Club Tropicana

Let me take you to the place Where membership’s a smiling face Brush shoulders with the stars Where strangers take you by the hand And welcome you to wonderland From beneath their panamas Club Tropicana, drinks are free Fun and sunshine, there’s enough for everyone All that’s missing is the sea But don’t worry, you…

Floral Finds at Hampton Court

I thought I would share with you my favourite flowers in The Floral Marquee at RHS Hampton Court on Monday. Before this, I made sure to pop in to the ‘Festival of Roses’ exhibit.  I did try to like the other rose growers’ stands, and the Peter Beales stand was quite nice.  But rather like…

Moon Landings

I called this post ‘Moon Landings’ because as I stood here delighting in my cutting patch, I was amazed at how many spaceships zoomed in and hovered over.  If you look closely near the top left of the next picture, you might just see a UFO.   Now like all UFO sightings, the image is…

Pata Pata

To accompany this post about my cutting patch, I suggest you have a little soundtrack of  Pata Pata by Miriam Mikeba.  This song expresses perfectly how it feels to be waking up to warm temperatures, blue skies and new flowers! I extended my cutting patch this year.  Well, Stevie extended it.  I already had one…

The Corner of Complete Neglect

We all have one, don’t we? This is mine. It is at the corner of the rose garden, next to the wall of the house.  It is tricky because it is bone-dry and has poor, stony soil that bakes hard to concrete in the summer. We inherited this rather lovely shrub rose, ‘Marjory Fair’.  The…

Six on Saturday: The Bigger Picture

I tend to favour close-ups of flowers, but this week I thought I’d try to do a more practical post, with an overview of different areas of the garden.  Apologies for naming different areas of the garden, but it does help when Stevie and I are explaining to one another which area we are planning…

Six on Saturday: bare arms in the sun!

In the last couple of weeks I have felt like some of my seedlings: etiolated, stretching my neck out towards the window, but failing to find the sun.  I have been desperate for some extended time in the garden. Yesterday the sun came out. First I’ll show you the hyacinths.  We inherited a lot of…

Flowergasm!

Some might say I am easily excited.  They’re right.  But I can’t hold back on this one. I may have said before that I am very partial to a seed catalogue.  The JParkers Dutch Bulb catalogue caused quite a stir a few weeks ago.  Sarah Raven catalogues can be relied upon to titillate, though it…

My fingers are tingling with magic!

That title picture was just to put you off the scent.  It has nothing to do with this post, other than that was in front of me when the magic struck. I wasn’t even going to write a post today.  But then I read this blog post from ‘Sharpen your Spades’: Sowing Broad Beans – A great…

The Big Bang: the making of a bright border

When we moved to our new garden, I had a vision.  We had a long stretch of post-and-rail fence which I decided would become my bright border. Here is what I saw in my mind: Firework explosions of colour, of plush textures that added sparkle and drama. Orange and gold tulips and bright green euphorbia…

Guilt-free pick-and-mix

If you want a bit of child-like glee in your life, grow a few annual flowers from seed.  They germinate and bulk up quickly, and will give you a wild profusion of flowers within a matter of weeks: a March sowing will be flowering from June, and will carry on until the first frosts.  These…