Author Archives: Cathy

In a Vase on Monday: the Pencil Pot

I have been looking forward to using this vase for some time, as I will explain in due course. Into its shell-like interior I have placed Limonium ‘Purple Attraction’, ‘Rose Light’ and ‘Pink Pokers’, and clary ‘Pink Sundae’ and ‘Oxford … Continue reading

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Six on Saturday: Making a Bold Statement

I like dahlias. Is that a bold enough statement? Strictly speaking, I don’t suppose I like ALL dahlias, but in truth I was referring to the dahias themselves making the statement, which is probably unrefutable as their solid chunky blooms … Continue reading

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Some of the Best July Blooms

Just like last month, it is very difficult to narrow the best blooms in the garden down to around ten or so for Chloris’ monthly meme, but I am just about there and making a point of including ordinary stalwarts … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Shades

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In a Vase on Monday: Keep the Home Fires Burning

There are a number of bright sparks warming up the cutting beds at the moment and they have come together to burn brightly in today’s vase: Calendula ‘Indian Prince’ and ‘Snow Princess’, Zinnia ‘Orange King’ and ‘Benary Giant Mixed’, Rudbeckia … Continue reading

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Clematis Curiosities

I have mentioned before now that it seems to be a good year for clematis, and amongst the floriferousness there have also been some unseasonable oddities, like a few blooming sprigs on C armandii ‘Snowdrift’ (above), the flowers so purely … Continue reading

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Cottage Industry

I have been enjoyably industrious in the garden in the last couple of weeks and, as promised, quickly moved on to realigning the second of the main borders. It was hard to visualise the end result when the original project … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Cosy

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In a Vase on Monday: a Star in the Cosmos

Sidestepping the glorious dahlias, I went to the other end of the cutting beds and picked some cosmos for the first time this year. They have been flowering for a number of weeks already but only in ones or twos, … Continue reading

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Six on Saturday: Still Stretching the Boundaries

Take one half-decent border (above) and take up the path in front of it: Take out the plants in the front part of the border and temporarily pot them up, then dig over the remaining soil: Build a wall round … Continue reading

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