Category Archives: Winter

In a Vase on Monday: Measure for Measure

I was determined to have sprigs of my pink pussy willow, Salix gracilistyla ‘Mount Aso’, in a vase today, and ventured forth to find suitable accompaniments. Scorning the emerging blooms on Iris reticulata for being ‘too blue’, I chose different … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Not What They Seem

With a very restricted choice of blooms, I had had these Leucojum vernum or ‘spring snowflakes’ in mind for several days, and fortunately they were still blooming happily on the edge of the woodland when I went to pick them … Continue reading

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A Slight Improvement

Temperatures have gradually crept up over the course of the day to around 4°C by late afternoon, and the snowdrops were indeed quick to respond, picking themselves up, dusting themselves down and bobbing about as if they had never had … Continue reading

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Six on Saturday: a Cold Week

Temperatures have barely made it above freezing this week although, at -5°C, our lowest temperature was not as cold as in some areas and we only had a sprinkling of snow – but the little we had has lingered on … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: a Recent Snowy Day

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Six on Saturday: Fair Maids

I thought I would share  some of my fair maids today, starting with ‘Rosemary Burnham’ above, and ‘Trumps’ below. Trumps, with his distinctive and broad spreading outer segments has been a particularly good do-er, bulking up nicely. ‘Starling’ is a … Continue reading

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No Fear!

I could apologise for the frequency of witch hazel photographs on this blog, but this really is their best season ever! And once again there is clear evidence that it takes a few years for them to settle down before … Continue reading

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Six on Saturday: a Bit of Weather

I treated myself to a new weather monitor this week, the previous one which I have had for over 10 years having begun to be less reliable, especially in terms of rainfall. Like most gardeners, I have always taken a … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday on a Snowy Day

The weather forecast for yesterday, when I planned to prepare my vase, was for snow, snow and more snow; rambling briskly around the garden before the snow started I plucked a few sprigs of Arabis ‘Old Gold’ and dark leaved … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: On Fire!

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