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In a vase on Monday – rosy posy


I posted a vase of roses here for my 27th Wedding Anniversary, and this one’s for my 31st on Wednesday.

I couldn’t run to the silver bowl used on the previous occasion as it needs a clean and I was running out of time and light!  Instead I’ve used the glass trough, used numerous times before.  However, this time, if you look carefully, you’ll see I’ve put in some chicken wire as otherwise the top heavy blooms would fall straight out!

There are four different varieties roses.  This first one is an inherited one by the steps which sadly I don’t have the name for – it smells divine – IMG_4127

next, Pat Austin, who also featured in the vase a fortnight ago,IMG_4130

next KorizontIMG_4129

and lastly, the wonderful Jubilee Celebration.IMG_4126

With thanks to Cathy who hosts all out Monday vases.  Why don’t you pop over and see what others have in their vases this week?

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – June 2016


I’m a day late for GBBD and have again not touched my garden for over a week due to a trip to Northumberland.  It was planned to coincide with picking up our daughter from uni in Durham, but sadly it also coincided with cold, misty, rainy weather, however I expect I’ll still share some garden visits, even if they’re rather grey!

I took these GBBD photos on my return from London this evening and these too are reflecting the rainy weather.  Bearing in mind my recent multiple absences a degree of skillful camera work was also required to avoid capturing large swathes of convolvulus…..

So, despite the rain, June is all about the roses.  My roses aren’t quite in the same league as the wonderful NT garden at Mottisfont I visited a couple of years ago, but I added some new ones last year, so the number is growing.  The top one, by the front gate, has a lovely scent but was inherited so I’m afraid I don’t know its name.

Below, one of the new roses last year, Jubilee Celebration, already a favourite,IMG_1068

later turns into this.IMG_1062

In the same bed are both Rosa ‘Munstead Wood’ (looking here rather paler than reality)IMG_1069

and climbing Rosa ‘Falstaff’IMG_1077

Another inherited rose in the Lavender bed is a very similar colour toIMG_1065

this Sarah Bernhardt peony.IMG_1067

On the pergola posts either side of the swing are Rosa ‘St Swithun’IMG_1072

and Rosa ‘Korizont.’IMG_1073

In the Bronze Beds the Pat Austin roses which featured in my last Monday vase, have been joined by self seeded Nasturtium ‘Caribbean Crush’IMG_1060

and this poppy, Papaver nudicale ‘Party Fun’IMG_1058

I’m delighted that another poppy, Papaver somniferum ‘Lauren’s Grape,’ has reappeared in the Mid Century bed.IMG_1063

Here too the Lysmachia atropurpurea, grown from seed last year, is filling out


and has now been joined by a self seeded Malope trifida ‘Vulcan’.  I’ve grown more Malope from seed this year, but they’re all still sitting in a seed tray in the greenhouse.IMG_1079


The Alliums in the drive bed, Allium ‘Violet Beauty’, haven’t returned well from their introduction last year, but those that did return are looking good now.  Sadly, I’d added some new tulips, also called ‘Violet Beauty’ to join them, but the tulips came and went weeks ago. Back to the drawing board. IMG_1057

And to finish Meconopsis baileyi, a present from the OH for my birthday.  I wonder if I’ll mange to have it blooming this time next year?


With thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens who hosts everyone’s GBBD.

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – September 2015


So it’s September, which has to be Aster time – see Aster Frikartii Monch above.  This is my definite favourite and I’m hoping next year my recent cuttings will be filling out the Swing Beds and forming a late purple haze together with the similar coloured Verbena bonariensis.

Another genus looking good now is Salvia.  I’m not 100% sure about all these names, but I think I have Salvia Dyson’s Crimson,IMG_8526

Salvia x jamensis ‘Stormy Sunrise’IMG_8515

Salvia microphylla ‘Cerro Potosi’IMG_8510

and Salvia East Friesland


There are plenty of pelagoniums still going strong, the first two unnamed, IMG_8507IMG_8503

and then P. SurcoufIMG_8504

and this dainty scented pelargonium, P Pink Capitatum.  The flowers are much smaller than the ones above, but I love the markings and the bright green, scented foliage.IMG_8502

And many of the roses are back for a second appearance – Rosa Flower Carpet, with a huge number of budsIMG_8492

Rosa KorizontIMG_8513

This one a gift from my friend Louise at the beautiful Old Rectory Garden – Rosa Jacques Cartier.IMG_8511

This is St Swithun, growing up the front of the swing pergolaIMG_8514

and Rosa Munstead Wood, new this year in the Mid Century bed,IMG_8525

and now joined by the similarly coloured dahlia, D. Downham Royal.IMG_8524

Other dahlias include D. Happy Single Date, in the Bronze Bed,IMG_8538

and D. Fifteen love (bought from Waitrose of all places, and still in its pot while I decide whether I should squeeze it into the Bronze Bed with the one above)IMG_8500

And to finsh, a couple of annuals still looking good – magnificent Molucella


and still very fresh to look at (although now rather collapsed in habit!) Malope.IMG_8530

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 has has blooming now?

A rosy glow


I’ve been laid rather low since the new year with some weary inducing virus, topped off by conjunctivitis, and as a result haven’t felt like tackling any outside jobs.  Instead I’ve spent many languid hours curled up with gardening blogs, magazines, books and seed catalogues, but sometimes you just have to (wo)man up  and get out there, and today was the day.

I wasn’t really feeling up to proper digging (I still have my new bed to dig) and so instead tackled my climbing roses which had got rather out of hand towards the back end of last year.  I have to say rose pruning was something I found rather scary when I first arrived here as I’d never grown roses before and had inherited quite a few (and now planted a lot more).  However I’ve quickly grown to love it and find myself drifting into a totally absorbed, Zen like meditative state!  It seems to me that roses (all plants really) inherently want to grow and therefore I don’t think there’s much I can do with my trusty secateurs to upset them (particularly when I’ve seen how the shrub roses in a National Trust cottage down the road bounce back, when their pruning appears to be achieved with a chain saw!)


This is the before picture.  The front two uprights have Rosa St Swithun (pictured top and below) and Clematis Freckles growing up them. 


These St Swithuns, and the two behind , Rosa Korizont, see below, are climbers, whereas the two on the outside pillars are ramblers.

Rosa KorizontIMG_2286

There is some confusion about what the ramblers are, and in fact I have just looked back in my records and realised I’ve been misleading myself and you too with my posts last year.  I thought I’d ordered Rambling Rector and received one Rambling Rector (on the outside left hand pillar) and one other, which I’d decided was Snow Goose.  However, having just checked back in my records, I realised I’d actually ordered Rosa Alberic Barbier, which must be the rose on the right, making the one on the left the mystery, as it clearly isn’t Rambling Rector.  

I’ve just had a look at the David Austin website and think it might be Kew Rambler, but what ever it is, it certainly isn’t another Alberic Barbier!

Mystery rambler:



Rosa Alberic Barbier (with Digitalis Suttons Apricot)


Whatever the roses are, they have all had a very good tidy and a rather brutal cut back.


The after picture is a little fuzzy as by the time I’d finished it was heading towards 5pm and there was very little light left so I’m afraid this is camera shake from the long exposure.


I still need to give them a feed and a good mulch of well rotted manure, but a very satisfying afternoon’s activity.  Worthy of a rosy glow?  Well maybe, but there’s something else.

Last week I was delighted to hear that Julie, at Gardening Jules, had nominated me for the Liebster award.

As Julie explained on her blog, “it’s an award from one blogger to another and a way of letting other folk know about blogs you enjoy to read”.  To accept I need to answer 11 questions from Julie, then select 5 blogs I’d like to share and then ask my nominees 11 questions. Choosing young blogs with less than 200 followers is good too.

My answers to Julie’s questions are:-

1. Do you encourage wildlife to your garden?

Yes, I try to.  There are certainly ‘wild’ areas, as well as food for the birds and a bug hotel, but we don’t currently have a pond, which would definitely help with wildlife.

2. Do you grow organically and use natural methods?

This is a tricky one.  I tend to, but have a husband who’s not as convinced.  For example, I used the wool pellets ‘Slug Gone’ to protect my hostas last year, and they were pretty successful. However, one time when I’d moaned about some slug nibbling, the OH was straight round with the little blue pellets.  I wasn’t happy….

3. Any tips for recycling plastic?

No easy answers here.  I think the key is to avoid/reuse as much as possible.

4. Any recommendations for flowers to arrange in your home?

Lots!  However I think one of my favourites has to be Cosmos.  I love daisy flowers anyway, there are many different Cosmos varieties to choose from and they are SOOOOO productive, you can pick armsful through the season

5. Have you tried edible flowers?

Yes, I like adding nastutium and calendula to salads, and have frozen borage fowers in ice cubes to put in Pimms!

6. A favourite fruit recipe?

This isn’t quite the right recipe as Deb Perelman, who writes the Smitten Kitchen blog has written a book and there is a different Lemon Bar recipe in that.  However I love this blog so I’m sure this one will be good too.


7. A favourite vegetable recipe?

I ‘m hoping I’m allowed to call tomatoes a vegetable, in which case I offer up Panzanella:


8. Do you like to create anything other than flower arrangements using natural materials?

I’d love to be able to weave with willow, but never have, so just flower arrangements for me.

9. How do you feel about growing natives or non natives?

I’m relaxed about both.  I think we have to be careful about what is introduced, but think it would be a terrible shame not enjoy non native plants.

10. Any recommendations for an unusual fruit or vegetable that is good to eat?

This is another trick one.  I do try to try new things but have often been disappointed.  a recent case in point was my Cucamelons.  Revolting!  Likewise Electric Daisies.

Something I do like to grow are the small Padron Peppers which have a bit of heat and can be cooked up with olive oil and sea salt and used as a starter.  And also the Pumpkin Munchkin, which are a single serving size and can be grown up bamboo and so don’t take up too much ground space.

11. Do you have a good view from your home?

Yes.  We pretty much bought the house for the view.  From one side you can see south across Bembridge Harbour towards Bembridge and from the other, east towards the Solent.  The views are actally better in the winter when the trees are bare.

 So those were my answers, here are my questions
1.  Why did you start to blog?
2.  What’s your favourite post you’ve posted?
3.  And why?
4.  What’s the favourite/most interesting thing you’ve learnt from reading others’ blogs?
5.  What’s your favourite book?
6.  What’s your favourite film?
7.  Who would play you in a film about your life?
8.  What’s your view on GM crops?
9.  Do you play a musical instrument?
10. Do you prefer dogs or cats?
11. Sausage roll or chocolate eclair?

And the blogs I’d like to nominate are

Sussex Prairies

 Dig with Dorris

Edinburgh Garden Diary

Railway Parade House and Garden

Brookend Cottage Garden


In a vase on Monday – Romance and roses

IMG_2873Mushy alert – those of a cynical disposition look away now!

So Friday was my 27th Wedding Anniversary (child bride you know!) and what better way to mark it than by arranging roses in a rose bowl, bought by my sister and me for our parents’ 25th Wedding Anniversary?

Clearly life isn’t quite that perfect, and the weekend passed without any roses in rose bowls, but thanks to the joys of ‘In a vase on Monday’ the moment has now arrived.  And I can share it with you all long before the OH staggers back from the golf course.  Ah, the secret of a happy marriage – ‘apartness’!

The roses are St Swithun,IMG_2866


Madame Gregoire Staechlin,IMG_2870

Snow Goose (buds),IMG_2871

as well two lovely, inherited roses I don’t know the names of.  They’re both scented.  Any clues?  By the front stepsIMG_2869

and in one of the Lavender Beds.IMG_2867

With thanks again to Rambling in the Garden for hosting  – and allowing me to share the lurve 😉IMG_2863


Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – May

IMG_2303 (2)Eleagnus ‘Quicksilver‘ with (I think) Green Orb-Weaver spider.  I had never noticed the flowers before, so thank you GBBD for making me look!

Last month I said was all about the tulips, and whilst every other tulip is long gone, my gorgeous Angeliques are still flowering, so I think they deserve a final curtain call.


Also in pots (as well as those on the barrow) I’ve got lots of pelargoniums and maguerites.


I’ve also taken a couple of photos of flowers on the succulents,

but the big news has to be the number of roses coming into bloom.  These three were inherited, so I’m afraid I don’t know the names,

but these were all planted by me in the last three or four years, and they’re finally starting to look properly established – Madame Gregoire Staechelin


Rosa Korizont


and Rosa St Swithun


This Veronica prostrata is another plant that looks much more settled than it did last year.IMG_2311

I love the colour of this Potentilla, I think it’s Potentilla nepalensis ‘ShogranIMG_2262

The Cerinthes are just getting better and better, here with Erysmum ‘Winter Orchid’IMG_2294

However, I’m not entirely sure about this Clematis, Josephine, I think she may be a little too showy for my likingIMG_2278

On a rather more subdued note, a dark Aquilegia with Nectoscordum siculum.  I’m not convinced about the Nectoscordum either, but for the opposite reason – I’m not sure it’s showy enough – but it’s so perennial I don’t have the heart to rip it out.IMG_2327

I certainly wouldn’t want to be without my Allium Purple SensationsIMG_2307 (2)

But to finish, my first sweet pea – the Tangier Pea, Lathyrus tingitanus.  which I wrote about in January.  How the year’s flying by…


With thanks again to Carol at May Dream Gardens for hosting GBBD.