April 15th 2016 The season moves on

The season is racing ahead.  Yesterday there was just one variety of bearded iris flowering, already today there are three!

Cistus are flowering too.

Cistus are beginning to flower

Cistus are beginning to flower

Cistus are beginning to flower

Cistus are beginning to flower

But before I rush forever forward towards summer; I wanted to the share the the remaining tulips which have given me so much pleasure this year.   Continue reading

April 14th 2016

After writing in some detail about the area around the west side of the house including the Large Island I thought I would be moving on to other parts of the garden but each day (almost hour) brings new plants in flower so today is just a wander around the garden showing you what is new and catching my eye. Continue reading

In a Vase on Monday – from the cuttings garden

For today’s April daily post I’m joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her weekly challenge to us to find flowers in our gardens to bring inside to enjoy during the week.  She been practising for her daughter’s wedding, for which I have every admiration. Continue reading

April 8th 2016 No apologies

I mentioned that we have been walking in the local lanes as part of my husband’s rehabilitation; it is a great time of year to be doing this as day by day the wild flowers are beginning to flower just as much as in the garden.

A couple of day’s ago Richard returned full of excitement; he had just seen one of the sheep in a field very close to us give birth; well, to be totally honest  he didn’t witness the actual birth but he arrived on the scene moments later when the umbilical cord was still attached to the lamb and it had just got to its feet.  The following day I went too; this may or may not be the lamb he saw!

New lambs are so snowy white in comparison to their mothers

New lambs are so snowy white in comparison to their mothers

It is unlikely that the two lambs are twins; they aren’t bred for that here; the lambs are a by-product of the need for the ewes to produce milk for our local famous Pecorino cheese. Continue reading

April 7th 2016 Companions for tulips

You will be aware that I love tulips and luckily they grow well in my very free draining soil.  Tulips hate summer wet which is why in the UK it is usual to lift and store them for replanting the following autumn – that is a lot of work so when I lived in England I usually treated them as annuals and planted them in pots. Continue reading