Dreaming Spires

Veronica Royal Candles (Back), Salvia Caradonna (Centre), Veronica Inspires Pink (front row) An effective antidote to blobby planting in the garden (unbroken domes, crowns & mounds), these plants will add an intensity of colour, particularly with Salvias such as Caradonna, Mainacht, Ostfriedland, and that much-needed vertical accent to your border schemes. Add low evening sunlight...

Woodland Drama

Red Hot Poker Primrose/Orchid Primrose/Vial's Primrose Primrose vialii AGM Red-tipped pyramids of pink cover the woodland floor when Primula vialii is in flower. This award-winning plant is excellent for late spring and early summer colour. plant in groups in fertile, moisture-retentive, sheltered sites cool and humid conditions in the open or part shade It emerges late in…

Another Sleepy Bee….

Another sleepy bee (you can see the antennae drooping), catching a few Zzzz's in the cup of a little Geum flower (possibly Totally Tangerine) quite early this morning. Hard work, all that being a bee. I wonder if they dream? So pleased that I could combine a little apiology with a bit of ORANGE!  Oh…

Little Hell Flames…

Poppies in July Sylvia Plath Little poppies, little hell flames, Do you do no harm?   You flicker. I cannot touch you. I put my hands among the flames. Nothing Burns.   And it exhausts me to watch you Flickering like that, wrinkly and clear red, like the skin of a mouth.   A mouth…

Twice in a Blue Moon with Ice Cream

The rather cryptic headline simply names these two roses, (I'll leave you to guess which is which), found while visiting Hill Park Roses (although there is no hill and being by the side of the busy Kingston by-pass, little likelihood of a park either, but I digress..). An old-fashioned family run nursery with ramshackle buildings,…

Sleepy Bees

Astrantia 'Roma' Astrantia 'Roma', a delightful and very useful herbaceous perennial, was exerting some kind of magic on the bees while I was working (my Roehampton project), this afternoon. Nearby drifts of Geraneum and Nepeta were a-buzz, with much busy-ness from one flower to another and another - By contrast, Hattie's Pincushion must be insatiably delicious…