Garden Bloggers Foliage Day – May

Welcome to GBFD, we I ask you to think about the foliage in your garden rather than the flowers; when I walked out into the garden late yesterday evening to take some images of foliage that was making an impact in the garden I thought that it would be impossible to take any wide angle shots because May is when everything flowers in my garden.

However I was wrong!  The very hot beginning to May has meant that many plants have flowered and have now decided a rest is in order and have finished. Continue reading

Wordless Wednesday – Views I’m enjoying this week May 20

Large Isalnad -the Irises are coming to an end now but have been wonderful this year

Large Isalnad -the Irises are coming to an end now but have been wonderful this year, the small island is in the background

Small Island

Large Island

Large Island looking towards the Drive

Large Island looking towards the Drive

I must try some cuttings of this Salvia, I love its purple spikes against the orange of the poppies

I must try some cuttings of this Salvia, I love its purple spikes against the orange of the poppies (Upper Slope Path)

Edge of Large Island looking towards the house

Edge of Large Island looking towards the terrace

Rosa 'Queen of Sweden' is amazing this year and a great rose to cut for a vase

Rosa ‘Queen of Sweden’ is amazing this year and a great rose to cut for a vase

Left Hand border, roses in full bloom this week

Left Hand border, roses in full bloom this week

My favourite rose of all, R. Vielchenblau, this swag should be tied in but when I do the branch dies so I'm just enjoying it while it flowers

My favourite rose of all, R. Vielchenblau, this swag should be tied in but when I do the branch dies so I’m just enjoying it while it flowers

The Spring Walk is now full of Sisyrinchium striatum

The Spring Walk is now full of Sisyrinchium striatum

In a Vase on Monday – Flowers, flowers everywhere flowers

The cuttings beds are full of flowers that need cutting otherwise they will make seed and stop flowering so it was necessary to cut as many as possible for my vases this Monday when I join with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden as she encourages us all to pick flowers from our gardens to enjoy in the house. Continue reading

In a Vase on Monday- Inspiration

I have two arrangements to share with you today for Cathy at Rambling in the Garden’s meme, where she challenges us to fill a vase with material from our own gardens.  Both my vases today have been inspired by vases I’ve seen by other addicts of this meme, which is a great way of learning about different styles of flower arranging from the simple ‘plonk’ (and nothing wrong with that to some quite sophisticated vases by some of the more talented flower arrangers. Continue reading

Tulips 2015 – My thoughts

Looking back over my photographs of tulips for this year I realise that the season was very short.  A few appeared at the end of March but the majority were completely finished by the end of April, a few very late varieties in shady spots have clung on until this week but not in a way to make any kind of show.

I have a memory that last year I spent weeks walking along the, then, new spring walk.  I was disappointed that so few of the tulips in the spring walk actually flowered again this year.  There are a couple of possible reasons.

  1. Mice ate some of the bulbs during the summer or winter; I did find some holes while I was weeding the bed in early spring.
  2. The plants of Sisyrinchium had bulked up so thickly the shoots of the bulbs couldn’t force their way through.

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