Author Archives: Cathy

In a vase on Monday: Cooler

In hindsight, I rather wish I had taken a shot of today’s vase at a slightly higher angle, to show it as I saw it when it was first made; this would have perhaps given a better idea of the … Continue reading

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Six on Saturday: Airing Our Dirty Linen

It must be over 20 years since we had any washing strung up in the garden, although I can assure you it was not dirty linen we were airing in public today. With an always-on gas Aga in the kitchen … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Alley-Oop!

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In a Vase on Monday: Knight in Shining Armour

The cutting beds are host not just to this season’s annuals, but some overwintered and self-sown plants too, like the scarlet antirrhinum I featured on IAVOM some weeks ago. Along with this year’s scabious plants, we also have two striking … Continue reading

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Six on Saturday: Mysteries and Curiosities

I solved the mystery of the absence of white limonium in the ex-snowdrop border this week, when I discovered it growing in the cutting beds instead! There were meant to be diagonal bands of pink, purple, pale blue, salmon and … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Style Moderne

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In a Vase on Monday: Cool

The UK is in the throes of what some might describe as ‘a heatwave’, with temperatures here in the Midlands in the high 20s yesterday, nudging 30°C, with much the same for the next two days, or even hotter; the … Continue reading

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Six Clematis on Saturday

I will lay my cards on the table right from the start and tell you I am sharing six clematis today, six of many, starting with Clematis viticella ‘Dark Eyes’, not too dissimilar to ‘Étoile Violette’ but with, would you … Continue reading

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In Our Stride

I promised an update about our garden openings and I am pleased to say that over two afternoon openings and a group visit we raised just over £1070, £840 of which will go to the National Garden Scheme charities and … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: the Eyes Have It

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