Unexpected sight in the garden today. Forget-me-nots. I don’t plant these; fortunately they self-seed every year. Such a welcome arrival!
These flowers are still going strong. They’re definitely in my garden plan for next year. So much colour for so long!
Begonia semperflorens. First on my list.
A few weeks ago I had an empty pot sink. A few plants were added. All documented on these pages…
I’ve filled in a few of the gaps now. It’s not art. Its not garden design. But it has been fun, and I hope it will develop into something quite eye-catching over the summer.
Meet the new arrivals:
In other areas, I’ve still got tulips, and there are lots of hazy forget-me-nots!
It’s a start!
I rescued a phlox and bought another one. There’s some saxifrage in there as well as a plant I don’t know the name of. And also a tiny aquilegia to replace one I lost!
I’m trying to decide whether to put a small clump of chives back in there, as it doesn’t look too happy where it is now.
It doesn’t look much at the moment, and the pictures look a little washed-out, but I’m excited about it.
Moodier shots may follow!
The featured picture is a little violet I found growing in the garden. Just for some colour!
The first two pictures below show the ‘blank slate’ of the title: an old sink which used to be a herb garden of sorts, but then got terribly messy and overgrown. I’ve emptied it out and washed it, then tilted it slightly to improve the drainage. It’s now ready for some new residents. The wire is there to protect it from cats!
I haven’t decided what to plant yet. Any ideas?
The final picture is a new hydrangea, bought today, which will be planted out in due course.
The first tulips are out. More are on the way. At last, there is some progress in the garden.
Most exciting of all, two of the Himalayan blue poppies I bought last year have returned. I’m really looking forward to seeing them bloom. Fingers crossed!
The garden needs some colour. So many of my plants are just not quite ready to bloom. So I bought some pansies. Always reliable. Always colourful. Always fun!
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.
A miniature world right there in your garden!
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….
Or, rather, some blue flowers I saw at a garden centre!
After a few days of sub-zero temperatures, the garden is starting to thaw out. Green is making a welcome comeback, spiking sharply through the dwindling snow. Smooth pebbles gleam. Fog hovers protectively.
There’s more birdsong today. A sense of spring, waiting. Just out of sight.
Recovery continues: today I ventured outside to tackle the
I planted some allium bulbs, which have been hanging around the house for some weeks. It seems terribly late, but I hope to salvage something from them. When I’d finished, my fingers felt as if they’d turned to steel!
The photographs were taken at Alnwick Castle Gardens last year. A wonderful place for ideas and inspiration!