Tag Archives: dahlias

Pièce de Résistance…?

The weather has not been especially conducive to tasks in the garden this week. Temperatures have remained low, giving our first proper frost on Monday night which immediately put paid to the dahlias; fortunately I had brought the pelargoniums, fuchsias … Continue reading

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Knock Knock

Defiant dahlias Poised and erect Vibrantly alive Hold their breath And wait. Pale sunshine Bathes Their anxious hearts But fails To warm, To quell Their fears Of sudden demise. Senses alert, Ears pricked, They wait For the inevitable, When Dr … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Remnants

Although there is still plenty to pick from the garden for a vase, in many cases it may only be a single bloom at a time. It would be a shame not to take advantage of these remnants, so I … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Not Only But Also

Just to show that there is more than just dahlias blooming in the garden, today’s vase avoids them altogether and in doing so seems to hark back to a completely different season. In passing though, clockwise from back left, the … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Star Attraction

With not one but THREE blooms appearing on my Nerine bowdenii ‘Isabel’, it was not a difficult decision to cut them for today’s star attraction in a vase. Having dug out all the struggling nerines a year ago and placed … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: A Gem

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In a Vase on Monday: Jumping the Gun

Although perhaps an autumnal vase as befits today’s seasonal equinox, it was not quite what was originally intended. I have been ‘secretly’ watching the far corner of the cutting beds, where one of last year’s dismal dahlia failures had been … Continue reading

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Theatreland

Saturday matinée at Calke Abbey Auricula Theatre – the Georgian Revival of a great tragedy: ‘For Love of a Pelargonium’. However one feels about pelargoniums they certainly created a dramatic display, but the classic simplicity of auriculas in spring would … Continue reading

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AWOL and Off the Straight and Narrow

I usefully spent time detangling these agate windchimes whilst drinking my mid morning cup of tea today. Instead of tinkling gently with every puff of wind even the slightest movement of air sounded like someone washing glasses after a very … Continue reading

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Decline and Fall of a Dahlia

It’s a bit like the story of The Gingerbread Man – from the pride at the first appearance of a bud through the various stages of “Help! I am three quarters gone!”, “Help! I am half gone!” until eventually the … Continue reading

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