Category Archives: shrubs

Six Hatchlings on Saturday

It is always exciting when something in the garden flowers for the first time, or after a long absence – an occasion for the red carpet to be rolled out and for a tootle on a trumpet or, at the … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Pillaged

I will own up immediately to having pillaged these forsythia stems from our neighbour’s hedge, or was it the roadside verge? One or the other, anyway. In the past I generally would have shunned forsythia, both for its yellowness and … Continue reading

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Ina Vase on Monday: In the Queue for Green

I turned to shrubs for In a Vase on Monday today, starting with a sprig of Skimmia japonica ‘Kew Green’ with its greenish flowers which helpfully pollinate the nearby ‘Kew White’ and enable the latter to give birth to a … Continue reading

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Six on Saturday: Promises, Promises

One of our neighbours is bereft when the UK television programme Gardeners’ World has its seasonal break, as for him this marks the end of the gardening year and a winter with no reason to go and potter in the … Continue reading

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Six on Saturday: Combo

Today’s six are all combinations that bring me pleasure. Do visit our host, Jon and his Propagator’s blog to see a wide range of other sixes from around the globe. I have shown the above combination many times, and as … Continue reading

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A Critical Eye, Part 1: Some Positives

The woodland may not look much in August apart from being a relatively cool and shady place, but I know that in early spring it will be awash with, in succession, primroses, wood anemones, snakeshead fritillaries, bluebells and wild garlic. … Continue reading

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Six on Saturday: And Now For Something Completely Different…

…FOLIAGE, and some welcome rain and a 15-20°C drop in temperature! For a number of years Christina of My Hesperides Garden hosted a monthly meme celebrating foliage, and it was this that made me begin to look at foliage in … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Wake Up and Smell the…

…viburnum, the sarcococca and the lonicera! Suddenly the fragrances of these winter flowers are becoming evident, even though they have all been flowering for a few weeks. Many stems of Lonicera purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’ are all but over, but the … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Coloured Sticks

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In a Vase on Monday: Take a Chance, Take a Chance, Take a Chance on Me

With more than half a dozen buds on Camellia japonica ‘Nobilissima’ swelling nicely and following the success of other shrubby buds opening in vases, I decided to take a chance and try the camellia in today’s vase. This sprig with … Continue reading

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