott’, ‘Jaquenetta’, ‘Pusey Green Tips’, ‘Atkinsii’, ‘Viridapice’, ‘Beluga’, ‘Hippolyta’ and ‘Straffan’ – and added in a couple of bulbs of ‘Magnet’ because I couldn’t resist. The kind grower sent me … Continue reading Here be snowdrops …

Dry August

It’s dry, dry dry here, in spite of the fact that we’ve had more rain this summer than usual and the temperatures have only soared beyond 38 degrees centigrade on one day. However, I nipped off this page to do a temperature double-check and found a frightening news item (posted a day ago), asking if … Continue reading Dry August

A tale of two roses

About two weeks ago the BV (Bon Viveur, alias my husband) informed me after his morning walk around the garden that rose ‘Ferdinand Pichard’ looked exactly the same as ‘Rosa Mundi’ (also known as Rosa gallica ‘Versicolor’). They are streets apart in looks and history, but it got me thinking. So here’s the Fair Rosamund … Continue reading A tale of two roses

Rāhui Day 55

Here’s a little race around the roses just beginning to flower in the garden. Since I succesfully uploaded all the pics yesterday afternoon, I decided to go for it in one shot. Tomorrow is my last day, and I still have (happily), three pictures up my sleeve. Flowering in the Iris Garden, ‘Blairii No. 2’ … Continue reading Rāhui Day 55

Rāhui Day 49

A week today I’m going to stop doing these daily posts. France will slowly be coming out of confinement from the 11th of May (next Monday). They’ve created a regional map. The areas called ‘green’ – least badly hit by Covid-19 – will experience (we imagine) a relaxation of the regulations then. Unfortunately in the … Continue reading Rāhui Day 49