Category Archives: annuals

Six on Saturday: Snip Snip Snip

There has been a lot of snipping going on around here recently, with cutting back, down or out beginning in the borders during the week but,  more excitingly, our neighbours on the hedge side had workers in the garden today … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Single But Happy

Many blooms in the garden are increasingly on borrowed time, partly in the knowledge that we could have frosts at any time (although this didn’t happen until early in November in the last two years) and partly because annuals have … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Starry Starry Night

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In a Vase on Monday: It’s the Eyes…

As has been the case in recent weeks, choosing the contents of today’s vase was not an easy one, although with two additional posies required for people or places at the same time I could at least share more of … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: the Spanner in the Billiard Room

Beginning to pick blooms for today’s vase, I was struck with their sheer redness, especially Dahlia ‘Bishop of Llandaff’, which somehow brought to mind Miss Scarlett from the board game Cluedo, hence the additional props of the spanner and the … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

I would much rather be making a notional nod towards the lyrics ‘Sunshine on a rainy day’ in my title, but sadly we have still not had any rain to compensate for a week of 30° temperatures. The cloudier skies … Continue reading

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Crowning Glory and Other Curiosities

I showed an example of fasciation on Wordless Wednesday last week, in that case in a veronicastrum; today I found another example, this time in Veronica longifolium ‘Marietta’. Fasciation occurs due to abnormal activity in the growing tip of a … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Sizzling

It really has been sizzling here in the last few days, with temperatures hovering around 30°, making gardening tasks sticky and uncomfortable. With our second and last group visit to the garden planned for Tuesday, deadheading, staking and tying back … Continue reading

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A Pot Review

Following on from a review of the borders, I thought it would be helpful for me to review this season’s pots, starting with the front of the house, where the summer content of this pair of baskets has remained largely … Continue reading

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Ina Vase on Monday: Meadowsweet

Have I managed to fool you into expecting a vase filled with the wildflower meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria)?! Instead, however, we have a vase of cultivated cornflowers and grasses, standing on a piece of artificial turf. A sweet meadow (of sorts), … Continue reading

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