Spring Garden

This is the time of year I start venturing back out into the garden to judge what’s doing well and what might not be. This week we’ve had quite a lot of rain and high winds, thanks to Storm Gareth (who the hell names a storm Gareth?!) so I haven’t had a chance to do…

Vase

I go a bit crazy at this time of year dotting fresh flowers around the house on every windowsill so desperate am I for Spring. I always think it’s a good idea to have a variety of vases at the ready. Tall and thin for gladioli, hourglass for lillies or peonies… shape matters when it…

Winter Flowers

I’ve just planted some flowers hoping to have some Winter colour. I chose Hellebores and Cyclamens. They’re all readily available at the moment. I chose Cyclamen (Rembrandt Pure White) as a bit of a filler. They flower for ages (from Autumn to Spring!) and have beautiful silvery foliage. They’re meant to be easy peasy as…

Arch Planting

Back in March we erected a new arch to replace the metal one we had that went down in a storm in January. I love the new arch. It’s made from tanalised wood, so it shouldn’t warp or rot and it’s planted in the ground with heavy metal spikes which are concreted in, so it…

Mrs Cholmondeley and a duck.

On my most recent visit to Wisley I bought a new clematis to replace my “Nelly Moser” which succumbed to Clematis wilt, a fungal disease that can kill the plant and even affect (infect?) the soil. Anyway, I don’t think the recent heatwave helped and it died. Yes I could have cut it down, left…

Afternoon Tea

I love Afternoon Tea. I love the weeny crustless sandwiches and the scones with clotted cream and jam. I like the dinky pastries and miniature cakes. I like that I can drink an entire teapot’s worth of tea and nobody lectures you about caffeine. They positively encourage it! So I was delighted to skip off…

Chelsea Flower Show

I timed my fall well, what with first the royal wedding and now The Chelsea Flower Show. It’s been a week of televisual delights! The house and garden have gone to rack and ruin but to hell with it. The Chelsea Flower Show for those that may not know, is the best flower show in…

Garden Disaster!

For my 40th birthday my parents gave me a very generous cheque to celebrate the milestone. I was sorely tempted to buy the Regiment bag from Victoria Beckham… but I’m nothing if not practical so decided to invest in my garden. Besides I am somewhat obsessed with getting the garden sorted. We’ve been in the…

Skip, Shed, Tree, Arch

I realise calling this blog post “Skip, Shed, Tree, Arch” is quite a mouthful. Maybe if you say it very quickly it might sound quite good, a bit like “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”… albeit more garden-based. On a side note, I have to tell you that I did find that film SO BORING. Not even…

Cat House etc.

This is my cat sitting on the cat house that Santa brought him for Christmas. Please ignore the awful photo, there’s nothing I can do about it. They haven’t made a filter than can transform the grey drabness that we call February. Some people might think an outdoor cat house is an unnecessary extravagance but…