Tag Archives: Gardening

High summer, really?

Well, before all the rain and unseasonal drops in temperature, it was that time of year where many gardens across the towns and villages of East Suffolk had plenty of flowering plants in their grounds and many front gardens were … Continue reading

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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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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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May Day Holiday – labouring in the garden

Unusual for us Brits to get a Bank Holiday with sunshine so I made the most of it busy in the garden. Seem to be snowed under with self-sewn white honesty this year. All the greens are vivid and fresh … Continue reading

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Look again – somebody’s at work

With the beautiful spring sunshine our friendly worker bees are busy pollinating – hope some get round to attending to my peach and pear blossom. Soon more and more flowers will open – such an optimistic time of year.

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