Verdant, Virile and Very Spring-like

It is fantastic to see all the hedgerows and trees slowly greening back up. Verdant views on their return wherever you look. I like to try and choose which is my favourite shade of green, which is often as fruitless as choosing my preferred perennial but it is still fun to play the game. If …

Rip Van Winkle and Crimes against Magnolias.

Ribes and Forsythia classic spring. Tis the season of Pink and Yellow, most months in the garden have colours and March is definitely Yellow and Pink, everywhere from Primula through Hyacinths and Daffodils to Ribes and Forsythia, which I am convinced at some point in the 80's must have been a 2 for 1 offer …

In Need of a Little Support…..

Staking is very important for many perennials, Peonies, Delphiniums, Lupins, Achillea, Aconiutm and well this list goes on. There are many options from bamboo canes and string to metal supports that are available from companies such as Leander, based in Idridgehay, so nice and local to me. http://www.leanderplantsupports.co.uk They make lots of different shaped supports …

Bud, Bud Glorious Bud(s)

I'm not sure about taking the song any further though, as Spring and seeing signs of life far from cools the blood as Mud does! Doesn't it fill you with hope and enthusiasm to see everything coming back to life again. It is a wonderful if frustrating time to be a gardener. Our weather at …

How Many Have You Got?

This week a Challenge.... Wow, this is the 10th Blog post I have written! I cannot believe how quickly a week comes around again. I fully accept I have a very long way to go honing both my English and photography skills but I am quite enjoying the challenge so let us see if we …

(Lady)Birds, Bee’s and very nearly Bikinis !

Well, that must have been the warmest day of the year so far. Feeling positively balmy from early on in the day I was down to a t shirt (gardening in a bikini is not to be recommended) and that was working in the shade. I am still holding my breath though all gardeners know …

Potato, Set(s), Go….

What a glorious Spring-like week it has been out in the garden. I am very aware winter will be back anytime soon, but still, it is lovely to be working in less layers of clothes for a while. I left you all last week with the Harry Chapin song ‘Flowers are Red’. Browsing the plethora …

Get Out There…..!!!

Well this is it. There are usually good chances to garden at some point during the Six Nations and this is the first. Not too cold, dry all week, even sunshine at times.(in my part of Derbyshire anyway). Get out there and clear up the borders, edge those paths and lawns and see what is …

All the T’s

Technology has obviously had an impact on gardening. There are very few walks of life I imagine that have not been touched to date. Since starting this blog and being thrown into using more technology I have realised just how little my actual job has changed. Yes, there are irrigation systems, the plants I grow …