Tuesday, 3 April 2018


Delphiniums need careful attention in my garden to achieve success.

Usually about February I should weed the bed because it is very full of ground elder as well as bind weed and other weeds.

The above two photos are of the half of the bed which I have yet to prepare. It is hard work trying to bend to weed since I struggle with arthritis from Lyme Disease so half a bed is as much as I can manage in a day.

It is difficult to see the shoots because they have been badly eaten by slugs and snails but once the bed is weeded then grit and slug pellets are a must.

The plastic bottle tops make excellent protection from late frost although as it is actually April now I think I missed the boat this year but fingers crossed something is saved.

Another bit of a disaster was that the mice got into the lean to and devoured the sweet peas. I think there are probably enough saved for what I need, I have now moved to the greenhouse where mice can again be a problem so I am not taking any chances.

I was encouraged by others to leave my Agapanthus outside this winter and I belatedly realised that it was a mistake these should be evergreen, fingers crossed the bulbs are intact.

These Nerines thankfully survived the cold weather in an unheated greenhouse.

A few cuttings also survived including a couple of clematis cuttings in the plastic box.

A bit of fun growing Echiums but I am not sure if they will transplant and flower this year.

Thankfully I did bring most of my Agapanthus into the greenhouse in time to miss the very cold and wet weather.

The black plastic is to prevent ground elder popping up but it makes a useful area for pots of cuttings

More cuttings and a rather weedy cold frame with hopefully some Hollyhocks to plant out.

More cuttings make this area a bit more interesting. The area is riddled with ground elder and so I covered it with weed suppressant and bark.

The white Camellia struggled with late frost and many of the buds were browned.

The red Camellia has fared better with less damage to the blooms from frost.

Tomato seeds are germinated on an indoor window sill then moved to the lean to until they are pricked out.

Coronilla Glauca Citrina brought indoors during the winter and makes a welcome sight with its dainty yellow flowers.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018


That first venture of the gardening year when you make such a mess and uncover some little treasures but oh that Joie de Vie.

Despite my stiff joints and arthritis courtesy of a tick bite I was able to make a start in the garden.

So far it seems to have rained nearly every day since Christmas, so except for watering some of the plants in the greenhouse, this is the first time I could face doing some gardening. I didn't intend to garden, I just went to water the greenhouse and then realised it is Valentine's Day. I had forgotten I needed to prune the clematis. Margery Fish in her book We Made a Garden suggests Valentine's day as a good date to prune late flowering and Viticella type clematis. 

Saturday, 23 December 2017


Wishing you a Merry Christmas.

 I did not have any winter photos this year but wanted to celebrate the Dahlias which flowered well into November giving us months of colour at a time of year when most plants have finished flowering.

Best wishes for a Happy New Year.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017


Yes I know it is August now but these were July photos and as with most things in my life I am running behind. Where does the time go? 

This years surfinia petunias were chosen in darkish shades of purple and red with pale fuschia and mixed geraniums and blue trailing lobellia they have worked very well so I must consider that for future years.

It is difficult to see where the hanging basket stops trailing and the geraniums growing below stop flowering.

I have chosen Surfinia petunias for several years now because they are by far the best performers for flowering and they also perform better with a weekly feed as well as daily watering if not twice daily on really hot days.

One of the baskets that adorn the gate posts  these are always much admired by passing pedestrians especially when their dogs stop for a drink.

This one in the back garden from the washing line post.

A close up look because the camera doesn't always do the flowers justice especially in my hands.

Lovely fuschia in the baskets by the front door so a close up look as you pass by.

 There is an unusual petunia at the back pale pink due to the lack of choices at the garden center but I probably wouldn't choose them again.

I was given four troughs with paler colour combinations to look after from my daughter so not quite the same colour combinations as I chose but very pretty and add to the variety.

Monday, 12 June 2017


I love this time of the year. A view across my vegetable garden or is it Rose and flower garden, you choose.

So delighted with my catmint. Nepata six hills giant, it works so well in the box with the roses and so much less work than the annual cosmos, lupins and other plants I tried over the years. Also brilliant at supressing weeds.

New Dawn

Francis E Lester

Viticella Venosa Violacea

White Flower Carpet struggling a bit.

Giant Scabious -Cephalaria gigantea

Blush Rambler a delightful rose often flowers later than my other ramblers.

Yes it is a vegetable bed.

And a rose bed

Mayor of Casterbridge rose and as you see I always fail to prepare the scene by chopping out spent flowers - if only there was more time.

Sweet Juliet grown on tripods due to their height.

Rosa Mundi a spur from my Dad's garden.


Cottage rose one of my first David Austin roses which was moved three times before I found somewhere it was happy - I have successfully taken cuttings which are shared with my daughters.

Another love Delphiniums best grown together for ease of care.

Another glimpse of Blush Rambler - any volunteers to pull out Bindweed gratefully accepted.

Mayor of Casterbridge again

Rosa Gallica again a spur from my Dad's garden

Veilchenblau such an unusual colour flower quite a curiosity piece for visitors.

Comtesse du Bouchard

Regala Lillies

Arum lillies

Comtesse du Bouchard

A final glimpse before going indoors. Hope you enjoyed my garden.