Flowers and Friends

It’s hard to believe it today, as the rain pours down, but we’ve had some really hot, sunny days over the summer. The weather seems to have suited both flowers and their friends the insects. It’s been heartening to see so many over the past couple of months, both in gardens, and on wild flowers. … Continue reading Flowers and Friends


This week's photo challenge invites us to share the structure of an everyday object. I took this photograph of allium flowers back in June, when we visited the National Trust property Washington Old Hall. The flowers heads are huge pom-poms of colour, and when there's a whole bed of them, it's easy for the eye … Continue reading Structure

spring has (nearly) sprung

I've been getting very carried away with the arrival of spring, a little precipitously as it turns out, because we've had both hail and sleet over the past 24 hours. However, we've had sunshine in between, and some very warm days before that. The forsythia is just about to break into flower, the trees are … Continue reading spring has (nearly) sprung

bursting buds

Remember back in March, when I was so pleased that my allium bulbs were shooting? Well, they've really come on over the past few days, and they're now on the point of bursting into flower. Considering I shoved them in on a bit of a wing and a prayer last Autumn, they're doing really well. … Continue reading bursting buds

green shoots

I have two small borders in front of the little house. When we first came here, they were completely overshadowed by a huge old walnut tree, and contained a few scabby-looking roses. I cut the roses down at ground level, and planted some lavender and perennial geraniums. They all did okay last summer, despite one … Continue reading green shoots