Topsy Turvy.

The Blackthorn,Prunus spinosa, is out. It seems strange for all the buds to be breaking, leaves unfurlingĀ and Magnolias and Cherries to be blossoming and it barely registers on my radar. I can see nature springing forth as I walk the dog, on my allowed daily exercise, but in the uncertain and unnerving times we are …

Something of a quandary and a plant to wow you now.

Before we start though, some pictures from the week. I have been amazed how well these snakes head fritillaries, Fritillaria Meleagris have done this year. They are in soil drier than they would like and after the baking they had last summer, I thought, I would have lost them and yet they are flourishing. Sycamore …

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 …

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 …