A Moment of Peace

Late afternoon in the Peak District.

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Rose Resurgent

Back (way back) in 2014, I planted a rose. It was the subject of my very first blog post. You can read more about it in Archives, if you so wish!

This is what it looked like then:

It took a long time, but eventually it started to produce flowers:

It grew and grew. After all, it is a climber.

Disaster struck last autumn when a gale tore it from the wall:

When calmer weather returned, I cut back the branches, which were far too long and heavy for the wire netting that had previously supported them.

Now back in place, the rose has been pruned quite hard. I checked what Monty Don had to say about it first, of course!

Now, let’s wait and see….

New Theme, Old Theme

I’ve been trying out new themes for my blog, which seems now to be centred around photography (or sometimes nothing).

One of them looked amazing, but didn’t look quite right in tablet view. So it’s back to Twenty Sixteen, but with a different (but still green) header image. It seems to work for me and the way I want to post.

I’d be interested to know what you think…

Witch Hazel

How can it be so long since I last posted? Already, the darkest days of the year have passed, making way for tentative signs of spring.

I saw this witch hazel last weekend when we went for a rare family stroll in the park. Beautiful wisps and shreds of yellow, and a surprisingly strong, sweet fragrance.

Witch Hazel (Hamamelis)