Blank Slate

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.

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Progress

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!

Returning blue poppy (meconopsis)
What colour will these tulips be?

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!

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….