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…

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…

Deadheading delights

My favourite job in the garden is deadheading. Not only do you feel you are having a good tidy up, getting rid of the shrivelling flower heads to make way for fresh new growth, but you also get to examine a plant close up. You get to appreciate a flower in its many stages, from…

My fantasy dahlia garden

Greed.  Isn’t it wonderful? You see I’ve got enough dahlias to fill my raised bed (10 spaces).  I’ve added another 3 for good measure  (see my previous post, Delectable dahlias).  So why am I lusting after more? Is there a word for people like me?  Do I need to go into rehab?  Do I need…

How do you measure up?

Stephen and I have gardened here for four years, and for most of that time I have wondered if we should join our local horticultural society.  My mum is a member of her local group, and gets involved in all sorts of activities; they have head gardeners coming to talk to them, they visit specialist…

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…

Delectable dahlias

Pictured above (clockwise, or scroll through) are: Top row: Penhill Dark Monarch, Burlesca,Totally Tangerine (middle), Isabel, Purple Bottom row: Waltzing Matilda, Blue Bayou (picture credits: Sarah Raven), Purple Dream, American Dawn (with Purple Dream in the background). Dahlias are quite possibly the most rewarding plant to grow for the novice gardener.  They might need some initial cossetting,…