Category Archives: Spring

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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Wordless Wednesday: Candle in the Wind

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Six on Saturday: Distractions

With so much going on in the garden at this particularly fecund time of year it is very easy to get distracted and diverted to another task, tying in wayward stems, checking progress or otherwise being reminded of things other … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: the First Rose, Hiding its Light Under a Bush(el)

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In a Vase on Monday: Purple Rain

There may appear to be little effort involved in plonking a few tulips in a vase, and I agree with you, but the simplicity of such plonking belies the attractiveness of the result, so I make no apology! The tulips … Continue reading

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Six on Saturday: Expect the Unexpected

The garden is looking increasingly more abundant every day, and still throwing up some surprises. Magnolia ‘Susan’, above, has now been flowering well for a few years now, although still surprises me when I see all those tulip-shaped buds breaking … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Many a ‘Slip…

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In a Vase on Monday: Chickening Out

Chickening out of what, you might ask? Well, spending any more time trying to find the perfect vase, I suppose… Having picked a clutch of cultivated Bellis perennis for today’s vase, I had in my head the plan to use … Continue reading

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