Flowering in November

I don’t often join with Chloris at the Blooming Garden when she writes about her favourite 10 plants for each month; however I think it is a good exercise to understand what pleasures each month brings.  Continue reading

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In a vase on Monday – a little something to brighten my day

I have been absent without leave from blogland!  I needed a little break and life has been very pleasantly busy over the Christmas and New Year period.  I have enjoyed reading many of your posts but not commented again through lack of time.  So to all of you that I haven’t wished an individual Happy New Year, I send you my very best wishes now. Continue reading

In a vase on Monday – Who’d have thought it?

There is an icy cold wind this morning, but the sun is shining.  I went into the garden with my secateurs with no idea whatsoever what I would find to put in my vase to join with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden this week. Continue reading

In a Vase on Monday – You’d think it was spring!

Cathy is away today celebrating her mother’s 90th birthday – Happy Birthday Cathy’s mum!

Even though she is away, Cathy has produced a love little vase of flowers so my arrangement is for her for her dedication to this meme which brings us all such pleasure. Continue reading

GBFD – February – Foliage is my garden’s structure

As this first image shows, the formal beds gain all their structure from the foliage of the chipped box and lavender; in the Renaissance there was a balance in a garden between Art and Nature, the natural (always strictly under control) and the manmade often imitating nature to the extent that sometimes the viewer was unsure if something was Nature or Art.  One of the ways that plants could be like art was by being tightly clipped so that the shadow thrown was as crisp and strong as that thrown by a wall.  You can see the idea here with lower late afternoon light on the lavender and box.

The formal garden, box and lavender

The formal garden, box and lavender

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