Category Archives: Gardens

Six on Saturday: Best Exotic

After Christmas, I commissioned The Golfer to build the framework of a bug hotel, which has duly been completed and erected. Everything has been recycled (no, I tell a lie – the slate roof was made from a roofing tile … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Play Well

And now for something completely different, a vase constructed from Lego! As soon as I saw the Lego Botanical Collection featured (in a small way) in the RHS monthly magazine earlier this year it went immediately to the top of … Continue reading

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Six on Saturday: Itsy Bitsy

Try as I might, I just could not establish any sort of theme for today’s Six on Saturday, the meme kindly hosted by ruminating garden blogger, Jim, so it’s a real itsy bitsy hotchpotch, starting with the first primroses blooming, … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Seeing the Light

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In a Vase on Monday: Fiery

This week’s surprise appearance of a fully clothed ‘Jelena’, seemingly triggered by several days of relatively mild temperatures, has encouraged me to cut a generous number of stems (albeit low-growing or crisscrossing) for today’s vase. This is one of my … Continue reading

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End of Month View and Another Year Over

So this is Christmas And what have you done Another year over And a new one just begun And so this is Christmas I hope you have fun The near and the dear one The old and the young A … Continue reading

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Six on Saturday: Labour Bears Fruit

With Christmas ‘out of the way’ and rather milder and drier weather, I have easily spent more hours in the garden this last week than in the whole of the rest of December put together, systematically ticking off a number … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Late Boxing Day Additions

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Boxing Day Bloom Count

Since 2013 I have been conducting a count of blooms on Boxing Day or thereabouts, the totally varying greatly depending on the weather. Following an especially bountiful year in 2020 when many flowers were well ahead of themselves, last year … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: the Holly and the Ivy

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