Author Archives: Chloris

Ten Top November Blooms

Number one for November has to be the chrysanthemum. I don’t grow the big mop heads. They are beautiful but they always remind me of over-primped, botoxed and made-up ladies who spend too much time at the hairdressers. Very high … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday. Potty!

Today is a red letter day in the Monday vase- filling community. It is the fourth anniversary of Cathy’s popular meme, ‘In a Vase on Monday’. To celebrate she asks us to arrange our flowers in something that is not … Continue reading

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Funky succulents.

It seems that succulents are trendy. I am appalled. I hate to be trendy. My grandmother was very fond of succulents and cacti. For years I always thought that they were old-fashioned, nasty, pricky, fleshy or spiky things. I love them … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday. Ode To Autumn

‘To set budding more, And still more later flowers for the bees Until they think warm days will never cease For Summer has o’er-brimmed their clammy cells.‘  Keats.

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In a Vase on Monday. Zinnias and Things.

Zinnias are wonderful cut flowers, like sweet peas the more you cut, the more they flourish and they are so long lasting in a vase.  They go on blooming until the first frosts. I started growing them when I saw … Continue reading

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Nurturing Nerines.

‘Nerines, like some plants and many  people, give no trouble provided that they are given precisely what they want’.  Peter Smithers. I wrote an article about nerines recently for the Suffolk Plant Heritage Journal and since then people keep ringing … Continue reading

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Top Ten Blooms for October.

There is always a long awaited treat in October when my nerines come into full beauty. Some of them start in September, but October is the month when they are all strutting their stuff, each more lovely than the last. … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday. Tyrian Purple.

Last week I celebrated autumn in my arrangement, but today is October and I feel I need  to recapture the memories of summer with some lush shades of  purple, mauve and violet.  Tyrian purple was a costly imperial colour made … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday. Celebrating Autumn Colour.

The last few days have been  beautifully warm and sunny  but autumn is here and so my arrangement celebrates the wonderful hues of this season. I used my nice little brown jug which is a Pearsons of Chesterfield jug, it … Continue reading

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Ten Favourite Plants for September.

Like all gardeners I return from holidays anxious to see what is happening in the garden. In my absence this time, there have been gales and heavy rain so the colchicums which were looking so beautiful when I  left are … Continue reading

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