It’s an upside down Spring! It was dry and then warm, a short spell of rain pushed the buttton to start the Growth accelerater and cold arrived to hold everything back. Typical April.  The good news is that growth has started and the energy burst is unstoppable and my favourite few weeks of the year … More April 

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