Blue ribbon

Two views of the long border in mid March, half mulched. I ran out of arm and shoulder power  to finish it at the weekend.  I’m growing pulmonarias in this border, which appreciate shade from the birches and pines in summer. There’s a small collection of named varieties – Opal, Diana Clare, Sissinghurst White, Trevi … More Blue ribbon

Short and sweet

A single pot of Viola odorata bought last year was planted at the feet of a Silver birch. This Spring the violets re-emerged enthusiastically, smothered with fragrant blooms. It seemed too good a signal to ignore when I saw these last week- Viola “Coeur d’Alsace”. I’m going to plant them with the original clump, as … More Short and sweet


Mid March¬†and already the first blooms of Spring are becoming a thing of the past. The snowdrops are over- time to divide and proliferate! Hellebores are in full flower to accompany the daffodils and crocus. The tall pieris is smothered in white bells and bumble bees and the candy pink Prunus¬†cerasifera had opened. I have … More March