Category Archives: Gardening

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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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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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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