Buddleia

Last September I hacked our white buddleia (“White Profusion”) back to just a stump sticking out of the ground. It had got completely out of control and like all the stuff I inherited in this garden it hadn’t been cut back or looked after in years. I figured it would come back seeing as it…

Garden Successes

OK so we’re well and truly in the clutches of summer now. We’ve had a bit of a heatwave where I live, with temperatures reaching the mid-30’s which for us Brits is considered to be hot, hot, oh God why is it so HOT?! We’ve all been slapping on the sun cream and running fans…

Sweet peas 

I planted my first ever Sweet Peas this Spring.  I planted a variety in a fairly large pot in some good quality compost. Then I made a wigwam of bamboo simply by thrusting the sticks into the soil, bending them to meet in the middle and then tying them together with some twine.  As they…

Cotoneaster

My cotoneaster has really come into its own this year.  I cut it back quite severely last September as I don’t think it had been cut back… ever? It was all looking a bit Sideshow Bob but the branches are now down to the ground in a weeping willow fashion.  Covered in tiny pink flowers,…

Roses 

We recently visited the National Trust property Basildon Park and got to walk round Lady Iliffe’s  beautiful rose garden.   We went on a Bank Holiday Monday that was a bit grey and wet (aren’t they always?!) but I have to admit it made the rose garden no less lovely. If anything the glistening droplets…

Alliums

April – Alliums popping up in between the hydrangeas  Last year I loved my Globemaster alliums so much I made sure I planted more this year. I added some Kings & Queens bulbs which are a dark purple and white. The bag was mixed and turns out I only ended up with two white ones…

Clematis

Almost as soon as I pressed the publish button on my previous post I decided I’d placed my clematis’ the wrong way round.  So this morning I took a risk and swapped them over. Thing is the Nelly Moser was a late addition whereas if I’d bought them all at the same time I’d have done this…

Climbers 

Just after Easter I decided I wanted to buy an arch for our garden. I’ve wanted one since we went on a garden safari last year and saw several.  Being a nervous sort I was worried about spending a lot on an arch in case it didn’t work out. What if it looked stupid or didn’t suit…

Strong Annabelle

I have been looking for something to put in a gap at the end of my garden. It’s been bare since we had some of the fence panels replaced. It just wasn’t the time of year you’d want to risk planting something new so it’s been left abandoned and has thus far served as a…

Little Plants

Yesterday I was in Waitrose and I spontaneously bought these weeny plants for my kitchen windowsill.  One is a mini orchid and the other is some kind of succulent. Don’t ask me which and please ignore the shockingly awful photos.  I have one of those very narrow windowsills in my kitchen above the sink. It’s…