Monthly Archives: March 2014

in a Vase on Monday. Homage to Wordsworth

OK, so it’s not a host of golden daffodils and they are not the little native daffodils : Narcissus pseudonarcissus that Wordsworth wrote about, because these are over.   Never mind, I think Wordsworth may have liked these little species daffodils. … Continue reading

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Fabulous Fritillaries.

One of the joys of Spring is the appearance of the first Fritillaries.  The checker-board or snake’s head fritillary: Fritillaria meleagris is the first to  come out in my garden. This is a native flower but with the loss of 97% of … Continue reading

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Wildflower Wednesday. Primula elatior- Oxlip

‘I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,  Where the oxlips and the nodding violet grows’ . A Midsummer Night’s Dream. William Shakespeare. Shakespeare was very knowledgeable about wild flowers but he got it wrong about the oxlip, because it … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday

I am joining in with Cathy’s meme at Ramblinginthegarden this week. I suddenly noticed that the bank of wild violets; Viola odorata, which has been delighting me with its elusive fragrance for days now is beginning to be more leaves … Continue reading

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Early Flowering Treasures

There are so many exciting flowers appearing every day in the garden now that I wish it would slow down a bit so that I could savour each one. I have always loved the difficult Juno irises and wished that … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday. 19.03.14

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Azara microphylla

On a breezy day in March the whole garden smells of vanilla. I have a friend who says it smells of custard and another who says it smells of chocolate, so everyone seems to associate the smell with sweet food … Continue reading

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day 15th March

‘The  Flowers that bloom in the spring tra la la…’ as Nanki Poo sang in The Mikado. I can’t sing it to you (luckily for you,) but I can show you. This is the first spring bloom day and with … Continue reading

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Ribes laurifolium.

If your idea of a Flowering Currant is the ubiquitous Ribes sanguineum which is to be seen in nearly every suburban garden along with Forsythia, then you may be surprised at this lovely Ribes. I am not knocking the commonly seen Flowering … Continue reading

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Two Historic Hellebores

Fellow garden bloggers have been proudly showing their lovely Hellebores for several weeks now.  It is amazing how long the flowers last and they get ever more beautiful every day. I showed my new acquisition: Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘Shooting Star’ … Continue reading

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