Category Archives: The Seasons

Ina Vase on Monday: Glad All Over

I’m feelin’ (boom boom) glad all over Yes, I’m-a (boom boom) glad all over Baby, I’m (boom boom) glad all over So glad you’re mine from ‘Glad All Over’, Dave Clark Five 1964 ( boom boom representing the base beat) … Continue reading

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Six on Saturday: In the Mix

As is so often the case, it’s very much a mixed bag for Six on Saturday today, the meme hosted by genial Jon The Propagator, starting with the now naked witch hazel Hamamelis ‘Strawberries and Cream’. It’s not the only … Continue reading

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Six on Saturday: Airing Our Dirty Linen

It must be over 20 years since we had any washing strung up in the garden, although I can assure you it was not dirty linen we were airing in public today. With an always-on gas Aga in the kitchen … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Style Moderne

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In a Vase on Monday: Cool

The UK is in the throes of what some might describe as ‘a heatwave’, with temperatures here in the Midlands in the high 20s yesterday, nudging 30°C, with much the same for the next two days, or even hotter; the … Continue reading

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End of Month View: Indulgence…

It was only yesterday that I realised how close it was to the end of the month – my mind clearly hasn’t been thinking beyond the dates of our garden openings, so we are fortunate to still have timely photographs … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Tea, Anyone? Cake?

With our second open garden afternoon yesterday, I knew I would not be able to squeeze in the creation of a vase for today’s IAVOM, but had the presence of mind to take a few photographs of one of the … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Taking Liberties, With Black Stockings

Today’s vase just fell into place, including the title! These antirrhinum were ripe for an airing today, picked from an unexpectedly overwintered plant that has grown into a sturdy and attractive plant. Sown last year, they didn’t do especially well … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Canny

Unlike elsewhere, lily-of-the-valley (Convallaria majalis) has not become an entrenched and borderline nuisance here; quite the opposite, it has not been easy to establish, but now I finally have a few (just a few) plants that have actually flowered this … Continue reading

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Six on Saturday: Some Combinations

As the garden continues to burgeon and more plants start flowering some pleasing combinations have been appearing, like the combination of aquilegia (Green Apples), astrantia (Star of Beauty) and allium that I have enjoyed in previous years, although it’s not … Continue reading

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