Sunday, November 11, 2007


Without a doubt November takes the prize for being the most depressing month in the garden. Everything seems dank and dismal and I am longing for a slight frost to put paid to 2007.

However, I am slightly cheered by the yellow flowers that have arrived at last on my Amicia. They always take me by surprise as I have been admiring the pink/grey bracts for the last few weeks and always forget their rather unlikly finale.

The Acanthus seems hardy here but only seems to flower when the first frosts come late.

Reineckia never fails to perform but is such an insignificant thing that it is only noticed in the bleakest weather!


Friday, August 17, 2007


Last year the shadier areas of the garden were parched, this year they have been drowned. Neither season diminished the slugs and snails hearty appetites. By August, whatever the weather, these areas tend to look a mess!
The Roscoas come into growth late and cheer up any shady corner with fresh green foliage and showy flowers in late summer.

Thursday, August 09, 2007


This easy summer flowering climber seems to have a mistaken reputation for tenderness. It is at its best on a sunny wall and can be cut hard back during the winter. It begins to flower in late June or early July, producing panicles of white flowers with a hint of pink.
The flowers have a curious and evocative scent. Each time I sniff I am strongly reminded of the smell of a child’s swimming bag, opened after spending a couple of days under the bed, – of damp towels and soggy rubber.

Monday, May 14, 2007


This charming small shrub has fuzzy grey foliage and is smothered in blue pea flowers in early summer. It seems perfectly hardy and just needs to be in full sun.

Monday, April 23, 2007


The exotic lobster claw plant is flowering well after our mild winter - it must have reached 6' on a sheltered south facing wall.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007


This, seemingly hardy, evergreen shrub is flowering now at the beginning of March.
The beautiful waxy yellow flowers have a strong fragrance reminiscent of Magnolias.
My plant was grown from seed collected by the legendary Bleddyn and Sue Wynn-Jones of Crug Farm Plants

Tuesday, January 30, 2007


Clematis napaulensis is a delightful climber and has flowered here happily at the end of January for the last 12 years. It aesivates in June (sheds it's leaves and goes dormant).It comes into leaf again in the autumn and the fresh new foliage shows off the lovely cream flowers and purple stems.