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 …
Walking down from the Mirror Garden yesterday morning, doing my daily temperature checks over my three thermometers. Stopping at the Vine Terrace. The two vines are leafing out, but there’s not enough shade to sit there yet until it’s cooler in the evening. Then by way of the Iris Garden where all the irises have … Continue reading Rāhui Day 38
This is the first time I’ve joined in with The Propator’s Six-on-Saturday meme. It seems a really nifty format to record what’s been going on during the week. I think I can stick to the rules – but need to reduce verbiage! My six this week are mostly NOT pretty. Four are simply ‘problems’ and … Continue reading Six on Saturday
In my opinion, the late, great Alan Bloom has a lot to answer for. While I think he was an unbeatable plantsman (some of his introductions number in my top five garden perennials), he seems to have given gardeners permission to throw away discipline. Sometimes I think that if I see another curvy 1970s ‘island … Continue reading Let’s get some discipline!
One reason I don’t blog more is because I feel I endlessly repeat myself. But the truth is that the garden repeats itself too … there may be more areas developed each season, but the stars (the ones that endure on heavy clay with fierce summer heat) give me more of the same (but better) … Continue reading Mostly Irises
So there I was this morning – all chirpy and free like the birds, with a day to spend in the garden. All is going so well down there – things shooting that I never expected to see again, plants establishing nicely with the warmth and a drop of rain. Lots of things ticked … Continue reading A few favourites … daffodils and tulips
Can this really be the first day of March, with my garden looking like this? As we struggle on in the winter cold brought about by cold Artic weather pushed further south (while the Artic itself experiences record highs), you do ponder climate change a fair bit. The temperatures during the past week have not … Continue reading February 2018: End of Month View
So I’m finally getting it! Yeah! The greenhouse that I’ve been longing for. However, as with most things in our life, it’s a long, slow process. The actual greenhouse arrived back on 25 October 2016. It was a present from me to me (courtesy of my mother) to celebrate my 60th birthday. Here it is, … Continue reading More than he could chew?
May has been a very mixed month. Much wetter than is usual here and temperatures quite cool. Up to 27 degrees centigrade in the garden occasionally, but often not much more than 15 or 17. A mixed blessing. There has been fantastic growth on the plants and I am particularly pleased that my new herbaceous … Continue reading End of Month View: May
For the first time I’m joining in with Helen’s meme at The Patient Gardener. I’m sorry that this is rather long, but it’s been ages since I did a practical update on the entire garden; this is as much for my long-term record as for your interest. April weather has been mixed. Heavy rains just … Continue reading April: End of Month View