Overcast all day, some rain but with some bright sparks and highlights… fiery Spirea, white/grey/yellow combinations, tall bamboos and a TARDIS-like van, new roses, a cutting garden update

Fire and gold tints throughout this display - from an unexpected source - Spirea nipponica Snowmound is better known for its smothering of white blossom on arching stems in June and July but this vigorous shrub is putting on a spectacular finish, teamed with spires of Molinea grasses, fountains of green Liriope muscari, berries of…

A well-earned rest in the midst of a Bamboo jungle…

Looking up from a near horizontal position in my new zero-gravity recliner this evening - half hidden by these glorious bamboos - Phyllostachys nigra, (the Black Bamboo), Phyllostachys aurea (the Golden Bamboo) and at the back, Pseudosassa japonica. They have loved the mild wet winter and put on some stonking growth. I've thinned this, a…