I’ve had enough of your behaviour

Some plants, like people, charm you so you invite them in. Soon they are weaving their roots around yours, and before you know it you are having the life sucked out of you. You’re going to need some protective clothing and a very sharp spade…

Absolutely Fabulous

The bright border is starting to show its age, but it can just about still claim to be Absolutely Fabulous, darling.

Supersonic

I am mixing my senses here, but I do tend to a degree of synaesthesia when describing colour and its intensity.  Whilst supersonic really relates to speed, it is the word that keeps coming to me when I look at these pictures of the bright border and need a word to describe the intensity of…

Refresh! How to water well

When most people around the world think of England, they think it rains all the time. In my part of the world, in Kent, (Down South), our average yearly rainfall is 650mm.  Admittedly, in my hometown of Holmfirth, Yorkshire, (Up North*), it is 1,000mm (figures from Met Office).  But compare that to Sydney, which has an…

Roses in the Bright Border

I am sorry to those who are not rose fans, but this is my time.  After June the roses will not be so prominent in the garden, and I will stop bombarding you with rose posts. But for now, indulge me. I thought I would write a post about the three roses I grow in…

Celebration!

These are the flowers picked from the garden for our Royal Wedding Party on Saturday. I had a lot of fun arranging them. My daughters made this bunting: And my lovely friend Clare leant me hers: My equally scrumptious friend Shelley made this: My eldest made these sweet little flags for the food: Our friends…

Lighting the Touch-Paper in the Bright Border

The Bright Border has taken a while to ignite this Spring, but today, I think it took off. This border is not for the faint-hearted.  It is fiery and fiesty; invigorating, rather than relaxing. Here are two of the euphorbias, E. amygdaoides var. robbiae, [health warning here] and E. griffithii ‘Fireglow’: ‘Fireglow’ deserves a close-up: And so does Euphorbia…

Euphorbia euphoria

Sorry for that title.  But it does reflect the way I feel about euphorbia in the sun.  No other plant has such luminscence, such effervescence in its inflorescence, such zingety zang, such pizazz! There is a Euphorbia (or spurge) to suit any location in the garden.  My favourite for dry shade (under trees) is this one, Euphorbia…

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…

Key plants in the bright border

This is a companion piece to The Big Bang: the making of a bright border. These are the key plants that make up the display in my bright border. First there are the tulips: ‘Couleur Cardinal’, ‘Antraciet’, ‘Ballerina’ and ‘Purple Flame’. They are accompanied by Euphorbia griffithii ‘Fireglow’ and Geum ‘Hilltop Beacon’ and new spikes of hemerocallis…

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…