Thankfully, my garden has survived a four week long HEATWAVE, followed by Storm Hector which brought much needed rain but rather destructive winds. I had a few floral casualties but they are all making an excellent recovery. The sunshine is back and I am outside as often as possible. June heralded a glorious display of … More The Garden in June 2018
The garden is slumbering, and I am waiting patiently for hundreds of tiny bulbs to explode into bloom. The first snowdrops are already welcoming visitors: However, the majority of my spring bulbs are only poking their heads tentatively above ground. I think they are wondering “Will it snow?” A review of the 2017 gardening year … More A Year in the Garden
Floral display outside my favourite restaurant – “Danny Minnie’s” I live in County Donegal, on the north west coast of Ireland, which was recently voted “The Coolest Place on the Planet” by National Geographic Traveller (UK). My village has been participating in Ireland’s national “Tidy Towns” competition for several years. One of our star attractions … More Bikes in Bloom
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 … More Flowers in Bloom – Candelabra Primula
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 … More Flowers in Bloom – Elder
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.
Aquilegia are one of my favourite late spring/early summer flowers. They are a cottage style perennial, and are also known as Columbines but traditionally named “Grannies Bonnets” ! If you look at the shape of the flowers they look like an old fashioned ladies bonnet that would be tied with ribbon under the chin. They … More Flowers in Bloom – Aquilegia
Clematis montana Vera If you have a pergola, fences or walls in need of a floral disguise, Clematis is a worthy candidate. She will sprint into growth, providing masses of delicate flowers. I have several varieties of Clematis in shades of pink, white, blue and red. Vera is my first late spring/early summer species. Isn’t … More Flowers in Bloom – Clematis
Bleeding Heart is one of my favourite spring flowers. It sits amongst my earliest flowering spring plant Lungwort. They seem a perfect match!
I just had to share a picture of my lovely new tulips; I bought them in Amsterdam last autumn on my way home from Greece. They fill my heart with absolute JOY!