Category Archives: Gardening

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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In a Vase on Monday: the Gaiety Club

Today I am celebrating the abundance of the cutting beds with the brightest dahlias and zinnias available, with a few others for support. David Howard is in there again, with Geoffrey Kent (red), Dorothy Rose (pink), Top Totty (purple, and … Continue reading

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Too Soon to End the June Tune!

We say it so often, but it’s hard to believe another month is over and that the garden has moved on thirty days since I last shared views and a video of the garden as a whole. Posting pictures every … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Glow Davy, Glow

I was waiting for more than just one bloom on Dahlia ‘David Howard’ before I used it in a vase: there is a small handful today so here he is and definitely glowing in a marmaladey sort of way. He … Continue reading

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Musings From an Unopened Garden

It has been an interesting few months in lockdown, with our garden openings cancelled because of it, but it has given me time to explore, enjoy and tweak the garden without the hindrance of days when it becomes public property … Continue reading

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Sizzling in June

Chloris of The Blooming Garden invites us to share our top ten blooms each month but June is one of the many months when selecting just ten is an impossible task, especially when we have already featured some of the … Continue reading

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Scarlet Tigers, Whims and Being Thick

I was working through my list of garden tasks today and had just about finished deadheading, with tying in of clematis to follow, when I spotted this unusual visitor in the blue & white border. It took a fair amount … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Bright Eyes

Today’s vase started with two large red grown-from-seed dahlia blooms, with their bright yellow eyes, and was developed around the theme of ‘bright’, but when it came to arranging them they dominated the rest of the blooms because of their … Continue reading

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Behind the Gate

Today was due to be the first of our three June openings for the National Garden Scheme, cancelled because of Covid 19, so in the absence of visitors I thought I would share some of the things they would have … Continue reading

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