A Pond No More!

My pond is definitely dead; it has sprung a leak and sadly cannot be repaired.  I shall transform it into a bog garden in the spring. Meanwhile, the remainder of my garden is ALMOST ready to sleep for winter.  I have been weeding and tidying in small bursts for several weeks, and only have a little weeding left to do; I shall then […]

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Flowers in Bloom – The Kingdom of Fife

The beautiful “Kingdom of Fife” lies north of the Firth of Forth and the city of Edinburgh. Fife’s inhabitants take great pride in their floral displays, enhancing already pretty villages and towns, increasing community spirit and attracting LOTS of visitors. Many of the villages are situated on the coast and have a seaside theme to their displays. A boat, an anchor, some old fishing […]

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The Floral Clock – Edinburgh

The Floral Clock with Princes Street in the background This weeks “Flowers in Bloom”post is a day late due to my having been on holiday – I am now back home. I used to marvel at the Floral Clock in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens as a child, so I just HAD to pay a special visit there when I was in Edinburgh […]

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Flowers in Bloom – Angels Fishing Rods

Angels Fishing Rods Angels Fishing Rods are now gracing the edge of my wildlife pond.  They create an incredibly beautiful vision, swaying in the breeze on long pendulous stems. Directly across my gravel path, the vibrant reds of Crocosmia lucifer reach out to its gentle companion. Crocosmia lucifer on the left, underplanted with Alchemilla mollis

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The Vatican Gardens

St Peters Basilica overlooking more formal sections of The Vatican Gardens I LOVE to travel and take time to view new gardens, taking inspiration for my own little plot.  On 7th March 2009, I was incredibly blessed to take a guided tour of the Vatican Gardens; I was able book via the Internet. The Arboretum – a peaceful place for contemplation   Happy Ducks!   […]

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Flowers in Bloom – Candelabra Primula

Orange and Cerise Candelabra Primula coming into bloom with central Iris Siberica  –  The Pond is hiding behind them! Although I live very close to the sea, I do not have a view of the mighty Atlantic Ocean from my home.  I remedied this somewhat by building a wildlife pond, which I can enjoy from my bright pink garden seat! The newly […]

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Flowers in Bloom – Elder

My Purple Elder tree just coming into flower two weeks ago Midsummer is Elder’s time to bloom – displaying hundreds of lace like fronds of sweet scented flowers.  My purple Elder tree is calling me to use her blooms NOW and make some Elderflower cordial – a great tonic for the after effects of my flu! Elderflower Cordial Recipe Ingredients: 25 Elderflower heads […]

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Flowers in Bloom – Fennel

  Bronze Fennel stands tall to the right of her friends This weeks “Flower in Bloom” is actually a herb – Bronze Fennel. She has been a star in my garden for some years now, reappearing every spring after dying back each winter.  She is growing taller and more beautiful year on year. I wanted to showcase her this week […]

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Flowers in Bloom – Roses

Let me introduce you to “Paul’s Scarlet” a climbing rose – the first of my roses to bloom this summer.  Soon he will be joined by “James Galway” another pink climber, then ” The Pilgrim” a voluptuous yellow variety…. I love the scent of roses – they sooo soothe my Soul.

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