Monthly Archives: April 2014

End of Month View.

This month I am joining in with Helen’s meme at the Patientgardener blog. I will start with the front garden. I am enjoying this little, dark purple Iris pumila ‘Cherry Garden’ at the moment. I also love Iris pumila ‘Green Spot’. … Continue reading

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Paeonia mascula ssp. mascula.

I am sorry about the name and the tautology but I didn’t invent it.  If you love these species peonies you have to get to grips with their impossible names. The colour of the single flowers of this one can range … Continue reading

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Wildflower Wednesday. Early Purple Orchid. Orchid mascula.

The Early Purple Orchid is the first wild orchid to bloom in Britain. When the bluebells are out, spreading their beautiful azure carpets throughout the woods, it is time to go in search of this gorgeous orchid. It used to … Continue reading

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Halesia monticola. var. vestita. The Snowdrop Tree.

Snowdrops are just a memory in our gardens now but the Snowdrop tree is looking wonderful. It is a delightful tree with lovely white bells hanging from under the branches. I am looking forward to my tree being big enough … Continue reading

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Honey Fungus. Armillaria mellea.

This is the story of my orchard. When we came here  we were delighted to have a very old orchard with many ancient fruit trees. There was a little gate at the end of the garden with a pretty rural … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday. Pleione formosana.

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day 15/4/14

It is the time of the month where many garden bloggers join with this meme hosted by Maydreamgardens  to show what they have in bloom on the 15th of the month. In April of course we have an ‘embarras de … Continue reading

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Long Shots of the Garden

These are photos taken by my son with his super-duper camera. Unfortunately it was a dull, cloudy day and getting quite late, but it is a good way to get a feel for how the garden is laid out. So … Continue reading

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A Tour Round the Garden.

Today I am going to take you on a tour of the back garden. We will start with the view from an upstairs window. The pots all round the pond are to keep the fish safe from the heron. But let’s go outside … Continue reading

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Arum creticum

This beautiful Arum is flowering for the first time for me. I have had it for five years and I had given up hope that it would ever bloom. Perhaps it is as a result of a mild winter we … Continue reading

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