Miniature World

Moss growing in a plant pot. The most ordinary thing in the world, you might think. You might even want get rid of it, to make the pot look tidier.

Please don’t! Not before you’ve had a careful look at it anyway.

Moss green. Green moss. With the sun shining on it. It’s beautiful, calming, cool and soothing.

If you look very closely at it, you could almost imagine yourself in a primeval forest.

Change your focus…

A miniature world right there in your garden!

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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….

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)