Author Archives: Chloris

The Primrose Path.

‘And in the wood where often you and I on primrose-beds were wont to lie’ .  A Midsummer’s Night Dream. It ‘s a bit chilly for lying around on primrose beds at the moment but as we cycle round the … Continue reading

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. April Beauties. 2017.

‘Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colour there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.‘  Rainer Maria Rilke. Indeed, April flowers  are the most exciting of the whole year. And if … Continue reading

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A Fascination of Fritillaries.

There are more more than 100 species of fritillaries and they are all irresistible, unfortunately many of them are tricky to grow. There are some that I have tried and lost. I grow Fritillaria  michailovskyi   fresh every year in a … Continue reading

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. March.

I am a bit late with my bloom day which should be on the 15th of the month, but this week has been glorious and far too nice to be inside blogging. At last I can be outside all day … Continue reading

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Bring Back the Birch.

When we moved here a little over six years ago, to my delight there was a little grove of mature birch trees at the bottom of the garden.  Alas, I think they were a little too mature and already showing … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday. Golden Trumpets, Heralds of Spring.

‘Daffodils, which come before the swallow dares and take the winds of March with beauty.’       The Winter’s Tale.  William  Shakespeare. The first of the little daffodils which flower in early March are particularly welcome now as winter releases … Continue reading

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February Blooms.

I missed GBBD this year which is on the 15th of the month. But I can’t let the month go by without celebrating some of the prettiest and most fragrant blooms of the year. The best, the most gorgeous, the most … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday. Tribute to Constance Spry.

I have  been reading a great biography of the wonderful Constance Spry who was an amazingly innovative flower arranger. Fans of  In a Vase on Monday owe her a great debt. She was the first one to browse the hedgerows … Continue reading

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The Gingerbread House.

Grayson Perry’s ‘A House for Essex’ has been likened to a gingerbread house. I’d say it looks more like  a cross between the Taj Mahal and a Victorian public convenience.   On a dull January day when the ground was … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday. Scentsation.

Goodness, it’s cold. Every day we wake up to a frozen garden. The snowdrops are hanging their fragile little heads and looking so limp and dejected. Last January I filled  a vase with different snowdrops on the the 25th; winter blooms were … Continue reading

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