Category Archives: annuals

In a Vase on Monday: Not a Patch on Velvet

Just a quick pick for today, a vase of ‘Velvet Queen’ sunflowers, the first time they have been cut for a vase this year, aided and abetted by a step ladder (hint: needed for one of The Projects) that happened … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Sozzled!

It was the deep red red wine colour of Rudbeckia ‘Cherry Brandy’ and Scabiosa ‘Black Knight’ that prompted today’s vase; otherwise it might be have been a further celebration of ‘late summer stalwarts’ the dahlias, which I was admiring yesterday … Continue reading

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A Critical Eye, Part 2: Some Not-so-Positives

My critical eye has of late been observing the main herbaceous beds, the rose garden, the blue & white borders and the bold borders (see map under The Garden tab above) , although in truth I sometimes feel like averting … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Would You Like White Chocolate Sprinkles on That?

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Musings and Amusings

The roses were so wonderful in June and mostly (other than Rambling Rector) still are, apart from looking rather washed out in the endless heat, and as I talked to visitors at our Sunday opening I found myself deciding that … Continue reading

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End of Month View: Green With a Touch of Colour

In this period between spring and summer one could easily be swallowed up by the green leafiness of the garden; green is such a soothing colour and the abundance of greenery must surely provide an environment not only for healing … Continue reading

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The Busiest of Times, the Quietest of Times

It has been a strange fortnight, beginning as it did with Christmas Day on a Monday; with leap years, I think this must be the first Christmas since I finished work  that has fallen on a Monday and somehow it … Continue reading

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