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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – November 2015


I took these photos on Saturday as I knew I’d be out all day Sunday, and not only was it pouring with rain but the wind was blowing at around 50mph making it officially a gale.  Consequently some of the photos are rather blurry as, funnily enough, is it was difficult to persuade the blooms stand still.

The number of plants blooming has dropped off dramatically in the last week or so, and the vast majority of my annuals have now flowered themselves to death.  The blooms which are still flowering are overwhelmingly pink, a colour largely inherited when we moved in, but which has been further augmented over time, to the point where this post is rather extraordinarily monochrome.

The Rosa Flower Carpet Pink (top) I’ve mentioned numerous times, but it really is an incredible ‘doer’, (although the buds do get rather battered in the rain).  Here it is joined by the extraordinary Nerine bowdenii – ridiculous flowers for November!

The shrub below, Leptospermum, is planted close to the two blooms above and it too flowers for months.IMG_9515

Another shrub Anisodontea capensis is looking better now than it has all year.  It was planted a few years ago and has definitely taken some time to settle in.  I grew one at a previous property against a south facing wall and to be honest I think it would prefer that kind of protection, but it does get plenty of light and has now grown to the extent that I’m thinking it could do with a spring pruning.IMG_9548

The shrub below offers a more expected bloom at this time of year, Daphne x Pink Fragrance ‘Blapink‘ and has been planted in a pot so that I can move it closer to the house to enjoy the lovely scent.IMG_9526

My last pink shrub is another one having a fabulous late flush.  This is by far my favourite fuschia, F. microphylla.  I love the dainty pink bells which are followed by black berries.IMG_9520

The climber Rhodochiton atrosanguineus still has plenty of blooms, but it has been rather battered by the rain.IMG_9540

Another genus of plants hanging on are my Salvias.  This one, Salvia Dyson’s Scarlet, was new this year and is still absolutely amazing.IMG_9545

Other Salvias still have blooms, but aren’t in the same league.  This one’s Salvia East Friesland


and Salvia microphylla ‘Cerro Potosi’IMG_9537

And to finish, a rather incongruous shot of the heat and sun loving Zinnias, looking sad and bedraggled in the November rain. IMG_9524

With many thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens  for hosting everyone’s GBBD.  Why don’t you pop over and have a look at what everyone else has blooming now?

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – January 2015


So, a funny GBBD – I seem to have a mix of ‘expected’ early spring flowers, like the Iris Gordon, above and belowIMG_5756

together with some tender, hot climate flowers that you think would know better.  For example Melianthus major has just decided to have a second flush of flowers right now:


But to continue with ‘expected’ flowers, I have a only a few hellebores so far –




Correa backhouseana,IMG_5775

the odd Clematis Freckles, IMG_5788

and my one paltry Witch Hazel, Hamamelis, (could be Arnold’s Promise, but now starting to doubt it after Chloris said it was the last to flower…)IMG_5770

Less expected at this time of year are succulent flowers.  These are in the (unheated) conservatory.  Two SempervivumsIMG_5749


and an Aeonium.IMG_5751

Meanwhile, outside, Anisodontea capensisIMG_5796

two Grevillea,IMG_5792


my incredibly long flowering LeptospermumIMG_5757

and my stalwart Fuschia microphylla.IMG_5779a

And in the greenhouse, in case you’re missing the sun, I’ll finish with Abutilon Orange Marion.IMG_5777

With thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens who hosts the GBBD.


White Cottage wonderment


Another gorgeous June day and another garden visit.  This time to White Cottage Daylilies just across the harbour in Bembridge.

I first read about Nick Peirce’s garden in one of the posh gardening magazines a couple of years ago.  I was thinking what a stunning, intriguing garden, and was then absolutely stopped in my tracks to learn it was on the island.  Since then I’ve been a couple of times and was intending to go for Nick’s NGS opening earlier in the month, but got the day wrong. So bereft was I, I emailed Nick to ask if I could schedule a private visit and he kindly obliged. I was accompanied by my friend Louise from the Old Rectory and it was such a joy to introduce two of my gardening heroes to each other.  Both had heard of the other (from amongst others the Telegraph garden writer Jean Vernon, who’s written about both their gardens) but had not met and had not visited the other’s gardens before,


Nick’s cottage is terraced and so, when you enter the garden, the space is initially quite narrow.  However this initial confinement is only temporary, as the garden widens as you explore.  There is no lawn, so access through the garden is via a sinuous path which winds directly through the planting.  ‘Through’ being an accurate description, as by this time of year the planting is spilling out onto the paths, adding to the sense of discovery,


Nick admitted to us that whilst his first love was daylilies, he has since become intrigued by succulents, and more recently species fuschias, but there is a lot more going on in this garden than just those three genera.

Not only was yesterday’s Wordless Wednesday photo of Solanum Pyracanthum taken at Nick’s, but he introduced us to a host of other plants we were unfamiliar with including Buddleia  colvilei ‘kewensis’


Agapetes ‘Ludgvan Cross’IMG_3277

and a stunning grass, sorry, I don’t have the name.IMG_3268

Something more familiar, but which I didn’t recognise, were the seedheads of Salsify.  They had incredible golden colouring in the June sun.IMG_3274

So back to the first three genera.  Nick has been breeding daylilies for years now – just as well, as it takes three years from seed to flower and then another three years until potential registration.  If you look on his website you’ll see he has now registered ten daylilies, all with the prefix ‘Vectis’ to denote their Isle of Wight heritage and that they’re his introductions.  It was a little early in the year for the daylilies, but there were a couple more bred by Nick to admire.

Nick also had some intriguing species fuschia.  The only one of his I recognised was Fuschia microphylla, which I have and have previously written about, but this one was gorgeous – so incredibly dainty, Fuschia procumbens variegata.IMG_3295

And to finish, I always love an arrangement of succulents – but I think this one takes the prize:IMG_3282

With many thanks to Nick for being such a charming and informative host,  But also for being so outrageously generous to not accept payment for the many plants we staggered home with.

March’s barrow

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To be honest the barrow hasn’t moved on much from February.

The fuschia (amazingly) continues to flower, but I’ve also added my Grevillea to the mix, as well as the Carex ‘Everillo’ to pick up on the yellow of the Tete a tete.  Lastly I popped a pot of tulips, which were flowering in the greenhouse, on top of the Cineraria.

February’s barrow

2014 02 021I treated myself to this barrow at a junk shop shortly before I opened the garden for the St Helen’s Secret Gardens event last June.  I wanted to liven up a rather dull corner which featured little apart from a shady bay and some chopped wood.

I’ve decided to add a monthly photo showing what’s on the barrow, and although it’s not looking too exciting at the moment (perhaps the monthly photo will inspire greater effort), the clear highlight for me is the Fuschia Microphylla which I bought from Eddington Nursery last year – it just keeps on flowering.  And actually the Cineraria, not a plant I think I’d want actually in the garden, has been pretty good too – it just keeps on being silver.

Happy February!