My Tulips have been singing “I will survive” for much of March as storms, heavy rain and hail lashed these shores. I am happy to report there have been very few floral casualties! Tulips My coral varieties – Van Eijk, Toronto and Mystic Van Eijk, are still emerging and doing well. However, the purple shades of Candy Prince, Purple Prince […]
January ended on a cold note with two nights of hard frost, plus a small scattering of snow. Thankfully, it caused no lasting damage in the garden. The seasons are constantly shifting, and Spring is early again this year. In the past week, temperatures have soared to 17 degrees! These miniature Narcissus emerged in January, and are still providing a […]
“There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it.” Minnie Aumonier The month of April included all four seasons – cold, rainy days, storms and at long last glorious sunshine! Daffodils Although my dwarf Narcissus are dying off, there are several species of Daffodils creating a vibrant display […]
The garden in February and the same spot in March I breathed a HUGE sigh of relief when the “Beast from the East” passed through Donegal, with a lot less force than predicted. My garden breathed a sigh of relief too! These blue Muscari are just peeping through , a perfect partnership for the dwarf Narcissus. I have been admiring […]
Last spring, I removed some Wallflowers which were well past their best, making room for some new planting. All that remained in this little corner of my garden was Rosa glauca and her close friend Clematis jackmanii, with a climbing Honeysuckle and an acid yellow Achillea at the opposite side of the bed. In early summer, I added a few […]
Tulips amidst a Sea of Muscari outside the Juliana Pavilion The Keukenhof Gardens are described as “the most beautiful spring garden in the world.” I would have to agree after visiting them for the first time two weeks ago. The gardens are located amongst the Dutch bulb fields, less than an hour away from Amsterdam. My sister and I took a train to Schiphol […]
A view across the garden last Sunday evening March has (mostly) been warmer than usual. Weekend temperatures soared into the high teens, a welcome reprieve after the inclement weather of our St Patrick’s Day festivities. The garden looked quite different in early March: The miniature daffodils were smiling ahead of schedule. Crocuses were in full bloom: Pompom Primula greeted each other after months […]
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!