In a vase on Monday – Creamy White

I’m joining Cathy at Rambling in the garden for her meme, where she asks us to make an arrangement from materials from our gardens.  Joining in this meme I realise how much I have been missing in the past by not cutting flowers for the house.  I still don’t like robbing the borders but having started a cutting bed, so far I am finding enough material each week, to be honest there is almost too much choice already, I hope this will not be like the garden which hibernates in mid-summer! Continue reading

GBFD – June sunshine and rain

Welcome to  GBFD, when I encourage you think about the effect foliage has on the overall design of your garden. You are welcome to write about any foliage, it can be a plant you have only for its foliage interest or better perhaps if you think about a plan that flowers for a limited time but its foliage is beautiful or interesting or makes an interesting form for a longer period.

The difference between May and June is hardly credible, I looked at last month’s post to remind myself of what I had shown, I don’t want to always share the same views or plants.  But even the same plant groupings look very different this month so there are some repetitions.  We have had massive amounts of rain in the last week, beginning last Saturday there have been thunder storms and heavy rain almost every day.  It seems that we will have a few days of hot sun but the rain is predicted to return on Thursday or Friday (but that’s a long way off in forecasting terms so who knows if it will rain again or not as we are approaching the time when the summer drought usually begins in earnest. Continue reading

The Slope on Thursday 19th June

After the scorching weather of last week, this week has been characterized by thunder storms every afternoon. The mornings have been warm but not reaching more than 25°C, there has been heavy rain which means that the garden has become lush looking again although the Stipa tenuissima that has already started to yellow now just looks untidy; it will improve slightly when it dries out again. Continue reading

In a vase on Monday – Van Gogh Sunflowers

Monday is here again so it is time to join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden where she asks us to pick flowers from our gardens to enjoy inside our homes. Do think about joining in even if you’ve always thought you didn’t want to raid the garden, I used to feel like that but now I realise that enjoying them inside is also a way of appreciating them even more.

When I was wandering around the garden last week I imagined that the American lilies in pots rescued from the shade under the terrace and now ear-marked for cutting would be flowering and ready to cut, but although there are a couple open on a couple of stems they will wait another week! Continue reading

From the terrace looking west and the cutting bed

Yesterday evening there was a thunder storm that rumbled around for hours but sadly it rained for only a short time. The ground was wet this morning but has now dried out under the scorching sun; the weekend is forecast to be cooler with more storms; I hope they are right about the temperatures and some more rain would be lovely but storms I can live without because the threat of hail is ever present with a storm and strong winds are always cruel to the garden. Continue reading