Category Archive: Plantings

Better Than Sweets

I grant you, with pouring rain and grey skies its hard to look forward, but I’ve had a moment of delightful tulip shopping. There is a long way to go before the sharp… Continue reading

Stanstead Garden Event

Had to clear off out of the house today: too many blokes doing bloke stuff under my feet. Am no prissy and can take a bit of builder action but for once I… Continue reading

Greeness and Apple Blossoms

May is whooooooshing in. Every day the greeness is unfolding. Every year it is quite possible to fall in love with the beech leaves anew. Was loving the garden today even though it… Continue reading

More Plants

Cant stop buying plants. Did a little trip to a tiny nursery up the road and came away with my fist clenched around some lovelies. More catmint to fill some gaps. A little… Continue reading

Lovely Long Days

So here we are, nearly end of April and at last every thing is creaking into full swing. In just two weeks everything is growing and budding and have had some lovely long… Continue reading

RIP my little Snake’s heads

Am a tiny bit sad… There is a lovely house not far from here where I walk a lot. It was on the market and I would indulge in moments of ‘it belongs… Continue reading

It is Spring really!

It doesn’t feel like spring at all but it is creeping in very tentatively all around us. Flowering current is not to every ones taste, but I have vivid childhood memories of this shining pinkly… Continue reading

A Few Lovely Shrubs

I recently went to a talk and first up was a discussion about planting. We edged on to the use of shrubs vs. other planting groups. I have to speak for myself and… Continue reading

Winter Honeysuckle

So pretty and fresh with flowers like little balls of scrunched up tissue paper and stamens heavy with pollen. Looks lovely planted near a wall so the top can grow up and hang… Continue reading


I just cannot tire of Euphorbia charachias subsp ‘wulfenii’. In early summer this plant has lovely acid green bracts that hold their own within a mixed border. They are tall slightly masculine plants but I… Continue reading

Its the Top of the Year

The promise of unfurling days still blanketed up in fat furry frosty sage that look almost cozy-wozy.

The Cats Whiskers

I’ve just planted up these lovely little winter violas into pots.Their jolly little faces will hopefully cheer me up a little now the weather is about to turn. The children just love to pick… Continue reading

Deviling with garlic

There is something really heart warming about planting big fat juicy white bulbs into dark and finely tilled soil. It’s not just the colour contrast of black and white; of course there all… Continue reading


  Beautiful textural and structural Echinops in their final days of autumn and captured so beautifully by

Collecting Seeds

The gardening equivalent of make do and mend; the ultimate in worthy pursuits. A treasured plant proffers its usually dried gnarled batch of woody oddities to give you endless veg and profusions of lush… Continue reading


Very excited about my artichoke plants; beautiful architectural things that they are. SADLY I have to cut off the baby ones this year to allow the plant to put all its energy into growing into… Continue reading