Category Archives: Flowers

I may be temporarily gardenless but . . .

For the first time in 22 years I am not spending spring weekends both coaxing and at the same time taming a garden from its winter state. It is a strange sensation to be without even a windowsill of outdoor … Continue reading

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A few early spring flowers

My favourite Iris reticulata cultivar is ‘Katharine Hodgkin’. Strictly speaking I. reticulata are late-winter bloomers brightening up the February gloom, but my bulbs often don’t flower until well into March. This cultivar is a hybrid between I.winogradowii and I.histrioides and, … Continue reading

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Tell them summer is over

It is October, but the dahlias just keep on blooming. Some flowers are a little windblown and tatty, and the big blooms of dahlia ‘Crazy Love’ have been nibbled by earwigs, but they are still worth cutting and bringing indoors … Continue reading

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High summer flowers – lilies, dahlias and hollyhocks

August in the garden, even when not hot and sunny, has a very different palette to the pastels seen at the beginning of summer. I used to have a bed filled with bright pink echinaceas and hot orange rudbeckias, but … Continue reading

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After the rain some cheery survivors

Times are a little turbulent and it’s been a grey summer so far, but some flowers are doing just fine. Hardy geraniums, single clematis, small spray roses, foxgloves and poppies. Beautiful flowers in the garden, as arrangements or simply as … Continue reading

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Oh well – let’s try and look on the bright side

Gardening is all about the turning of the seasons. Clear, bright spring changing to warm and sunny summer, but sometimes the seasons simply won’t play the game. Apparently, this ghastly, unseasonably heavy June rain is down to the jet stream. … Continue reading

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What a difference in just 8 weeks!

  A couple of months ago everything in the garden looked as though the abundance of summer would never arrive and then suddenly here it all is. There are plants bursting into flower and flowing all over each other. Here … Continue reading

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Have you noticed? – The return of black backgrounds

Recently I’ve spied quite a few photographs of flowers and flower arrangements featuring very dark or black backgrounds. This is not new in the depiction of flowers, but it is a swerve away from the de rigueur of the ‘computer … Continue reading

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Looking for contrasts, looking for inspiration

You may have noticed I like pink and I like flowers, so naturally I have painted quite a few scarves inspired by pink flowers. However, sometimes when nature is doing it so well I feel intimidated by her perfection and … Continue reading

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Fading tulips

Some flowers just keep giving and giving. Here’s a shot about two minutes later as the tulip just catches the setting sun. And, another photo, a few days later. The fading bloom is still enchanting and certainly gives us a … Continue reading

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Spring flowers

Finally we had a sunny day and I ventured out to have a quick look round the garden. The hellebore flowers and the hebe foliage are looking colourful, but that was about all. So feeling impatient I’ve cheated for my … Continue reading

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