Sonntag, 22. April 2018

Slow Spring

The first leaves of the Japanese maples against the white bark of the bare birch tress, Furzey Gardens
So far this has been a weird year.

We had 2 dumps of snow in March and Spring has been very slow to come - until this week and suddenly everything is out at once: the yellow, coconut suntan lotion-y smelling blooms of the gorse, the sloes and wild cherries while the first green pushes through everywhere.

Last weekend a friend and I went to Furzey where the most of the azaleas were nowhere to be seen (I am thinking about going again next Saturday to catch them ...) but there was still some colour about. This weekend it is very warm, I have been working in the garden, reading in the sun and taking a few selfies (haven't done this in a very long time) to document a new hairstyle.

Much love,


First heavy snow in March

The second snow, end of March - the Euphorbia looking decidedly unhappy, camellias wrapped up a bit for protection

Grey skies in Furzey

but some blossom at least

Bare branches in Furzey

but camellias

and the first rhodo blossoms

Weather change!

I would love to have enough space in my garden for a birch tree ... still in Furzey

Hazels in bloom

Heathers and cornus

all together now

A one week old male donkey foal, born in the car park of Furzey Gardens

already a poser

My garden: cowslips doing really well this year

A selection of double-flowered daffodils

Generally I am not a fan of wallflowers but I need something big and orange to counterpoint the bright blue brunnera blossoms

Only one of my camellias is doing well this year, the Madame Vansittart - I repotted the other ones this year, hopefully next year they will be as covered in flowers

Daffodils and tulips and all the little seedlings in the greenhouse

Lungwort, wallflowers and the brunnera, some forget-me-nots intermingled

new side cut

First day I need my hat in the garden! (it's very old and falling to pieces but I haven't found a replacement yet)

Samstag, 17. Februar 2018

A new beginning

Welford Park today
Okay, I know. I am trying, but at some point there are so many photos that sifting through all of them becomes scary. So I am trying to start again.

Last year I missed out on the snowdrops at Welford Park and it felt weird. It had been my yearly Early Spring ritual and the start of the garden visiting season and I was determined to manage to go this year.

It felt like the first sunny weekend in ages and I don't think I ever saw the grounds this packed!

Hope you're up for a new beginning.

Much love,


On 21 June 2017, looking up to the Uffington White Horse Hill - one of the hottest days I remember here

Summer soltice sunset from the White Horse Hill

Sun sinking

Plant fair in Farnborough Rectory, NGS. Almost bought the grass for the spacey looking weeds

Roses and delphiniums at Farnborough Rectory, NGS

Alliums in Mottisfont, National Trust

Orchard at Hidcote, National Trust


Ferns in a Welsh wall

Wales, Breckon Beacons National Park

Lichen, Wales

On the way to the waterfall in Wales

On the waterfall trail. Unfortunately I can't remember the name of this one. Wrote it down somewhere ...

Glass house borders, RHS Wisley


Getting obsessed with the colours on this one ... Wisley

Wisley. Love the grey Russian Sage

Chance encounter in Wisley

Autumn colour in Furzey Gardens

Furzey, last colours


Cherry trees at Batemans (National Trust) in November, blossoms and autumn leaves at once

Seaside near Rye, East Sussex

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, November

Rye Harbour

Rye Harbour

Ypres Tower, Rye, November

Fuchsias, Winchelsea

Winchelsea, East Sussex

Avebury avenue, Winter soltice. This time there was no dramatic sunrise, just a very subtle colour change, lots of mist and clouds