Category Archives: Gardens

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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Working up a fennel/morning glory design

Change of season and change of mood and I’m feeling like working stripes into my more floral scarf designs. Looking at Mother Nature’s versions of decorative streaks has given me a good place to start. Some variations of Morning Glory have been … 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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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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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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Inspirational autumnal garden – The Old Vicarage, East Ruston, Norfolk

Garden visiting is a popular pastime and the beauty of garden visiting is gardens are an ever changing canvas. Traditionally, in the autumn people go to admire autumnal tree colour, but in a thoughtfully designed garden there are still plenty … Continue reading

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Catching up on those five buds of potential

Here is the group of five plants that were in bud at the beginning of June. Now two weeks of early summer sun and light rain and . . . we now have the foxgloves out. And the Oriental poppies, … Continue reading

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Past, present, future – the first weekend of June 2015

Recently, we might have experienced unseasonably cool weather across East Anglia, but there’s still been plenty of blooming flowers in the garden to brighten the first weekend of June. Some of the irises, aquilegias and early summer roses are in … Continue reading

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Wisteria – a scented affair too

Wisteria floribunda (Japanese wisteria) comes out a little later than the classic mauve Chinese wisteria, but it’s well worth the wait. It also has a rich heady scent particularly noticeable at dusk. Some of the white racemes are 18 inches … Continue reading

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